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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries served on a white plate with ketchup

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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These Spicy Sweet Potato Fries are crispy, salty with a nice kick of heat!

Healthier than regular french fries, roasted sweet potato fries are the perfect way to introduce your family to sweet potatoes.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries served on a white plate with ketchup

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

My regular readers know that I’m married to the world’s most picky man. When it comes to food, that is. And wives. He got a home run with his first choice for the latter! So I was basically shocked when we were at a dinner party and he slurped up a bowl of squash soup and even went for seconds. Maybe there was hope.

The first time I made sweet potato fries, he didn’t even hesitate. He liked them! Then, like Emeril, I kicked them up a notch with seasonings other than salt and pepper. Even better. Not sure the hubby was a fan of the cayenne, but the rest of the family dove right in!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries standing upright in a white ceramic bowl

Tips for Making Oven Roasted Fries

  • Roasted fries won’t ever be as crisp as freshly deep-fried potatoes, but they’re still terrific. First, you don’t want to crowd the baking sheet.
  • You might need a second baking sheet to give each fry enough space.
  • Next, a small amount of corn starch absorbs any moisture that may be lingering without any discernible taste or change in texture.
  • Don’t cut big wedges, but instead, thin fries between 1/4-1/2 inch in width.
  • Use your favorite seasonings to flavor your spicy sweet potato fries. I also love using a Cajun seasoning mix.
  • Bake at high heat, flip once and eat hot before they start to wilt. Bon appetit!
Overhead view of Spicy Sweet Potato Fries on a white plate with ketchup

You May Need:

Half Sheet Pan, 13″ x 18″
Parchment Paper Baking Sheets

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Easy sweet potato fries with tons of flavor!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 4 sweet potatoes (medium-large)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (exact amount may vary)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 425º.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into thin fries. Add to bowl with oil, spices, and cornstarch and toss to combine.
  3. Spread out fries without crowding over the surface of a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment.
  4. Bake about 30-40 minutes,flipping at least once halfway through the baking time until fries are crisp.


Use about 1 medium sweet potato per serving. Can easily double or triple, just make sure not to overcrowd the baking sheet or the fries won't get crispy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g


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16 comments on “Spicy Sweet Potato Fries”

  1. Sweet potato fries are one of my faaaaavs! I love how crispy and perfect these beauties look! I’d eat ’em all straight off the pan. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh wow those look good. Oven fries are the best and this recipe looks like a winner! Hope your summer is going great so far!

  3. Sweet Potato fries are a favourite of mine. If I added spice I could keep the kids a way from them so this would be a win for me.

    Thanks for sharing
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  4. I have to say this is probably my fave way to eat sweet potatoes. And I am always looking for a better way to do it. This is my next try.

  5. Who doesn’t love fries? And sweet potato fries are wonderful! You’re right that the oven doesn’t produce exactly the same as when you deep fry, but so much less messy. And really, the flavor is excellent. Thanks!

  6. Sweet potato fries are the bomb! I love the seasoning you added as well.

  7. Love the cornstarch tip! They sound great:@)

  8. Wow! The image itself shows how spicy the potato fries are. Yumm! Love spicy food. Thanks for the recipe Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. We love oven fries…less fat, much healthier and delicious all the same. These sweet potato fries look awesome, Liz.

  10. Liz, these are perfect for aperitivo.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice day

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