Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
These Spicy Sweet Potato Fries are crispy, salty with a nice kick of heat! Plus, they’re incredibly delicious.
Healthier than regular french fries, roasted sweet potato fries are the perfect way to introduce your family to sweet potatoes.
Why You Must Make
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, my persnickety husband didn’t even hesitate. He liked them!
- Like Emeril, I kicked them up a notch with seasonings other than salt and pepper. Use any of your favorite seasonings. Try garlic powder, Italian seasoning, taco, or jerk seasoning.
- This is a nice change from regular french fries, plus they have more fiber and vitamin A.
- Kitchen Staples – Olive Oil, Kosher Salt
- Sweet Potatoes – Medium or Large, peeled if desired. Cut into 1/4-1/2-inch wide fries.
- Paprika – I used regular, but you can also use smoked paprika for a change of pace.
- Cayenne Pepper – more or less to taste
- Cumin – Ground
- Cornstarch – Helps to absorb moisture to make crispier 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.
- PRO-Tip: To make your fries even crisper, soak them in cool water for about an hour to help release their starch. Make sure to dry them thoroughly before seasoning and frying.
- 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 appetite!
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s up to you! They are delicious both ways, so keep the peel on if you’d like. You’ll get an extra bit of fiber that way.
If you have the time, soaking your unbaked sweet potato fries in cool water for at least an hour and up to 24 hours will help release some of their starch. If dried thoroughly, then roasted, they will be crispier than if not soaked.
Besides soaking them in water, make sure to cut them all the same size, don’t crowd them on the baking sheet, toss them with some cornstarch along with the spices, then roast at high heat. Make sure to flip them at least once during the cooking time and remove the fries to a cooling rack when you bring them out of the oven so they don’t sweat and soften on the baking sheet.
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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
Easy sweet potato fries with tons of flavor!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 425º.
- Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into thin fries. Add to bowl with oil, spices, and cornstarch and toss to combine.
- Spread out fries without crowding over the surface of a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment.
- Bake for about 30-40 minutes, flipping at least once halfway through the baking time until the 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.
Creole seasoning from McCormick is also delicious on these fries.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
17 Comments on “Spicy Sweet Potato Fries”
I made these sweet potato fries with dinner last night and they were incredible! Thanks for sharing!
Sweet potato fries are obviously the superior fry, and this recipe just takes them to the next level. A must try for everyone!
My family doesn’t agree but I like sweet potato fries better than the traditional ones. I also loved the spicy version.
We love love love sweet potato fries but they are not easy to make because of the potato high moisture content. You totally rocked this recipe and I love that tip about the cornstarch. I did some testing once and we soaked them in salt water for 10 minutes and then dried them thoroughly, it made pretty crispy fries. I’m going to try dusting the sweet potato fries with Mycroyo to see if it helps keep them crispy, if it works, I’ll blog about it.
Fabulous! Healthy fries!
I love love love sweet potato fries even more than regular fries, I think I’d like the cayenne pepper on my portion 🙂
Sweet potato fries are perfect for picky husbands! Thank you for the reminder, Liz =) As I don’t have Sandra Lee’s original recipe I’m saving yours!
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. 🙂
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!
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
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.
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!
Sweet potato fries are the bomb! I love the seasoning you added as well.
Love the cornstarch tip! They sound great:@)
Wow! The image itself shows how spicy the potato fries are. Yumm! Love spicy food. Thanks for the recipe Liz 🙂
We love oven fries…less fat, much healthier and delicious all the same. These sweet potato fries look awesome, Liz.
Liz, these are perfect for aperitivo.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day