Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries | Kicked up with paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper!

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 | Kicked up with paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper!

Making Oven Fries

Oven baked 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 discernable taste or change in texture. Don’t cut big wedges, but instead, thin fries between 1/4-1/2 inch in width. Bake at high heat, flip once and eat hot before they start to wilt. Bon appetit!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries | Kicked up with paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper!

You Need:

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

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 1 serving     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Easy sweet potato fries with tons of flavor!


  • 4 sweet potatoes (medium-large)
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 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.


Recipe Notes

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 Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 928kcal Calories from fat 443
% Daily Value
Total Fat 49g 75%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 1362mg 57%
Carbohydrate 117g 39%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 23g
Protein 10g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries | Kicked up with paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper!

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

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

  3. Wow! The image itself shows how spicy the potato fries are. Yumm! Love spicy food. Thanks for the recipe Liz 🙂

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Love the cornstarch tip! They sound great:@)

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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
    Gourmet Getaways

  9. 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!

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. 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!

  12. I love love love sweet potato fries even more than regular fries, I think I’d like the cayenne pepper on my portion 🙂

  13. Fabulous! Healthy fries!

  14. 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.

  15. My family doesn’t agree but I like sweet potato fries better than the traditional ones. I also loved the spicy version.


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