These crispy sweet potato fries are mixed with delicious spices then oven baked to perfection! Use my secret ingredient to get that perfect crisp without the deep frying.
You can use white or orange sweet potatoes for this recipe. They go with just about everything, taste amazing and are so healthy!
This post was originally published on March 13, 2021.
In order to make these crispy sweet potato fries you'll need just a few items:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sea salt
How To Make Sweet Potato Fries in the Oven
No need for splattering oil, these fries are made in the oven for an easy and nutritious dish! Here's what to do:
- Cut your potatoes, and soak in salt water if you choose to take that extra step crisp factor.
- Place cut potatoes in a bowl and toss with seasonings, cornstarch, and touch of oil.
- Spread fries on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown.
How to Make Sweet Potato Oven Fries Crispy
The issue with fries, is they can leave you feeling bloaty and blah from all the grease. Thankfully over the years I've perfected that 'fried' crisp without actually frying them, which means I get to eat more!
There are many things you can do to collectively get that crispy fry in the oven. For the best crispy oven baked sweet potato fries try these tricks:
- Cut the potatoes into thin ¼ - ½ inch matchstick shaped strips as uniformly as you can.
- Use a mandoline to assure they are all the same size.
- Soak your cut potatoes in salt water like I do in my oven fries recipe.
- Dry them well with a towel after soaking.
- Coat with cornstarch.
- Use enough oil to coat them when baking.
- Spread them out so they aren't touching, an overcrowded pan won't crisp up on all the sides.
- Bake on parchment paper.
- Flip the fries halfway.
- Allow them to rest on a cooling rack for a couple minutes before serving.
I find that drying them well and using the cornstarch is the most effective with getting crispy sweet potato fries. But you can also use the soaking method if you prefer!
More Preparation Tips
These fries are pretty simple to make, but here's some additional information that should help you make the best sweet potato fries!
- For this recipe I used white sweet potatoes, but you can use orange instead.
- I like to keep the skins on the potatoes but you can peel them if you prefer.
- Make these fries oil free by using broth instead. Keep in mind they won't be as flavorful or crispy.
- Cornstarch helps to make the fries crispy, but you don’t need it if you prefer not to use it.
- The parchment paper also helps with crispness and reduces the need for extra oil. If you do not use parchment, you may need to brush your baking sheet with some oil.
- The thickness of the fries will affect how long they take to cook so watch them closely to prevent burning.
What to Serve with Sweet Potato Fries
Of course every fry needs a dip! Ketchup is a tasty standard, but if you want to mix things up try these other plant based dips:
Snack on the fries as an appetizer, or serve them as a side dish to these vegan recipes:
- The Best Vegan Grilled Cheese
- Vegan Carrot Dogs
- Easy Lentil Veggie Burger
- Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
- Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
- Falafel Sandwich
- BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
- Ultimate BLT with Avocado
- Crispy Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Sweet potatoes offer nutrients that are good for you, making them a good food to include in your menu rotation. They're filled with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and more. However, most fries are deep fried, which isn't healthy. Luckily, these fries are baked and use little to no oil for a much healthier alternative.
Making sweet potato fries is easy to do! Simply cut the sweet potatoes, season them, spread on a baking sheet and bake!
There are a couple reasons your fries might not be crispy enough. Your oven may not be a hot enough temperature, and they might be undercooked. Make sure to follow the recipe and bake them until they're a nice golden brown.
To prevent soggy fries, coat them in cornstarch, toss in a little bit of oil, and bake on a parchment lined baking sheet until the fries are golden brown. If they are soggy you can try reheating on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 450°F in 5 minute increments.
More Vegan Finger Food
A good finger food is great for a snack, appetizer, or fun side dish! Feel free to eat your fill of these healthy recipes as they're all made with plant based whole foods:
- Stuffed Jalapeños
- Baked Vegan Mini Corn Dogs
- Gluten Free Vegan Sausage Balls
- Truffle Curly Fries
- Kale Chips
- Healthy Onion Rings
- Broccoli Cauliflower Veggie Tots
- Kabocha Squash Chips
Crispy Oven Sweet Potato Fries
- Preheat oven to 450 F/ 230 C
- Cut potatoes into ¼ inch matchstick shaped strips, trying to make sure they are all around the same size so they bake evenly and crispy. I use a mandoline to make it easy. I like to keep the skins on but you can peel them if you prefer.
- Dry them well, place in a bowl and sprinkle with cornstarch (if using). Mix the fries to spread it all around.
- Add the oil/broth and seasonings. Mix well to spread around.
- Place fries on parchment lined (also help with crispness and reduces the need for extra oil) cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Make sure they are in a single layer to help with the crispy end result.
- Take the fries out and turn them over with a spatula. Spread into a single layer again. You don’t need to be perfect on getting every fry, just do the best you can trying not to get burned.
- Bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite dip and main meal!
- Any kind of sweet potato works, I have used both white and orange.
- Cornstarch helps with added crispness, but you don’t need it if you prefer not to use it.
- You can also use the soaking method mentioned in the post for the extra added crisp factor, but I don't usually.
- If you do not use parchment, you may need to brush your baking sheet with some oil.
- Watch the fries closely since the thickness will depend on how quickly they cook.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.