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Perfect oven sweet potato fries

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I have perfected the art of the sweet potato fry. I've made them so many times that I have a very set formula for making them. I don't enjoy frying things, so I do mine in the oven. They're easy and tasty and go well with Cuban, Mexican and Indian food. :D

They're also good for holiday dinners. I just can't get on the "let's dump half a bag of brown sugar and some marshmallows into a pan with some sweet potatoes and maple syrup!" bandwagon. Sweet potatoes are sweet enough as is!

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Step 1: Supplies!

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You will need:
  • one large sweet potato
  • sea salt (coarse)
  • freshly ground black pepper, chunky
  • good quality olive oil
  • a peeler (optional)
  • a sharp chef's knife
  • a cutting board
  • a large baking sheet (not pictured)
This recipe takes about a half hour to make, and one large sweet potato can serve 2-3 people if it's a side. Or sometimes I'll eat a whole one by myself if I've had nothing else to eat that day.

Step 2: Preheat the oven and prep the sweet potato!

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Set the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can either peel the potato or leave the skin on - lately I leave it on every time. It adds nutrition and a nice chewy texture. :D

I don't worry about washing it, normally, but you can rinse it in the sink as long as you promise me you'll dry it off very, very well. If it's still wet the olive oil won't coat the fries as well, which will lead to soggy fries. And then you'll be disappointed with the fries and I'll be disappointed with you. :(

If your sweet potato has skinny ends, cut those off.

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Gosh this sure does look amazing!

NellyS323 days ago

In my todo list!

Delicious potatoes! Just made them!

Tammy5556 made it!1 month ago
Top notch! So yummy first time ive made sweet potato fries and there amazing! Thankyou so much! <3
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LynnS82 months ago

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I'm down in S Florida and just harvested my sweet potato patch last week. I'm with you, in that I don't like adding sugar, etc. to sweet potatoes, they are very sweet to begin with. My daughter and her bf are coming over for dinner on Saturday. She's a vegetarian and loves SP, so this will be on our dinner menu!

TeriA22 months ago
Can you cut and season these and store them in the fridge overnight before baking them? Also, I often put the potatoes, oil, and seasonings in a Ziploc baggie to mix them-covers evenly!
lozachops made it!3 months ago
Absolutely delicious! Perfect in fact! I had perfected oven chips (fries) years ago using white potatoes but just couldn't get crispy sweet potato fries. Until I found this recipe! Thanks so much. I used chilli oil instead of olive oil which made them really spicy. Yum yum!
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Eat_Smartr3 months ago
Eat_Smartr3 months ago

I use extra virgin coconut oil, the healthiest of all cooking oils. The secret for a perfect chip is coconut oil which gets it crisp, and stops it sticking.

marebearlover4 months ago

I love these, I wanted to make more right after I got done. Wonderfully easy and lovely!

LukeB74 months ago

Friggin awesome - ta

Yummy~! You rock! Instructions easy to follow and easy to make. I only had problems with those that were too close to the others . . . I made a ton of them; so it was really hard to keep them apart. Thanks for the recipe!

Glorgana made it!4 months ago
good stuff! these went great with leftover goat cheese and artichoke dip.
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andrealreed4 months ago

Worked great the first time! Awesome recipe with great, easy to follow instructions.

faffyawad5 months ago
This are amazing instructions!!! Thank you. And Jessyratfink.....these are enough action shots. Thanks :)
Kareenad1235 months ago

Sweet potato is my favorite dish. Let me try this once.

LexiM5 months ago

These pictures got me hungry

DiskL6 months ago

Thanks for this great recipe, I tried to follow it exactly since I never made anything like this before, and they turned out very tasty. According to someone who should know they tasted just like home...

Carlalala7 months ago

these are great with thai spicy peanut sauce

Trying that tonight!!!! YUM! Thanks for the great idea!

Bangkok Padang with the black label is nice. Pretty strong flavor, though, too much for some people. There are many variations of Peanut Sauce, I've found much milder ones for sale as well.

Fantastic I put chilli and garlic flakes from a grinder......on.mine.yummy

looks great hope one day i get to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!! ._.

jordan.newman6 months ago
Thank you for sharing this recipe! They turned out nice, both crispy and juicy. But I would recommend adding the oil and seasoning to the fries in a bowl to get a more even coating.
bellanonna536 months ago

If you put more than 1 baking sheet in the oven at a time, will they still crisp up?

DivineKatoure6 months ago

They did not come out as crunchy!! I know your dissappointed in me lol!

I don't know what happend- but there still good! Used truffle salt

CarrenaB8 months ago
emtron5008 months ago

Did this pretty much exactly as directed, except used avocado oil instead of olive oil, and held the salt until after cooking (I needed some of them unsalted so I could feed them to my baby). Worked great, super yummy! I covered them in chili and they stood up to it well (chili fries!). Making again for breakfast this morning :)

jbbreidenbach8 months ago

Thank you very much for a clear, surefire way to make sweet potato fries in the oven! I have tried at least 5 times with other recipes, but they came out soggy and too mushy. You gave great tips like dry them off and don't put them too close together. They came out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! My husband is in heaven!!

MichaelK89 months ago

I coated the cut fries with oil in a bowl. Coated them by hand and then laid them on the pan. Found that you had much more even coating using this method then drizzling.

biglabrat10 months ago

Boniatos frios! Bueno.

Brewer10 months ago
Thanks, gonna try it tonight ?
BukolaA10 months ago

Delicious!

Crow MerisA10 months ago

Excellent recipe - thank you!

TimberleeF11 months ago

I prefer to throw the fries in a large bowl, put the oil in, toss with the bowl then add a little salt and pepper, toss and repeat 3x. Coats them good and even!

mikolynn1 year ago

Close to 6 million people can now cock at the best way sweet potatoes!

Really amazing!

P.D. In spanish Sweet potatos are named Boniatos, wich sounds good! ;)

No_Limits1 year ago

Love sweet potato fries. I tried coconut oil mixed with some sugar and it was amazing. Nice instructable.

abender11 year ago

Thank you for this instructable. My niece just gave me a banana box full of sweet potatoes and I need all the ideas I can get. P.S. i thought i was the only person that uses their bare hands to flip fries in a hot oven.

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