Easy Sweet Potato Fries

Introduction: Easy Sweet Potato Fries

About: Hello and Welcome to In the Kitchen With Matt. I am your host Matt Taylor. My goal for the show is to teach you how to cook really good food at home for cheap. Eating out everyday can get expensive, but it doe…

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make sweet potato fries. This easy baked sweet potato fries recipe is perfect if you want something healthier than classic homemade French fries. If you like sweet potato, you will love these! They are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside. All you need are a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, if I can do it, you can do it! Let's get baking.

Don't forget to follow me and check out my other Instructables :)

Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of olive oil (28 to 42 ml)
  • 1 tsp of salt (5g)
  • 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper (1g)
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder (3g)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp cornstarch (24g)
  • Optional ingredients also include paprika and chili powder, for a bit of a kick.

Tools:

  • Bowls
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Paper towel or clean kitchen towel

Step 2: Peel, Cut, Soak

Begin by washing and drying the outside of the sweet potato. Then peel it. Next, cut it into fry shapes. Try and keep them around the same size, which will help them bake more evenly.

I usually cut it directly in half lengthwise, then turn it over on the flat size and cut long strips, then, if they are still too wide, cut them again lengthwise. You can cut them however you like.

Place them in a large bowl with cold water and some salt. The salty cold water will help to bring out the starch which in turn will help them get a little crispier.

Let them soak in the water for 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 3: Dry and Season

Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C.

Once the sweet potato pieces have soaked, drain the water from the bowl, you can just pour the bowl of potato strips into a colander if you like.

Then dry them on a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. Place the dried strips of sweet potato in a medium bowl or zip lock bag.

In a small bowl combine the spices, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any additional spices like a bit of paprika or chili powder, for some kick.

Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, and then sprinkle the spices on, and dump the cornstarch over them as well. The cornstarch will help them to get a little crispier as well.

Step 4: Shake and Bake

Put a lid on the bowl and shake the bowl to get the fries coated. Or if you put them in a zip lock bag you can shake that. Either way works great!

After seasoning the sweet potato strips, place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You may need two sheet pans depending on how many you are making.

Then place the pans in the oven one on the upper-middle rack and then the other on the middle rack. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, and then rotate and switch the pans on the racks. This will help the sweet potato fries bake as evenly as possible.

Bake for another 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown and slightly crispy. The thinner you cut them and the longer you bake them, the crispier they will get. However, if you have more pointy potato ends, those are prone to burning easily. But I actually don't mind them that way, haha.

Let them cool for a moment and then they are ready to serve.

Step 5: Eat Them!

I like to serve them on a plate with a little bowl of ketchup. So yummy! Enjoy!

Print the recipe here if you like.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial. :)

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Barbecue Speed Challenge

      Barbecue Speed Challenge
    • Toys & Games Contest

      Toys & Games Contest
    • Explore Science Challenge

      Explore Science Challenge

    23 Comments

    0
    phoe
    phoe

    Question 10 hours ago

    I'm a bit confused, you soak to remove the starch, then you add starch ?

    0
    rjberkley
    rjberkley

    1 day ago

    Dip in apple butter...it's wonderful.

    0
    MireilleP1
    MireilleP1

    Question 2 days ago on Introduction

    Can I make these sweet potatoes in my air fryer?

    0
    gridflash
    gridflash

    2 days ago on Step 6

    If you want to kick Sweet Potato fries up another notch, serve them with Lime Sea Salt.

    1
    Sewphia_Makes
    Sewphia_Makes

    Question 4 days ago

    Does this method work with regular potatoes or just sweet potatoes?

    0
    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Answer 4 days ago

    Yep, it works great with regular potatoes as well :) To save some time I don't normally even peel regular potatoes when I make classic French Fries.

    0
    Thorigol
    Thorigol

    Reply 2 days ago

    Couldn't you not peel the sweet potatoes as well? I love potato skins of both kinds.

    0
    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 1 day ago

    Sure, you don't have to peel the sweet potatoes if you don't want. The skin on the sweet potato is a little tougher than normal potatoes, however. But if you are used to eating sweet potato skin as well, then for sure, don't peel it. :)

    1
    j1shalack
    j1shalack

    2 days ago

    Should work with an air fryer, too...???

    1
    MaryT89
    MaryT89

    1 day ago

    Looks great, although I'd suggest a dipping sauce of mayo, dill and garlic (and leave the garlic seasoning out of the initial mix). A little twist of lemon too--oh yeah....

    1
    In The Kitchen With Matt
    In The Kitchen With Matt

    Reply 1 day ago

    Thanks, yes lots of things you can do with it. I don't like mayo as a dipping sauce. :) I prefer it like this. But so many options.

    0
    GanadoRH
    GanadoRH

    2 days ago

    Maybe I am reading too quickly, but I do not see what temperature to bake these delicious-sounding fries. ??

    0
    SylvanB
    SylvanB

    Reply 2 days ago

    You were probably expecting in Step 4, the baking step. The temperature is actually in Step 3 as a preheat. :)

    0
    GanadoRH
    GanadoRH

    Reply 2 days ago

    Thanks!

    1
    shalnachywyt

    You must be reading my mind. I have two sweet potatoes and I wanted to make sweet potato fries. So I open my email, see an Instructable, and there, right in the beginning, is a "In the Kitchen with Matt" Instructable for exactly what I'm planning on doing! :) Of course, the first think I do is download the instructable. :)