I live for sweet potato fries! As a matter of fact I like them more than regular fries. My husband thinks I’m totally crazy because who could like sweet potato fries better but there’s just something about them. They’re sweet, they’re salty, they’re crispy and they are 100% dreamy! When we go to a good burger restaurant I’ll always get the sweet potato fries, oh and the fry sauce is a must. I mean I’d be totally happy sitting down to a meal of just sweet potato fries. If I didn’t have kids to feed I’d probably be doing that all the time.
I like this baked version because it’s healthier than the fried alternative. I won’t sit around and say these are crispiest best sweet potato fries you’ll ever eat. Go to your local burger joint for that. The coated and fried kind you get at restaurants are hands down the crispiest and just the best in my opinion but for a healthier, simpler alternative these baked sweet potato fries are a good option. No they aren’t super crispy, they will get slightly crisp edges as long as you let them brown up a bit but they do have the perfect flavor and they’ll leave you craving more! And of course they are the perfect side dish to just about any meal, fries go with anything – at least we could say sweet potato fries do right?
If you are like me and just don’t really know how to eat sweet potato fries without fry sauce here’s a simple recipe. Just mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I like to use half light half regular, otherwise it’s just not fry sauce without some full fat mayo), 3 Tbsp ketchup, 3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cayenne. Then just keep it in the fridge. It’s liquid gold when it comes to fries.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick sticks (cut really long sticks in half)
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and place a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet in oven to preheat as well.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together cornstarch, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Place sliced sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil then pour cornstarch mixture over sweet potatoes and toss to evenly coat. Remove baking sheet from oven then pour sweet potatoes onto baking sheet and spread into an even layer working to keep a little space between them (careful pan will be hot!). Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes then remove from oven and toss and spread into an even layer again. Return to oven and bake until until fries are golden brown in spots, about 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with fry sauce (see notes in post for fry sauce recipe) or ketchup if desired.