Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve been a lover of baked sweet potato fries for  a while now. Not only are they delicious, but they are also a healthy alternative to the regular potato. The trouble I have encountered with homemade versions of this side dish is the inability to make a crispy “fry” without actually frying the vegetable. The best success I have had is with this recipe from Rocco DiSpirito. To get rid of the excess moisture that accompanies sweet potatoes, Rocco advises to sprinkle the uncooked wedges with salt and let them sit for twenty minutes. This process draws out a lot of water and makes for not-so-soggy baked fries. Voila!

Some restaurants serve sweet potato fries with caramel sauce (kinda strange IMO) or sour cream, but I prefer these gems with good old-fashioned ketchup.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Printer-friendly Baked Sweet Potato Fries


  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, scrubbed well
  • Salt (about 1 tsp)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/8-1/4 tsp ground thyme)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper


1. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick wedges. Place them in bowl and sprinkle generously with salt. Let stand for about 20 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet (or just a greased baking sheet if you don’t have a wire rack) and set aside.

3. Spread the potatoes out on paper towel to soak up any excess moisture. Place them in a large bowl and spray them with cooking oil. Sprinkle with the seasonings and hand toss to ensure the spices are well distributed.

4. Spread the sweet potatoes out on the wire rack or baking sheet and bake until they are lightly brown and tender, between 35-45 minutes. Serve immediately.

Source: Now Eat This by Rocco DiSpirito

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    JINX! You owe me a diet coke! How funny is it that we made the same thing? I like to call it Brilliant minds thinking alike! Your sweet potato fries are absolutely beautiful…and I bet the cayenne gives is a nice pop!

    1. Lolly says:

      HAHA! I know – I had to laugh when I logged onto FoodBuzz and saw you made some sweet potato fries as well. Great minds think alike 😉

  2. Oooooh I would love a few of these fries! So delicious, and I’m so hungry now! 🙂

  3. What a great idea! I like the tips for reducing moisture in the fries. Awesome!

  4. These look scrumptious! I love sweet potatoes….sweet and savory …and yes…healthy too!
    : )

  5. Christina says:

    Baked fries are always so much better than fried…these look great! I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes….I need to give these a try! 🙂

  6. I love baking fries instead of frying them! So much better for you, and still crispy and delicious! I need to try it with sweet potatoes!

  7. I love that these are baked! I need to make these they look delish!

  8. Kelly says:

    These look delicious, I LOVE sweet potatoes! 🙂

  9. Tasty fries, love the fact that these are baked instead of fried and nice tip about the wait time to draw out the water. Great post!

  10. Lilly says:

    I love sweet potatoes whether they are baked, fried or cooked. Crispy potatoes are the best!

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