This Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe is vegan, paleo, and so easy to make. This recipe features thin strips of sweet potato tossed with a delicious blend of spices, then baked to perfection. It makes a healthy and tasty side, appetizer, or snack. Learn how to make homemade sweet potato fries with simple recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Just 6 ingredients and roughly 30 minutes are all you need to make this super-easy dish. Because sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, they beckon to be tossed in anything savory and spicy. A blend of paprika, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne is the perfect combination of spices to balance out the flavor of sweet potatoes.
My favorite way to have sweet potato fries is alongside a hearty burger, but these really are perfect on their own as a snack or appetizer. They are sweet, salty and spicy all in one bite. Since they are not deep-fried, they are much healthier for you than what is usually served in restaurants. This recipe instead calls for them to be baked in the oven until crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries
To make the best homemade sweet potato fries in the oven, simply:
- Scrub your sweet potatoes and cut into thin strips.
- Preheat your oven, then toss your fries with oil and seasonings (per recipe below).
- Place the fries in a single layer on parchment lined pans. (This is a bit tedious but makes the best fries).
- Bake until golden brown, turning over once.
Tips for Making Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Here are some suggestions to ensure your fries turn out perfect every single time:
- Cut the sweet potatoes into uniform strips. This ensures even baking, because thicker fries take more time to cook through than thinner ones do. I always leave the skin on because it is a good source of fiber and of course, it’s less work. 🙂
- Space out the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet so that they are not touching. If the pan is overcrowded, the sweet potatoes will steam rather than roast and will get soggy rather than crispy. If you don’t have a large enough baking sheet, just use two baking sheets.
- Flip the fries over halfway through baking time to ensure even baking on all sides.
- If you find that your fries aren’t crispy enough when they are done baking, you can broil them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp right them up! Important: Make sure you keep an eye on them, so that they don’t burn.
Keep in mind, you’ll never get the same crisp baking sweet potato fries as you would deep frying them (as you get in a restaurant). But these are just as tasty as deep-fried sweet potato fries and are so much better for you (and lower in calories!).
More Side Dish Recipes To Try
Looking for more side dish recipes? Here are some of my favorites on the blog:
- Homemade Creamy Potato Salad
- Easy Roasted Butternut Squash
- Simple Spinach & Tomato Salad
- The Best Buttermilk Cornbread
- Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese
If you make this Spicy Sweet Potato Fries recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Easy & Healthy Recipe)
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss until sweet potatoes are evenly coated.
- Spread sweet potatoes out in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning over halfway through baking time, until tender and slightly browned. Serve warm.
- If your fries aren't crispy enough when they are done baking, you can broil them in the oven for a few minutes to make them crispier. Just make sure you watch them closely, so that they don't burn.
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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