Making crisp and tender sweet potato fries is easy with a few tips and tricks. You can enjoy them anytime you want.
We love fries at our house and these Garlic Fries are always a hit. Another fun version of sweet potato fries are these Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries.
Sweet Potato Fries are the perfect side dish to so many meals. I could basically eat them with anything and everything. They have a crispy outside and a soft and delicious inside and are made in the oven so there is no frying involved.
I’ve experimented with lots of different versions and methods for sweet potato fries and this one is my favorite.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Unlike, regular fried fries made from russet potatoes, sweet potato fries are good for you! They are a great source of beta-carotene, antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C and lots more!
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries
- You can peel the potatoes or leave the skins on for more nutritional value. Slice the potato into slabs or pieces. I find it easiest to slice off about 1/4 inch from one side of the whole potato. Lay the potato on the cutting board on the cut side. This will make it more stable and easier to cut the remaining slabs.
- Slice each slab of sweet potatoes lengthwise thinly and evenly, try to get them all the same thickness or close to it. I like mine about 1/4 inch thick. They will bake more evenly if they are the same size.
- In a bowl, beat an egg white until foamy in a bowl and then add in the cut fries.
- Drizzle sweet potato fries with olive oil.
- Toss fries with salt, pepper and garlic powder until evenly coated You can get creative with your seasonings and add in whatever you like. Maybe some paprika, cayenne or curry? Make sure the fries are evenly coated with the egg white mixture.
- The egg white really makes a difference, I have tried coating them with cornstarch like many recipes call for but find the egg white gets a crisper outer coating.
Baking Sweet Potato Fries
- Lay the fries on a parchment lined cookie sheet (this part is important too, they will stick otherwise!) Space the fries evenly so they don’t touch. They need space between them. If they are too close together, they steam and don’t get crisp.
- Depending on how many fries you are making, you may need to use two pans. If you are using two pans be sure and rotate the pans in the oven after you flip the fries over.
- Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and flip the fries over. Rearrange in a single layer. Return pan to oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until fries have brown spots on the outside. The outside of the fry will be crisp and the inside tender, soft and delicious. They don’t get as crisp as a “fried” french fry.
Add some additional salt and pepper if desired and serve with ketchup!
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Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg white
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Beat egg white in a bowl, until foamy.
- Slice sweet potatoes into evenly sized fries, about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Make them as uniform as possible so they bake evenly.
- Add fries to egg white and stir to coat.
- Drizzle fries with olive oil.
- Add in salt, pepper and garlic powder and toss to coat.
- Place fries in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Be sure the fries don't touch. If they are too close, they will steam and not get crispy.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and turn fries over. Be sure to keep them in a single layer. Return to oven bake for an additional 10-14 minutes.
- They will form brown spots on the outside. They will be crisp on the outside and tender and soft on the inside.
- Remove from oven and season with some additional salt if desired.
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