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Simple Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

I could eat baked sweet potato fries morning, noon, and night. At home, we bake them all the time as a side to any dinner or just an after school snack. Some links in this post earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Snacking on sweet potato fries

At Thanksgiving, someone always makes and brings a sweet potato casserole, but I never touch it. It’s too sweet for my tastes, but I make up for it with all the sweet potato fries I devour.

My baked sweet potato fries have way fewer ingredients, leaving the wholesome vitamins and minerals from the sweet potatoes. That’s how I justify eating so many, right?

My son loves these absolutely baked to a crisp and almost blackened. I like them cooked so they’re soft inside and crisp outside.

Basket of sweet potato fries in a clear glass.

The trick? Don’t overload your pan. If you have too many, they steam and stay soft as they bake instead of crisping on the exterior. Make sure you have a single layer and space between them.

Along those lines, I found a really cool pan that has a raised rack to hold my baked sweet potato fries that lets me bake them without flipping them. I use this now for everything from homemade chicken fingers to bacon wrapped dates to bacon roasted Brussels sprouts and more.

Because my son likes his crispier, we tend to cut our baked sweet potato fries fairly thin for him. Cut yours a little wider and cook a little longer, or make wedges to prep them even faster. Make sure to adjust your bake time to account for this.

I can eat an entire potato – or two – myself, but generally a potato serves two people as a side. If you need more, bake in rotation with multiple baking trays. I put one on a top shelf and another on a lower shelf and swap half way through baking.

Easy baked sweet potato fries basket

How to Make Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Wash your sweet potato. Slice off a thin edge, and cut that into matchsticks. 

Turn your potato to rest on the flat side, and repeat. For safety, always cut with a flat side on your cutting board.

How to slice sweet potatoes

As you get to the end, turn it so that the long cut edge lays on the board for stability. This makes it so much easier to cut and keep your slices the same size, which is critical for even baking.

Place potato slices into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss gently to coat so that each slice shines with just a touch of olive oil. If you use too much, they’ll be soggy.

Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil

Transfer potato slices to your baking sheet and ensure they are in an even, not touching layer. Bake for a total 30-35 minutes.

Halfway through, flip them so to ensure even baking and keep one side from getting soggy. If you use a baking sheet with a rack, you can skip this step, as the air circulates around the baked sweet potato fries.

Once you see them crisped, remove from the oven and serve immediately.

My son loves his with simple salt and pepper. I usually add paprika, and sometimes garlic powder or cinnamon. Go with your favorite to flavor them as much as you prefer!

Have you ever made baked sweet potato fries?

Homemade baked sweet potato fries

Sweet Potato Fries

These incredibly simple baked sweet potato fries taste amazing and are perfect to accompany just about any meal – or enjoy them as a snack on their own.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Michelle


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Wash sweet potato. Slice off a thin edge, and cut into matchsticks. Rest potato on flat side, and repeat.
    1 sweet potato
  • Place potato slices into bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
    2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Transfer potato slices to baking sheet and in a single layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping each potato 20 minutes into baking.
  • Once crispy on the outside, remove from oven and serve immediately.



  • Bump up the flavor by adding a half teaspoon of paprika, a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder, or a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon to your potatoes before you bake them.
  • This recipe easily scales up to serve more. Bake on additional baking sheets, as it’s critical to have just a single layer of potatoes or they’ll get soggy.
  • For more tips and tricks, be sure to read the full article above.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 311mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

This site uses an online source to provide nutrition estimates as a courtesy. If you need exact values, please calculate yourself.

Simple Sweet potato fries recipe. This easy oven baked sweet potato fries recipe is naturally gluten free and dairy free and is healthier than other fries. Enjoy this with dinner or let it be the perfect after school snack! #sweetpotato #fries #easyrecipe #healthyrecipe

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