Sweet Potato Fries

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries make for a delicious and healthy snack! An easy trick guarantees that they are crispy, so you can focus on eating them!

Sweet Potato Fries on a grey plate with dip.

When I was younger, Disney was a big thing in my family. Summer holidays meant trips either back to Jamaica (I didn’t grow up here) or trips to Disney, and as a Disney fanatic, this was a very big deal to me. I can remember being young with my brother meeting Aladdin and Chip & Dale for the first time, and being unable to contain my excitement, while also meeting Jafar and coming close to running out of there because why would I want to associate with this bad guy??

In case you’re wondering, yes, Toy Story has caused me to STILL believe that stuffed animals are real. And at 23 years old, I am still very much of that belief. Just kidding.

Kinda.

Sweet potato fries on a baking sheet.

I think Disney not only reflected all my favourite characters, princesses (Ariel is basically the coolest princess ever in my eyes), and crazy fun summer and Christmas vacations, but an opportunity for happiness, hope and a bit of magic, things are still essential in my life today. I still have my hopes, my dreams, my Prince Charming and my happiness.

Mr. Jessiker Bakes and I went to Disney for our first anniversary (PRINCE Charming!) and to say I had a blast would be an understatement. Even if it’s just for a week, or a weekend, it’s a chance to break out of the normal order of life and have a lot of magic in your life. And perhaps these things are not an excuse for me belting Frozen songs at the top of my voice, but I would love to pretend it is. I mean, isn’t that a part of my dreams, dreaming and hoping that one day my singing voice won’t be mistaken for someone croaking?

Sweet potato fries with salt sprinkled on them.

Anyway, time to tie this trip down memory lane to these sweet potato fries. Sweet potato fries have a lot of magic in them, allowing you to enjoy everyone’s favourite side order in a much healthier way, both with the potato used and the method of baking them, and without any loss of taste or flavour. When I say these fries are loaded with flavour, I mean it. You can add any seasonings that you want to these naturally delicious and sweet fries and they would compliment it perfectly. I’ve also found the trick to making these beauties crisp. There’s no going back now.

Sweet Potato Fries

Cornstarch. Now, here me out. You are adding less than 40 calories for the entire two servings of fries that will change the entire game. Instead of soggy fries, or fries dried up beyond belief for leaving them in longer in an attempt of them crisping up, you get perfect, crisp-but-soft-on-the-inside and evenly cooked sweet potato fries. I could not stop eating these, and perhaps ate half of someone’s share because they are that addictive. The crunch factor alone will mean you won’t be able to get your hands off of these.

Didn’t I tell you everyday life is filled with a bit of Disney magic?

Sweet potato fries wrapped in parchment on a grey plate.

 If you enjoyed these sweet potato fries, you’ll also enjoy these Sweet Potato Chips!

Sweet potato chips in a white ramekin on a napkin.

If you like these chips, you may also enjoy these Warm Cinnamon Apple Chips.

Stack of apple cinnamon chips on a bleu table cloth.

Or these Kale Chips, Three Different Ways!

White bowl full of crispy kale chips.

Check out all my side dish recipes!

Montage of sweet potato fries with salt being sprinkled on them.

 

 

Salt falling on sweet potato fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries make for a delicious and healthy snack! An easy trick guarantees that they are crispy, so you can focus on eating them!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato washed, scrubbed and dried
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two cookie sheets with a silicone baking mat (such as SILPAT) or foil, lightly sprayed.
  • Cut the sweet potato into half, then into quarters, then cut into even fries (not too thin). In a plastic ziplock bag, add the fries and the cornstarch and shake until all the fries are coated, for about 1 minute.
  • Add the oil to the bag and shake again, coating all of the fries. Add all the seasonings in a ramekin, and then add the bag and shake again to coat fries.
  • Pour the fries onto the baking sheets so that they are NOT crowded (very important or they will just steam each other and not crisp) and slightly spread out.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes, watching them after 20 minutes so they don't burn. Remove from oven once done and serve hot with mayo and ketchup. Enjoy!
NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Sodium: 2389mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16031IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I’ve never tried adding cornstarch to my homemade fries, but it sounds like a wonderful trick. I can’t wait to try it out for myself! I love the sweet-savory combo of flavors you used for these fries, and the pictures turned out wonderfully!

  2. OMG… They look so delicious and crispy. I wish I could reach into the screen and have some 😉

  3. Pam says:

    Disneyland is always a fun place to go!

    Great tip about the cornstarch – I would never have thought of that. The fries look tasty!

  4. Oh, man. I’m pretty sure I could eat that entire pan of these amazing-looking fries. I LOVE sweet potato fries so much. Oh, and I’m kind of in love with that awesome gif action you’ve got going on there. Pinned! 😀

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thanks Sarah! And thanks for pinning! So glad you like the GIF.

  5. I saw these photos on Instagram and I sighed out loud. Goodness gracious they are lovely! Pinning right now!

  6. Wow!! These look AMAZING! I love love LOVE sweet potatoes! In fact, I just made my own version of them the other night! 🙂 YUM!

  7. Liz says:

    I love, love the cornstarch tip! Now I’m hankering for some yummy sweet potato fries!!!

  8. Ala says:

    JESS. Okay now I know I already commented, but I was so sleepy (i.e. running on 3 hours of sleep) I confess that I didn’t read most of your post. But now I did and GIRLLLL Ariel is the best princess ever!!! Also, I can’t believe you got to go to Disney (Florida though, right? Otherwise I’d ask why you didn’t come pay me a visit!) <3 Anyway, just wanted to let you know that. Hah! Disneyland and Disney World make things so much better 🙂 cheers!

    • Jessica says:

      Haha thanks Ala! And yes Florida 🙂 Disney is the best!

    • Jessica says:

      And thank you! Ariel is THE best Princess! Although the older I get the more I want to let her know this human world is a mess indeed!

      • Bwahahaha, no kidding, eh? It’s like, Ariel, girl, you want to stay under the sea. You’re gonna want to quit this bitch up here. But then she’ll have to deal with overfishing, pollution (all the crap we pump into the oceans and the floating islands of plastic), annoying speedboats, etc. Sigh.

  9. Jessica, I share your love of Disney. I can’t even begin to describe how much their movies and cartoons mean to me. I grew up watching all the Disney movies (I was OBSESSED with the Little Mermaid! I watched it every day for six months when it first came out on VHS) and cartoons. Every Sunday night on CBC (our Canadian national tv channel) they’d have Disney Hour at 6 pm, featuring all of the old school Disney cartoons and I never missed it. I’m going to Disney World in July and I can’t freaking wait! Just like I can’t freaking wait to try this cornstarch trick on sweet potato fries. Yours look amazingly crispy. Thanks for sharing this, girl!

    • Jessica says:

      I hope you enjoy Disney World! And yes, I still know all the songs to the Little Mermaid which is a bit pathetic, but now I know all the songs to frozen SO childhood innocence is no longer an excuse. Thanks Nancy! 🙂

  10. Happy anniversary! You should watch a nice Disney’s movie 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Marta! Always 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Ha I should have specified that this was last Anniversary! The next one is around the corner 🙂

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