Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

After several days of my nose being glued to my books, I’ve finally come out of my shell and back to reality! Three tests in three days, and each test was 1/3 of my grade for the entire class. How’s that for freakishly annoying prime numbers? Arg! But there is a calm after the storm and I’m trying to ease into it.

I had my bff girl over for a dinner and a movie night for some de-stressing! I made these freakin’ fabulous pull-me-out-of-my-funk sweet potato fries that you really must try. I googled a few recipes to find out how to make them extra crispy and learned a lil trick or two that I thought I’d share with you all. Plus I found a few fab dipping sauces that are so good I wanted to spoon feed myself sauce all night long ;)

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

by Lindsay

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 35 min

Keywords: bake appetizer side snack party food vegetarian vegan sugar-free soy-free gluten-free

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 2 med. sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 tbs. corn starch
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • fresh ground pepper


Wash and scrub sweet potatoes, leaving unpeeled.

Lay potatoes on theirs sides and cut in half. Place sliced side flat onto cutting board and slice 1/2″ thick slices holding steady. Lay slices down flat and cut into 1/2″ thick strips.

Place potato strips into a large bowl of cool water. Allow to soak for about 20 minutes to remove excess starch.

Lay potatoes onto paper towels and pat dry.

Combine potatoes and cornstarch in large plastic bag. Close bag and shake until potatoes are evenly coated.

Add olive oil and seasonings into bag and shake to coat.

Place potatoes onto baking sheet(s) covered with parchment paper, spacing them evenly apart.

Bake in 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 425 and bake for another 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.

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The secret to great sweet potato fries is keeping a good eye on them while they are in the oven. To ensure crispiness you really need to bake them at a high temperature, but you obviously don’t want them too crispy, or burnt! Check on them every 10 minutes and toss with a spatula to ensure even cooking on all sides. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of your slices.

For a great dipping sauce try this vegan chipotle aioli recipe here. I also whipped up a sweet and spicy mustard sauce with a little dijon, vegenaise, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Mmmmm so good! The chipotle sauce was my favorite, and is seriously addicting; but my girlfriend Sarah went nuts over the sweet mustard!

So happy the weekend is almost here and I can finally relax and not worry about intentional torts and negligence vs. criminal intent. UGH! Here’s a funny pic I snapped when I got home after finishing all 3 exams. I celebrated with a green smoothie. duh ;)

Do you prefer regular or sweet potatoes? What’s your fav cooking style?

I’m a sweet potato girl through and through. To be honest I’ve never really liked regular potatoes. Call me crazy, I know! To make matters worse I’m Irish and I don’t eat meat or potatoes. (Keep the jokes comin’ folks) It’s not so much the taste but it’s always been more of a texture thing for me. Potatoes are so chalky tasting and I feel like I’m eating cotton balls! I can handle a french fry slathered in ketchup but offer me baked or mashed potatoes and I’ll turn you down every time. Tis true.

Now a sweet tater is a whole other story! I’ve loved them since I was a wee lil one when my mother fed me so many sweet potatoes I started to turn an orangish hue! She rushed me to the doctor and he blamed excessive beta carotene. Ha! <— True story.

Potato, patato! 


  1. Sierra says:

    I seriously LOVE sweet potato fries! I haven’t tried the soaking-them-in-water trick, but I love em crispy, so I might have to try that next time. And I’m with you on the dipping sauces…I make similar ones and they really make the fries even that much better! :)

    • Sierra says:

      Oh, yeah, and P.S. When I was a wee little one, I would only eat carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, so I was DEFINITELY yellow orange! :) People would always ask what was wrong with me. :) If I weren’t so lazy about preparing them now, I prolly would STILL be orange! ;)

      And I love your green smoothie pic…cute! :)

      • Lindsay says:

        Too funny! At least I wasn’t the only orange baby! My mom thought there was something seriously wrong with me, but no, it was the sweet potatoes :)

    • Lindsay says:

      Actually the cornstarch is the secret ingredient that makes them crispy! And the high temperature oven. But the dipping sauces make them THAT much better! hehe ;)

  2. Corrina_R says:

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM I love sweet potato fries!!!! They are the best :) I have got my son hooked on them too!!! With spicy dip yumm!!! Cute pic too ;)

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks for inspiring me with your recipe! I love Vegenaise but I had never made a chipotle sauce before and your recipe was so easy and SO delicious!! Thanks so stopping by to say hi, I love your blog girl!

  3. Brooke says:

    You are crazy!! Haha :)

    I love love love sweet potatoes in all forms, they melt my heart!! But I also am a fan of red/golden potatoes.. mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, regular french fries.. you name it, I will probably love it! Given the choice though, Sweet Potatoes without a doubt!

    Those fries you made look absolutely delicious!! I’m going to have to try this recipe for sure!!

    Glad those tests have come and gone, now time to relax and kick back for a bit! Happy Weekend!!

    • Lindsay says:

      So basically you are a potato girl! hehe. You can make these with russet potatoes too if you feel the urge, but of course I’m partial so the sweet ones!
      I wish the weekend would last forever. Back to class tomorrow. ugh! ;)

  4. emma says:

    oh my……those look wonderful. I love the crispiest of fries……very close to being burnt but not quite! :-) hope you’re having a great weekend sweetie!

    • Lindsay says:

      Yes I like the crispiness too. I’m not a big fan of mushy fries! ;) My mom likes them so crispy that they are burnt and I always thought she was crazy but it seems she’s not the only one. ha!

  5. Alexia @ NamasteYoga says:

    I love sweet potatoes and those fries look amazing! they look like the ones i used to order in one of my favourite veg restaurants in london- nice crispy slightly burned skin, with a paprika flavour! mhmm! miss them!!!

  6. Sarah Elizabeth says:

    I loooove that there is a search engine on your blog because I thought I was going to have to scroll forever to find this again hahaa… love you xoxoxoxo

  7. Scott says:

    These were a hit at a cookout over the weekend. They were gone before dinner! I used cinnamon as well. Thanks Lindz!

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