Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries


Sweet potatoes may conjure up thoughts of a holiday side dish, but they can be enjoyed any time of the year. Loaded with beneficial vitamins and nutrients such as vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium, sweet potatoes are reported to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer benefits, according to the World's Healthiest Foods encyclopedia. Sweet potatoes can be used in dishes that normally call for white potatoes, such as potato fries.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Combine 1 tbsp. of canola oil with 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder in a large glass bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Wash your sweet potato under lukewarm running water with a vegetable brush.

Step 4

Put the sweet potato on a cutting board and slice it in half lengthwise. Lay the flat side down on the cutting board and proceed to cut the two halves of the potato into thin french fry shapes.

Step 5

Put the sweet potato slices in the bowl with the oil and spice mix and toss them until all of the slices are evenly covered.

Step 6

Lay the sweet potato fries out in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the oven.

Step 7

Bake for 30 minutes or until the fries begin to get brown and crispy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Monitor your sweet potato fries the first time you make them, as temperatures and cooking time may vary between oven models.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable brush
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Nonstick baking spray
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic


  • World's Healthiest Foods: Sweet Potatoes
  • Country Living: Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • Eating Well: Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois Extension: Watch Your Garden Grow: Sweet Potatoes
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.