Baked Sweet Potato Fries

By Ruvimbo Jeche

Sweet potatoes are the best, I bet. Baked sweet potato fries have been one of my favorite snacks since I first saw my mum make them years ago. Not only  do they taste good in the mouth, but the body enjoys them too. They are healthy than regular potatoes. They:-

  • Are fiber loaded and low in calories making them great for weight loss as long as you are not eating them in a mound of fries.
  • Have high vitamin A content and are low on the glycemic index, meaning they are less likely than regular potatoes to make tour blood sugar spike.
  • Promote gut health and have cancer fighting properties.
  • Support health vision and enhance brain function.
  • Support immune system.

See all these health benefits? They are enough reason to consider as part of your diet. I know boiled sweet potatoes can be boring so this is the reason I’m giving you the recipe:

Baked sweet potato fries.


  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-large or 3 medium)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons  cooking oil
  • Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into fry-shaped pieces about ¼″ wide and ¼″ thick. (Try to cut them into similarly sized pieces so the fries will bake evenly).
  • Transfer half of the uncooked fries to one baking sheet, and the other half to the other baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the fries (1 tablespoon per pan) and toss until the fries are lightly and evenly coated in oil.
  • Arrange your fries in a single layer and don’t overcrowd; otherwise they will never crisp up.
  •  Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the fries so they can cook on all sides.
  • If desired, toss the baked fries with seasonings, to taste.

Serve warm.

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