Why fry? Roasted sweet potato fries

Contributed by Benjamin Maring, MD

Why fry? Roasted sweet potato fries

I have always considered myself to be overprotective of my fries. I still recall being slighted by my best friend in eighth grade when he took a handful of McDonald’s french fries off my tray without asking.

Even now, while most of my “fry” consumption is of the home-roasted variety, this crispy and starchy combination takes me back to a place of comfort. I have learned to be a little more generous, as well, which is helpful because I know kids who can eat these by the dozen. Okay, young daughter, you can have ONE.

Servings: 4


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges. Usually, 6 to 8 wedges per sweet potato make for a good fry depending on the size of the potato. 
  3. Spread out on a large sheet pan, drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and toss to combine. 
  4. Roast for about 12 minutes on the middle rack, then use a spatula to toss them around a little bit. Continue to roast for another 10 to 12 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are deeply browned on the edges and tender when pierced with a fork or knife. 


You can experiment with different seasonings to fit your taste and your meal. Consider the following:

  • • Toss with an additional 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper before going in the oven.
  • • Toss with an additional 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence or a mix of dried thyme and dried basil before going in the oven.
  • • Toss with an additional 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary before going in the oven.
  • • Add whole, peel-on garlic cloves to the roast and you end up with sticky sweet packets of garlicky goodness afterward.
  • • Toss with 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic or garlic paste after the potatoes come out of the oven.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 112
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 32 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 19 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 2 g