Why fry? Roasted sweet potato fries

Why fry? Roasted sweet potato fries

Home-roasted fries hold a special place in many hearts. This crispy and starchy side dish evokes a sense of comfort and nostalgia, offering a delicious alternative to fast food options. While portion control might be a challenge with enthusiastic fry fans, this recipe is sure to satisfy.

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