Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries that are perfectly crispy and still fluffy in the middle with both fried and oven baked directions with a single magic ingredient to keep them crispy!

If you love Sweet Potato Fries you’ll have to check out these Fried Cheese CurdsBeer Battered Onion Rings and Loaded Garlic French Fries too for all the best fried comfort foods for your summer bbq and grilling recipes!

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries mixed with regular fries in basket
 Perfectly Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries! Yes, we are in full swing of fun summer recipes and today is no exception. These homemade sweet potato fries were one of the biggest hits at a recent Memorial Day BBQ party for 40 people (yes, Crispy Sweet Potato Fries for 40!) and it is all thanks to one secret ingredient that makes these crispy fries!

I’m not sure if you’re like me, but I love sweet potato fries. I was introduced to them sort of late, being a purist and all. I couldn’t understand why anyone would mess with the perfect food, French Fries, long enough to make them out of a different potato. Then, one day I was at a burger place back in LA that offered ½ fries, ½ sweet potato fries. YES! All the adventure, 50% the commitment.

Sweet potato fries are a vegetarian, gluten free, super food option that is dairy-free, high in vitamins and good enough for you that you can overlook the calorie count in this recipe. Well, I can. 😉

THE SECRET TO CRISPY SWEET POTATO FRIES

If you’ve ever wondered how to make sweet potato fries crisp up and not look like noodles 2 minutes after they come out of the fryer? Look no further. Crispy Sweet Potato Fries are COMPLETELY doable, and they’re easy in fact! Yes, they still need a second fry, but they don’t need a long soak! And I don’t even boil them ahead like I do with normal fries. Here’s the secret…. cornstarch!

If you don’t want to fry these sweet potatoes you can absolutely make crispy baked sweet potato fries too!

Oven baked Sweet Potato Fries are SO EASY and also use the same cornstarch trick the fried version use (just use much less cornstarch). You can also use parchment paper if you’re baking these fries because the sweet potatoes can stick if you use the cornstarch, or if you use less oil than you should. Also be sure you give them enough time to really crisp up, if you turn them too early they may still stick to the pan.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:

  1. Heat the oven to 400.
  2. Cut the 1 pound sweet potatoes into matchsticks about 1/4″ thick and toss with vegetable oil or olive oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flip over and cook for 15 additional minutes.

If you want to add more seasonings to your fries you can certainly add more spices.

The first time you make the recipe you should try them the classic way, but the next time you can also try them with some different spices. Other spices that can be added (I’d add ½ teaspoon or less of any of these spices):

  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika (use ¼ teaspoon)
  • cayenne (use ¼ teaspoon)

Sweet Potato Fries piled in basket

What to serve with Sweet Potato Fries:

Sweet Potato Fries scream summer favorites including Fried Chicken, Pulled Pork, BBQ Pulled Chicken, Slow Cooker Ribs and all the best summer side dishes including Macaroni Salad, Coleslaw and Pasta Salad. Sweet Potato fries are the perfect fried comfort food.

Fry Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Easy Dipping Sauces: 

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Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with a single magic ingredient to keep them crispy! No more soggy fries, these stay crispy even if you have to reheat in the oven.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about a pound)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons club soda (or ice water)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Cut into ¼ inch thick fries and rinse the potatoes for about 10-15 seconds under cold water then dry with paper towels or a clean dish cloth you don't mind turning slightly orange.
  • Mix the cornstarch with the water to make a slurry in a large bowl or large ziploc bag, add sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
  • Heat your oil in your pot to 350 degrees and add the fries 1 at a time so they don't stick together, but make sure you don't overcrowd your pan.
  • Each time you do another round of potatoes toss the potatoes in the slurry again to prevent the cornstarch from settling. This should only take a few seconds and is even easier if you have a ziploc bag you can just flip upside down a few times and shake.
  • Fry for 1-2 minutes (no browning yet) and drain on a brown paper bag.
  • Once all the fries are done with their first dip in the oil, start the second round of frying, then fry them the second time for an additional 2 minutes, until they're browned and crispy.

Notes

To reheat:?If you're making ahead for a crowd, you can heat them in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-7 minutes to crisp them back up.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Sodium: 803mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6150IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Keyword: Crispy Sweet Potato Fries, sweet potato fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with a single magic ingredient to keep them crispy! No more soggy fries, these stay crispy even if you have to reheat in the oven.
Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with a single magic ingredient to keep them crispy! No more soggy fries, these stay crispy even if you have to reheat in the oven.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. We followed this exactly and they turned out SO crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and all around amazing. We will definitely be making these again! Thank you for your tips/tricks on getting them so crispy!

  2. Literally THE BEST sweet potato fries EVER. Not hard to make…but definitely use a thermometer and keep an eye on the temperature, letting the oil heat up to 350 degrees between batches.

    1. When you bake them, do you still need to make the water and cornstarch mixture?
      Or just drizzle them with olive oil and toss them only in cornstarch?

  3. Excellent recipe! So easy and taste like a restaurants! Served with buffalo chicken sliders! Perfect summer meal!

  4. I have to say these were very delicious. The sweet potato fries were nice and crunchy as promised and it was so quick and easy to do. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I didn’t even bother to do a first fry and then a second fry. I just tried them once and they came out perfectly.

  5. Omg these were uhmaaaazzzzing I love sweet potato fries and hate how they’re so expensive when eating out.
    Tried the fried version and they were basically as good as the restaurants ! Will try the baked version

  6. SO. FRICKEN. GOOD. I’m so glad I discovered this recipe! I was curious if you could do these with russet potatoes as well?

    1. You can but they won’t be as crispy. If you have time, soak them in water for 30 minutes to help with the crispiness. 🙂

      1. These look delicious. Mine came out super soggy still. I don’t think it’s your recipe I believe it’s me lol. Any tips? I did just as the oven cooked instructions say

        1. Oh no! If you used the oven directions, make sure next time that they’re spread out on the baking sheet. You want to give them space so they don’t steam vs getting crispy. You can also try them in an air fryer now too. Good luck!

  7. Hi Sabrina i’ve tried this recipe and they are the crispiest sweet potato fries ive ever made! Im going to make a big batch so can i fry them first time then freeze them and fry the 2nd time whenever i want? Will it be crispy?

    1. That’s how I would do it. Fry once, freeze and then fry again. You may need to adjust to the oil heat to get them as crispy since they will be going in much colder.

    1. I did not, I found the cornstarch was sufficient to make them crispy. But the ice water bath won’t hurt 🙂

    1. You can but they just won’t be crispy. If you leave them in the oil enough to get crispy then the inside won’t be fluffy and soft.

  8. I made these but ended up with some hard white little pebbles on the fries. I think the baking soda mixture made these hard pebbles. What did I do wrong? Thanks

  9. Do you think these can be frozen? If so, would i freeze it after the first dip in the fryer? Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! If you freeze definitely do it after the first fry to avoid spoilage of the fry. It may need a slightly hotter oil to compensate for the much more severe drop in temperature too.

  10. My grandmother fried sweet potatoes but not cut as fries. The potato was sliced thin and fried then sugar was sprinkled on them

  11. Hahaha I was the same way! I got my sweet potato start several years back…such adventurous eaters we are 🙂 And I love the corn starch method!!!

  12. These look perfect! I’ve only tried making sweet potato fries twice and haven’t been able to get them crispy. I’ll need to try it with the cornstarch next time, thanks!

  13. I’ve been wanting to try sweet potato fries like this *forever* 😀 Looking forward to making them!

  14. I, also, love Lucille’s BBQ. I love sweet potato fries too, anytime I can order them I do. I am going to have to try out the cornstarch trick.