Sweet Potato Fries*

Jorge and I are from opposite sides of the track. And by that I mean, his first job was at McDonalds at the deep fryer and mine was at a realtors office where I was paid to read magazines and paint my nails. Obviously if we had met in  high school we wouldn’t be married today. Who wants to date the fry boy? Oh wait…I do. Hot fries? A cute guy smelling like delicious, greasy fries? Ohhhhhh yaaaaa.

And while you will find me in line at whatever fast food joint I can find demanding a large fry and a GIANT diet coke any time I have a hangover, my favorite fries are Baked Sweet Potato Fries. To be fair, I have yet to meet a sweet potato I didn’t love…but these really are the best fries I have ever made at home. I used to make mine coated in a little olive oil, salt, and a whole lot of fresh cracked pepper. And they were good. But after learning the trick about tossing them in corn meal to help them stay crispy on the outside (from my lovely neighbor) and adding a healthy dose of cinnamon…they are perfect. Absolutely perfect.

I know school is starting back up and everyone is going to be rushing to get dinner on the table…but these really are a pinch to make if you can take the time to slice them before hand. If I know I need to have these ready to go in a pinch, I will slice up a few large sweet potatoes and store them in a plastic bag in the fridge until I am ready to use them. I have even heard you can freeze them!


Baked Sweet Potato Fries


3 large sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons corn meal
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.

Peel sweet potatoes and slice into fries. You want fries to be as even in width as possible for even cooking.

Place sweet potatoes in one of those giant size ziplocks and drizzle in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Shake like crazy to evenly coat. Then sprinkle in the corn meal and shake, shake, shake it!

Drizzle in the last tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle in the cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Again shake it like your life depends on it.

Lay out the sweet potatoes in a single layer and bake 25-30 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve immediately.

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33 Responses to “Sweet Potato Fries”

  1. 1

    Katrina — August 10, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    The corn meal is a really great idea. These sound awesome.

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — August 10, 2011 @ 6:42 am

    I love sweet potato fries! In high school I dated a guy who worked for Arby’s. Jamocha shakes are really tasty.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — August 10, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    i make sweet potato fries all the time but never with the cornmeal crust. definitely gonna try that out!

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    Blog is the New Black — August 10, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Yes. Yes, I would like fries with that.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 10, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    How wonderful! We LOVE sweet potato fries – they’re almost as good as dessert!
    I’ll have to try the cornmeal, haven’t heard of that. And the cinnamon – yum!
    Thanks, Jessica!

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    melissa — August 10, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    I’ve never heard the cornmeal trick – great idea! Thanks.

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    Kim — August 10, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    Hi Jessica, I was wondering if you have any tips for cutting those sweet potatoes evenly. I actually made sweet potato fries for the first time a week or two ago…I made “copycat” Bloomin’ Onion dipping sauce to dip the fries in and my husband and I are now addicted lol. My only problem is that they’re SO hard to cut and I’m terrified I’m going to slice my finger off, so any tips you have would be much appreciated!

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    Bev Weidner — August 10, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Seriously, and I’m serious. Those are my most favorite fries in the entire world and Earth. Seriously. LOVE THEM.

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    DessertForTwo — August 10, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I would so date someone who smelled like french fries! :)

    I’ve been playing with sweet potato fry recipes so long, I’ve given up hope. But cornmeal just might be the trick to getting the elusive crispness! Thanks!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 10, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Fries? Yes please :) But I can honestly say I’ve never had a taste of sweet potato anything – unless we’re talking baby food but I can’t be sure of that since I don’t remember.

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    serena @bigapplenosh — August 10, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Those are some beautiful fries – I love the sweet potato variety :)

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    Lauren @ Adventures in Flip Flops — August 10, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Oh man, these are making my mouth water and I have no hope of making them for weeks. Le sigh. I’ll just live vicariously through you, then.

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — August 10, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    I loooove sweet potato fries! I can’t wait to try these at home!

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — August 10, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Ok I had to check out the fries too. These pics are super yummy and the fries look gorgeous! I am now planning a meal around fries.

    These sweet potato fries look much better than mine the last time I tried them. I think I am going to use this recipe next.

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    Joanne — August 10, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    Oh these are perfectional. I love the addition of cinnamon…it just makes everything better.

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 10, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Oh I love sweet potato fries (probably more than regular French Fries)! I recently made some spicy sweet potato fries but have never heard of this cornmeal trick. I can’t wait to try it next time I get a sweet fry craving.

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    Kelly — August 10, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Wow these look absolutely gorgeous!! :)

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    Kocinera — August 10, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    Sweet potato fries are the greatest thing ever! I had just discovered the trick of coating them in cornstarch, but cornmeal sounds even better. Sometimes cornstarch can get a little gummy–especially when reheating. I bet the cornmeal gives the fries a beautiful crunch.

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    Aggie — August 10, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    Loving the crust on these!!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 10, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    Thanks for the cornmeal tip!

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — August 11, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    I looooove sweet potato fries… wish I could find some around here so I could make them!

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    trouble — August 11, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    It’s look yummy. ^ ^

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    Nelly Rodriguez — August 11, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Cornmeal! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — August 13, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    mmm i’m definitely trying these tonight!

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    Kita — August 16, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I haven’t tried baking sweet potatoes yet. I love this idea! We have only grilled sweet potato fries and I snuck them in with normal regular old fashioned potatoes in an attempt to get BF to try them. That failed, but I enjoyed them. 😀

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    Taryn — August 18, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    Yum! My mouth is watering!

    Do you know where you got the wire cup they’re in? I’ve been looking for something like that just for serving up fries in parchment like you do here. It makes them even more yummy, I think. Right? No? Just me?

    • Jessica replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 12:59 am

      No! It totally makes it taste better! 😛

      I got it at Dillards! I was there 2 weeks ago and saw them in the clearance section for $2 so better go quick!

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    Andrea — February 7, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    I tried this recipe tonight and the fries were just not crispy. They were still delicious but I just couldn’t get them crispy- and I made two different batches. :( I’m not sure how but if you could somehow give any ideas/tips I would greatly appreciate it!

    • Jessica replied: — February 8th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      Hmm I wonder if it’s too much olive oil?

      I don’t know why they wouldn’t have crisped up! Mine were by no means as crispy as when you fry them, but they were not soggy by any means.

      Sorry they didn’t turn out perfect, but I am glad they still tasted good!

    • Jessica replied: — February 8th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      P.S. I have no idea why I said means so many times… lol apparently that’s my word of the day 😉

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    Kristi — April 17, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Woah! These look amazing! I will definitely try the corn meal next time. I find it also helps if you cut them very thin. I usually dip mine in a chipotle “mayo,” that’s mostly fat-free, unsweetened yogurt, a touch of mayo (for the tang), and a bunch of chipotle powder, some salt, and some garlic. YUM!
    Soooo… most people on the interwebs are talking about having to blanch these in oil (yuck!) before freezing them… has anyone tried freezing them raw, or blanched in water?

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