Zesty Sweet Potato Fries


I love sweet potato fries, but it is hard to find a good healthy version that isn’t fried. This recipe has a few extra steps to ensure crispy fries, and some zesty seasonings for delicious fries that are sure to become a favorite in your household!

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Ah, the sweet potato. I love sweet potatoes prepared a variety of ways because they taste so good, you hardly believe they are actually good for you. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, which is great for healthy digestion. They also contain iron, calcium, selenium, vitamin C, and a hefty dose of most of the B vitamins. Beta carotene, is a carotenoid that converts into vitamin A in the body. Carotenoids are beneficial for the prevention of cancer and promoting eye health, as well as improving cognitive function and cardiovascular health. 

The Secrets to Crispy Oven-Baked Fries

Soak your potatoes

Soaking potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes after they are sliced removes extra starch. It is also very important that you dry them completely after soaking. Drain the water and pat dry with paper towels before adding oil and seasonings.

Use parchment paper and don’t crowd

Parchment paper prevents sticking and helps create a layer of air underneath fries, ensuring more even cooking on all sides. Spreading them in a single layer with a bit of space around them also helps.

Use cornstarch

Add your seasonings to a couple tablespoons of cornstarch and toss your fries in the mixture before baking.

Be patient

Take the time to rotate and flip your fries halfway through baking time. Rest time after fries are baked helps them crisp up even more. Also be sure to add your salt last, after baking.

Make it a Meal

Pair your sweet potato fries with Vegan Mushroom Lentil Burgers for a healthy spin on a classic American meal. For another sweet potato recipe, check out these Mexican Sweet Potato Skins.


Zesty Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Yield:4-6 servings



1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch-wide sticks

2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon harissa seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste


  1. Place sliced potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Drain and rinse potatoes, then blot dry with a paper towel. Also dry the bowl in which you soaked them.
  4. Add fries back to the bowl, and add olive oil. Toss until potatoes are evenly coated.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, garlic powder, harissa seasoning, and pepper. Sprinkle evenly over fries, and toss to coat fries thoroughly.
  6. Spread fries out in a single layer on prepared baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pans from oven, and carefully flip fries with a spatula. Place pans back in the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until fries are crispy and slightly brown on the ends.
  8. Transfer baking sheet to a cooling rack, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  9. Allow fries to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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