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Savory Sweet Potato Fries

There’s nothing in the world quite like sweet potato fries. And they’re easy to make at home in the oven – no deep frying!

Savory sweet potato fries on a plate with a dollop of sour cream

Oh, Gourmet magazine, what will we do when we need something simple and savory and lipsmacking? Who else will understand that sweet potatoes were not invented to be smothered in marshmallows? Who else will have the brilliant derring-do to slice a sweet potato like a steak fry and season it with fennel? [Sigh]

I’ll have to settle for being grateful that the recipe archive lives on, as it helps me make up for all the years—too many years—when sweet potatoes and I weren’t friends.

Some years ago, my friend, Tom, talked me into trying the sweet potato fries that were a specialty of the dive where we sometimes ate lunch. I hadn’t had sweet-potato-anything in years—decades—scarred as I was as a child by something yammy (candied yams, I suspect). I wasn’t optimistic about the fry treatment, and I was pretty certain I was wasting an opportunity to enjoy a plate of regular ole dive fries, but, I powered on. I even agreed to his insistence on ordering some sour cream on the side. Sweet potatoes? Fried? With sour cream?

I had to be crazy.

I’m pretty sure Tom doesn’t read this blog, which is fortunate for me, because then he would find out just how indebted I am to him for opening my eyes to the beauty of the fried sweet potato—dipped in sour cream— and he would probably hold it over my head for an indefinite period of time.

I don’t know how the dive who served me those fries that day prepared them, but these baked versions are yummy-yum-yummy. Tender and perfectly seasoned, they’ll make a believer out of the staunchest sweet potato detractor.

Two large sweet potatoes

The grocery didn’t have “medium” potatoes today. Each of these suckers was 1 lb.

Aren’t they pretty with their rosy glow?

Sweet potato spices

SoupAddict loves da spices. Not a fan of licorice? Don’t skip out on the fennel. That’s right, don’t skip it.

Trust SoupAddict on this one.

Grinding spices in a mortar and pestle

Action photo goodness! A mortar and pestle is a little more work than a coffee grinder, but the reward is the scent of spices, which is intoxicating.

ground spices in the bowl of a mortar

Someday, there will be scratch-and-sniff technology and you’ll be able to share in SoupAddict’s giddyness.

Slicing a sweet potato with a Shun knife

Freshly sliced sweet potato fries

This is why SoupAddict loves vegetables as much as she loves chocolate. How much more beautiful can a thing dug from the earth get?


Drizzling oil over the sweet potato fries

A little oil will help all the heavenly spicy goodness cling to the potato strips.

Sprinkling spices over the sweet potato fries

SoupAddict’s extremely uncoordinated left hand gets spice-sprinkling duty, which usually results in uneven piles of spices.

But that’s okay—a little tossing will take care of that (tossing of the potatoes, that is, not the left hand).

Savory sweet potato fries baking in the oven

Arrange the wedges into a single layer, for even heating.

Halfway through, remove the pan from the oven and flippity-flip the wedges over with a spatula.

Sweet Potato Fries with Sour Cream

Ahhh. Golden and divine, slightly sweet, slightly spicy. Wholly delicious.

Serve with a side of sour cream. And try not to eat the whole thing yourself.

Karen xo

Savory sweet potato fries with sour cream on the side
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Sweet Potato Fries

Bake sweet potatoes fries at home in the oven, without the mess of deep frying.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato fries
Servings: 6
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. medium sweet potatoes , scrubbed (peeled or not; it's up to you)


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Coarsely grind coriander, fennel, oregano, and red pepper flakes in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Stir together spices and salt. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1-inch wedges.
  • Toss wedges with oil and spices in a large roasting pan and roast in middle of oven 20 minutes. Turn wedges over with a spatula and roast until tender and slightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes more.


SoupAddict's notes: I would recommend slicing the potatoes into 1/2? thick wedges. After they were finished roasting, I also stuck them under the broiler for several minutes to dry them out a bit. One treatment I might try next time is to simply spray the wedges with spray oil, instead of using vegetable oil, and then sprinkle on the spices.
Adapted from a recipe in Gourmet, January 2002


Calories: 312kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.
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Wednesday 30th of December 2009

Great fries! They seem delicious.

Happy New Year! :)


Thursday 31st of December 2009

They are delicious. I made some yesterday again for lunch, in fact. And silly me, I tossed the extra spices in the garbage, and though that was a stupid thing to do (shoulda just grabbed a jar and labeled it Sweet Potato Mix), now everytime I lift the lid, that wonderful scent drifts out. (Apparently it makes a good air freshener, too!)


Wednesday 30th of December 2009

yum, i love sweet potato fries! i usually just make them plain, but i'll have to try it this way next time