Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

It’s no secret that I love sweet potatoes.  I’ve featured them mashed, baked, and grilled.  I’ve also folded them into phyllo dough, and into a bundt cake.

Out of all these variations, one of my favorite ways to prepare sweet potatoes happens to be one of the simplest: sliced and roasted.

As the days start to darker and the weather cooler, these sweet potato fries are a quick remedy.  Simple and quick to make, these warm and healthy fries are the quintessential comfort food, a sizzling side, and an awesome appetizer.

Last week, I got home around 10:00 p.m. after playing poker with some friends.  I trudged in from the cold, my pockets slightly lighter after the cards refused to play my way.  The refrigerator was no more accommodating; the single, incandescent light falling on nothing but a packet of pita bread and two-day old brown rice.

But then I saw a sweet potato nestled in the corner of my counter.  And with the other three ingredients always within arms’ reach, within no time, I was lying in bed, munching on sweet potato fries, and enjoying the intrigue of Harry Potter et les Reliques de la Mort.

Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
YIELD: Serves 4

2 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


1.  Peel the skin from the sweet potatoes, and cut them in half, lengthwise.  Lay each half flat, and then cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, about 1/4-inch thick.  If the wedges are too wide, cut them in half (they should only be about a 1/2-inch wide.  The length is unimportant.

2.  In a large bowl, combine the wedges with the oil, salt, and pepper.  Mix well, until the wedges are well coated.  Lightly grease a baking sheet, and roast the wedges at 420 degrees for thirty minutes, turning the wedges over after 15 minutes.  Enjoy warm!


7 responses to “Simple Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Great sweet potato fry recipe, nice and simple, the way fries should be, thanks.

  2. Well aren’t we fancy, reading HP in French and all!

  3. Awesome, I’ll definitely try it 🙂

  4. Ha! I actually tried to order “Never Let Me Go” or “Aupres de Moi Toujours,” but refused to ship it to the States (*&$#@ French!) and it was prohibitively expensive on So, I’m just going to have to settle for the copy from the Cincinnati public library.

  5. Laura MacDougall

    We share our love of sweet potatoes!

  6. Laura MacDougall

    I am trying your sweet potato fries today!

  7. add a little cayenne pepper before baking, or dip them in some chapotle ketchup for a little heat.

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