How to bake perfect crispy sweet potato fries

Author: Rachel Smith

How to bake perfect crispy sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries, we just can’t get enough of ’em! But whilst they are delicious, they’re also notoriously tricky to bake as they often end up more soggy than crispy and delicious.

Take a look at our recipe to help you bake perfect sweet potato fries, every time!

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Total Time: 55 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus soaking

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

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Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

(Servings: 4)

  • 1 1 sweet potatoes, skin removed
  • 0.5 0.5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 0.25 0.25 Tbsp cornflour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • paprika (optional)
  • garlic powder (optional)

Method

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into 5mm (¼in) slices. Soak in cold water for 45-60 minutes. This draws out the excess starch from the sweet potatoes, helping them to cook all the way through.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6. Line 1-2 baking trays with greaseproof paper. Warm the tray in the oven.
  3. Coat the slices in oil, but not too much or they will be very soft when they come out of the oven. Mix the slices, cornflour and oil in a large bowl, using your hands to distribute the oil and cornflour evenly. If you’re adding seasoning, do it now as the oil will help the spices stick to the sweet potato. If you’re adding salt, do so after the chips have cooked as adding salt before cooking draws moisture from the fries and creates more steam in the oven.
  4. Place the sweet potato slices on the baking trays, making sure to leave plenty of room between each chip to allow as much moisture as possible to evaporate to ensure they stay nice and crispy, and cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes (depending on your oven). Turn the fries over halfway through cooking. It is best to cook sweet potato fries in the higher shelves of your oven, slightly further away from the heat source so that the sugars do not caramelise too quickly and end up burning the chips. If you are cooking your fries on separate trays, make sure you swap the trays mid-way through cooking so all the chips bake evenly.
  5. Once your fries have cooked, turn the oven off and leave them in the oven for an extra 10 minutes so that they have extra time to crisp up without burning.

TIP

The most important thing to remember is not to cook too many fries at once, and to spread them out evenly on a baking tray –  leaving enough room so that they don’t touch.

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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