One of my all-time favourite side dishes is oven baked sweet potato fries. I want to share this recipe with you because it is easy to make and relatively quick. More importantly though, it is healthy and you’re free to make it your own by adding your favourite seasoning and spices.
What makes this recipe healthier than standard sweet potato fries is the fact that we will be baking them, not frying. This means minimum use of oil and you should always aim for that!
Other than being versatile and highly nutritious, sweet potatoes come with many great benefits. Since they’re packed with vitamins (A, B6, D, C) and minerals (iron, magnesium, potassium) they support healthy immune system, strong bones, improve heart health, control blood sugar and aid in digestion (rich in fibre).
One medium sweet potato contains more than 100% of your daily vitamin A recommendation making it one of the best sources of beta-carotene (vitamin A).
Beta-carotene enhances immune system and when it is converted into vitamin A in the body it is essential for vision, bone health and skin.
As you can tell, you can’t go wrong with sweet potato and you should definitely include it in your meal plan. But enough of that for now, let’s get baking!
Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
- 1 medium to large sweet potato
- 1 teaspoon sunflower oil (or olive oil)
- Paprika seasoning
- Vegetable seasoning mix
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
Peel the sweet potato and cut it into fries lengthways. Add to a mixing bowl and drizzle with sunflower oil. Toss lightly for 30 seconds so the oil spreads evenly over the sweet potatoes.
Add paprika, vegetable seasoning mix, black pepper and garlic powder. The amount of seasoning you add is up to you, hence why I haven’t given measurements for it. Once again toss everything lightly to spread the seasoning evenly.
To make your sweet potato fries more flavourful let everything sit for 5 minutes. Now lay parchment paper on a baking tray and spread sweet potato fries equally. Make sure you don’t crowd them too much. If there’s space between each fry they will come out crispier and tastier.
Turn the oven to 200C/390F and bake for 20 minutes. Keep in mind that baking time may vary so check on your fries every 5 minutes or so. Bake until golden brown. Wait a couple of minutes before serving.
Enjoy oven baked sweet potato fries on their own as a snack or a side dish. Let me know in the comments below how this recipe turned out for you and in what other way do you bake sweet potatoes!