Looking for a delicious and healthy side dish that your whole family will love? Look no further than crispy baked sweet potato fries! Paired perfectly with burgers and chicken fingers, this has been on a weekly rotation here, lately. These fries are a nutritious and flavorful alternative to traditional fries, and they’re excellent for a quick weeknight meal. With a few simple tips, you can achieve that perfect crispy texture that everyone craves. Get ready to impress your family and friends with the best baked crispy sweet potato fries you’ve ever tasted!
My picky eaters are very particular about the texture of their fries and like most, are not fans of soggy or overcooked/burned sweet potato fries. So how do we achieve that crispy exterior and soft interior that makes fries irresistible?
Follow these steps for the crispiest baked sweet potato fry:
- Cut sweet potato fries evenly to ensure they cook evenly.
- Soak fries in cold water for at least 15 minutes to remove starch.
- Pat the fries dry to remove any excess moisture.
- Coat fries in a mixture of cornstarch, olive oil, and seasonings for added flavor and crispiness.
- Arrange fries on a parchment paper-lined tray, making sure not to overcrowd them.
- Rotate the fries halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.
- Serve immediately to enjoy the crispy exterior and soft interior.
Why you want to make these for your kids:
Aside from your kids enjoying and maybe even asking for additional servings, this tasty vegetable has many nutritional benefits. Here are the key dietary facts this dish has to offer:
Rich in fiber: sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep kids feeling full and satisfied. This can be especially helpful for picky eaters who may not want to eat a full meal.
High in vitamins and minerals: sweet potatoes are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Vitamin A is especially important for kids’ eye health, while potassium is essential for proper muscle and nerve function.
How to make them:
- Wash sweet potato well and pat dry. Either peel the skin or keep the skin on and cut your fries into ¼-inch fries. Both taste great, and the skin does have additional nutrients and saves you time, so I am all for keeping the sweet potato skin on.
- Add them to a bowl or container of cold water for at least 15 minutes to remove the starch from the potato. You can do this the day before and place the raw sweet potato fries covered in cold water in the fridge. This is what I often do when I meal prep for my family dinners the night before.
- Drain water and pat the sweet potatoes dry as best you can.
- Add cornstarch, seasoning, and olive oil before baking. This outer layer of cornstarch removes any excess moisture from the potato and creates that crispy crunchy fry.
- Place each seasoned sweet potato fry evenly on a tray lined with parchment paper. Do not overlap the fries or overcrowd them (use two trays or batch bake)
- Bake at 425°C for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Remove from oven and serve with your family’s favorite condiment.
With these simple steps and a handful of ingredients, you can easily whip up the best-baked sweet potato fries. Follow our tips for crispy perfection and enjoy a delicious and healthy snack or side dish that the whole family will love.