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sweet potato fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Turn any type of sweet potato into these healthy, tasty fries. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

Number of servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 of prepared recipe


2 large sweet potatoes

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional: A little cinnamon mixed with sugar to sprinkle on top


Time needed: 20 minutes preparation; 30 minutes cook time

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes if desired. Cut them into long pieces that look like French fries.
  3. Mix the cut potatoes, oil, and salt in large bowl.
  4. Put the potatoes in a baking pan or on a cookie sheet. Put pan in the oven.
  5. Stir every 10 minutes. Bake until light brown outside and cooked inside (20-30 minutes).
  6. Serve the potatoes with a little cinnamon sugar on top, if desired.

Nutritional information

Calories 116
Total Fat: 3.8 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 326.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 13.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Total Sugar: 2.7 g
Protein: 1 g


Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

There are several different types of sweet potatoes that are available, and they may be also labeled as “yams.” You can use any variety (or a mix of varieties) in this dish. Note that the orange-fleshed varieties generally are sweeter and take a little longer to cook.

Chopped, leftover sweet potatoes work great in scrambled eggs or omelets, soups or stews, pizza, and stir fried greens.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

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