I’m kind of a sweet potato fiend. Sweet potato oats, granola, muffins, tater tots, smoothies, salads, soups, chips, burgers, Mediterranean style, CHOCOLATE COVERED. How have I not made fries on Minimalist Baker before? This has to change.
Because sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, they beckon to be tossed in all things spicy. Enter, a simple cajun spice mix, comprised of things you likely have sitting in your pantry right now.
Who knew getting down ‘n’ dirty cajun style was this easy?
Speaking of easy, so is this recipe! Just 9 ingredients (give or take a spice) and roughly 30 minutes required. That’s my kind of soul food.
These fries are amazing!
& Perfect for snacking / appetizers / a side dish
My favorite way to have sweet potato fries is alongside a hearty veggie burger. But these really are perfect as is as a snack or appetizer. And if you aren’t into super spicy foods, just scale back on the cayenne for slightly less heat without sacrificing flavor.
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- 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (organic when possible)
- 2 Tbsp olive, canola, or melted coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1.5 tsp garlic powder
- 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
- 1.5 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried (or 2 tsp fresh) thyme
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper*
- optional: 1 Tbsp sugar of choice (coconut + cane are best)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C).
- Leave the skin on and cut sweet potatoes into thin, even match sticks with a very sharp knife.
- Transfer to two baking sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Then sprinkle with seasonings, sugar and toss.
- Transfer fries to 1 large or 2 baking sheets and arrange in a single layer to ensure they crisp up.
- Bake for 15 minutes and flip/stir to cook on the other side. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until brown and crispy. You'll know they're done when the edges are dark brown and crispy.
- Remove from oven and either serve as is or drizzle with a bit of maple syrup (or honey if not vegan) to offset spiciness.
- Serve plain or with your favorite dip, such as Whiskey BBQ Ketchup.
*Cajun spice mix adapted from bon appetite .