Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 27mg 133%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 655mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you crave the crispy saltiness of French fries, this easy vegan sweet potato fries recipe provides a lower-in-fat substitute that will satisfy your craving—without the mess of deep frying, Discerning foodies may even notice this kind of recipe popping up on dinner menus in trendy gastropubs, complete with fancy dipping sauces served on the side. This recipe is straightforward, but tastes restaurant-worthy.

For a twist on the ordinary—and when you don't feel like toting your family to an expensive restaurant— try this quick-to-prepare vegan and gluten-free recipe (and make sure to forego prepared seasoning salts). Or, work this dish into your next barbeque menu, whether you're pleasing guests with food restrictions or trying to expose your kids to different tastes. Either way, you won't have leftovers. Promise.


  • 3 large sweet potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Dash cayenne pepper, optional

  • Coconut or vegetable oil cooking spray

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for low fat sweet potato fries

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  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, taking care to cut out brown spots and eyes. Cut potatoes lengthwise into wedges or sticks.

    Washed and peel potatoes, sliced into pieces

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  3. Place cut sweet potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Toss to combine.

    sweet potato pieces in a bowl

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  4. Combine cumin, paprika, and salt in a small bowl and mix together.

    cumin, paprika, and salt in a small bowl

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  5. Sprinkle mixture onto cut sweet potatoes. Gently toss to incorporate until potatoes are evenly coated with both oil and spices. Adjust seasoning, as necessary. 

    potatoes and spices in a bowl

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  6. Spray a baking sheet with coconut or vegetable oil spray. Alternately, use a silicone baking mat or wax paper to cover sheet. 

    greased baking sheet

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  7. Place coated sweet potatoes onto sheet in a single layer.

    Place coated sweet potatoes onto sheet in a single layer

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  8. Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until done. Toss once or twice, turning pan as needed, to make sure fries bake evenly. 

    Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries on a baking sheet

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  9. Serve fries plain, with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or ranch dressing.

    Baked Vegan Sweet Potato Fries with a side of sauce

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  • When selecting your sweet potatoes, make sure to pick potatoes that are pale in color and free of mold, green spots, wrinkled spots, or bruises.
  • Some cooks prefer to leave the sweet potato skins on for textural or other reasons. However, depending on the potato, skins may be tough to chew. It's your preference.
  • Make sure to bring your oven up to full temperature before baking the sweet potatoes fries. Placing them in prematurely will cause uneven cooking and possibly burn or ruin your side dish.
  • These are best the day they are made, but can be reheated easily in the oven if you should have any leftovers.

Recipe Variation

  • You can also substitute yams for sweet potatoes in this recipe for a slightly sweeter taste.