Crispy Fried Sweet Potato Fries

fried sweet potato fries
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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The thin cornstarch bath is the secret to crispy, golden brown deep-fried sweet potato fries. The sweet potato strips are fried twice for a total of approximately 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the potatoes. If you've had trouble getting sweet potato fries to crisp up, you should try this method. 

Season the fried sweet potato fries with kosher salt or use a spicy seasoning, such as a  Creole or Cajun blend. Or, for complementary sweet spiced flavor, sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon sugar.

Serve the sweet potato fries with pulled pork sandwiches or burgers, or serve them alongside grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 large or 3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt (or flaky sea salt)
  • Optional: cinnamon sugar blend

How to Make It

  1. Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/4-inch strips about 3 to 4 inches in length.
  3. Put the sweet potato strips in the ice water and let them stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. In a large food storage bag or bowl, combine the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold water; stir until smooth. The mixture will be quite thin. Immerse the potato strips in the cornstarch and water mixture
  1. Pour vegetable oil in a large, heavy pan or Dutch oven to a depth of about 2 inches. Heat the vegetable oil to 325 F.
  2. Working in small batches, fry the sweet potatoes for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir them a few times to keep them from sticking together. The fries should be tender, but not browned. Using a metal slotted spoon, lift them out onto paper towels or brown paper to drain. 
  3. When all of the potatoes have been fried at the lower temperature, heat the oil to 350 F.
  4. Working in small batches, fry the sweet potato strips again for about 1 minute. When the fries are golden brown, remove them to paper towels or brown paper to drain.
  5. Sprinkle the sweet potato fries with kosher salt or sprinkle them lightly with a cinnamon-sugar blend.

Kitchen Notes

Make sure you choose a high-heat neutral flavor oil for deep frying. Oil labeled "vegetable oil" is as good as any other, and it's probably cheaper. Sunflower, peanut, canola, and refined safflower oil are good choices as well. While olive oil has a high smoke point, the flavor would overwhelm the fries.

Sweet potato fries are best served as soon as they are cooked and drained. If that isn't possible, heat the oven to 200 F and place a rack on a baking sheet. When the fries are ready, transfer them to the rack and place the pan in the oven until serving time.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
51 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)