Denise’s Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe & 3 Simple Ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes

We live in an agricultural area and the kids have enjoyed watching the crews harvesting sweet potatoes as we drive by on the way to school over the past month.  It’s very interesting how they bring in a couple of old retrofitted school buses early in the morning and fill them completely up by lunchtime while pulling the sweet potatoes out of the turned earth by hand to keep from bruising them.  Not only are sweet potatoes yummy and inexpensive, but they’re also rich in Vitamin A and a great source of calcium, fiber and antioxidants so they’re on our menu quite a bit while they’re in season.  Since I’ve got five little ones who love to ‘help’ in the kitchen and not a lot of extra time, I like to keep it simple for every day meals so I thought I’d share with you three of our favorite fast and easy ways to prepare sweet potatoes.

I’d love to hear about your favorite sweet potato recipes so please share with us in the comments below!

Baked sweet potatoes are perhaps the easiest to make, and they’re even elegant enough for fancy dinners!  Crush one tablespoon of cumin seeds and mix with two tablespoons of coarse salt (I like to use sea salt) then rub the mixture over scrubbed sweet potatoes while they’re still moist and bake directly on the rack for an hour at 375 degrees.

Steamed sweet potatoes are a super healthy version of mashed potatoes and they’re even easier to make.  I have a Tupperware microwave steaming dish that I love to use, but you can use any microwave safe bowl or casserole dish with a lid or covered in plastic wrap with a hole for venting.

Put a couple tablespoons of water in the bottom of your steamer or bowl then grate two to three large peeled sweet potatoes into the dish.  Add two or three pats of butter to the top and sprinkle with brown sugar then microwave on high for about 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through.  Remove, stir and serve.

And finally, my kids all time favorite side dish, these tasty baked sweet potato fries!

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic, or 2 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Peel the sweet potatoes or scrub them well if you prefer to leave the skins on.
  • Cut the sweet potatoes into French fry size wedges.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl then toss the sweet potatoes in the oil mixture until coated.
  • Arrange on a shallow cooking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.  Remove and shake or stir half way through.

Cost $0.50 per serving

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  1. says

    Thanks Alea & Tricia! This is one of my favorite ‘go to’ recipes that’s really healthy, but so yummy that the kids just don’t realize that :) I’ll definitely be trying out your Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potato Fries next time!

  2. Mar H says

    Peel and slice the sweet potato into rounds. Coat both sides with a little olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet (with sides!) Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on the top and bake at 425 until done.

    Also I adapted a rosemary roasted potato recipe to be half white potatoes and half sweet potatoes. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes, cube the white potatoes with the skins on. Place potatoes in boil water for about 4 minutes. Then drain and transfer to a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, garlic salt and rosemary. Bake at 425 until done.

  3. Diane says

    I cut sweet potatoes in half, bake them slowly cut side down in the oven, take them out of their jackets and puree in the food processor with a little cinnamon and orange juice (just enough to get a mashed potato consistency). I then take a small muffin scoop and freeze mounds solid on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen I put them in freezer containers and use them to round out my sons dinner with a veggie – but now my 9 year old is gluten intolerant and he has these in place of bread or rice at dinner. This has been an inexpensive way to have a veggie my boys like ready in a moment in the microwave.
    After reading your recipe I will change it up with pumpkin pie spice.


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