Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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Side dishes are equally, if not more, important than the main dish itself. They can enhance the flavor, bring subsidence, and make your meal more satisfying.

I really like to load my sides up with delicious and nutritious vegetables. When I focus more on my side dishes, I can also really make my meat go farther by having the mentality of meat-on-the-side. This also helps stretch the budget too!

Today I am going to share with you one of my new favorite side dishes, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. I’ll admit that despite all of their nutritional value, I have never been a fan of sweet potatoes. I typically enjoy more savory flavors during meal time and save more of the sweet flavors for fruits or for chocolate :).

So I was skeptical when I came across a recipe for sweet potato fries, and when I tried them I realized I actually enjoyed them despite their sweet flavor.

I thought about ways to add more of a kick to them to help balance out the sweetness, so after experimenting with a few different spices these are the delicious results.

These are delicious, savory, spicy, and sweet all in one. While I’ll always be a fan of traditional french-fries, these are definitely making their way into the rotation.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Recipe Type: vegetable side
Author: Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper
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Serves: 4
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. steak seasoning
  • 1 Tsp. Cajun spice rub (see notes)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. With the skins still on, cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 6 wedges. Depending on how large the sweet potatoes are, you may have to cut them into smaller wedges.
  3. In a large bowl combine the sweet potatoes, oil, and seasonings. Using your hands, toss to coat.
  4. Spread the fries in a single layer onto a large baking sheet and place in the oven.
  5. Cook for about 25-30 minutes. About halfway through, pull out and using a spatula, toss them around.
  6. During the last two minutes of cook time, turn the oven off and the broiler on. Allow the fries to set under the broiler for a few minutes to get the fries crispy.
  7. Pull out of the oven and serve warm.
Depending on how spicy you want your fries, you might want to use more or less than the recommended amount.


I use 4 medium sweet potatoes, but I have seen some enormous ones at the store before.

Depending on big they are and how many people you are feeding, you will need to determine how many sweet potatoes to buy.

One medium sweet potato usually yields about 12 fries.


I like my fries a little on the skinny side, so I cut them into smaller wedges and allows them to cook a little more evenly too.



Once you place them under the broiler, be sure to watch them very carefully. I can’t tell you how many things I have burnt under the broiler because I was a minute too late!

These are so great with BBQ beef, chicken, or your favorite burgers.

Now it’s time to go enjoy some spicy sweet potato fries!

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  1. Trish @I_am_Succeeding says:

    I just might have to give those sweet potatoes a whirl! They look delish. Hopping over from Blissful & Domestic…nice to “meet” ya! =)

  2. Mandi Noel says:

    I am also all about sides, and I love sweet potatoes, so I definitely want to give these a try! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love sweet potato fries! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  4. Jessie Emeric says:

    I love sweet potato fries but have never tried them to make them spicy! Looking forward to trying this out! ps. found you over at creative geekery Pin It Party 🙂

  5. My whole family loves spicy foods, so I know these will be a big hit!

  6. I make sweet potatoes weekly for our family. My son especially loves them.

  7. LOVE sweet potatoes, and I like that you left the skins on. I’m often looking for a side dish to go along with whatever meat I’m making. I’ll definitely put these on my list to try.

  8. Sweet potato fries are my favorite, especially if they are spicy! Pinning to my sweet potato board!

  9. Love the idea of using sweet potatoes as fries. from Daily blog post and pin it for my future homework. Cheers.

  10. I love sweet potato fries! Did you watch Food Network Star where one of the contestant’s Show POV was meat on the side? I love that idea.

  11. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    Sweet potato fries are a favorite in our house. I definitely prefer if they are a little spicy to cut some of the sweetness. These sound so delicoius.

  12. I;ve done sweet potato fries before, but not spicy… sounds yummy!!! Sharing on G= today :o) EMily from Blog boost.

  13. I will be trying these! I love sweet potatoes.

  14. Cara @ Craftdictator says:

    These looks awesome! I make sweet potatoe fries but they aren’t spicy! I”m going to have to try these. Going to pin them and thanks for sharing! I came over from the Daily Blog Boost!

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  16. This sounds amazing. I love sweet potatoes, but this recipe is perfect to make it for my mom! She loves anything spicy!!!

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