My absolute FAVORITE Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries that are deliciously crisp, super flavorful and seasoned to perfection!  Easily made in the oven or air fryer!  

My FAVORITE Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries! | Eat Yourself Skinny

Alright let’s talk.

Seriously y’all sweet potatoes might just be the greatest thing ever created next to Channing Tatum and rosé.  Yep I just said that.  I’ve made sweet potato soup, mashed sweet potatoes, thrown them in a kale and quinoa salad, but my all-time FAVORITE is making sweet potato fries!  Mmmm are they good.  Now there are so many ways and variations you can make these deliciously crispy fries, but my go-to recipe is sweet yet spicy.  Trust me you’ll thank me later.

I’ve been making sweet potato fries for years and have tried (and failed) at using various methods to achieve that oh so perfect crisp, but when I came across Camille Styles’ method of soaking them in cold water and tossing them with cornstarch prior to baking, my life was completely changed.  I mean these suckers taste like they were deep-fried!  This truly does works wonders and guarantees you crisp golden brown fries every. single. time.  Because who likes limp, soggy sweet potatoes??  Nope NO ONE.  Now the combination of sugar and spices is all my own recipe, but I had to give credit to this incredible method of baking because it’s just TOO good!

Uh just look at them…

My FAVORITE Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries! | Eat Yourself Skinny

Amazing, right?

I love the combination of these flavors too because the chipotle chili powder gives the sweet potatoes a good spicy kick while the oregano has a nice savory element and the brown sugar not only sweetens everything up, but caramelizes the fries so that they have an even better crisp.  Now if you’re absolutely anti-sugar then that’s okay too!  Simply omit the brown sugar altogether because these spices still taste incredible.  I just personally prefer this sweet/spicy/salty combo and don’t mind a few extra calories since I don’t make sweet potato fries very often.  We’ll even use this seasoning on roasted {cubed} sweet potatoes or you could even step outside the box and make some sweet potato chips!  More on those later…

Guys I’ve been having SO much fun coming up with new recipes as of late and am super happy that I’ve committed to diving back into this little blog of mine, thank you so much for all your sweet comments!  I would LOVE to hear some ideas as to recipes (or any other recommendations) you’d like to see in the next few months!  Please post below or feel free to email any requests/feedback to [email protected] – I love hearing your ideas!

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Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

My absolute FAVORITE Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries that are deliciously crisp, super flavorful and seasoned to perfection!  Easily made in the oven or air fryer!  
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into fries
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • Sea salt, to taste
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  • Once your sweet potatoes are peeled and cut into fries, place them in a large bowl and soak them in cold water for about an hour (this helps them get crispy!)
  • Drain sweet potatoes, pat dry and add to a large plastic sealable bag. Add in cornstarch and shake until sweet potatoes are lightly dusted making sure there are no clumps.
  • Transfer sweet potatoes to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle in garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chipotle chili powder and coconut sugar, tossing well making sure to coat the sweet potatoes entirely.

For the Oven:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line two baking sheets with foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Spread sweet potatoes into a single layer on both baking sheets, making sure they aren’t touching each other, and bake for 15 minutes. Using a spatula toss sweet potatoes around on the sheet and spread back out into a single layer. Bake an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Pull fries out of the oven and sprinkle (liberally) with sea salt and enjoy!

For the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F.
  • Cook in 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of your basket without overcrowding the pan, for 12 to 13 minutes turning them halfway, until the sweet potato fries are crispy.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!


Serving: 1/4th of recipe | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 183.3mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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As a self-proclaimed foodie and fitness enthusiast, I have a passion for cooking and a huge desire to show that living a healthy lifestyle can actually be easy and fun!  Feel free to use the meal guide above to find your new favorite meal ideas or the dietary guides to the right to narrow things down even more!

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