The Perfect Sweet Potato Fries

Please welcome my guest poster Sarah, a 33-year-old Don’t-Stay-at-Home Mom of 3 beautiful girls, who blogs at Real Life, teaches piano lessons and has found ‘real life’ in Jesus Christ.

My favorite local restaurant serves the most incredible sweet potato fries! Since my husband and I have a hobby of trying to recreate our favorite restaurant meals, we did just that with the sweet potato fries. We sliced them up and threw them in the fryer, and the resulting culinary disaster ended with soggy orange stringy-things in the trash can of our kitchen.
Well, lucky for me I know the owner and head chef! So I commenced to pick his brain regarding the perfect way to make sweet potato fries. Lucky for you, I am going to share it here!


  • • Desired amount of Sweet Potatoes
  • • Vegetable Oil in a Deep Fryer
  • • Salt to taste


  • Step 1: Fill your Deep Fryer with oil, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Preheat the oil to 325 degrees.
  • Step 2: Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them in quarter inch strips. Rinse the sweet potato strips thoroughly. This washes off the starch, which can make the fries gummy and soggy.
  • Step 3: Spread the strips out on paper towels, and let them dry for at about 30 minutes. It’s important for the potatoes to be dry before they hit the oil.
  • Step 4: Carefully lower the strips into the fryer, and cook for 5 minutes on 325. Remove the fries and set out on paper towels. This is the pre-cooking stage. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, this helps make them crispy later. At this point, you can freeze them for later use, or put them in the refrigerator if you plan to use them the next day.
  • Step 5: Heat the oil up to 350. When you are almost ready to eat, put the precooked sweet potatoes into the hotter oil for 5-6 minutes, or until desired crispiness. Make sure you watch them to avoid overcooking.
  • Step 6: Dust with desired amount of salt, and serve hot! But make sure you set some aside before giving them to your guests. These babies fly off the plate!

There are a variety of ways to “kick it up a notch” when making these sweet potatoes. Mix some cayenne pepper and a pinch of cinnamon with the salt, before you sprinkle it on. Serve with Chipotle Ranch dip, or Bleu Cheese dressing. As for me, the crisp, salty sweet potato goodness stands on its own! I suppose you could save some calories by baking these fries, after spraying them with cooking spray, but…why?

Have you made Sweet Potato Fries? Please share your tips for sure-fire success!

peeling taters

sliced taters


frying taters

Sweet Potato Fries

Would go great with some steak yes?  :)

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