These sweet potato fries are a healthier version of everyone’s favorite fast food treat. Seasoned with smoky spices and a side of spicy sriracha sweet chili mayo.
Throughout the year I’m always searching for ways to refresh my tried and true recipe menus. From taco night to pizza night, I’m constantly trying to switch things up so that the family isn’t tired of eating the same things. At the same time, I’m often looking for ways to lighten recipes when I feel that we’re overdue. Sweet potato fries fit in both categories quite perfectly.
Are Sweet Potatoes Healthier Than White Potatoes?
This is an easy takeout fake-out side dish but much better for you. The health benefits are mainly due to the potatoes being baked versus being fried. I’ve found through research that sweet potatoes and white potatoes are pretty much equal in health benefits. Sweet potatoes have less carbs than white potatoes however they match in fiber content. So, technically you could make this recipe with white potato but they don’t equate in taste.
Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning
These aren’t any ordinary sweet potato fries. They’re seasoned with a blend of smoky spices with a hint of sweet. I’m using ancho chili powder and sweet paprika although either will work just fine. Smoked paprika would be a nice addition as well. A pinch of Sugar just to enhance the sweetness of the potato but that can no omitted if desired. But my absolute favorite flavor is the dipping sauce.
Sriracha Sweet Chili Mayo
It’s a mix of good mayonnaise with my Easy Sriracha Sweet Chili Sauce. It’s a great condiment for fries of course but also great on burgers, fish, or chicken.
Healthier Recipes to Serve with Sweet Potato Fries
Since these fries are oven-baked you may want to maximize the health benefits by pairing them with a healthier recipe like my Barbecue Turkey Burger Slider. I also asked a few of my blogging friends for their best healthy sandwich recipes and they delivered. Give one of these a try!
- 1 lb sweet potatoes cut into 1/4- 1/2” sticks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ancho chili
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 c mayo
- 1/2 c sriracha sweet chili sauce
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- To make the mayo mix the mayo with the sweet chili sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the potatoes into stick/spear shape. Coat the potatoes with the oil, salt, spices, then the cornstarch. Toss to coat well.
- Layer the seasoned potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes then flip and bake another 12-14 minutes.