Comfort Food: Baked Paleo Sweet Potato Fries

Paleo Sweet Potato Fries Ready for the Munchin'

Every once in a while, it’s nice to eat something that’s a kick-back to the pre-Paleo days: something salty and reminiscent of burger drive-throughs without being a total gut-killer.  Sweet potato fries definitely fall into that category.  The combo of sweet and salty really hits the spot, especially alongside a good steak or bacon burger (bun-less, of course!). Yum!  My wonderful brother-in-law M made these when we were up in Connecticut a few weeks ago, so I had to give it a shot in my own kitchen.

Following is my recipe for baked (not fried!) sweet potato fries:

Baked Paleo Sweet Potato Fries
4 small servings
5-10 minutes prep, 25 minutes cooking
Paleo Grade:
A- (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, 100% Paleo ingredients, but relatively high in starch)

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 Tbs. coconut oil, warmed to a liquid state
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking pan with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Prep your sweet potatoes… You can either peel or leave the skin on – it’s really personal preference. If you do leave the skin on, make sure you give the spuds a good scrubbing first.

    Pretty (Raw) Potatoes

  3. Slice your potatoes into large fry-shaped sticks with as uniform a thickness as you can.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together your potatoes, coconut oil and liberal salt and pepper.  Get ’em all coated and the spices evenly distributed. Transfer your potatoes to the parchment-lined baking sheet… you’ll want the potatoes laying flat (not piled on each other) with a little bit of breathing room between each.

    Seasoned and Oiled Sweet Potato Fries Ready for the Oven

  5. Pop the potatoes in the oven for 15 minutes.  At 15 minutes, pull ’em out, use a spatula to flip, and then put ’em back in for another 10 minutes or so.  Keep an eye to to make sure they don’t scorch.
  6. Once they’re done, let them cool for a few minutes and transfer to a serving dish.  I find that they don’t really need much of anything else – the combo of sweet and salty with the softer, “baked fry” texture is delightful.

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4 Comments on “Comfort Food: Baked Paleo Sweet Potato Fries”

  1. Lauren
    February 9, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    My husband & i started paleo 4 days ago. I just tried baking sweet potato fries tonight & they were quite soft. Do u get them to be crunchy like regular fries? Or are they never going to get like that?



    • February 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      Hi Lauren! Congrats on starting Paleo! How’s it going? 🙂 It took me a few weeks to really get in the groove… Hope you like the fries – I know they’re not quite like a traditional crunchy french fry. Because they’re baked, not fried, you won’t get that crunchy/crispy texture, but hopefully you love the taste as much as me!

  2. Lisa
    September 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi Betty, how do I get started on Paleo, I am only a 1 person household with a toaster oven. So far, I’ve only cooked chicken breasts in my toaster oven. I do not have a stove so the best I can do is bake, broil, etc & I have a slow cooker. On top of all of this, I have tried most diets & am sick of it all…just quit hcg cold turkey & of course am gaining weight rapidly due to the fat in the paleo. I’ve just learned how to make almond milk & have added coconut beverage to my smoothies…so in general I don’t know how to even eat properly. I feel a bit messed up nutritionally. My doctor says that my iron is low, however my hemoglobin is fine, but low on ferritin. What easy recipes can you list, that would be easy to get going with, while I learn more about Paleo…I forgot to mention that I also have a vitamix. Any advice, if you can…would be greatly appreciated

    • November 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi Lisa – Congrats on working to make this change! It is definitely not easy, but the results are so worth it… you really will feel better. For a good rundown on Paleo, I suggest checking out some of the links on this page: Specifically, the ones under “living and eating paleo.” The best bet is to start slow – pick a few recipes to try at a time so it’s not overwhelming. I find that my local organic grocery has a really good deli turkey with no preservatives/antibiotics/etc. that is great in a pinch if I can’t cook. I also eat a LOT of salads of different kinds since they’re easy to throw together. For snacks, I carry around a bag of raw almonds, though I limit my intake to about 20/day (you want the good fat, but you don’t want to overdo it).

      All the best, and good luck!

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