Cajun Sweet Potato Fries: Healthy Way to Satisfy a Craving for Fries

Save this Spicy Sweet Potato Fry recipe for when your craving fries and don’t want to feel guilty about  eating them.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries on Toaster Oven Tray

We all want to look great in a swimsuit, right? And, who doesn’t love the salty taste of fries on a sunny summer day. The trouble is, the two are like opposing forces.

Fries taste amazing, yet eating them may reminds us that our swimsuit won’t fit as well afterwards.

What are we to do?


The next time you have a craving for fries consider this instead: peel a sweet potato, cut it into matchsticks, toss them with cooking oil and Cajun spice, then let the toaster-oven or air-fryer bake them to sweet potato fry perfection!

Seasoned sweet potato fries hot and ready to eat

The downside is sweet potatoes don’t crisp as well as potatoes when baked.

Dipping sweet potato fry in ketchup

To help your sweet potato fries crisp:

  • Rinse the  sweet potatoes under cold water after you have cut them into matchsticks.
  • And, pat them dry with paper towel before tossing  them with the oil and Cajun spice.

The water removes surface sugars which helps the fries crisp (a little) on the outside.

Delicious, nutritious, low in fat and won’t mess with the swimsuit!

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Makes: One Serving of Sweet Potato Fries ~ Time: About 30 minutes 
Download Printable Recipe


1 sweet potato
½ Tbsp canola oil (or vegetable oil)
½ tsp. Cajun spice
salt to season

Putting it Together

Peel and cut sweet potato into 1/4-inch thick matchsticks. Place in a mesh strainer and rinse under cold water to remove any excess surface sugars (this will help them crisp a little). Pat dry with paper towel. Line toaster oven tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss sweet potato matchsticks with oil and Cajun spice to coat each matchstick. Place on toaster oven tray, leaving some space between each fry.

Bake in a 450 F toaster oven for 12 minutes. Turn each fry over, lightly season with salt, and bake for 12 minutes longer. Keep an eye on them during the last few minutes of cooking  – sweet potatoes have a tendency to go from browning to burning with little warning.

Lightly season with salt while the fries are still hot. Serve with ketchup, or eat as is!

How to make sweet potato fries

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