Get ready to turn up the flavor with this Crispy Cajun Sweet Potato Fries recipe! These oven-fried sweet potatoes are like a party for your taste buds, bringing together the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with the bold, zesty kick of Cajun spices. This sweet potato fries recipe is not just any fries; it's oven-baked perfection with a crispy exterior and a tender, fluffy interior. Elevated to flavor heaven when dipped in a special homemade fry sauce. Perfect as a spicy snack or as a unique side dish! Vegan + Gluten-free
I'm kind of obsessed with sweet potatoes-- they've found their way into my soups, pastas, cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes, breads, smoothies, and even tacos. But here's the thing: I've never made sweet potato fries on Orchids + Sweet Tea before, and that's about to change.
Sure, I've made Spicy Honey Sweet Potato Wedges in the past, but these fries are on a whole new level of special—crispy, crinkled + delicious. I couldn't resist sharing this recipe with you. Plus, you know I'm all about that Cajun flavor, so of course, I had to sprinkle in my homemade cajun seasoning for that extra flavorful twist. And to top things off for dessert---this 1-Layer Maple Sweet Potato Cake is one for the books! When it comes to this Blender Maple Sweet Potato Pie, it is smooth, velvety, full of sweet potato + spices flavor and is housed with a buttery, flaky crust.
You're in for a treat with this sweet potato fries recipe, baked in the oven to guarantee those crispy results we all crave—no soggy fries around here, I promise! It's incredibly easy, requiring just a handful of simple ingredients. Plus, it makes the perfect sidekick to so many meals, and let's not forget it's the ultimate flavor-packed snack, showcasing all the sweet potato goodness we absolutely adore.
The secret to achieving that mouthwatering crispiness with these potatoes lies in the prep work. We start by cutting them into perfect fry-like shapes (I love using a wavy knife for added texture). Then, we soak them in ice-cold water, allowing them to fully dry afterward. After that comes the magic touch – a drizzle of oil and a generous amount of cajun seasoning. Finally, it's all about popping them in the oven to fry to perfection.
Here's the simple list of what you need for this Crispy Cajun Sweet Potato Fries recipe:
This dairy-free fry sauce is creamy and tangy, making it the perfect accompaniment to these crispy fries.
This Cajun seasoning is as simple as mixing all your spices together and takes just 5 minutes! Here are the simple ingredients that you will need for this recipe -
Basically, crinkle-cut fries are wave-like fries that are a bit crispier and have a better texture than regular fries due to the grooves and cuts. Therefore, when it's fried (or baked) it produces a lot more crunch and crispiness than most other types of fries.
For these crinkle-cut fries, you don't need anything out of the ordinary when it comes to equipment except for an actual crinkle cutter, which is super easy to purchase.
These are my top tips to make sure your sweet potato fries are as crisp as possible:
Dipping these Crispy Cajun Sweet Potatoes is a must and while there are many options out there if you don't want to limit yourself to just fry sauce, I highly recommend serving these fries with any of the following:
There’s no limit to what Homemade Cajun seasoning is good for. I love adding it to everything from pasta to fish! Here are some more ideas -
These homemade Crispy Cajun Fries are so incredibly tasty that they can stand tall as a delicious snack all by themselves. They're a crunchy and satisfying treat that will have you reaching for more.
But if you want a little more, consider pairing them with these delightful options:
Match the crave-worthy crunch of the sweet potatoes with a juicy, flavorful burger or sandwich. It's a match made in culinary heaven! Try alongside this Vegan Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, Jerk Turkey Burger, Southern-Style Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich or this vegan-friendly Vegan 'Tuna' Melt Sandwich
Go all out by loading these sweet potato fries with toppings like melted cheese, crispy candied bacon bits,herb roasted tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream. It's a flavor explosion that combines the indulgence of comfort food with the irresistible crunch of crispy potatoes. Use this Loaded Potatoes with Spicy Beans or this Meatless Buffalo Ranch Kettle Chip Nachos for inspiration!
Create hearty bowl meals with a base of these sweet potato fries. Top them with your favorite proteins, veggies, and sauces for a flavorful and filling bowl. They would go beautifully with this Vegan Jamaican Power Bowl
Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. For longer storage, simply add leftovers to a freezer-safe ziplock bag or container and keep them frozen for up to 10 months.
Yes, however be sure to double-check that Fry Sauce ingredients are gluten-free friendly to make this entire recipe gluten-free!
Absolutely! You can get creative with your seasoning choices, my homemade lemon pepper seasoning also goes great with sweet potato fries. Just be mindful of the quantities to ensure the seasoning complements the fries without overpowering them.
This issue is rather common if you don't allow for the potatoes to soak correctly. I always ensure that your water is VERY cold and stir in the salt so that they are well dehydrated after the soak. In addition, it's never bad to prolong the soak time a bit (adding another 30 minutes) for bigger batches.
When stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, homemade Cajun Seasoning can retain its flavor for up to 6 months.
It is not necessary to refrigerate the seasoning as long as it is stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
While I made these fries originally in the oven, this recipe will also work in your air fryer.
- Air fryers tend to get hotter and have better air circulation than your oven, so the homemade sweet potato fries might need a slightly shorter cook time.
- Check on the fries every 10 minutes to shake the potatoes so they do not stick. - After 30 mins, check for doneness every few minutes.
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