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Craving some tasty fries but want to keep things on the healthier side? Say hello to these baked Sweet Potato Fries. Perfect for anyone who’s cooking just for themselves or for a small group. Made with just one sweet potato and seasoned to perfection, this small batch recipe is your answer to satisfy those fry cravings while still keeping things light.

a green bowl filled with sweet potato fries on a brown wood table.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Small Batch: Perfect for those cooking for one or for small get-togethers.
  • Healthy: Baked, not fried, for a healthier twist.
  • Simple Ingredients: Requires only a few pantry staples.
  • Quick: Bakes in less than 30 minutes.
  • Customizable: Easily tweak the seasoning to match your taste.


olive oil, a sweet potato, spice jar, salt and pepper on a brown cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this small batch sweet potato fries recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

  • Sweet Potato: This recipe calls for one large sweet potato, typically weighing around 8 to 8.5 ounces (230g). The larger size ensures you get a good amount of fries, and the natural sweetness shines through in the final product.
  • Olive Oil: For this baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe, extra virgin olive oil is the go-to choice. It’s minimally processed, packing in a rich, authentic olive flavor along with beneficial vitamins and minerals. If you prefer, lighter olive oil varieties or avocado oil can also work as a suitable substitute.
  • Seasonings: The spice blend of smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper offers a perfect balance between spicy and sweet, making these fries irresistibly tasty. Feel free to adjust the seasonings to match your personal preferences.

How To Bake Sweet Potato Fries

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to bake a small batch of sweet potato fries. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Prep the Sweet Potato: Start by washing and peeling your large sweet potato. Use a sharp knife to slice it into fries or wedges. Aim for a consistent size, around 1/4 to 1/2 inches wide, for even baking. Don’t stress if they’re not perfect; the key is uniformity.
  2. Arrange and Season: Spread the sweet potato pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure they’re not overlapping to ensure proper baking. Drizzle your choice of olive oil over the fries. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika on top, then toss to evenly coat all the pieces.
a small baking sheet filled with unbaked sweet potato wedges. A bottle of olive oil and a spice jar is next to the baking sheet.
  1. Initial Baking: Place the tray in a preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Flip and Continue Baking: After the initial 10 minutes, take the tray out and flip the fries using tongs or a fork. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the fries have a nice, browned appearance.
baked sweet potato fries on a baking sheet.

Expert Tips

  • Uniform Sizing: Aim to cut the sweet potato fries in a consistent size. This ensures that they all cook through evenly and finish baking at the same time.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Place the fries in a single layer on the baking sheet without any overlap. This allows for even cooking and helps achieve that crave-worthy crispiness.
  • Preheat the Oven: Always preheat your oven before baking the fries. A hot oven is crucial for achieving that perfectly crispy texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Double This Sweet Potato Fries Recipe?

Absolutely, doubling is a breeze. Normally, one large sweet potato is enough for a single serving. To serve two, simply use two sweet potatoes and double the rest of the ingredients. Follow the standard baking instructions for optimal results.

Is Peeling The Sweet Potato Necessary?

The choice is yours; you can either peel the sweet potatoes or leave the skins on. Both options work well depending on your texture preference.

What Other Seasoning Options Are There?

While smoked paprika is my go-to, these fries are also delicious when seasoned with other spices such as garam masala, garlic powder, cinnamon, turmeric, or cayenne pepper. Feel free to get creative!

How Do I Store Leftover Fries?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can These Be Made Ahead?

For best results, make and consume immediately.

Dipping Sauce Options For Your Sweet Potato Fries

If you’re in the mood to dunk those scrumptious sweet potato fries into something equally delightful, I’ve got you covered. Here are some quick and easy dipping sauce ideas:

  • Honey Mustard: Blend together 2 tablespoons each of mustard and mayonnaise, then add a teaspoon of honey for a touch of sweetness.
  • Spicy Mayo: For a kick, mix 1/4 cup of mayonnaise with 1/2 teaspoon of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Remoulade Sauce: A tried-and-true classic that goes exceptionally well with these fries.

Or, if you’re like me, sometimes the classic taste of mayo is all you need to make these fries a standout dish!

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Fries

Wondering what pairs well with those heavenly sweet potato fries? Whether you’re looking for a hearty meaty dish or just something simple, these serving suggestions are bound to make your meal a hit.

  • Broiled Chicken: The charred, juicy flavors of broiled chicken are a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the fries.
  • Hamburger: You can never go wrong with this classic combo. A well-seasoned hamburger next to sweet potato fries? Yes, please!
  • Juicy Lucy: Imagine cutting into a cheese-stuffed burger and pairing it with these crispy fries. The cheese and the sweet potato are a match made in culinary heaven.
  • Chicken Nuggets: A great option for the kiddos or the young at heart. Dip both the nuggets and the fries into your sauce of choice for double the fun.
  • Baked Pork Chop: A seasoned, baked pork chop offers rich flavors that complement the sweetness of the fries.
  • Baked Chicken Wings: Spicy or savory, wings and sweet potato fries make for a finger-licking good meal.
  • Sloppy Joes: The tangy and slightly spicy mixture in a Sloppy Joe pairs well with the crisp, sweet notes of the sweet potato fries.
a bowl of sweet potato fries with a black bowl of mayonnaise in the background

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Small Batch Sweet Potato Fries

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Learn how to make a small batch of sweet potato fries with just 1 sweet potato! Baked, not fried – they are completely addicting!


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  • Heat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Scrub and peel the sweet potato. Cut off both ends. Cut the potato in half lengthwise, and then, in half crosswise. Cut each piece into ¼ to ½-inch thick wedges.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in an even layer on a baking sheet. Try not to crowd them or else they won't bake properly. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, and add the paprika, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix well, so all pieces are coated with oil and spices.
  • Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for a total of 25 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and use tongs or a fork to turn over all of the sweet potato wedges.
    Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until they are well-browned. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the sweet potato wedges.
  • Remove from the oven and let fries cool for 5 minutes before eating.


  • Uniform Sizing: Aim to cut the sweet potato fries in a consistent size. This ensures that they all cook through evenly and finish baking at the same time.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Place the fries in a single layer on the baking sheet without any overlap. This allows for even cooking and helps achieve that crave-worthy crispiness.
  • Preheat the Oven: Always preheat your oven before baking the fries. A hot oven is crucial for achieving that perfectly crispy texture.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 65mg, Potassium: 1146mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 48236IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 102mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Pretty much only make them this way so darn good could make a meal for me with the addition of garden sliced tomatoes add a piece of meat for the hubby……
    My dipping sauce is simple and so good — I use a good scoop of sour cream a squirt of ketchup and splash of maple syrup and a shake or two of garlic powder mix together while sweet potatoes are baking . Adjust to your taste but we love it ENJOY!!!