Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Garlic

This was originally posted on election day four years ago, but I’m updating and bringing it forward because I have the same message for you today and these oven-baked sweet potato fries with rosemary and garlic are just as appealing to me now as they were back then.  These delicious baked sweet potato fries have so much flavor, you’ll never miss that they aren’t deep-fried.

First of all, if you’re reading this post and you haven’t voted yet, I’d prefer that you bookmark this recipe, go find your local polling place, then come back and read this later.  Really. Go vote!

I’ve made several versions of these over the years but this batch is by far the best.  As usual, it’s the simplest combination of ingredients that makes me the happiest.  If you’ve never eaten oven-baked sweet potato fries, you need to know that they won’t be as crispy as the deep-fried restaurant version.  But I think the flavor of these can’t be beat and I don’t even miss the crunch.

For those of us who aren’t huge fans of sweet potato dishes that are overly sweet, this is the perfect way to reap the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes and still enjoy a savory snack.

And what kind of food blogger would I be if I didn’t include a quick recipe for a Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce?  You’ll find it at the very end of this post.  You’re welcome.

Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Rosemary and Garlic

1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
2 T. olive oil
2  medium sweet potatoes

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Using a mortar and pestle, mash together the garlic, salt, and rosemary to form a paste.  If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, put ingredients into a small bowl and mash the garlic, rosemary and salt against the side of the bowl with a fork.  It takes a bit more effort, but you’ll be able to work it into a paste.
3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and garlic paste; set aside.
4. Scrub sweet potatoes and cut off any blemishes that you wouldn’t want to eat.  Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch pieces.  Stacking two pieces together, cut potatoes into 1/2 inch strips.  Do the same with remaining potato.
5. Put potato strips into a large bowl; Add oil mixture and toss well until all potatoes are well coated.
6. Spread potatoes out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (the parchment is optional, but makes for easier clean up!). If you don’t use parchment, make sure to grease the baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or some extra olive oil.
7. Roast potatoes for 30-35 minutes, checking every ten minutes and rotating the pan for even browning. Every once in a while check to see if the potatoes are browning too much on the bottom.  If that’s the case, turn them over.  I didn’t have that problem, but you never know! Keep a careful watch towards the end and remove as soon as the smallest pieces just barely start to blacken on the ends.

yield: two servings

Recipe notes: Two medium sweet potatoes will serve 2-3 people as an appetizer.  I think you could toss in one more potato without needing any more garlic paste or oil.  But if you are cooking for a crowd, double all the ingredients and plan on using two baking sheets. Remember to keep the potatoes in one layer and don’t crowd them too much or they won’t brown evenly.  These fries are best served right out of the oven!

Combine finely chopped rosemary leaves, kosher salt, and one garlic clove then pound and grind them together to form a paste.

Combine finely chopped rosemary leaves, kosher salt, and one garlic clove then pound and grind them together to form a paste.

In a small bowl, mix the rosemary garlic paste with the olive oil.

Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.

Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.

Stacking two slices together, cut potatoes into 1/2 inch strips.

Stacking two slices together, cut potatoes into 1/2 inch strips.

Put the cut sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the rosemary garlic oil mixture.

Put the cut sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add the rosemary garlic oil mixture.

Now toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated with the oil mixture.

Now toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated with the oil mixture.

Spread the potatoes out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Spread the potatoes out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Roast the sweet potato fries in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.  Check them every ten minutes, and stir or turn them if they appear to be getting dark on the bottom. Watch carefully towards the end because they can burn quickly!

Roast the sweet potato fries in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Check them every ten minutes, and stir or turn them if they appear to be getting dark on the bottom. Watch carefully towards the end because they can burn quickly!

Although these fries are great on their own, who doesn’t enjoy a special dipping sauce every now and again?  Ranch would work well, but I really enjoyed the buttermilk blue cheese dressing that’s served with sweet potato fries at one of my favorite local restaurants, Urban Solace.  If you live in San Diego and you’ve never been there, be sure to check out their Sunday Bluegrass Brunch for some great food, great atmosphere, and great music!

Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing

2 oz. dry blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
dash of onion powder
freshly ground black pepper to taste

yield: approx. 2/3 cup of dressing

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  1. Kim

    Looks absolutely scrumptious! I’ve wanted to make this dish before, now I have no excuse! Thanks!

    10:55 am  Nov 4th, 2008
  2. Nick

    These look, um… awesome. I love the photos and the recipe. Parchment paper is a big tip with these things. I’ve made them before without and they have a pretty high sticking factor!

    Great photos as always!

    11:03 am  Nov 4th, 2008
  3. Hooshna

    Saw the entry through Twitter. Awesome post! I’m definitely going to make these soon 🙂

    11:04 am  Nov 4th, 2008
  4. Nicole

    Kim: Thanks, I hope you do make them!
    Nick: Good point! I edited the post to include a tip about greasing the pan if you don’t use parchment. Of course I think every should always have parchment paper on hand, I use it almost every day for one thing or another 😉
    Hooshna: Thanks for coming over from twitter! Hope you enjoy the fries!

    11:16 am  Nov 4th, 2008
  5. Alyce

    This looks good! I like to dice (not too small) sweet potatoes and white or red potatoes and toss them in olive oil w/ seasoned salt, rosemary and garlic and roast…What a yummy combination!

    11:50 am  Nov 4th, 2008
  6. sharon

    What are the chances that it’d rain here on voting day?! Well, gladly I voted early.
    These fries look AMAZING, and I love that they’re roasted.

    I’ve been meaning to head out to Urban Solace as well. Just need to wake up early enough on the weekends for breakfast… 🙂

    12:03 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  7. Emon

    Must you always make stuff that looks so good and makes me hungry? Not cool. 🙂

    12:16 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  8. DocChuck

    Well, I voted (like most of us university-types, I voted for Obama/Biden), so now I can, with good conscience, read your blog about sweet potato fries.

    And I must say, that my wife (a medical doctor) and I both LOVE sweet potato fries.

    My wife … because they’re healthy; me … because they taste so good!

    And your wonderful photo-essay is probably one of the best posts on the subject that I have ever read!

    DocChuck and Dr. E.

    12:57 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  9. Keetha

    Nom nom nom!

    I am all about some sweet potato fries! I usually toss them in roasted garlic olive oil – I’ll have to try this version.

    I voted this morning. 🙂

    (I’m visiting here from NaBloPoMo, by the way.)

    1:04 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  10. patsyk

    Those look like something I wouldn’t be able to stop eating! Yum!

    1:04 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  11. mary

    I love roasted sweet potato fries, but mine always stick to the pan. Next time I make them, I’ll use parchment paper. Thanks!

    1:12 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  12. Steph

    I love sweet potato fries! And these look so freakin good! Yum…something I know everyone in our little family would like…even Baby Ian. He loves sweet potatoes!

    1:25 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  13. Darb

    Ooo… these luck yummy. Hopefully my CSA will give us sweet potatoes soon.

    1:52 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  14. Darb

    Err… *look* yummy. 🙂

    1:52 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  15. Nicole

    Alyce: Sounds great! Sometimes we cut up some regular potatoes, too. I like the combination of flavors!
    Sharon: Luckily the rain didn’t last long (although we do need more)! You don’t have to get up too early for Urban Solace, I think they serve brunch til 3:00! I had a really good time there a few weeks ago!
    Emon: Just doing my job! 🙂
    DocChuck: Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
    Keetha: Yum! Roasted garlic olive oil would be really good! You could always just use that with some salt and rosemary and skip the whole clove of garlic!
    patsyk: Yep, they’re addicting! It’s best not too make too many at once! 🙂
    mary: Yes, the parchment paper definitely works wonders! And it seems to keep them from burning on the bottom, also.
    Steph: You should make them! 🙂
    Darb: I’d love to join a CSA one of these days! But with my husband gone a lot, I’m worried that I won’t be able to use up all the produce!

    1:54 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  16. Ruby

    Like Ian, they are Abby’s fav and before that Emma’s favorite food! I told Stephanie he would love them. Anyhow, this recipe reminds me of our lunches at Max’s in Fresno, except they fry theirs. Looks so easy and good, I’m definitely going to try this one!

    3:42 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  17. rae

    omg these look so freakin good!!

    3:55 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  18. Fit Bottomed Girls

    A perfect way to celebrate a day of democracy! 🙂

    4:33 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  19. susan c

    I’ve been experimenting with several recipes for baked sweet potato fries, but this one sounds like the best by far. It may be time for me to break down and buy a mortar and pestle. Can’t wait to try this.

    4:33 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  20. kickpleat

    tonight while i anxiously await election results and keep my fingers and toes crossed for Obama, i’ll be snacking away on these and the broccoli you posted. I’ll be dipping for democracy!!

    4:45 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  21. Alanna

    Your photos are knocking my eyes out! Maybe it’s the sweet potatoes — or maybe it’s the photographer! Lovely, Nicole!

    5:47 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  22. Elizabeth

    oh yum! I just roasted up some sweet potato pieces for dinner tonight too! But, wow! It never dawned on me that rosemary and garlic would taste amazing on sweet potatoes too. Great recipe Nicole!

    5:55 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  23. Darb

    Nichole: You should look for a CSA that lets you purchase week by week. The one we are with has a low membership fee ($50) and you pay them $30 each week that you want a box, so you don’t have to worry about a week that you can’t use the veggies. They also have single and two person boxes.

    7:00 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  24. Darb

    Sorry, drop the “h”, my mistake.

    7:00 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  25. We Are Never Full

    i want to dip my FACE in a bowl of the buttermilk dressing! look beautiful.

    7:57 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  26. maris

    OMG these look good. Do you still get to have these if you voted absentee like I did? ha-ha! I love sweet potatoes.

    8:43 pm  Nov 4th, 2008
  27. Donal

    Hey there!

    Those Sweet Potato Wedges look delicious!!! Especially love the Dip!


    5:54 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  28. RecipeGirl

    Yummy! Will have to check out Urban Solace- thanks for the tip!

    8:57 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  29. izatryt

    Wow! That’s all I can say. Wow!!

    9:58 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  30. Maria

    Those fries looks beyond delicious! Sweet potatoes are my fav!

    10:11 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  31. corrin

    I made sweet potato fries for the very first time last week, and was so very disappointed. They were nothing like I thought they were be, and I ended up throwing them away. So sad.

    10:26 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  32. Gabi @ Mamaliga

    Aaaaa! Superb! So, you are using persillade (French for the mixture of parsley and garlic). Looks and I am sure tastes gotgeous!
    The only thing I still need make peace with is the sweet potato.

    See, I am from Europe, living in Chicago, with Thanksgiving coming up QUICK!

    Gabi @ Mamaliga.com

    10:29 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  33. Julie

    Those look beyond delicious. Wow!

    11:07 am  Nov 5th, 2008
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  35. MrsDocChuck

    My husband is a wonderful man, but he cannot vote, as he was convicted of felony voter fraud some yeras ago in a set-up by the Arkansas District Attorney. Even though I am a busy nurse (not a real doctor) I always make time to vote. Although I love Sarah Palin, I voted for Obama as I think he would do the most for people like my husband (who is on a fixed disability income).

    Incredible fries, by the way!

    11:17 am  Nov 5th, 2008
  36. Deborah

    Sweet potato fries are one of my favorite things! And served with the dressing – delicious!

    3:13 pm  Nov 5th, 2008
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  38. Laura

    Another delicious-looking recipe! Keep it up! 🙂

    10:17 pm  Nov 7th, 2008
  39. [eatingclub] vancouver || js

    These sweet potato fries are a thing of beauty.

    6:28 pm  Nov 25th, 2008
  40. Erin Gallagher

    Oh.my.gods! I just made these for thanksgiving. Only, in addition to the sweet potatoes, I used Fingerling potatoes. And I knew how the Fingerlings would turn out since i’ve made them into baked fries before, but the sweet potatoes… utter genius! I will be adding them to a menu rotation in my house, cause those are absolutely wonderful and decadent and will be perfect for the occasional guilty treat.

    Thank you!

    6:04 pm  Nov 28th, 2008
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  42. FoodRenegade

    I am a huge fan of sweet potato fries, and these look scrumptious.

    I always dip mine in a homemade chipotle cilantro mayonnaise, though. You ought to experiment with that!

    4:25 pm  Dec 11th, 2008
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  44. Barry

    For the love of Pete (not sure who Pete is though), heat the pan up while the oven warms up. It ensures crispy goodness all over! That dressing sounds sounds incredible!

    1:12 pm  Mar 31st, 2009
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  47. Hugh

    This is absolutely amazing! Where have you been all my life? I just got this form my friend and I was blown away. I never knew that these recipies existed and the pictures makes it even better.

    I’ll be living by your recipies from now on. Thanks!

    9:54 am  Jul 6th, 2009
  48. Wendy

    I coincidentally “stumbled upon” this fabulous website and recipe, ten months after it was posted on election day. I think I’ll make these delectable looking things just so I can forget about the disaster I helped vote into office 🙁
    I hope the potatoes turn out better than he has.

    10:51 pm  Aug 4th, 2009
  49. Barry

    “I think I’ll make these delectable looking things just so I can forget about the disaster I helped vote into office”

    Really? You’re ready do declare disaster 8 months in? You must have been a basket case 2 weeks into the previous guy’s tenure.

    5:25 pm  Aug 5th, 2009
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  51. Cristy

    yum -i think rosemary is my favorite herb to pair with sweet potato. i like the blue cheese idea -i’m featuring it on my blog post about sweet potato dips..check it out..


    8:58 am  Nov 20th, 2009
  52. Blender Benefits

    I just discovered the beauty of sweet potato fries and am blown away by this recipe. Garlic and rosemary are two of my favorite things- I can’t wait to give this a shot!

    9:48 am  Dec 18th, 2009
  53. Rita

    these do sound really good, but i actually was looking for a recipe for deep fat fried sweet potatoes that required soaking them in ice water. Do you know of anything like that, an could i get it before Christmas? thanks

    5:41 pm  Dec 19th, 2009
  54. Matt Harmer

    They look great. PS First post on a food site ever.

    7:21 am  Feb 19th, 2010
  55. Evo

    My sweet potatoes seem to go a bit soggy when I roast them, but I will try again with this recipe!

    3:00 pm  Mar 3rd, 2010
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    Oh wow! That looks absolutely delicious, I love how you took an old favorite and added your own twist. You also did an amazing job with the pictures, I will definitely try this recipe over the weekend.

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  64. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Sweet potato fries are my favorite!! Love these!

    2:29 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
  65. Rebecca

    This is getting spooky. First your mention of Deb’s book yesterday, then, this afternoon, I was wondering what to do with the lone sweet potato I bought for myself yesterday, and this post shows up in my inbox. I didn’t have any rosemary, so I made it with just the garlic and salt. Fantastic! I’m going to make these all winter long. Thank you.

    (Also, I’m kind of curious/nervous about what you’re going to post tomorrow…)

    3:35 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
  66. Lynne Knowlton

    YUM !!! Those look delish !! I am making them RIGHT NOW. 🙂 Have you ever tried apple butter for dipping ? It may be a Canadian thaaang. It is sooo delicious and it is good for you too. No sugar added apple butter rocks out loud.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Cheers, Lynne

    3:48 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
  67. amanda

    I remember when you initially posted this! i wanted it then and there and i think i might want them more now!

    8:25 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
  68. Fork and Whisk

    First time to your site, pictures look great and these sound delicious. Thanks.

    8:49 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
  69. Fork and Whisk

    Sweet potatoes look great and sound delicious. I bet they would go with a roasted chicken. Thanks for sharing, this is my first time here but will definitely be back.

    8:55 pm  Nov 6th, 2012
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  71. Chels R.

    Oh my word, these look insanely tasty!

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  72. Sean

    Buttermilk. Blue cheese. Dipping sauce. Dude.

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  76. Anthony Lloyd

    A food blog is suppose to make you hungry.

    Now I want sweet potato fries and blue cheese dip. NOW!

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