Crispy Sweet Potato Fries and Spicy Cream Sauce (Oil-free)

Simple, crispy, sweet and delicious. This isn’t a fancy recipe. Just something that I make ALL the time and have lots of people ask me how to make sweet potato fries. Who knew so many people wanted to know….well I understand because they are a bit harder to crisp up than traditionalΒ white potato fries.

Well, this is my way of doing them and they turn out delicious every time. I use no oil and yes, it still works and I save calories!

Crisped to perfection.

Crispy Sweet Potatos Fries

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • salt & pepper
  • nonstick spray (optional)


Preheat an oven to 415 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper, so they won’t stick. Foil doesn’t work as well. Wash and peel the potatoes and slice into fry shapes about a 1/4-1/2 inch thick. This is the key to crispy fries. If they are too thick, they don’t crisp up well. Spread out evenly and season generously with salt and pepper. I do not use oil, but if you prefer, you can lightly spray the fries with nonstick spray beseasoning them. Bake for about 15 minutes until they are fork tender, then turn the broil on low for about 7-8 minutes, or until they are very golden brown and crispy. This can vary depending on how strong your broil setting is.

Note: Just like regular fries, these stay crispy and are best eaten right away as they will get soft after a few hours. However, you can reheat them in the oven to make them crispy again. Each oven varies, so keep an eye on them! May take a couple of trials to get them right, depending on your oven.

Spicy Creamy Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon lowfat coconut milk from can (scoop out the cream part only at the top of the can)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • pinch black pepper, add as much as you like


Scoop out only the cream part at the top of the can, not the water. Add all the ingredients to a cup and whisk well with a fork. Delicious! A friend of mine also mixed all of the ingredients with an avocado and that is delicious too! This also works great for tacos and burritos or salad dressing.


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Categories: Appetizers, Gluten Free, Snacks, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN


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50 Comments on “Crispy Sweet Potato Fries and Spicy Cream Sauce (Oil-free)”

  1. June 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM #

    Yum! I love sweet potato fries. I think you are right about making sure the size is not too big. Good advice – This is definitely a fav.

  2. June 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM #

    That’s awesome that you can make delicious, great-looking fries without using oil! I always use a little bit–maybe half a tablespoon–but next time I’ll try them without! Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

    • June 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

      I used to use oil too Erika, but since my hubby started reacting so badly because of his gout, I started doing everything oil-free and he actually prefers them this way! As long as they are cut thin enough and you use the broiler the last several minutes, it works every time for me and it saves calories!

  3. June 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM #

    Yum! Sweet potato fires are great! What a good recipe!

  4. June 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

    Crispy fries with no oil!!! Wow. I love sweet potato fries but they always turn out soggy in the oven. Love this and the dipping cream.

    • June 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

      Yes, the key is cutting them thin and using the broiler for the last few minutes! I’ve made them a million times like this. As soon as they are tender when pierced with fork, broil them and it crisps them up. I like mine really browned too…so yummy. They are always gone in about 5 minutes, because they of course don’t stay crispy hours later, just like regular fries πŸ™‚

      • June 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM #

        Amazing, I have a sweet potato going to try it tonight!

    • June 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM #

      Good luck…I know every oven varies so it may take a couple of trials to get them right, depending on your oven. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn once on broil πŸ™‚ Hope they turn out and you still like them without oil. We are used to them and prefer them that way now.

      • June 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM #

        I am sure they will be delicious. I don’t think I will mind them without oil at all. Will let you know how they turn out.

      • June 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

        They turned out great, got really crispy, brillliant putting under the broiler to crisp. I love sweet potato fries. The dip is really good and spicy. Perfect with the fries. Great recipe.

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM #

      Wonderful Suzanne! I’m so happy they turned out for you! Thanks so much for trying them and letting me know, I truly appreciate it!

  5. June 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

    FINALLY! A way to make sweet potato fries crispy! Like everyone else, mine always come out soggy too. It’s so disappointing. So thank you!!!

    • June 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM #

      No problem! I hope they turn out well for you! It took me a few trials to get the right oven temp and technique, but now it works every time. πŸ™‚ Ovens can vary, so it may take a couple of trials to get them right, depending on your oven. Just keep an eye on them at the broil stage!

  6. June 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    May I be your taste tester? πŸ˜€
    This looks brilliant!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. June 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM #

    These look amazing Brandi! I am definitely going to make them. I make sweet potato fries a lot, but I always use oil (and brown sugar)! Love that yours are oil-free, and your sauce sounds delicious.

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:41 AM #

      Thank you Saskia! Mmmm brown sugar sounds delicious for a really sweet version. These work really great for a healthy, easy version and a yummy dip πŸ™‚

  8. June 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM #

    Yum, these look delicious (as always, Brandi)! Generally speaking, I usually prefer regular ‘ol potatoes to sweet, but the spicy creamy dipping sauce won me over. I am intrigued by your use of coconut milk; you’ve got the created juices flowing =) Thanks as always for sharing, Brandi; hope all is wonderfully well =) Hugs all around xo!

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:44 AM #

      Thanks so much Christina! It is super delicious and by using the low fat milk, it doesn’t taste like coconut at all. My friend made this dip and threw in an avocado as well and raved about it. I love it, it is tangy and spicy. It pairs well with the sweet potatoes. Thanks sweetheart! πŸ™‚

  9. June 15, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

    I like the broiling part – that would keep them from getting soggy (which is yeah…mine. All the time.)

  10. June 16, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    a nice health snack… I love it and bookmarked it along with many of your recipes πŸ™‚ PS I have made your bean dish 8 times now… πŸ™‚

    • June 17, 2013 at 6:33 AM #

      Awesome Thom!! That makes me so happy πŸ™‚ You’re referring to the Mexican Chili right? So glad you all love it! I need to make your Vietnamese salad and peanut sauce….yum!

      • June 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM #

        Yes the Mexican Chili recipe πŸ˜‰ enjoy your week ..

  11. June 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Looks excellent! Thank you Brandi!
    All the best.

  12. June 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM #

    These fries are gorgeous! I would love to try it with the dip.

  13. June 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

    Love this idea…!

  14. June 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    These must taste super πŸ™‚ Do you think the same method would work with butternut and/or normal potatoes?

    • June 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

      Oh, yes I’m sure it would! In fact, they would probably only need the broiler less time since they don’t hold as much moisture as sweet potatoes.

  15. June 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM #

    That sauce!! OHH yum. These look so good. I want a big juicy bean burger along side these amazing fries. Sauce poured ALL over both.

  16. Monica
    June 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM #

    Looks delicious! I’ll be giving these fries a try tonite at dinner.

    • June 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

      Awesome., let me know how it turns out! I hope they work on the first try! πŸ™‚

  17. June 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM #

    yum! those pictures are as delicious as the recipe itself.

  18. June 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM #

    I definitely have to make sweet potato fries again …! The photo is just amazing!

  19. June 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    Ooh, I have to try these! And that dip… sounds heavenly

  20. June 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

    My favorite kind of fries – especially oil-free. Well done!

  21. June 26, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

    Brandi, I didn’t think that sweet potatoes would turn crispy in the oven but hearing about your success with making these, I totally want to try. And that dipping sauce sounds delicious. I’d want to eat it with everything!

  22. June 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    I’ve recently tried to make baked sweet potato chips, but no matter what I do they don’t get crispy. Maybe I should try to make fries instead. I love that you don’t use oil for these. Celeste πŸ™‚

  23. June 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

    I am a vegetarian and cook for one. I am also a health nut I still count calories and ingredients in every thing that goes in my mouth you have a great and well organized site here. This once I must follow !

  24. July 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM #

    Yum!!!! I make similar sweet potato fries all the time but I’ve never tried a dressing/dipping sauce like this one. I love the sound of it, particularly as it’s based on coconut cream rather than dairy cream (yay for vegan alternatives!). I’m going to give it a try tonight, maybe with the avocado addition. Sounds so good xx

  25. September 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM #

    i love this alternative way of making fries. i’ve tried it. simply wonderful recipe, brandi.

    • September 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM #

      Wonderful! Thank you so much for letting me know. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. It is a great way to save on calories πŸ™‚


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