I think I’ve nailed the trick to crispy no-fry sweet potato fries.
Getting sweet potatoes crispy without frying them can be near impossible. And sometimes deep frying in your kitchen (the smell) is just a no-go. Although oven baked sweet potatoes will never be quite as good as the fried ones, it’s so much easier to clean up a tray than a whole deep-frier/large pot of oil. Also the slightly charred and blistered outside with the mashy interior of the sweet potato fries is just too good.
What’s the secret?
There’s two little things that make a HUGE difference to the crispiness of sweet potato wedges. Firstly, you must never overcrowd the pan. When you pile a pan full of vegetables (or anything for that matter) and overcrowd it, you prevent airflow in the oven end up steaming instead of roasting. So make two trays instead of one the next time you roast some vegetables and you will be surprised how much better it turns out.
Secondly, cornstarch. Something special happens when you use cornstarch and it results in an extra crispy exterior. Dusting the sweet potato wedges with regular flour will not be the same. I’ve also experimented with potato starch which was okay but cornstarch is still the winner.
I think sweet potato fries with spicy mayo is a necessary obligation here. Then again, I do put spicy mayo on everything…
Go here if you want the recipe for the spicy mayo.
No-Fry Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
- Metal Tray
- Mixing bowl
- paper towel
- 2 whole sweet potatoes large
- 100 g peanut oil or vegetable oil
- 2 g salt
- 16 g cornstarch
- 1 spicy mayo recipe
- Set oven to 225C/425F with the fan on full blast.Wash and peel the sweet potato. Cut into thick wedges.
- Season the fries with salt and toss. Add the cornstarch and toss well.
- Get two trays and line them with parchment paper. Add the oil and spread across the two trays. Line up the dusted sweet potato fries across the two trays.
- Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven for 10 minutes. Then turn each wedge over on the tray and put back in the oven until nicely coloured and crispy. Aprox. 5-10 minutes more.
- Season the fries with a bit more salt and drain on paper towel. Serve right away.