Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries The Quick & Easy Way
Yes, we know people say deep fried food is bad for you, but in moderation a little bit of what you fancy, and all that. Also as these are sweet potato fries, they are better than regular fries.
– 1 sweet potato per person (if serving a crowd or want to double up, these can be made in batches and frozen)
– 2 cups of oil for frying/deep frying (canola, sunflower, vegetable all work well)
1. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them into thin strips. Put the slices into cold water immediately after slicing so that they do not turn brown while you prepare the other ingredients.
2. Heat your oil to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), if it is smoking then it is too hot! If you are deep frying with a pot on your stovetop, use a thermometer to check the temperature of the oil. If you are using an electric deep fryer, most units have a preset temperature of 375 degrees which will work perfectly for this recipe.
3. Pat the tops of your sweet potatoes dry with a paper towel or clean dishcloth to ensure that the oil will stick to them.
4. If you are using a pot on your stovetop for frying, use tongs and a slotted spoon to lower each sliced piece into the hot oil until they turn golden brown (about 4 minutes).
5. Remove from oil using tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels to allow excess oil to drip off before serving.
6. Serve immediately while still warm and crispy!
7. If you are deep frying in an electric fryer, cook 1-2 pieces at a time until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes).
8. Remove from oil using tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels to allow excess oil to drip off before serving.
9. Serve immediately while still warm and crispy!
10. If you are baking your fries, preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 degrees C)
11. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, lightly spray the paper with cooking spray.
12. Spread out sweet potatoes evenly in one layer on the pan, do not let slices overlap if possible because this will result in unevenly cooked fries once baked. 13. Bake for 8-15 minutes depending on how crispy you want them 1-3 batches of fries baked at a time. Baking times will vary depending on how thinly your sweet potatoes are sliced (thinner=shorter baking time).
14. Remove fries from oven when golden brown in color, flip them over in one quick movement and place back onto the same pan.
15. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes then remove from oven and serve while still warm with ketchup or ranch dressing!
You can double or triple this recipe if you are serving a crowd or want to store some extra in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the freezer. Make sure they are completely cooled before freezing so that they do not become mushy after thawing!
This recipe makes for amazing deep fried sweet potato fries, but they can be made into crinkle cut chips if you prefer these. To do so follow steps 1-4, then use a crinkle cutter to slice the sweet potatoes instead of slicing them by hand with a knife or using a mandoline. If you do not have a crinkle cutter feel free to use a normal straight edged slicer for this recipe as well!
Watch your cooking time carefully when deep frying to ensure that the inside of the fries are cooked thoroughly and don’t become soggy from being undercooked or overcooked. This should not be an issue if following the instructions properly though!