Cumin Sweet Potato Fries with Cilantro Mayo

Having a food blog is all about being honest, right? So today I want to share with you two of my biggest addictions: sweet potatoes and mayonnaise! First, let’s chat about sweet potatoes. Not readily available in Dominican Republic, I didn’t grow up eating them and probably had my first sweet potato fries while at CIA. Nothing makes me happier than a salty/sweet fry – nothing, except mayonnaise.

You’d think mayonnaise was this full flavored condiment that tasted like heaven. Oh wait, IT IS. Whether you make it from scratch or you buy my favorite, Hellman’s, mayonnaise is there for you when you need to dip sweet potato fries. Whisk in some fresh lemon juice and chopped cilantro, and you’re taking it to the next level!

cumin sweet potato fries

 Need an excuse to eat a thousand of these fries? Well, let me just tell you these are OVEN BAKED, NOT FRIED! Which means minimal fat (except for the little olive oil you drizzle before baking) and just as much flavor. In the oven, the fries become crispy on the outside and tender on the side! You’re not going to have to waste a ton of oil to fry a batch of of these, avoid oil splatters, and all over make a healthier treat.

Make sure you’re oven is fully preheated and that your fries are mostly all the same thickness, which helps in even cooking. When removing the fries, use a thin spatula to not leave any fries behind! Because of the lack of fat, they tend to stick, so use parchment paper for easier removal. Cook’s Illustrated recommends soaking the raw fries in hot water for ten minutes to remove the starch and covering them with foil for the first 5 minutes of cooking to steam. Might need to try that method next time!

Cumin Sweet Potato Fries and Cilantro Mayonnaise

Since these fries are baked, you can eat as many as you want!
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  • 1 large sweet potato peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • fresh cilantro to taste
  • fresh lemon juice to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Cut the sweet potato into thick matchsticks and toss in small bowl.
  • Sprinkle spices, salt, and olive oil over the sweet potatoes. Toss.
  • Place on sheet pan and bake 30-40 minutes until tender and crispy.
  • To make mayo: whisk together mayonnaise, chopped cilantro, and lemon juice.
  • Serve fries with cilantro mayonnaise.

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  1. I ususally to make spicy potato fries, but i’ll try to make this sweet one…its look yummy too.

  2. You do know I’m making these tomorrow night when I get home, right? How could I not? They’re perfect looking!! It’s a good thing I’m driving past my favourite good grocery store on the way home!

  3. After eating a few of those yummy sweet potato fries last night I don’t think I am going to stop obsessing about having more. Now I have a much healthier, oven-baked, alternative to cure my crave.

  4. Fabulous combo! Another dip I like with my sweet potato fries, is honey mustard sauce. Delicious addiction to have 🙂

  5. I looooooooooove sweet potato fries — even more than regular — they have so much more flavor, and are way healthier!