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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Harissa- crispy, healthy and so EASY! A delicious vegan side! #sweetpotato #sweetpotatofries #baked #vegan #bakedsweetpotato #harissa

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Harissa

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: side, vegan
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: North African


Baked Sweet Potato Fries, fwith flavorful harissa!  A delicious, healthy, vegan side!


  • 1 extra large sweet potato  (1 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 cloves garlic finely minced ( use a garlic press)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper

Harissa Aioli ( or Make Chipotle Mayo!)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F (make sure it is hot)
  2. Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into ⅓ inch thick slices- no need to peel. Then cut each slice into ⅓ inch thick strips. Cut as uniformly as possible.
  3. Toss potatoes with the Corn Starch in the bowl.  Mix oil with spices and garlic in a separate small bowl and toss with the sweet potatoes.
  4. Place on parchment lined sheet pan, or on a cooling rack over a sheet pan in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  (Do not line with foil -corn starch will stick to foil.)  Check at 20 mins. Bake another 5-10 minutes if needed (thicker pieces will  need the extra time) being careful not to burn. If cooking on the sheet pan, turn the fries over, half way through cooking ( like at 12 minutes). 
  5. In the meantime mix the Harissa aioli – place all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
  6. When the harissa fries are tender, pull from the oven.
  7. Serve immediately with the Harissa aioli and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro or parsley for color.


When serving for a group, spread them out a little so they stay crispy. ( If you pile them up, they will get soft.) I sometimes just serve them on a sheet pan. Or in a cup or class where they stand upright, allowing the air to circulate.

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