Japanese Sweet Potato Oven Fries


  • 2 medium Japanese sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch thick matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil (or other neutral vegetable oil)
  • 1 -2 teaspoons of black and brown sesame seeds
  • 3/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • a few pinches cayenne powder, optional
  • green onion – optional


  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425ºF. Place the sweet potato matchsticks on a large, rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with the oil, sesame seeds, and salt, tossing well to coat. Spread in a single layer and bake 10-15 minutes until golden on the bottom; they should release from the pan fairly easily using a thin metal spatula once they’ve developed some color.
  2. Flip the slices over and cook until golden all over, 5-10 more minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of cayenne if using and top with green onion slices if desired.
Source: The Bejon Gourmet revised and tested by Cindy Bevans

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