5-Spice Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love cooking at home. Sometimes I forget this. I think in my head that I’d rather go out to eat. But, when we sit down at our kitchen table, reach around the table to hold hands in prayer, pass bowls of side dishes and the kids beg for dessert…I try to put a pin in it.

Remember, I tell myself, how nice it is to eat at home.

Which, by some mathematical nonsense or something, means that it must be nice to cook at home.

I’ve just gotta learn how to get over the dishes. The sink is always plum full of dishes when I’m doing cooking. Flour fallen on the floor. Table littered with crumbs.

I love cooking at home. But, oh. I gotta get me a sous chef for this cleanup.

Ready to make baked sweet potato fries? Well, of course you are, smarty face. Because you’re smart. You know sweet potato fries are pretty well heaven on earth, yo.

So, here’s what happens when you toss homemade Sweet Potato Fried with Chinese 5-Spice Powder…

You start to see things. Magic things. Glittered hunks of orangey goodness. Unicorns eating sparkles. That sort of stuff.

Once you coat those sweet potatoes and toss them into the oven, you’re ready to rawk and rawl.

And by rawk and rawl, I mean eat. But you knew that, smarty cat.


5-Spice Baked Sweet Potato Fries


3 large sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon 5 Chinese 5-Spice Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Peel sweet potatoes, slice into 1/2-inch thick slices, then cut into 1/4"-1/2" square fries. Place in a large bowl once cut.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, 5-Spice Powder, salt, and sugar. Drizzle over your sweet potatoes. Toss to coat.

Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, use a spatula to flip the fries, then bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the fries are tender and slightly firm/crispy.

Remove and cool slightly before serving.