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Spiced Yam Fries

When we make a batch of these spiced yam fries, Papa Bear, Mama Bear and the Little Bears dig in. We serve them with hamburgers and salad for a simple weeknight meal. They are jazzed up with some good-for-you spices (like tumeric, read about that here) and baked versus deep-fried.

Spiced Yam Fries

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Peanut-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Serves: 2-4
Active Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes


3-4 pounds GARNET YAMS (red-skinned sweet potatoes)
4 tablespoons extra virgin COCONUT OIL, liquified
3/4 teaspoon SEA SALT (or to taste)


1. Peel and cut yams into 1/4" "fries."
2. If time allows; soak fries in salted water 4-6 hours, drain, pat dry.
3. Toss fries with remaining ingredients.
4. Spread fries out in a single layer on parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 420˚F for 40 minutes flipping once.

Reader Comments (4)

There remind me of the sweet potato fries that my kids love made by Alexia. I've been thinking of making them myself, so this is perfect. Just wondering what the difference is if you soak or don't soak the yams ahead of time.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Hi Jeanette, the soaking step is totally optional. I do it to infuse a little flavor (salty) into the fries and think that the salt pulls some of the moisture out for a slightly less-soggy fry. TOTALLY optional though. Do note that these fries do not get super crispy. Some of the small pieces do, but for the moist part, these come out on the softer side. :)

March 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

These fries would make this Mama Bear happy for sure! ;-)

Thanks, Lexie! :-)


March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I wrote a comment here yesterday, but don't know where it went. Anyway, we make yam fries often! I love using Hannah yellows for them! I love the idea of soaking the fires in salted water. I am totally going to do that from now on!!

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