Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Oven Fries tossed with seasonings and olive oil, and baked in the oven. Light, healthy and sweet. They are easy to make and a great side dish for a weeknight meal.
Japanese sweet potatoes often referred to as “Japanese yams” or “Satsumaimo” in Japan. They have a reddish-purple or dark brown skin and are pale on the inside. When cooked, they have creamy and moist texture.
Japanese sweet potatoes offer several health benefits due to their nutrient content. They are a good source of dietary fiber, which supports digestive health, and they provide essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall well-being.
Japan has been a major producer of sweet potatoes, and it’s known for growing different types, including purple-fleshed sweet potatoes and yellow-fleshed varieties. These sweet potatoes are used in a wide range of dishes, from tempura to Japanese sweets.
The history of Japanese sweet potatoes is intertwined with the country’s culinary traditions and culture. From their introduction to Japan in the 16th century to their widespread popularity today, sweet potatoes have played a significant role in Japanese cuisine and agriculture.
Japanese Sweet Potato Oven Fries offer a unique flavor, nutritional benefits, and a healthier cooking method compared to traditional deep-fried potatoes. They are versatile, satisfying, and delicious. So, if you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious snack or side dish, they are definitely worth trying.
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Japanese Sweet Potato Oven Fries
- 3 medium Japanese sweet potatoes (peeled or scrubbed, and cut into 1/2-inch thick matchsticks)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
- Fresh parsley (for garnish) (chopped)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Toss sweet potato matchsticks with oil, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl to coat. Spread out on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast, stirring once or twice, until the potato is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
- To finish, garnish with parsley.