Baked Cilantro Sweet Potato Fries

by Jessica Mishra on September 13, 2011

Sweet potatoes are amazing, aren’t they? Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a major antioxidant. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A by the body. Vitamin A is essential for eye health, healthy skin, and a strong immune system.

Sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful for those with Arthritis. They are also great for the digestion as they are high in fiber and have a soothing effect on the stomach and intestines. Finally, sweet potatoes can help you to combat sugar cravings as they satisfy the taste for sweet, in a healthy way.

I love sweet potatoes fries. Every once in a while I treat myself to some “real” fries. The burger place down the street does these amazing lettuce wrap burgers using grass fed beef. They also have some pretty darn good sweet potato fries. I think when those are at my table, all talking from my direction ceases. Sharing is also usually out of the question. For a healthier option, I like to make these yummy baked ones. They are just as good, if not better!

I added cilantro to these fries not only because I love the taste, but because of the chelating properties of cilantro. A chelator is something that binds to toxic heavy metals (such as mercury, lead) in the body and helps to remove them. You will really enjoy the flavor combination of sweet potatoes and cilantro.


  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, sliced into strips (skin on)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite good quality oil (I like coconut oil)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice up sweet potatoes and add to a large bowl. I leave the skin on for added fiber and nutrient value. Add the oil, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Toss to coat. Spread over a greased cookie sheet or dish. Top with cilantro. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until done. Great side dish to lettuce wrap beef, turkey, lamb or salmon burgers. You can dip these in a little organic ketchup or do as I did and just eat them plain!

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