Skip to Content

The Best Seasoning for Sweet Potato Fries

This simple seasoning for sweet potato fries can be used as a dry rub for grilled meat, too!

Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning | paleo | Whole30 | gluten-free |

I have a handful of simple recipes that I use ALL the time, but don’t bother posting. I’m not sure why.

Sometimes I feel like I have to have an elaborate meal or something super-creative to post, but I get the feeling that most of you just want fast, easy, and tasty.

Am I right?

Sweet potato fries may be at the very top of that list. 

We make sweet potato fries about once a week.

I used to use a sweet potato fries seasoning that has “fancy” things like whole fennel and coriander which I ground in big batches and kept in a mason jar. (The recipe is over at Simply Recipes, in case you’re wondering.)

One time I ran out of that special blend. It’s a super great recipe, but not super convenient when I run out during the of dinner prep.

After I ran out the last time, I never got around to filling my jar of fancy seasoning. The next several batches of sweet potato fries were sprinkled with common, already-ground spices in my cupboard because I didn’t feel like grinding another batch of the other stuff.

I realized after grabbing the same handful of spices every time that it would be much more efficient if I combined them into a jar.

But THIS blend didn’t require grinding anything. 

Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning | paleo | Whole30 | gluten-free |

My husband decided he really liked my haphazard sprinkling, so I figured out the proportions and filled a mason jar with my new seasoning blend. We’ve used this ever since.

And because equal amounts of all of the spices are added, it was super easy to throw together if I happened to run out.

This is the Best Seasoning For Fries

I think this is one of those “whole is greater than the sum of the parts” situations. It’s such a simple blend, but it’s pretty magical combined with a sweet potato.

You may have to start buying them in bulk because you’ll love this sweet potato fries seasoning so much you’ll want to put it on a lot of other things. Like regular roasted sweet potatoes. Or sprinkled on a baked sweet potato.

I think this should be the official sweet potato seasoning. Should we start a petition? Even my mom keeps this blend in her cupboard (and the kitchen cupboard of the condo they own in a different state). And she’s not into making her own seasoning blends.

What you’ll need for Sweet Potato Seasoning

Are you ready for this? I’m 99% certain you have all of these spices in your cupboard already — garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin, and sea salt. That’s it. Basic grocery store spices.

Note: Some people add brown sugar to their sweet potato fries. You could add a little to this. I’d rather have my sweet potato seasoning more savory because the sweet potatoes are already sweet.

How to season french fries using this French Fry Seasoning Recipe

Once you’ve cut your sweet potato fries into slivers, drizzle with oil (I use avocado oil or melted coconut oil), and a tablespoon or two of seasoning.

Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning | paleo | Whole30 | gluten-free |
Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning | paleo | Whole30 | gluten-free |

When to use Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning

This seasoning is best when added before roasting the fries to develop the flavors.

Other ways to use this Seasoning for Sweet Potatoes

I like to use sweet potato fry blend as a dry rub for grilled chicken or steak, too.

(A friend of mine says it’s delicious on salmon, too!)

It has a tex-mex flavor, but it’s different from taco seasoning. (Speaking of… I have a bomb homemade taco seasoning recipe.)

Storing this Seasoning for Sweet Potato Fries

Keep your seasoning in an airtight container for several months or until the spices start to lose their flavor.

If you make one of my recipes, be sure to post it on social media and tag me at @perrysplate or #perrysplate so I can send you some love!

More Recipes on Perry’s Plate

Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning

Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning

Yield: About 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Just four simple ingredients (that you probably already have!) create an amazing seasoning for sweet potato fries or any other roasted vegetable or grilled meat rub/marinade that you wand to give a southwest kick.


  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons sea salt


Combine in an airtight container. Shake well. Keeps for several months. (until the spices start to lose their flavor) You can also add black pepper or cayenne if you'd like a little kick.

This post may contain affiliate links. Any purchases made by using these links won’t cost you any extra and helps keep my content free. These links may be Amazon links as I am part of the Amazon Associate Program.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Alyce Cooks

Wednesday 22nd of May 2024

Your seasoning for sweet potato fries is delicious on a variety of meat. I tried it on lamb and my family loved it! Thanks


Monday 18th of March 2024

This was good. I also added cornstarch since they were going in the air fryer. Used 'red Chile powder' from New Mexico instead of "chili powder", so it was hot. Mitigated this by dipping them in maple syrup.

Natalie Perry

Monday 18th of March 2024

ohhh maple syrup sounds lovely.


Monday 18th of March 2024

Can't edit this comment! Wanted to add that I used canola oil and seasoned the fries liberally.


Saturday 4th of January 2020

What do you dip them in? I am thinking a pineapple yogurt says?

Natalie Perry

Monday 6th of January 2020

Sure! That sounds delicious! We're sort of boring and just dip them in ketchup and mustard. My favorite is to make them with sloppy joe meat and do a "chili fry" sort of thing putting the sloppy joe meat on top of the sweet potato fries. It's delicious.


Thursday 15th of March 2018

I just found this and am so glad I did. I was about to buy some fry seasoning and this was so easy to do with spices I have! I am going to try adding a little smoked paprika to it too. I love it. Thanks for the tips on the sweet potato fries too. I realize now I often cut them too big. Some were still too big this time but the smaller ones were definitely crispier but not overdone.

Natalie Perry

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Great idea! So glad you enjoyed it!

Lori Crocker

Monday 22nd of May 2017

Great recipe. I add a little onion powder and a pinch of nutmeg (I know, but try it). Delish!


Friday 27th of January 2023

@Lori Crocker, paprika works well with it too.

Natalie Perry

Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Hi Lori! I trust you on that. Sounds good!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe