Crisp Yam Fries with Chipotle Aioli

This recipe for yam fries uses a few tricks to ensure perfect crispiness. A basket of yam fries with a dollop of spicy mayo is ultimate comfort food, right?
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 1 1/2 lbs yam this was one giant yam for me, cut into matchsticks
  • 1-2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp minced chipotle in adobo sauce or 1/2-1 tsp chipotle powder


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place yam matchsticks in a large bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flour, tossing until evenly coating and adding up to one tablespoon more if needed.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss. Sprinkle with spices and a good pinch of sea salt. Toss until fries are evenly coated.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread fries out in a SINGLE LAYER (no overlap whatsoever, or they will steam and get soggy). You will probably need 2 baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip fries (and rotate baking sheets if using more than 1). Bake 10 minutes more, or until fries are crisp and tender in the middles.
  • Meanwhile, make Chipotle Aioli by whisking 1/3 cup mayonnaise with minced chipotle with sauce. Add more to taste, if you like it spicier!
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