Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0: Sweet Potato Fries with Parsley, Garlic and Lemon Zest

Sweet Potato Fries An Unrefined Vegan

For the past two Potlucks, I went fairly elaborate. For Potluck numero uno I made Sage & Rosemary Dinner Rolls with Roasted Garlic Coconut Butter. For Potluck number two, I created Maple Creme & Mocha Spice Cake Trifle with Fresh Blueberries. Just reading those long recipe titles wears me out. Though the title of this recipe is long, the preparation of the dish is not.

Which brings us to sweet potatoes. And garlic and parsley and lemon. Just look at those bright orange babies dotted with flecks of fresh green, dabs of garlic and zingy lemon – all glistening with one of my current favorite muses: coconut oil. I go easy on the oil in my household, but for a party like this one, I had to make an exception.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you very much to all of the enthusiastic participants of this, the first Potluck of 2013.  It amazes me every time that someone signs on!  Thanks to my Potluck besties, Somer, Jason and Lidia for helping plan and execute this shindig and keeping me sane in the days leading up to the Potluck.  And thanks to all of you who are taking time out of your Saturday to enjoy the beautiful plant-based and cruelty-free dishes being shared. Munch on!

Sweet Potato Fries An Unrefined Vegan


Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients

Sweet Potato Fries with Parsley, Garlic and Lemon Zest
Serves 2
Full of flavor and the goodness of sweet potato - this is a quick and delicious side dish for busy weeknights.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
92 calories
15 g
0 g
4 g
1 g
3 g
80 g
40 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 40mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 very large sweet potato, peeled and cut into fry-shape
  2. 1/2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  5. zest of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread sweet potato slices onto pan in a single layer and bake for about 15 minutes. Turn slices and continue to bake until they are soft and beginning to brown.
  3. While the sweet potato bakes, put the coconut oil in a deep skillet and add the garlic. Just before the fries are done, gently sauté the garlic in the oil until fragrant. Add the fries and stir, coating them with the oil and garlic. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the parsley and lemon zest.
  4. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Adapted from Cooking Light
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Sweet Potato Fries An Unrefined Vegan

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119 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0: Sweet Potato Fries with Parsley, Garlic and Lemon Zest

  1. Somer

    Oh goodness! Nothing simple about those! They’re absolutely beautiful and something I can’t wait to make! xoxo !

  2. veganscousewife7

    Hi Annie, Fran here (narf7) from The Road To Serendipity. Just wondering why you guys have posted when we are supposed to be posting an hour from here (3.01pm Aussie time?) and that isn’t for another hour?

  3. Cauldrons and Cupcakes

    Yum!!!!! I am making these for dinner tonight, which for me is a mere 4 hours away. xx

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  6. luminousvegans

    Those would be perfect with Somer’s sliders!! I love sweet potato fries and the flavor combination of these sound awesome.

  7. Cadry's Kitchen

    Brilliant! Baked sweet potato fries are a pretty standard side in our household, but it hadn’t occurred to me to give them a roll in garlic sautéed in coconut oil. I’ll definitely be doing this. My coconut and sweet potato-loving husband is going to be delighted!

  8. The Vegan Green

    Love these, will definitely be making this! and thanks for all your help with VVP 🙂

  9. tearoomdelights

    I like the look of these, they look eminently wolfable. Excellent job on the VVP, yet again!

  10. Trish @infinebalance

    Yumm! So much more interesting that the ones I pull out of the oven. Happy Potluck!

  11. veganmiam

    I’m not so fond of sweet potato fries but I would love to have those yummy regular potato fries with those ingredients you’ve created.

    Happy VVP 3.0! And thank you for making me part of it!


    Rika, vegan miam

  12. Becky

    Fact: my husband does not like sweet potatoes unless they are in oven fry form. I am definitely making this version for him!

      1. betterbitesct

        Those are the best kind of recipes (in my mind anyways). Simple is always better!

  13. Kathryn Morrison

    These look really yummy, and the potluck is amazing as always! Thanks for all your work on it!

  14. creativespin

    Yes, yes, and yes! I am having a sweet potato love affair right now. I’ve most often roasted them with cilantro and lime–I like this recipe’s parsley/lemon variation!

  15. Brittany

    Sounds like your plan of attack was similar to mine. My first two desserts were a little bit more creative than my chocolate cupcakes this time, but I think the classic simple cake is my favorite of my three!! These fries look SO good!! Great party!

  16. The Healthy Flavor

    I love sweet potato fries and make them all the time and I love the flavors you added to yours Annie! They look soooo delicious! They are so pretty too!

  17. The Little Foxes

    Sheesh. Where did you find the time with all you were doing to make VVP a reality? But I’m so glad you did. Because I’m basically going to go to Somer’s and grab sliders, and then come over to your place and grab ALL OF THESE. I can practically smell these!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      If you only could see what I look like right now. Do you know of the TV show “Three’s Company?” Yeah, I look like Mrs. Roper today.

      1. The Little Foxes

        “Come and knock on our door… Take a step that is new…I’m comin’ for your sweet po- sweet po- sweet potato fries, too”

  18. Starr

    I already like sweet potato fries way better than the regular ones, but with the parsley, garlic, and lemon zest, you’ve just thrown them into an entirely new league!

  19. veghotpot

    Sweet potato fries are a firm favourite of mine, I am usually lazy and just sprinkle them with salt and paprika but I will try this way now! So fresh and flavoursome, simple perfection 😉

  20. sugarcoatedvegan

    These looks fantastic! The addition of lemon zest in particular! Thanks for the amazing experience of participating in the potluck btw!

    – alexis

  21. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I love the addition of lemon and parsley! I’ve never tried that with sweet potato fries before, I can’t wait to try! Thank you for all your hard work on the potluck my dear, you are a gem 🙂 Happy potluck!

  22. foodiecology

    Looks delicious. As much as I love sweet potato fries, I’ve never thought to season them with parsley and lemon. Yum!

  23. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    This sounds excellent! I looove sweet potato fries, and garlic and lemon zest make everything better. 🙂 Happy VVP and thanks for organizing it!

  24. jess

    hi annie, these sound totally fab — simple is always best! thanks so much for all your work on the potluck, you must be so happy to have such a big turnout this year!

  25. Sophie33

    A lovely roasted sweet potato chips dish! I love lemon zest with my roasted potatoes, sweet or normal: easy yet tasty does it here,…yummmmm!

  26. Shira

    Absolutely loving all the sweet potatoes at this potluck – these look amazing Annie! Hope you are enjoying a very well deserved rest today (Hugs) – congrats on pulling off the biggest and best event yet 🙂 xox

  27. Linne

    I love yam fries (I think what you are callilng sweet potatoes; here in Canada, sweet potatoes are more yellow, mealy and dry; yams are plain delicious!! They are my favourite fries and I think yours are going to be at the top of my list of how to serve them. Thanks for the recipe! ~ Linne

  28. Linne

    Reblogged this on A Random Harvest and commented:
    Another recipe from the potluck! Sweet Potato Fries (what I’m pretty sure are Yam Fries here in Canada). My favourite of all the fries and now this . . . ~ Linne

  29. sweetveg

    This weekend has been so busy for me, I am just now getting to the sides. I guess pacing myself means I always have room in my belly. 🙂
    I am so glad you made an exception to your oil rule. These look super bright and delicious. Thank you again for such a wonderful potluck!!

  30. emmycooks

    I love plain sweet potato fries but I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist gilding the lily like this next time! Delish.

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  33. Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen

    These look great! Thanks Annie, for this recipe and for being our fearless leader with this potluck, I think it was a great event. The fixings look like a great way to perk up traditional sweet potato fries.

  34. uberdish

    These are the most delicious sweet potato fries I have ever seen! I know my family will go crazy for them. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  35. spinachrevolution

    I am slowly working through the VVP dishes. They are all so damn good! So many of my favourite ingredients included in the recipes…Love sweet potatoes! This looks fantastic. I will be trying this in the next couple of days. Thank you for the great (and easy) recipe.

  36. Keely @ Gormandize

    These look and sound delicious! A great thing to bring to a potluck indeed! It’s taking me about a week to work my way through the potluck thus far (still only on sides!) but it’s all so delicious!

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  38. Herbivore Triathlete

    I love sweet potatoes! These fries look incredibly delicious. What kind of sandwich is in the background?

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