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


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Sweet Potato Fries with Parsley, Garlic and Lemon Zest

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  • Author: Annie
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30


Full of flavor and the goodness of sweet potato – this is a quick and delicious side dish for busy weeknights.


  • 1 very large sweet potato, peeled and cut into fry-shape
  • 1/2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 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.


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 3
  • Sodium: 40
  • Fat: 4
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 15
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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. 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?

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  4. 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!

  5. Becky

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 😉

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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!!

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  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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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