These Cajun Yam Fries are DELICIOUS. All caps are warranted for this recipe, which is slightly adapted from Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s original. These deeply flavorful, salty, spicy addictive fries will leave your mouth with a pleasant glow. They make a nice side alongside veggie burgers, grain pilafs, or hearty green vegetable dishes. And sometimes, you’ll want to have a batch of these fries all on their own.
1 very large or 2 medium orange flesh yams, peeled and cut into 1/2 thick fries
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (add according to taste)
Heat oven to 425.
Mix the Cajun seasoning, salt, and cayenne in a tiny bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl with plenty of room — we like to use a big wooden salad bowl — toss the yams with the olive oil using wooden salad tossers or big spoons.
Then, sprinkle the seasoning on, a little at a time, and toss until well coated. Repeat until all the seasoning is used and the yams are evenly dressed with the spices.
Spread the seasoned yams fries onto two cookie sheets, making sure there is plenty of space between them so they can crisp up.
Bake for 15 minutes, then toss with a spatula. Return pans to the oven, rotating racks, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Check frequently near the end of cooking so they turn out how you like them. They may need more time in the oven. We like these fries very well done, with a few blackened patches.