Does Sweet Potato Have Gluten? (& GF Sweet Potato Fries)

Last Updated on June 19, 2024

Sweet potatoes are becoming increasingly popular, with people opting for sweet potatoes, as opposed to regular potatoes. This is because they have less carbohydrates and are seen to be better for you. But do they contain gluten?

What Are Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable. They are very starchy and usually quite large. The flesh is an orange color and easily distinguishable from that of a white potato. They taste much sweeter (hence the name) and are perfect as baked potato and sweet potato fries. They are also delicious added to stews and roast vegetable recipes.

What Are Sweet Potatoes

Nutritional Information Of Sweet Potatoes

Each singular sweet potato contains the following:

  • calories: 112
  • fat: 0.1g
  • sodium: 71.5mg
  • potassium: 438mg
  • carbs: 26g
  • dietary fiber: 3.9g
  • sugars: 5g
  • protein: 2g

Do Sweet Potatoes Have Gluten?

Sweet potatoes do not typically contain gluten. In fact, all potatoes in their natural form are gluten-free and safe to consume when following a gluten-free diet. Sweet potatoes are perfect to introduce to your diet.

Gluten Free Potatoes List

It’s worth noting that all raw potatoes will be gluten-free, as long as they have no seasoning or additives. It’s common for products like oven potatoes to contain gluten because wheat flour is often used to help the potatoes go crispy, or give them additional flavor.

However, the following potatoes are gluten-free:

  • sweet
  • red
  • white
  • russet
  • fingerling
  • petite
  • purple

There are many varieties of potatoes available, but the ones above are the most common.

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Many sweet potato fries in the freezer section will contain gluten to crisp the outside of the fry. That’s why it’s usually easier to make your own – especially with how easy it is. This recipe from A Saucy Kitchen makes the perfect gluten-free sweet potatoes, in no time at all. Let’s take a look at how to make them.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika (any heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Step 1: Prepare

Gather all of the ingredients you need and preheat your oven to 425F*. Lightly grease a baking sheet and leave it to one side. Peel the potato and cut it into thin pieces. They should all be a similar size to ensure they cook around the same time. *You can also use an air fryer—see the video below for instructions.

Step 2: Season

Place the fries into a bowl alongside the cornstarch. Shake well to ensure that each fry is coated. Now add the oil and toss. Next, add the garlic powder and paprika – mix well. Then season with salt.

Step 3: Bake

Place the potatoes onto your prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each fry. You want to ensure they can get nice and crispy! Place in the center of your preheated oven for around 15 minutes. Turn the potatoes over at this point and cook for a further 15 minutes. Now turn the oven off and leave it inside the oven for around 10 minutes. This helps to make them extra crispy.

Step 4: Serve

Season with salt (and pepper) again if you’d like and your fries are ready to serve! Enjoy as a snack or as a side dish.

Ways To Use Sweet Potatoes

There are many ways to add sweet potatoes to your diet, as baked potatoes, roast potatoes, and mashed potatoes, there are also many other ways to use them in your cooking. Here are some of our favorite ways.

  • sweet potato noodles
  • sweet potato biscuits
  • sweet potato gnocchi
  • quiche with a sweet potato crust
  • sweet potato smoothie
  • sweet potato soup
  • grilled sweet potato salad
  • sweet potato bread


I hope this article has given you an idea of how to incorporate naturally gluten free sweet potatoes into your diet, with ease. Potatoes are a great way to include carbs in your diet, after removing gluten. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile – and I find them even tastier than regular potatoes.