Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Forget the frozen fries, these air fryer sweet potato fries bake up crispy, chewy, and absolutely delicious. I have to say they are very addictive so be prepared to make up a few batches.

Air frying sweet potato fries is absolutely the best, no pot with hot messy oil, no grease stains on the stovetop, and best of all no oil-laden fries. Just healthy, crispy fries with minimal cleanup. Though I do love a nice crispy sweet potato fry I definitely love the no messy clean up just about as much.

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If you haven’t invested in an air fryer there’s no time like the present. It has become my go-to kitchen appliance these days. It cooks everything up quickly and easily, especially fries due to the even circulation of hot air.

Sweet potato fries have a universal appeal whether you serve them as a snack, an appetizer, or alongside your favorite meal. Hey, I’ve been known to serve them at breakfast! Sweet potatoes and eggs are a great combination.

If you are expecting a crowd I suggest you make up a few batches of these sweet potato fries. You can easily cook the sweet potato fries up in advance and reheat them in the oven just before you are ready to serve them. If you happen to have leftovers you can freeze the fries if you like but I am pretty sure they will all get eaten. Serve the fries with any of your favorite dipping sauces on the side or just with ketchup, the choice is yours.

If you are looking for more side dish inspiration, check out these recipes: Guacamole and Homemade Chips, Irish Nachos, or this Caprese Salad.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super simple
  • Tasty
  • Easily modifiable
  • Great for feeding a crowd
  • Perfect side dish or appetizer
  • Pairs well with everything
  • Basic everyday ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Measuring spoons
  • Potato peeler
  • Knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Air fryer
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Ingredients For Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
ingredients for air fryer sweet potato fries

How To Make Sweet Potato Fries In The Air Fryer

  • Wash, dry, and peel the sweet potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes into strips (1/4-1/2 inch thickness).

Pro Tip: The thinner the cut the crispier the fries!

slices of sweet potatoes
  • Toss the fries in a bowl with the oil and the seasonings. Make sure to coat all the fries well. You can even use your hands to mix up the fries in the bowl.
cut up sweet potatoes
  • Line the sweet potato fries evenly in the air fryer. Don’t let the fries overlap.
raw sweet potato fries in air fryer
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, shaking the air fryer basket halfway through to turn the sweet potatoes.
baked sweet potato fries in air fryer
  • Lay out the sweet potato fries on a piece of parchment paper to cool and season additionally if desired.
sweet potato fries draining on paper towel
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
ketchup with sweet potato fries

Variations

  • Change up the seasoning and use an Italian blend, Cajun spices or Mexican flavors instead of garlic and paprika.
  • Add some spice by sprinkling with hot chili flakes.
air fryer sweet potato fries on a blue platter

Tips and Tricks

  • Choose sweet potatoes that are that long and thin. I find these easier to cut into fries. Make sure there are no blemishes.
  • Try to cut the fries the same size so they all cook up at the same pace. You don’t want some fries to be chewy and others crispy because they weren’t cut the same size.
  • Shake the air fryer basket halfway through or manually flip the fries over so they can cook thoroughly on all sides.
dipping a air fryer sweet potato fry into ketchup

FAQs

What is the best oil to use to make these sweet potato fries?

Any oil will work to make these fries but I suggest you choose an oil that has a high smoke point like avocado or grapeseed. This will ensure the fries get nice and crispy. If you don’t have any of these oils in your pantry go ahead and use olive oil and make sure you flip the fries so they can cook evenly.

Why are my air fryer fries not crispy?

If your fries didn’t turn out crispy it could be because the potatoes were wet or they were too crowded.

Can I use this recipe to make regular fries in the air fryer?

Yes, absolutely you can use this recipe to make regular fries in the air fryer.

Why are my sweet potato fries burning in the air fryer?

If your fries are getting too crispy or burnt it could be because they are too thin and/or they were cooked for too long.

Can I make these sweet potato fries in the oven?

If you don’t have an air fryer yet you are in the mood to make sweet potato fries you can follow this recipe and bake the sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet in the oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Check them often and turn them so they get crispy on all sides.

Can I follow this recipe using frozen sweet potato fries?

If you are pressed for time, you can use store-bought frozen sweet potato fries and coat them with the seasoning. You may need to cook them a little longer than if you were using fresh sweet potatoes. Check for doneness after 10-12 minutes and then add a minute or two until the fries are nice and crisp.

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Servings 40 fries

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Instructions
 

  • Wash, dry and peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes into strips (1/4-1/2 inch thickness) The thinner the cut the crispier the fries.
  • Toss the fries in a bowl with oil and the seasonings.
  • Line fries evenly in the air fryer.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket half way through.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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