These crispy air fryer sweet potato fries have tons of flavor! You can enjoy them with burgers, chicken, fish, or on their own with your favorite dipping sauce.
Who doesn’t love fries? French fries are a classic food that can really be eaten year-round. But sweet potato fries have it all! They’re also more nutrient dense than French fries.
I would even go so far to say that these air fryer sweet potato fries are healthy. You only need a small amount of olive oil and a handful of spices to get the most flavor.
The best part is, you can whip them up quickly in the air fryer. So, if you’re looking for a vegetable to pair with burger or hot dogs, this recipe is for you!
- Sweet potatoes: You can’t make these fries without sweet potatoes. I like to use longer potatoes if I can, because it’s easier to cut and shape the fries.
- Sea salt: This is often promoted as a healthier version of table salt. But I like using sea salt because of its unique taste and texture.
- Black pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is a kitchen staple. Use it on these air fryer sweet potato fries to add more flavor.
- Paprika: I like my fries to have a little bit of a kick. Paprika is a spice made from dried and ground red peppers that has a mild amount of heat.
- Garlic powder: To top off this list of spices I threw in a pinch of garlic powder. This makes for a perfect blend of flavors for the recipe.
- Olive oil: A little bit of olive oil will help all of the spices stick to the sweet potato fries. It also adds a rich flavor and it’s a healthier alternative to traditional vegetable oil.
These crispy air fryer sweet potato fries are quick and easy to make. Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here’s an overview of the general steps:
Begin by washing the sweet potatoes under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. If desired, you can use a potato peeler to remove the skin.
Then cut off the sweet potato ends using a knife and form them into your desired shape. I went with a more traditional longer and thinner fry. But a thicker style will also work.
Arrange the sweet potatoes in your air fryer so they are not touching each other. This will help them cook evenly during the air frying process.
Cook the fries for 15-20 minutes at 400° F in your air fryer. Shake halfway through for basket air fryers, or flip halfway through with oven air fryers.
Serve and enjoy immediately on their own, or pair with your favorite dipping sauce. You can store the fries in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
frequently Asked Questions
- How long do you cook sweet potato fries in the air fryer?
Cook for 15-20 minutes at 400°F. You will need to flip the fries halfway through cooking in order to prevent them from burning and help them cook evenly. This will give the fries a nice crispy texture.
- Why soak sweet potatoes before air frying?
Soaking sweet potatoes in cold water before air frying will remove excess starch and help give the fries a crispy texture. You can soak the sweet potatoes for as little as 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
- Why don’t my sweet potato fries get crispy?
One mistake people often make when cooking sweet potato fries is slicing them too thick. Sure, potato wedges can taste amazing – but they are too large and will hold excess water. That’s why you should try cutting your sweet potatoes into thin slices.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Air Fryer
- Potato Peeler
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Wash sweet potatoes under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Use a potato peeler to remove the skin (optional).
- Remove ends from sweet potatoes with a knife and cut into desired shape. I went with a more traditional longer and thinner fry.
- Arrange sweet potatoes in the air fryer so they are not touching each other. This will help them cook more evenly.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes at 400° F in air fryer. Shake halfway through for basket air fryers, or flip halfway through with oven air fryers.
- Serve and enjoy immediately on their own, or pair with your favorite dipping sauce.