These quick and easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries make a delicious and healthy side dish the whole family will love.
As far as side dishes go, this recipe cannot get any easier. The fries take 10 minutes to cook up a batch and the steps seriously could not be any easier. That makes them a great option for a quick dinner.
I do suggest soaking the sweet potato fries in water for at least 30 minutes but you can do this for much longer. I often slice up my fries and soak them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge well in advance so I can get right to cooking when I get home from work. This helps to remove some starch from the fries. Of course, you can skip this step and the sweet potato fries will still come out delicious.
Sweet potatoes are not only healthy, but they are loaded with delicious flavor. I season these fries up with a bit of onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper and that’s really all they need.
You can totally jazz these up with more flavor (there are so many herbs and spice blends you could use), so feel free to tweak the seasonings to your preference!
How do you get crispier sweet potato fries?
While I honestly am not all that bothered by a soft sweet potato fry, crispy fries are always a better texture. So how do you prevent soggy sweet potato fries? There are some things to keep in mind to maximize crispiness:
- Soak your sweet potatoes in cold water. This removes excess starch from the potatoes and will help them get crispier.
- Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. If they are squished together, as the moisture tries to escape while they cook, it’ll get trapped resulting in soggier fries. Instead, cook your sweet potatoes in batches. I usually make mine in two batches but this will depend on the size of your air fryer. Since they don’t require much time to cook, it’s worth cooking a separate batch!
- Pat them dry before seasoning. Removing moisture is key here.
- Cook them on high heat. I cook by sweet potatoes at 385F in my air fryer to achieve a crispy outer coating. As with ovens, you may need to adjust the temperature to suit your own air fryer model.
- Serve them up as soon as they are ready! Fries are their crispiest when they are freshly “fried” up. If they sit too long or you make them ahead and they stay in the fridge, moisture will get to them and they will get a bit soggy. While I don’t mind this too much cause they’re still delicious, if you are aiming for a cripsier fry, keep this in mind when you are cooking so you can time when to make them!
Ingredients in Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet potatoes: I use 2 medium sized sweet potatoes for about 4 side dish servings. You can easily adjust this to suit how many servings you need, though you will likely need to cook in batches if you are using more sweet potatoes.
- Olive oil: The potatoes are tossed in olive oil first, which helps them crisp up nicely. It also helps the seasonings stick to the fries. There is no need to spray your air fryer with oil since the fries themselves are coated.
- Seasonings: onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper
Steps for making the perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
The steps for making these fries couldn’t be easier!
- Peel, slice and soak. First, peel the sweet potato and slice it into 1/4 inch sticks. Soak them in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes. Remove them from the water and then pat them dry.
- Preheat. Preheat the air fryer to 385F.
- Season the fries. Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl and drizzle them with the olive oil. Add the seasonings to the bowl and using your hands, toss the sweet potatoes so that they are evenly coated by the oil and seasonings.
- Air fry! Arrange the sweet potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to cook the sweet potatoes in batches. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 10 minutes or until they are cooked through and crispy, shaking the basket about halfway through the cooking time.
What can you serve sweet potato fries with?
There are so many options that go so well with air fryer sweet potato fries so you really have a lot to choose from. Some of our recent pairings include:
- Air Fryer Falafel
- Oven Baked Chicken Strips
- Baked Breaded Pork Chops
- Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (Love this option cause the pork is cooked up while I am at work and so all I have to do is add it to buns and cook up my fries!)
How to store and reheat leftovers
Leftover cooled sweet potato fries can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They will get more soggy as they will absorb moisture in the fridge. While I find they don’t completely crisp back up, the best way to reheat them is back in the air fryer until they are heated through.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- First, peel the sweet potato and slice it into 1/4 inch sticks. Soak them in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes. Remove them from the water and then pat them dry.
- Preheat the air fryer to 385F.
- Place the sweet potatoes in a bowl and drizzle them with the olive oil. Add the seasonings to the bowl and using your hands, toss the sweet potatoes so that they are evenly coated by the oil and seasonings.
- Arrange the sweet potatoes in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to cook the sweet potatoes in batches. Bake the sweet potatoes for approximately 10 minutes or until they are cooked through and crispy, shaking the basket about halfway through the cooking time.