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Sweet potato fries in the air fryer are the ultimate snack. If you want to shake up your fries routine with something new, sweet potatoes will do the trick!

Sweet Potato Fries with Ketchup on a white plate

It doesn’t get much better than homemade, crispy, and cooked-to-perfection French fries out of the air fryer. It’s the only way to achieve perfectly golden-brown results without a ton of excess oil. 

We love air fryer fries in our house. But, I know from experience, that it is possible to get tired of eating the same old French fries.

Trust me, my kids aren’t afraid to tell me! If you love fries but are looking for a change, sweet potato fries are an easy and quick option. Plus, you can air fry sweet potato fries!

Sweet potatoes are (you guessed it) sweet, starchy, and if you cook them correctly, crispy. The best sweet potato fries will melt in your mouth. In my opinion, homemade sweet potato fries in the air fryer is the only way you can get these kinds of results.

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • The best tips and tricks for making air fryer sweet potato fries.
  • Ideas for what to serve alongside this accidentally vegan recipe.
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about making sweet potato air fryer fries.

Whether you’re an air fryer expert or not, there are a few specifics you need to know about homemade sweet potato air fryer fries. Let’s learn how to make sweet potato fries in an air fryer!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

Closeup of Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries with ketchup on the side

How to Make Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer at 380 degrees.

STEP TWO Cut your sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch strips to create fries. Cutting them any wider, like into sweet potato wedges will need longer to cook.

STEP THREE: Coat the sweet potato fries in olive oil then add the fine sea salt, garlic powder, paprika, and mix to combine seasoning evenly.

STEP FOUR: Place the sweet potato fries in the air fryer and cook for 15 to 18 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.

Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries 

Make sure you read through these tips before you head to your kitchen. Set yourself up for success with my favorite tips for making the best air fryer sweet potato fries:

  • Sweet potatoes aren’t to be confused with yams, which are white, not orange inside.
  • Determine what kind of seasoning you want to use on your fries. You could keep it simple with a little salt, pepper, and paprika. Or, you could spice things up (literally) with some other herbs and spices. The choice is yours!
  • Cut your potatoes evenly.
  • Flip your fries or shake the basket halfway through the cooking time for best results! Honestly, you can even shake them every 5 minutes if you would like.
Title and Shown: Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries (on a white plate with ketchup)

How to Cut Sweet Potato Fries Out of Fresh Potatoes

You can cook frozen sweet potato fries in your air fryer, but if you’re up for it, you can also use fresh potatoes! Here’s what to remember when cutting your sweet potatoes into wedges:

  • When picking out your sweet potatoes, make sure to choose ones that are medium-sized and not too long. 
  • Peel the potatoes and cut off any super skinny end pieces.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then begin cutting into smaller, fry-sized pieces. 

Remember: the thinner you cut your wedges, the crispier your fries will be – and they will cook quicker!

What to Serve Alongside Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries 

You can check out these 65 Air Fryer Dinner Ideas for even more ideas!

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries on a white plate with ketchup bowl in back

What Kind of Dips to Use With Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer

How to Cook Frozen Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer

One of my favorite air fryer features is the fact that I can cook frozen food in it! That means that you can most definitely whip up a quick batch of frozen sweet potatoes in the air fryer.

Below is how to make sweet potato fries in an air fryer, frozen edition.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer basket. You can stack them, but make sure not to fill the basket completely.
  3. Cook the fries for 7-8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time. If they look too dry, you can spray a bit of oil.
  4. When the fries are done cooking, remove them from the basket and enjoy!
Sweet Potato Fries on white plate with ketchup on top of small bown cutting board

Variations for Different Sweet Potato Fries 

Sweet potato air fryer fries are so versatile. Thanks to the sweetness of the potatoes, you can even make your sweet potato fries into a dessert!

To make air fryer dessert sweet potato fries, all you’ll need is some sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of melted butter. Prepare the sweet potatoes as you normally would, then place them in the air fryer.

Cook with the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for a delicious twist on how to air fry sweet potato fries!

Speaking of cinnamon and sugar, here are a bunch of other delicious air fryer desserts you can make too!

Sweet Potato Fries in an air fryer basket

How to Reheat Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries in Your Air Fryer

Reheating foods in your air fryer is amazing. It’s changed my perspective on reheated foods like pizza, steak, and chicken wings.

Heat your air fryer to 350 degrees and cook until hot, about 5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

What Type of Oil Should I Use in the Air Fryer?

Although you won’t need to use as much oil as a traditional oven, you do need to use a bit of oil in your air fryer.

Opt for varieties with a higher smoke point such as vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or canola oil.

Do You Have to Soak Sweet Potatoes in Water Before Air Frying?

No, you don’t have to soak sweet potatoes in water before air frying. 

Sweet potatoes don’t contain as much starch as regular white potatoes so you can skip this step for your sweet potato air fryer fries.

If you want to make Air Fryer French Fries, follow the directions here!

Are Sweet Potatoes Better For You?

When comparing sweet potatoes to regular white potatoes, sweet potatoes are generally considered better for you.

They contain a higher amount of fiber and vitamin content, a lower GI, and have a large amount of beta carotene in them! 

Why Are My Sweet Potato Fries Soggy in the Air Fryer?

Moisture causes soggy sweet potatoes in the air fryer.

You can get rid of any excess moisture by patting your sweet potatoes with a paper towel before placing them in your air fryer to get them as dry as possible before air frying.

You can also avoid moisture build-up by not overcrowding your air fryer basket!

How Long to Cook Sweet Potato Fries in an Air Fryer?

You should cook your homemade sweet potato fries in the air fryer for 15-18 minutes at 380 degrees F.


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Yield: 4 servings

Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer

Sweet Potato Fries with Ketchup on a white plate

Delicious air fryer sweet potato fries that are perfect as a side dish to any meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch strips to create fries.
  2. Coat sweet potato fries with olive oil.
  3. Add in the fine sea salt, garlic powder, and paprika and mix to combine seasoning evenly.
  4. Cook the sweet potato fries at 380 degrees for 15-18 minutes, shaking the basket every 5 minutes.

Notes

How to Reheat Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place your leftover sweet potato fries in the air fryer and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, until warmed and crisped.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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