Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional French fries. Crunchy, sweet, and a touch of spice make this the best sweet potato fries air fryer recipe ever!
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are outstanding for a snack, appetizer, or side dish, for any meal!
Making sweet potato home fries couldn’t be any more simple. You will be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner.
Make a batch of homemade Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries for your friends and family. Take them when you are heading to a barbecue, having a get-together, or just sitting around with the family, watching tv. No one can resist these crunchy air fried sweet potato fries, try them you’ll see!
If you are looking for some other quick and Delicious Air Fryer Recipes, some of my favorites are Air Fryer Easy Potato Skin Recipe, Air Fryer, Roasted Leg of Lamb With Garlic, and Rosemary Air Fryer-Herbed Lamb Chops, and Air Fryer Potato Croquettes.
Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries are Nutritious
Sweet potato home fries offer more than just being crunchy, sweet, and flavorful! They are actually healthy and are loaded with nutrients.
Sweet Potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are low in calories, and high in Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Vitamin A.
How To Cut Sweet Potato Fries
You’ll need to cut the sweet potato home fries evenly. The best way to do that is to cut them:
- By Hand
- Using a Mandoline
If you will be making this sweet potato fries air fryer recipe a lot, I would highly suggest that you purchase a Mandoline because it’s going to be quicker.
If you want to Cut Them By Hand, here are some pointers:
Choose sweet potatoes that are about the same size so it will be easier to cut them in similar sizes. These will help them cook evenly.
Wash the sweet potatoes, and then dry them. Use your vegetable peeler and peel the skin.
Using a sharp knife, cut your sweet potato in half lengthwise, then cut them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. Cut them thicker if you are going for more of sweet potato wedges style.
I find that the thinner sweet potato fries are, the crispier they get during air frying.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Chili Powder
- Sea Salt
How To Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Step 1: Season the sweet potatoes
Combine the olive oil and spices in a small – medium-sized bowl.
Place cut sweet potato fries in the olive oil and spice mixture and cover completely. Place oiled and spiced fries in a large freezer bag and add the cornstarch. Close the bag and shake well to coat the fries. Add a tablespoon of water if there is still white powder cornstarch on the fries.
Step 2: Cook sweet potato home fries
Air Fry at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, then flip over and cook for another 5 minutes, repeat the process until you achieve the level of crispiness you desire. The process usually takes 15 minutes, but each air fryer is different.
Tips For Making Air Fryer Potatoes:
- Same Size: For best results, using an air fryer helps if all of the food is cut the same size. This way, all of your French Fries cook at the same rate. You don’t want thinner ones burning, while the thicker ones are half raw.
- Crowding: Do not crowd the air fryer basket. For best results, leave space between the French Fries so that the hot air can circulate around the French Fries, crisping them up.
- Season: Right after your sweet potatoes air fry and are done, toss them with some more sea salt. Feel free to add other spices.
- Flipping: Depending on which air fryer you own, either flip them with a pair of tongs or shake the basket during the cooking process. This will ensure that you get great and perfectly cooked Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.
Why do I need cornstarch when making air fried sweet potato fries?
Cornstarch is optional, but it leads to a crispier fry. The biggest thing is to make sure that all of the cornstarch is mixed well with the olive oil so you don’t end up with a bunch of powder on the fries.
I have found that adding a little moisture like water can help the cornstarch adhere to the fries and remove the dry cornstarch powder. You will only need about a tablespoon of water for it to work.
Do I Need To Soak The Sweet Potatoes?
Yes and no! The purpose of soaking the sweet potatoes is to remove some of the starch so they will become crunchy when cooked. You can skip this step when making these sweet potato air fryer fries due to the cornstarch.
Basically, if you don’t have or want to use cornstarch you can soak the air fryer sweet potato fries for 10 minutes in hot water before cooking them. Either method works and yields the same results.
What kind of oil is best for air fryer sweet potato fries?
I recommend several oils for air frying, all of which have high smoke points. Using them will prevent your kitchen from being filled with smoke.
Olive oil, Grape seed, Coconut, and Avocado Oil are all fantastic choices. Do not use vegetable oil or canola oil, because they will become very smoky.
It’s also a good idea to avoid nonstick cooking spray. It could cause smoke, but it also gums up your air fryer basket and can remove the nonstick finish.
How long should I cook sweet potato air fryer fries?
The actual amount of time you need to air fry sweet potatoes will depend on which air fryer you have. All models vary in cooking times. I have made this recipe several times in my Ninja Foodi, Instant Pot Vortex Plus, Power XL, Instant Pot Crisp Lid, and Meathly, and the time varied a bit. The average time is about 15 to 20 minutes.
But I recommend that you cook your Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries until you have achieved your level of crispness.
Can I cook frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer?
Yes, if you want to try your hand at making Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in your air fryer, I think you love how great they turn out.
Since you are starting with frozen sweet potato fries, you will need to increase the cooking time by 5-7 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so, give the basket a shake to flip the fries. Repeat the process until the sweet potato air fryer fries are the texture you like, then serve.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries — Who doesn't love sweet potato fries? They're a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional French fries. And now, thanks to air fryers, you can make them at home in no time! Just follow these simple steps, and you'll have the perfect side dish for your next get-together. Enjoy!
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Peel sweet potatoes and slice into French fry size wedges or thinner fries.
In a medium to small flat bottom bowl or pan, mix the olive oil and spices.
Place cut sweet potato fries in the olive oil and spice mixture and cover completely.
Place oiled and spiced fries in a large freezer bag and add the cornstarch. Close the bag and shake well to cover the fries. Add a tablespoon of water if there is still white powder cornstarch on the fries.
Air fry 350 degrees F air fryer setting, for 5 minutes, then flip over and cook for another 5 minutes. Repeat the process until you achieve the level of crispiness you desire. The process usually takes 15 minutes, but it would depend on the air fryer.
Plate, serve, and enjoy!
* Cornstarch is optional as it can lead to a crispier fry, but it can be powdery and may not soak in all the way, leaving a white dusting at the end. The fries are excellent either way. You can also add the oiled and spiced fries to a large freezer bag and add the cornstarch into the bag and shake well. Adding a little moisture like water can help the cornstarch adhere to the fries and remove the dry cornstarch powder. Just a little water helps (about one tablespoon).
Leftover fries typically do not taste/look the same as a leftover. Sweet Potato Fries should eat them on the same day they are cooked.