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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryer sweet potato fries are an an easy and delicious side dish that you can turn into a meal. This method gives you a healthy alternative to the deep fried side and allows you to add other seasoning variations as you see fit.

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Easy air fryer sweet potatoes are the perfect thing to dunk into ketchup.

Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

I have a serious thing with French fries.

You may call it an addiction.

I choose to call it a deep seated love.

If there are fries in the vicinity, I will find them and I will eat them.

As much as I love standard fries, I’m not a huge fan of how unhealthy they are.

Most fries lack any kind of nutritional substance and get deep fried.

I prefer to health them up a bit by substituting better for you sweet potatoes and baking them or air frying them instead of deep frying them.

These changes don’t mean less delicious fries. Oh no, these air fryer sweet potato fries are lightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and deeply delicious.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools

Ingredients for easy air fryer sweet potato fries: sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper

Ingredients for easy air fryer sweet potato fries: sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper

To make these, you only need a couple of ingredients:

  • Sweet potato– Look for a large sweet potato. I prefer leaving the peel on but you can peel it if you prefer. If you leave the peel on, just remove any knobs or nubs. You could also use precut sweet potato fries that you find in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • Olive oil– Just a little. You can either measure it out or use an olive oil spray.
  • Seasoning– This recipe calls for just salt and pepper but you can add other spice blends if you like. We often add a bit of chili powder and cumin for a southwestern take.

You’ll also need these kitchen tools:

How to Make

Making these is so easy! To do it:

  1. Prep and cut the sweet potato.
    Cut the sweet potatoes into fry shapes.

    Make the fries.

    Wash the sweet potato and cut away any of the larger eyes and nubs. Then cut the potato into fry shapes. See below for how to cut sweet potato fries.

  2. Season.
    Season the fries.

    Season the fries.

    Toss the fries with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  3. Air fry and enjoy!
    Put the sweet potato fries in the basket of the air fryer, trying to minimize overlapping.

    Put the sweet potato fries in the basket of the air fryer, trying to minimize overlapping.

    Set your air fryer to 380. When your fryer is hot, add the fries to the basket. Be careful not to overcrowd the basket. The fries shouldn’t be overlapping. Air fry at 380 for 12 minutes, flipping the fries after 6 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

How to Cut Sweet Potatoes into Fries

The trickiest part of this whole process is cutting the sweet potatoes into fry shapes, but with a little elbow grease and a good knife, it’s pretty easy.

To cut sweet potato fries:

  1. Cut the ends off the fries.
    Cut the pointed ends off of the sweet potato.

    Cut the pointed ends off of the sweet potato.

    You want a flat edge on each end. It will help you more easily cut the potatoes.

  2. Now cut the potatoes in half both legnth wise.
    Now cut the potato in half.

    Now cut the potato in half.

    Place the flat side down on your cutting board.

  3. After you cut the potatoes in half, cut the potatoes into roughly 1/2 inch thick slices.

    Make roughly 1/4 inch to 1/2 thick slices in the sweet potato.

    Make roughly 1/4 inch to 1/2 thick slices in the sweet potato.

  4. Finish by cutting the slices in half or thirds to make similar sized fries.

    Cut the slices in half or thirds to make fries.

    Cut the slices in half or thirds to make fries.

Can I make frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer?

Cooked sweet potato fries in an air fryer basket

Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

You bet!

To do this, just use your favorite brand of frozen sweet potato fries and set your air fryer to 400. You can brush or spray a little oil on the fries.

When your air fryer is ready, spread the fries out in a single layer over the basket, making sure they don’t overlap.

Then, air fry the fries for 12 to 15 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through the cook time.

Keep in mind, thinner cut sweet potato fries will need less time than thicker cut fries.

Tips and Tricks

Easy air fryer sweet potatoes are the perfect thing to dunk into ketchup.

Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. You want minimal overlapping.
  • You can play with seasoning blends. I love them just like this, with cumin and chili powder or with a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • If you prefer, you can use an oil spray instead of measuring out your oil and just lightly mist your fries.

Serving and Storing

Easy air fryer sweet potatoes are the perfect thing to dunk into ketchup.

Easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

These sweet potato fries are best served the day you make them. 

You can serve them as a side dish to your favorite sandwich or you can turn them into a meal in and of themselves. I love making these healthy loaded sweet potato fries for dinner when I’m in the mood for nachos or these buffalo chicken sweet potato fries for a spicy game day app.

Other Air Fryer Recipes

Air fryer gnocchi is yummy and perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

Air Fryer Gnocchi Caprese

Looking for other ways to put your air fryer to use? Try these recipes:

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Easy air fryer sweet potatoes are the perfect thing to dunk into ketchup.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Yield: varies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Air fryer sweet potato fries are an an easy and delicious side dish that you can turn into a meal. This method gives you a healthy alternative to the deep fried side and allows you to add other seasoning variations as you see fit.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 380.
  2. Prep and cut the sweet potato. Wash the sweet potato and cut away any of the larger eyes and nubs. Then cut the potato into fry shapes.
  3. Season. Toss the fries with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Air fry and enjoy! Set your air fryer to 380. When your fryer is hot, add the fries to the basket. Be careful not to overcrowd the basket. The fries shouldn't be overlapping. Air fry at 380 for 12 minutes, flipping the fries after 6 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

see post for notes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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