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Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer

Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer

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Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer
Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer


Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryers make it possible to create so many different, delicious dishes without an excess of oil. These sweet potato fries are no exception. Air fryer sweet potato fries are 100 percent crispy, flavorful, and low in fat. This method works so much better than baking to achieve crispy, crunchy results with a nice creamy center.

Cornstarch is added to the seasonings the potatoes are tossed with, which helps the fries crisp perfectly without deep-frying. Storing them in the fridge overnight after cutting them helps to dry them, out, too, but this recipe will still work without that step. Just be sure to pat them dry of as much moisture as possible moisture.

This is a great small-batch recipe and makes enough for two to four people. If you are looking for a larger quantity, you can easily double the recipe and if you happen to have any left over, these fries also reheat extremely well. If you like to batch cook, you can freeze them and then air fry again when you are ready to eat.  Serve these fries with your favorite sandwich, burger, or even a steak.


  • Easy! Unlike making homemade fries which require lots of slicing and soaking, just dump a bag of frozen sweet potato fries into the air fryer and you’re good to go!
  • Healthier than deep frying! When air frying fries, we eliminate most if not all of the oil that’s used. Even when I do use oil, it’s always extra virgin olive oil and not much is needed.
  • Easy clean up. This is a mess-free method to making crispy sweet potato fries. No splattered oil all over your kitchen counters or stove!
  • It’s quick. The air fryer saves us time. There is no big oven to wait to heat up, nor a large pot of oil to wait to come to deep-frying temperature.

There are 2 key steps to making crispy, rather than soggy, frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer:

  • Spread them into an even layer without touching as best you can (so you’ll probably have to cook in batches).
  • Spritz with olive oil or vegetable oil before air frying.


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper / 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Combine sweet potato fries and canola oil in a bowl and mix. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix until all fries are evenly coated.

  • Divide sweet potatoes into 2 or 3 batches for cooking. Place an even layer of sweet potatoes in the fry basket, insert in the air fryer, and cook until golden, about 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining sweet potatoes.


Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 243 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.



Start with two medium size sweet potatoes and try to look for ones that are not too long. This way you can use the full length of the sweet potatoes as the length of the fry. Remember that these air fryer sweet potato fries will shrink after cooking, so look for a shape slightly longer than the ideal fry length.

Next, peel the sweet potatoes, and cut off the skinny ends. You can save those for a different recipe. Then cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. This will make it easier to lay them flat on the a cutting board and start cutting into long slices.

The thinner you cut them, the more crispy they will be. I recommend that you cut them 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thickness.

How Long to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer

We think this recipe uses the best method for fully-cooked, crispy sweet potato fries. Air fry the sweet potato fries (in a single layer) for 10 minutes to achieve golden brown fries. You can toss the basket after 5 minutes to ensure even cooking on all sides.


Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer
Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer


What to Serve with Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryer sweet potato fries make a great side dish for so many entrees, so you can let your imagination run wild. But, if you need a little main dish inspo, we suggest trying one of these recipes:

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Or, explore our entire collection of main dish recipes.

Don’t forget the sauce! We love serving these fries with a side of ketchup, ranch, or fry sauce for dipping.


Why are my sweet potato fries soggy in the air fryer?

There are two things that can combat soggy sweet potato fries in the air fryer. First, remove as much moisture from the surface of the potatoes as possible. A quick pat all over the cut potatoes with a paper towel can help with that. Second, leave adequate space between each of the fries while air frying.

We worked with The Pioneer Woman 6.3-quart air fryer to develop this recipe. We found that cooking 1 1/2-pounds of sweet potato fries in two batches yielded crispy results. If your air fryer is smaller than 6.3-quarts, we recommend dividing this amount of potatoes into three batches.

Do I need to soak sweet potato fries before cooking?

The answer is no! Sweet potatoes are not as starchy as russet potatoes, which yield best results when soaked in water before cooking to remove the starch from the surface area and cook to a crisp. Soaking sweet potato fries could produce steam in the air fryer, which could make the fries soggy.

Do I need to peel sweet potatoes before cooking?

This is entirely up to you! The skin of the sweet potato holds a lot of nutrients and can certainly provide more texture in each bite. If you don’t like the way it tastes or the texture, then by all means, peel the skin off. Or, if you’re on the fence, peel the skin in alternating strips—it’s your call!

How do you freeze sweet potato fries?

Place the air fried and cooled fries on a sheet pan and place in the freezer. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until frozen solid. Then place them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 4 months. You can pop them right back in the air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes at 400 F to re-crisp them.

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Thanks to their natural sweetness, sweet potatoes are one of the most appealing vegetables.

This recipe has all the tips you need to make sure your sweet potato fries don’t get soggy.

The recipe is easy and weeknight friendly too. (Spoiler: you don’t need to soak the sweet potato fries in water!)

Season these healthy fries up however you please, and dip to your heart’s content.

The Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes. An excellent source of fiber, beta carotene, potassium, and more, sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse.
  • Olive Oil. 2 teaspoons per pound of sweet potato is all the oil you need to air fry them with success.
  • Seasonings. Keep it simple with salt and pepper or vary it up with your favorite seasoning blends. Garlic and paprika are our go-to’s; see below for more ideas.

The Directions

  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into strips. Then preheat the air fryer.
  2. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasoning.
  3. For extra crispiness, place in the air fryer in one layer.
  4. Cook for 4 minutes, flip, then continue for 4 to 8 additional minutes, until they’re as crispy as you’d like. Sprinkle with a bit more salt. Enjoy!

Seasoning Ideas

  • Cajun Sweet Potato Fries. Toss the fries in your favorite Cajun seasoning. Wait to season with salt to taste at the end, since Cajun seasoning blends typically already contain salt.
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries. Top your air fried sweet potato fries with 1 to 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan.
  • Sweet Sweet Potato Fries. Toss the sweet potatoes with salt, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of brown sugar.


Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer
Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer


Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover sweet potato fries in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. For the best results, rewarm leftover fries in the air fryer at 375 degrees F or in a 400 degrees F oven (I like to preheat the pan in the oven while it warms up); spread the fries in a single layer on the hot pan and recrisp. Air fryer fries reheat better than regular fries, since the lesser amount of oil inherently prevents them from getting soggy.
  • To Freeze. Freeze fries in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Transfer to an airtight container or ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat directly from frozen.


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