Air fryer sweet potato fries are the ultimate snack. If you want to try something different with your fries, sweet potatoes are the way to go!
It doesn’t get much better than homemade, crispy, and perfectly cooked air fryer French fries.
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In our house, we adore air fryer fries. But, from personal experience, I know how easy it is to get tired of eating the same old French fries.
HOW TO CUT SWEET POTATO FRIES?
- Begin with two medium-sized sweet potatoes, preferably ones that aren’t too long. You can use the entire length of the sweet potatoes as the length of the fry this way. Keep in mind that these air fryer sweet potato fries will shrink after cooking, so choose a shape that is slightly longer than the ideal fry length.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and trim the skinny ends. You can use those in another recipe. The sweet potatoes should then be cut in half lengthwise. This will make it easier to lay them flat on a cutting board and begin slicing them into long slices. No
- The thinner you slice them, the crispier they will be. I recommend that you cut them to a thickness of 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED:
With just a few pantry staples, you can have these sweet potato fries on the table in no time.
- Sweet potatoes – any size sweet potato will suffice. One pound is sufficient for one batch without overcrowding the air fryer basket.
- Light olive oil was used because it has a high smoke point.
- Seasoning – simple pantry staples such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika are all you need.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SWEET POTATO FRIES?
- Peel and slice the potatoes into 14-inch-thick slices, making sure they are uniform in size for even cooking. Place in a mixing bowl.
- Drizzle oil over the fries and toss to coat.
- Season the fries by combining the seasoning ingredients and sprinkling over them. Toss to combine and coat evenly in seasoning.
- Air fry the fries in the air fryer basket for 12-14 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown, at 380°F.
- Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro or parsley and, if desired, grated parmesan.
AIR FRYING METHOD
The user manual for my new air fryer strongly advises preheating first.
So I did it! I preheated the oven to 380 degrees. While the air fryer was heating up, I mixed everything in the bowl as described above.
When it beeped to let me know it was ready, I opened it up and took out the air fryer basket.
I placed it on a heat-resistant surface and carefully poured my seasoned fries into the air fryer basket.
I gave it a little shake to make sure the fries were evenly distributed before returning the basket to the air fryer.
I cooked them until the outside was crispy. I did shake the basket about halfway through and again near the end.
KEEPING SWEET POTATO FRIES FROM GETTING SOGGY
If your air fryer fries are soggy, it’s most likely due to overcrowding in the basket. Instead of air-frying the sweet potatoes, steam them.
- Cook the fries in a single layer to allow air to circulate for the best, crispiest results.
- You can cook up to two layers of sweet potato fries at once for good results. To ensure even cooking, make sure the layers are not too tightly packed and toss the fries in the basket frequently.
Some recipes recommend soaking the sweet potatoes in water before cooking them to help remove some of the starch and make the fries crisper.
However, when making sweet potato fries, I discovered that this step didn’t make enough of a difference to be worth the effort.
(Save the soaking for Baked French Fries; regular potatoes contain more starch than sweet potatoes, so soaking makes a significant difference!)
HOW TO COOK FROZEN SWEET POTATOES IN THE AIR FRYER?
One of my favorite features of my air fryer is that I can cook frozen food in it! That means you can absolutely make a quick batch of frozen sweet potatoes in the air fryer.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fill the air fryer basket halfway with frozen sweet potato fries. You can stack them, but make sure not to completely fill the basket.
- Cook the fries for about 7-8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. You can spray a little oil on them if they appear to be too dry.
- Remove the fries from the basket when they are done cooking and serve!
VARIATIONS FOR DIFFERENT SWEET POTATO FRIES
Sweet potato air fryer fries are extremely adaptable. Because of the potatoes’ sweetness, you can even turn your sweet potato fries into a dessert!
All you need for air fryer dessert sweet potato fries is sugar, cinnamon, and a little melted butter. Cook the sweet potatoes as usual, then place them in the air fryer.
For a delicious twist on how to air fry sweet potato fries, cook with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar!
- To keep. Keep leftover sweet potato fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To heat up again. Rewarm leftover fries in the air fryer at 375°F or in a 400°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 because the reduced amount of oil prevents them from becoming soggy.
- To become frozen. Fries should be frozen in a single layer on a baking sheet until firm. Freeze in an airtight container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Reheat immediately from frozen.
- Sweet potatoes are not to be confused with yams, which have a white, rather than an orange, interior.
- To get the crispiest results, preheat your air fryer. More information on preheating your air fryer can be found here.
- Choose the seasoning you want to use on your fries. You could keep it simple by seasoning with salt, pepper, and paprika. You could also add some other herbs and spices to spice things up (literally). You have a choice!
- Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket with sweet potato fries. In fact, never fill your air fryer basket more than halfway.
- Cut your potatoes into even slices.
- For best results, flip your fries or shake the basket halfway through cooking time! To be honest, you can shake them every 5 minutes if you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make these oil free?
Yes! It alters the texture slightly, but they are still very tasty, and I have done it numerous times. Without the oil, the seasoning may also tend to fall off a little more. To reduce the amount of oil, another option is to use an oil sprayer.
Why are my sweet potato fries soggy in the air fryer?
Soggy sweet potato fries are an indication of undercooking. If a batch came out soggy, here’s how to fix it. Cook for a longer period of time to crisp up. Second, in your next batch, try cutting smaller/thinner fries. This will allow for faster cooking and crispier fries.
What temperature and time for air fryer sweet potato fries?
I baked these at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until crispy. Fry size and slight air fryer variations may cause your optimal cook time to differ slightly, so keep an eye on things, use common sense, and adjust as needed.
Are sweet potatoes better for you?
When compared to regular white potatoes, sweet potatoes are generally thought to be healthier. They are higher in fiber and vitamin content, have a lower GI, and contain a lot of beta carotene!