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Best Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

by Capri Lilly

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are a healthy, tasty alternative to deep-fried french fries and cook a lot faster than oven-baked fries. They require only a few ingredients and are cooked to perfection in less than 20 minutes! Enjoy them as a delicious side or a snack! (This recipe is completely gluten-free and vegan!)

If you are searching for more sweet potato recipes, our savory, smooth Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus and Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos are crowd pleasers!

overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries with a small dish of ketchup on the side

What if I told you that crispy sweet potato fries are possible without baking or deep frying? I love baking sweet potato fries, but some days it is too hot for the oven, AND it is much quicker to make sweet potato fries in the air fryer. If you want to make these sweet potato fries in the oven, check out my Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe.

Air frying sweet potato fries require less oil, which means fewer calories, but you still get that perfect golden brown hue and flavorful crisp with a tender inside!

plated fries with ketchup one fry being help close to the camera to show texture and size

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries Recipe. It’s:

  • Healthy: Sweet potatoes are a superfood that is packed with nutrients and is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Ready in just 20 minutes: It’s quicker than baking in the oven. Simply cut, season, and add to the air fryer!
  • Has the perfect texture: enjoy crispy air fryer sweet potato fries. No more soggy fries!
  • Naturally Vegan And Gluten-Free! It’s also Paleo and Whole 30 compliant.
  • A versatile side dish. Fries go with everything!!
overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries with a small dish of ketchup on the side

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Sweet Potatoes: Try to find large, long potatoes so you can cut them into the perfect fry shape. You do not have to peel the potatoes when making fries, but you can if you like.
  • Spices: Season the fries generously for the best results. I use a blend of sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Cooking Oil: Use neutral-flavored oil with a high smoking point, like avocado oil. In a pinch, olive oil would also work.
five large long sweet potatoes

How do you cut sweet potatoes into fries?

The trick to making the best sweet potato fries is all in how you cut the sweet potato. Here’s my method:

  • Step 1: First, cut the sweet potato lengthwise into thirds. (A convenient culinary trick to cutting round vegetables is to make a thin slice on one side and then use this side as a flat base.)
  • Step 2: Then, take each of the thirds and slice them lengthwise into ¼ inch -½ inch thick slices. Depending on the size of your sweet potato this should yield 3-5 fry-like pieces
sliced sweet potato to resemeble french fry close up to show size

How To Make Sweet Potato Fries In The Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thirds. Then, slice each potato into even ¼-inch thick fries.
  3. Transfer the fries into a large bowl. Add the spices and oil, and mix until all the fries are evenly coated.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket. Air fry for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Cook the fries in batches in order to avoid overcrowding the air fryer.  
  5. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and sides. Enjoy!
four visuals showing how to make sweet potato fries

TIPS TO NAIL THE RECIPE:

  • Cut the sweet potato into evenly sized fries in order to prevent some from burning and some from being undercooked.
  • Season the fries well. The mixture of spices is what takes these crispy sweet potato fries to a whole new level!
  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer; this results in soggy fries. Make sure the fries are placed in an even single layer.
  • Toss the fries halfway through so that all sides are crispy and golden brown.

What goes well with sweet potato fries?

plate of sweet potato fries with ketchup on the side

Dipping Sauce Options

Take these fries from tasty to downright delicious by adding a dip! Here are some ideas:

Storage and Reheating

Store leftover sweet potato fries in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for 2-3 minutes, or until warm.

sweet potato fries in the air fryer

How long does it take to cook sweet potato fries in the air fryer?

Sweet potato fries take about 15 minutes to cook in the air fryer, which is about a third of the time it takes to cook them in the oven.

Why are my air fryer sweet potato fries soggy?

If you overcrowd the air fryer, the heat won’t evenly penetrate the food so you could end up with soggy fries. It’s also possible that you used too much oil.

Is it necessary to soak sweet potatoes before air frying?

Not at all. Sweet potatoes do not contain as much starch as white potatoes. Soaking sweet potatoes in cold water is an optional step.

plate of sweet potato fries with ketchup on the side

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe! 

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More Air Fryer and Potato Recipes

overhead view of a plate of sweet potato fries with a small dish of ketchup on the side

Best Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are a healthy, tasty alternative to deep-fried french fries and cook a lot faster than oven-baked fries. They require only a few ingredients and are cooked to perfection in less than 20 minutes! Enjoy them as a delicious side or a snack! (This recipe is completely gluten-free and vegan!)
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Freshly Ground Pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thirds. Then, slice each potato into even ¼-inch thick fries.
  • Transfer the fries into a large bowl. Add the spices and oil, and mix until all the fries are evenly coated.
  • Add the sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket. Air fry for 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Cook the fries in batches to avoid overcrowding the air fryer.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and sides. Enjoy!

Notes

Please Note: Cooking Time may vary based on the air fryer you use. Adjust time according to your desired doneness.

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.4g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 7.2g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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