Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries – How To Make Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Enjoy crispy sweet potato fries? You’ll love air fryer sweet potato fries! This easy recipe is homemade and can quickly be done in less than 20 minutes with very little oil.

They come out crispy and delicious with a great mix of sweet and savoury.


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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

After French fries, the next fries I love are sweet potato fries. They’re not that common to find in restaurants unlike French fries so I tend to get order them whenever they’re available.

But now what’s great is I can make them from scratch at home. Following the success of my air fryer French fries, I wanted to make crispy sweet potato fries in an air fryer.

Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries using Cuisinart Toaster Air Fryer Oven

And they are delicious! Crispy, sweet and savoury all in one bite! And did I mention nutritious and vegan?

I tried multiple batches in different settings in two air fryers to try making them so that I can be sure I got the perfect one. Enjoy!

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Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

What Makes This Air Fryer Recipe So Good?

Aside from the fact that crispy sweet potato fries are so delicious, here are other great reasons:

  • Easy: The most effort you need to do is slicing the sweet potato.
  • Quick: Air frying makes crispy sweet potatoes at a shorter amount of time than baking in the oven.
  • Healthy: Compared to having a deep-fried sweet potato fries or using frozen ones, this homemade version is healthier because it is air fried with very little oil. Air frying can also reduce the calories and fat in the fries unlike deep-frying.
  • Nutritious: Compared to French fries, sweet potato fries are high in vitamin A which regular potatoes don’t have. This makes it better for the eye sight and immune system. Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins, iron, and magnesium.
  • Cheap: Buying your own sweet potatoes to make homemade french fries is much cheaper than buying frozen sweet potato fries.
  • Flexible: You can use this homemade sweet potato fries recipe and adjust the ingredients to your liking. You can make it plain without anything, use different herbs and spices, or make it fancy like garlic parmesan or truffle fries!

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Air Fried Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

What You Need For Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries

Equipment

I tested making sweet potato fries using both the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven TOA-60 and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer for this recipe. Other brands will work but you might need to adjust timing. Here are other popular brands:

Inside the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Air Fryer Convection Oven with trays
Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven
Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer with Air Fryer lid, basket, trivet and broil tray
Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer

Instant Pot Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato
  • Oil – you can use any cooking oil of choice. I used olive oil so it’s healthier.
  • Sea Salt – to add a salty dimension to the sweetness of sweet potato
  • Thyme – adds an earthy peppery taste and a more fragrant aroma
  • Shredded Dried Basil – adds a minty taste that goes very well with thyme.
Raw Sweet Potato Fries on Air Fryer Basket of Instant Pot Duo Crisp

How To Make Homemade Sweet Potato Fries in an Air Fryer (Photos)

I tried to make homemade crispy sweet potato fries using two different air fryers which I’ll cover below.

Let me know which one looks better for you! When I did a poll on Instagram, the top plate one won by 59%.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries using Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer and Cuisinart Air Fryer Oven

Wash and peel the sweet potato then slice it into 1/4 to 1-2 inch sticks. In a large bowl, toss the sticks with olive oil, salt, thyme and basil.

Sweet Potato cut into sticks on a bowl

Sweet Potato Fries using the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven

Place the sweet potato sticks on the air fryer basket. I was able to fit 30 pieces without overlapping and overcrowding.

Seasoned Sweet Potato Sticks on Cuisinart Air Fryer Basket

Air fry for 400F for 8 minutes.

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries using Air Deep Fryers

Sweet Potato Fries using the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer

Place the sweet potato sticks on the two levels of the air fryer basket. I was able to fit 16 pieces on each level without overlapping and overcrowding.

Seasoned Sweet Potato Sticks on Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer

Air fry for 400F for 10 minutes.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Tips For Making Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries

How do you cut sweet potato fries evenly?

  • Slice one long side of the sweet potato.
  • Place the flat side on the chopping board so it’s steady.
  • Slice the sweet potato into thin slices with width based on desired thickness for fries
  • With the thin slices, stack them with the flat side on the board then slices again with the same width.
Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries using Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer

Why are my sweet potato fries soggy?

Two main things to look out for so the sweet potato fries don’t come out soggy. First is to make sure the sweet potato is completely dry before doing the rest of the instructions. A wet sweet potato will steam when being air fried.

The second is to make sure the sweet potato sticks aren’t overlapping (no touching) nor crowded (have proper spacing for air to flow) in the air fryer basket. Otherwise, they can end up steaming as well because the heat isn’t circulating properly.

Raw Sweet Potato Fries on Cuisinart Air Fryer Basket

Why are the sweet potato fries not crispy?

If you are still having a hard time making the sweet potato fries crispy, you can try the following:

  • Make the fries even thinner. Normally, you’d want the fries to be 1/4 to 1/2-inch in thickness.
  • You can leave the skin on so that the skin will crisp up instead.
  • Increase the air frying time.
Sweet Potato Fries Air Fryer

Why do you soak sweet potatoes in water before cooking?

Similar to regular potatoes, you’ll also want to soak sweet potatoes in cold water for about 30 minutes so that the excess starch is removed prior to doing anything else. This also helps the sweet potato fries become crispier.

Air Fried Sweet Potato in Fries Form

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Air Fried Sweet Potato Fries using Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Air fryer sweet potato fries are such crispy and delicious comfort food with a mix of sweet and salty. Make this crispy sweet potato fries in the air fryer with this quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 large Sweet Potato
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 2¬†tbsp¬†Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Thyme

Instructions

  1. Cut sweet potato into 1/2-inch sticks.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, thyme and basil and toss with sweet potato sticks.
  3. Place sweet potato sticks in air fryer basket without crowding nor overlaps.
  4. Air fry for 8 minutes at 400F or 205C.

Notes

  • The settings was tested with the Cuisinart Air Fryer Toaster Oven.
  • For Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer, air fry the sweet potato fries for 10 minutes at 400F or 250C.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1761mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Hope this air fryer sweet potato fries recipe gives you an idea on what to have for appetizers or snacks! It’s a great comfort food that you can enjoy any time any day.

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Instant Pot Duo Crisp