Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
My Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are tossed with a spice mix that has the perfect blend of flavors, and they’re easy to make in the Air Fryer. And these sweet potato fries are amazing with Sriracha Dipping Sauce or your favorite condiment.
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Have you tried out the Air Fryer yet? This relatively new cooking gadget gives results similar to frying without having to cook the food in lots of oil. My sister Laurel is the one who told me about Air Fryers, and I mulled it over for a while before I bought one. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries were the first thing I made in my new Air Fryer, and they were a winner! It’s the spicy seasoning mix I used that made my sweet potato fries so delicious, so please don’t even think about skipping that!
Sweet Potato fries never get as crisp as the ones made from white potatoes, but the sweet potato fries made in the Air Fryer are definitely a bit crisper than oven-baked sweet potato fries. It took us a couple of tries to get the timing and temperature right, and you need to be careful to turn the fries halfway through the cooking time (or the ones on the bottom will get too dark), but otherwise the hardest thing about making Air Fryer sweet potato fries is cutting up the sweet potatoes! And if you want to use those pre-cut sweet potato fries that show up this time of year, no judgement from me, but those will probably cook a bit faster.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- large sweet potatoes
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- sweet potato fry seasoning mix (below)
- Sriracha Dipping Sauce (optional but recommended
What do you need for the Sweet Potato Fry Seasoning Mix?
- ground coriander (affiliate link)
- ground fennel (affiliate link)
- Dried Oregano (affiliate link)
- Aleppo Pepper (affiliate link) (or use less red pepper flakes)
- kosher salt
What’s the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?
These fries are made with orange skinned sweet potatoes and not yams! Please consult Google if you don’t believe me about this!
Which Air Fryer Did I Use:
I first got this NuWave Air Fryer (affiliate link) and used it with good results to make Spicy Sweet Potato Fries; after I became an Air Fryer convert I splurged on this Cuisinart Convection Air Fryer Toaster Oven (affiliate link) which is the one I would use now.
What if you don’t have an Air Fryer?
I love the ease of making fried food in the air fryer, but if you’re not interested in another cooking gadget just make my Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!
Want more ideas for Sweet Potatoes?
You can check out Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes if you’re a sweet potato fan! Or use Sweet Potato Recipes to see all the recipes with sweet potatoes.
How to Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Peel sweet potatoes, cut into thick slices, and then slice into fries. (There are photos of this in the recipe for Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries if you want more about how to cut them up.)
- Mix together the ground coriander, ground fennel, ground oregano, Aleppo pepper (or cayenne), and salt to make the spice blend.
- Toss the fries with 2 T olive oil and about 1 T of the spice mixture. (You can probably get by with a bit less oil, but I wanted to be sure the spice mixture would stick.)
- Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 350F (if needed) then add the fries and set cooking time for 27 minutes.
- Cook the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes without opening the Air Fryer.
- After 15 minutes, remove the basket from the air-fryer and use a large turner to quickly turn the fries (so the ones on the bottom are now on the top).
- Push the basket back into the Air Fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes more, or until fries are cooked through and golden brown.
- My Air Fryer will resume cooking for the programmed amount of time when you push the basket back in. For some models, you may need to set the time and/or push start again.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
- If you like Sriracha, these are absolutely fantastic with Sriracha Dipping Sauce, but serve with your favorite condiment!
More Tasty Sweet Potatoes to Enjoy:
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms
- Sweet Potato Gratin
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are so delicious and these perfectly-seasoned sweet potato fries are so easy to make in the air fryer!
- 2 large sweet potatoes (see notes)
- 2 T olive oil (see notes)
- 2 T sweet potato fry seasoning mix
- Sriracha Dipping Sauce, optional but good!
Seasoning Mix Ingredients:
- 2 T ground coriander
- 1 T ground fennel
- 1 T dried oregano
- 1 T Aleppo Pepper or a smaller amount of Cayenne
- 2 T kosher salt
- Cut off both ends of the sweet potatoes and peel with a sharp vegetable peeler. Then cut each sweet potato in half lengthwise and again crosswise so you have four pieces.
- Slice each piece into 2 or 3 thick slices, then cut each slice into fries. (I made them about 1/2 - 5/8 inches thick, or about 12 - 15 mm.)
- In mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind together coriander, fennel, oregano, and Aleppo pepper (or cayenne). Mix in salt. (This makes enough for several batches of sweet potatoes, so you'll need a small jar to store the extra.)
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 350F while you put the cut fries in a bowl and toss with olive oil, and then with the seasoning mix.
- When the preheating is done, add fries to the basket of the Air Fryer, set time for 27 minutes, and push start. Cook the fries 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes pull out the basket and use a large turner to quickly turn the fries (so the ones that were on the bottom are now on the top).
- Shut the Air Fryer and let it cook 10-12 minutes longer, or until fries are cooked though and golden brown. (My Air Fryer will resume cooking for the programmed amount of time when you push the basket back in. For some models, you may need to set the time and/or push start again.)
- Serve hot, with Sriracha Dipping Sauce if desired.
We used about 1 1/2 lbs. total weight of sweet potatoes after peeling.
You can probably get away with less olive oil, but I wanted to be sure the seasoning mixture would stick well to the fries.
Recipe Created by Kalyn. Seasoning mix recipe from Epicurious.com.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3800mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries are South Beach Diet approved for phase 2 or 3, and they’re also vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Frying will raise the glycemic index of sweet potatoes compared to other cooking methods though, so you might want to reserve them for an occasional treat. Sweet potatoes are probably too high in carbs for most low-carb eating plans.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2017. It was updated with more information in 2021.
26 Comments on “Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries”
Hi Kalyn, step 2 – i think you mean 15-18mm not cm. Thanks for the recipe!
Oh man, that was completely wrong! Thanks for catching it and taking time to tell me.
I have no control over whether another site links TO me; you need to complain to that site if you’re bothered by it. And did you notice I said “You can get away with less oil but I wanted to be sure the seasoning stuck to the fries.” So using oil or not is your choice.
Not sure what you mean by “looked up” but if you used the search bar on my site that will send you to the recipe that has the best match, so it found “air fryer”. Most of my air fryer recipes have a little oil for best flavor, so I will save you some time checking on that. You can probably omit some or all of the oil, but of course I haven’t tested them that way.
You might want to check on the low-glycemic claim. There have been studies that show that air frying will turn the sweet potato into candy and raise the glycemic number.
I have not heard about that. I am not finding a conclusive study; I’d love to have the link for the study if you have one. But I have have changed my information based on what I did find online.
Quite the study, but I don’t see any mention there of Air Fryer cooking?
What watts setting do you use?
My air fryer doesn’t have a way to change the watt setting. But on the back it says 1300 watts. Hope that helps!
I made these but the chips turned out kinda soggy. Any tips on making it crispier? Thanks!
I’m wondering if this is your first time making sweet potato fries, because they never get as crispy fries from regular potatoes. It’s possible that different Air Fryers cook slightly differently, so you could try using a higher temperature or longer cooking time, but other than that the only tips I know are in the recipe. Ours were definitely crisper than sweet potato fries made in the oven.
I’ve debated about getting an air fryer. The fries look delicious!
Barbara, it’s definitely great for these and other things that would normally be fried. Also quick for some things. Not sure how much I will end up using it, but fun!
I bought an airfryer on a whim about 6 months ago when it was offered on sale. I am obsessed with it. The name is almost a misnomer. You can cook so many things with it not just “fry”. It was great over the summer as it doesn’t heat up the kitchen. You can toast bread, maked toasted sandwiches, toast nuts, “grill” fish and meats, bake small cakes in short amounts of time.
It is really a concentrated convection oven. Now that we are in sweet potato season, I will be making some of these “fries”.
Fun hearing how you have used it! I know I’ve barely scratched the surface!
Forgot to mention Tofu. cut in up in cubes, season. then “bake”. They come out crispy on outside still somewhat moist on inside . I’ve tossed the baked cubes in a stir fry as they will now hold their shape. The cubes also make a great snack, sort of “popped” tofu.
Air Fryer tofu sounds like something I must try!
I may have to get one of these fryers! You tossed the potatoes in oil. Is that all the oil that is used? Is there oil in the actual fryer?
Marsha, there is nothing in the Air Fryer except hot air!
Oh how I love sweet potatoes and my kids are going to love these sweet potato fries. Thanks for the shout out to my Sweet Potato Hash!
My pleasure Kristen; hope the kids enjoy!
Sweet potato fries is even better than the regular one! 😀
Glad you like it!
I don’t think I’ve ever even seen an air fryer! It’s so much fun to get to know a new kitchen gizmo. And sweet potato fries…. well, they are the best!
Lydia, the air fryer is fun for anything that would normally be fried, and the sweet potato fries are amazing!