Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
After my sister Laurel raved about the fun things she was making in her new air-fryer, I had to try it, and the first thing I made that was a success was these Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato fries! These tasty sweet potato fries made in the air-fryer are meatless, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Use Sweet Potatoes to find more recipes like this one.
Do you know about the Air Fryer? It’s a relatively new cooking gadget that 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 the air-fryer, and I mulled it over for a while before I bought one. (I got this NuWave Air Fryer, in case people are wondering, and that’s an affiliate link so if anyone follows the link and buys one I do earn a few cents on the dollar. I don’t have an informed opinion about which brand is best though, and that company is not paying me to promote their Air Fryer. And I’m not trying to tell you that you need an Air Fryer; if you’re not interested in another cooking gadget just make my Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries!)
But if you have an Air Fryer or are curious about them, I’m here to tell you that the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries were absolutely amazing! Sweet Potato fries never get as crisp as the ones made from white potatoes, but the Air Fryer sweet potato fries are definitely 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.
And by the way, these are orange skinned sweet potatoes and not yams! Please consult Google if you don’t believe me about this!
Cut off both ends of the sweet potatoes and use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin. Then cut the sweet potato in half both lengthwise and crosswise, so you have four pieces. Cut each piece in slices and cut the slices into thick 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. Then 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 well.) Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 350F, then add the fries and set the 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 if you can manage that). 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 Spicy Dipping Sauce with Sriracha, but serve with your favorite condiment!
More Tasty Sweet Potatoes to Enjoy:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pressure Cooker Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes ~ Pressure Cooking Today
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms with Thyme and Parsley ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pesto Hummus Sweet Potato Bites ~ Nutmeg Nanny
Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Southwestern Sweet Potato Hash with Cilantro Pesto ~ A Mind Full Mom
Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
- 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs. total weight after peeling)
- 2 T olive oil (or less, but I wanted to be sure the seasoning mixture would stick well to the fries)
- 2 T sweet potato fry seasoning mix
- Spicy Dipping Sauce with Sriracha (optional, but good)
Seasoning Mix Ingredients:
- 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 15-18 cm.)
- In mortar and pestle or spice grinder, grind together coriander, fennel, oregano, and Aleppo pepper. 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 fried 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 goldden 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 Spicy Dipping Sauce with Sriracha if desired.
Seasoning mix recipe from Epicurious.com.
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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