Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are seasoned with paprika and other spices, then air-fried to a golden crisp. That sweet and savory combo is so addicting! 

Sweet potatoes are a surprising ingredient in some of our favorite desserts! Try this unique twist on souffle, cupcakes, and cheesecake bars— all using sweet potatoes!

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are another rendition of our famous Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. Because air-fryers are basically mini convection ovens, we wanted to see if it can make fabulous fries, too! And yes, it certainly does!

We got beautiful fries that are fluffy inside and delightfully crispy outside. The savory flavors complement the sweet potatoes perfectly, and it’s impossible to put them down! 

How healthy are sweet potato fries?

Yes! Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, phosphorous, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Versus regular spuds like Russets and Idaho, they also have more fiber while having a bit fewer calories.

Do note that potatoes, no matter the variety, are carb-heavy foods. Therefore, if you’re trying to lose weight or cut out carbs from your diet, you’ll want to eat them in moderation.

What you need

This is a very easy recipe, made with just a few ingredients:

  • sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • smoked paprika
  • dried basil

How to cook homemade Air Fryer sweet potato fries

  1. Preheat. Heat up your air-fryer to 400F.
  2. Prep. Slice up your spuds wedge-style or traditional fry style. Then, get cold water and submerge them for at least an hour and up to 8 hrs. When you’re ready to air-fry them up, pat as dry as you can.
  3. Season. To your seasoning mix, add your spuds and toss.
  4. Cook. Arrange in one layer, then air-fry for about 15 to 20 mins. Shake intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  5. Serve. Enjoy as a snack or side with your choice of dips!

Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Regular: Feel free to sub with Idaho, Russet, or Yukon Gold.
  • Italian: Add some Italian seasoning for a more pronounced herb flavor.
  • Cajun: These are AMAZING with a dash of Cajun seasoning! 
  • Mexican: Add a dash of cumin, cayenne, and chili pepper, or this easy Taco seasoning for that Tex-Mex flavor.
  • Curry: Season with curry powder.
  • Sweet and savory: Skip the spices, and instead, air-fry with a little salt then toss in cinnamon sugar.
  • Parmesan: Toss in grated parmesan for a salty, cheesy hit! 
  • Spicy: Double the black pepper, and sprinkle with chili powder or cayenne.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Depending on how big your pieces are, it will take about 20-25 mins. to air-fry them at 400F from frozen. No need to defrost!

What kind of oil is best for air fryer sweet potato fries?

You’ll want a neutral oil that won’t mask the delicious flavor of the sweet potatoes. Aside from olive, use canola, vegetable, peanut, or avocado. 

Ways to cut Air-fried sweet potato fries:

  • Traditional fry cut: Cut the spud down its length first, dividing it into thin planks. Then, slice those planks into thin strips. 
  • Wedge cut: Cut the spud lengthwise, then once more lengthwise. You’ll typically get about 8 wedges from each spud.

What to serve with Air Fryer Sweet Potato fries?

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How to store leftovers?

After you’ve cooled down the leftovers, transfer them to a container with an air-tight seal. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them by air-frying at 400F for a few minutes on each side, or microwave. 

air fryer sweet potato fries on a plate

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are seasoned with paprika and other spices, then air-fried to a golden crisp.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soak:: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings as a side dish
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper



  • Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into thin planks and after that each plank into strips.


  • Soak the sweet potato fries in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes, up to 8 hours.


  • Drain water and pat dry sweet potatoes with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.


  • Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  • Add to a bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients, and toss well to coat.

Air Fry:

  • Add fries to the air fryer, spread out in a single layer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking every few minutes to evenly cook. Work in batches.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite sauce.



  • It’s fine not to peel the spuds, as long as you scrub off all the dirt.
  • Don’t skip the water soak! This will remove all the excess starch off the slices, which in turn will give you crispier results.
  • Ever five minutes, shake the air-fryer basket. This way, the pieces cook evenly.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16279IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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Dorothy Reinhold

We can't get enough sweet potato fries around here. I can't wait to try the basil!



A healthier alternative from regular potato fries! Perfectly seasoned and so crispy!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

I can't wait to try this sweet potato fries! Yum!



Yummy! These were such a big hit and so delicious along with our burgers today! Definitely making this recipe again!



I really loved how easy this is to make!!


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