All you need for these perfectly crispy air fryer sweet potato fries are 5 ingredients and 15 minutes. Enjoy!
Sweet potato fries in the air fryer is seriously the best way to get restaurant-like sweet potato fries without deep-frying!
Let’s Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries!
Welcome to one of our new favorite sweet potato fry recipes! We love our baked sweet potato fries, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to turn on the ol’ oven. Cue: these super crispy air fryer sweet potato fries!
These 5-ingredient fries are tossed with Lawry’s seasoned salt, garlic powder, and cornmeal, and then air-fried to crispy perfection. The cornmeal gives these fries a little extra CRUNCH, too.
Oh, and the best part? You don’t need to use an excessive amount of frying oil to get these nice and crispy. Whether you’re eating these as a side dish, for a snack, or for your main meal, you’ll never want to eat sweet potato fries any other way!
Ingredients You Need
These air fryer sweet potato fries come together in 5 simple ingredients. You’ll need:
- For the sweet tater fries: A large sweet potato, cut into thin French friesslices.
- To oil before air frying: Olive oil, but avocado oil would also work.
- For the seasoning: Lawry’s seasoned salt and garlic powder.
- For added crunch: Cornmeal.
You’re more than welcome to use whatever spices you have on hand in place of Lawry’s such as ground pepper, paprika, cinnamon (crazy, but delicious), or even a blend such as cajun seasoning.
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer
For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card for a list of ingredients and instructions.
Preheat Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and spray the air fryer basket with a non-stick cooking spray. Spraying the basket will ensure your sweet potato fries don’t stick to the air fryer.
Chop Sweet Potato
Using a sharp knife, chop the sweet potato into fries on a cutting board, about ¼-inch thick. We found this thickness allows for perfectly cooked fries that are crispy on the outside.
Should I peel my sweet potato? The option is yours. We prefer to leave the skin on, but peeling Is definitely an option.
Should I soak my sweet potato fries first? We have found that soaking is not necessary and just adds an additional step to this process.
Season Sweet Potato Fries
Place the sweet potato fries into a bowl and drizzle them with olive oil. Sprinkle on seasoned salt, garlic powder, and cornmeal. Toss until the sweet potato fries are evenly coated in the spices and cornmeal.
Cook the sweet potato fries in two batches (depending on the size of your air fryer). Spread half the sweet potato fries in the bottom of the air fryer basket. Be sure the sweet potato fries are in a single layer and not overcrowded in the basket.
If you have a larger air fryer, you may be able to cook more than half of the batch at once!
Flip & Fry Again
Cook the sweet potato fries for 4 minutes at 400ºF, then flip the fries, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the fries are golden brown.
All air fryers are different. So, just make sure you watch your fries until you get a hang of the cook time.
If you plan on cutting your sweet potatoes into large chunks (ie: into sweet potato wedges), you’ll need to increase the time to compensate for the larger chunks.
Repeat, repeat, repeat until all of the sweet potato fries are cooked.
Serve & Enjoy
Serve with ketchup or your dip of choice and ENJOY.
Dipping Sauces for Sweet Potato Fries
Obviously, ketchup is our hands-down favorite dipping sauce for sweet potato fries air fryer! But, here are some more ideas:
Cutting Sweet Potato Fries
There are so many different ways you can cut a sweet potato fry. Some prefer wedges while others like shoestring fries. We cut these fries into a traditional french fry cut — 1/4 inch thick rectangle fries.
Why this size? We found that the 1/4 inch thickness allows them to cook perfectly in the air fryer while also crisping up on the outside.
What about the skin? You can either leave the skin-on (our preference) or you can peel it before slicing your fries.
Our #1 tip for cutting your fries is to make sure you use an extremely sharp knife and to get them as close to the same thickness as possible to ensure even cooking.
One great thing about sweet potato fries is that you can season them so many different ways! Sub in 1:1 any of the following seasoning blends for the Lawry’s season salt and garlic powder:
The main cause of soggy sweet potato fries is moisture. So, make sure that after you wash your sweet potatoes, you pat them dry. Also, make sure not to overcrowd them in the basket so that there is no moisture build-up.
In order to get crispy sweet potato fries, you need to make sure that they are not touching or overcrowded in the basket. We also found that using cornmeal helps get them nice and crispy on the outside.
It is not necessary to soak your sweet potato fries before air frying. But, if you do, make sure to pat them completely dry.
These crispy fries are best enjoyed immediately!
However, if you have any fries leftover, they will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
To reheat the fries: place them on a baking sheet, drizzle them in oil, and bake them at 450ºF until they become crispy again.
- 1 large sweet potato, washed and skin on
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF and spray the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.
- Wash your sweet potato under warm water and pat it dry. Then, using a sharp knife, carefully chop the sweet potato into fries, about ¼-inch thick.
- Place the sweet potato fries into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle them with seasoned salt, garlic powder and cornmeal. Toss until the sweet potato fries are coated in the spices and cornmeal.
- Cook the sweet potato fries in two batches. Spread half the sweet potato fries in the bottom of the air fryer basket. Be sure the sweet potato fries are not overcrowded or touching in the basket.
- Cook for 4 minutes at 400ºF, flip the sweet potato fries, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until sweet potato fries are golden brown.
- Repeat until all of the sweet potato fries are cooked.
- Serve with ketchup or dip and enjoy.
Tips & Notes
- Make sure to keep an eye on your sweet potato fries as all air fryers are different.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/2 Calories: 161 Sugar: 6 Sodium: 1173 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 23 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 0
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