Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are baked whole in 30-45 minutes with just a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. They come out with crispy skins and a smooth and creamy inside! This recipe is entirely hands off and has minimal preparation.
Sweet potatoes are a favorite food of ours. They're filled with fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, and protein.
Since they are a naturally sweet food, roasting them brings out this sweetness. Sweet potatoes baked and roasted in the air fryer are especially delicious and sweet.
The air fryer is a relatively new kitchen gadget that's amazing at evenly toasting, roasting, and frying foods using less (or even no) oil.
Air fryers are convenient for small batch foods, hotel living, vacations, and for cutting down on cooking times. Cooking time is generally less than in the oven and the air fryer doesn't heat up the kitchen the way my oven does.
I think the question that so many of us have is, is an air fryer healthy?
Compared to traditional deep frying, air frying uses much less oil. This makes them a healthier option. Depending on your recipe, air fryers might use less oil than when baking in the oven. So the verdict is that yes, when compared to deep frying methods, the air fryer is healthier.
There isn't exactly a "best" sweet potato for use in the air fryer. The most common type of sweet potato found in American grocery stores is the Beauregard. This potato has purplish-red skin and a bright orange flesh. They are especially sweet. The second most common sweet potato is the jewel, which has a little more moisture in it's flesh. Both are a great all purpose sweet potato and perfect for air frying.
Air frying sweet potatoes is simple. You can leave them whole, cut them into wedges or cubes, or make sweet potato fries. Regardless of the cut, the air frying process is the same.
Cut or slice the potatoes as you desire. Rub with a little bit or oil (or spray), salt, pepper, and any herbs. Set the air fryer for the appropriate time and temperature, turning them halfway through.
For cubes, fries, or wedges, you can simply shake the basket instead of turning them.
Sweet potatoes are best in the air fryer at 400 degrees.
Yes, sweet potatoes can be air fried without oil. Because we are so accustomed to roasting and frying vegetables and other foods in oil, this may take getting used to. Oil-free potatoes will not have as crispy skin as an oil-rubbed sweet potato. If not using oil, make sure to spray the air fryer basket with oil prior to cooking so the potatoes don't stick.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Whole sweet potatoes only need salt, pepper, and a little bit of oil. I prefer extra virgin olive oil in all of my cooking, but any oil will do fine.
As mentioned before, the oil is optional. I like it because it gives the skin a bit of crispiness.
At 400 degrees, whole sweet potatoes should air fry for:
small potatoes: 30 minutes
medium potatoes: 40 minutes
large potatoes: 50 minutes
These times are approximate, as different air fryer brands may vary. Make sure to check the potatoes by piercing them with a fork 5-10 minutes before the full cook times above.
Air frying whole sweet potatoes is simple, hands off, and is done in 3 steps.
First, wash and scrub any dirt off the potatoes and dry them.
Next, rub them with a bit of olive oil (if using). You can also use a spray oil. Then rub with salt and pepper if desired.
Place in the air fryer, close the lid and set the temperature to 400 degrees and the time to 40 minutes. If not using medium-sized potatoes, check the section above for the adjusted cook times.
When the "turn food" indicator chimes, turn the potatoes. If you're machine doesn't have this indicator, turn them halfway through. Close the lid and continue the cycle.
Check them with 5 minutes left on the time. If a fork easily pierces the thickest potato, remove them to serving dish using tongs. If not done, close the lid and let continue air frying.
Once the timer is up, check for doneness again. They likely will be an air fried crispy and creamy perfection! If not, continue to air fry in 2 minute increments.
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- air fryer
- 4 sweet potatoes (see notes on sizing and cook times)
- olive oil (spray or liquid)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Scrub sweet potatoes clean and dry them.
- Rub or spray lightly with olive oil, then salt and pepper, if using.
- Place in the air fryer in a single layer. Close the lid. Set the temperature to 400° and the time to 40 minutes. Press start.
- Turn potatoes half way or when the "turn food" indicator chimes. Check for doneness at the 35 minute mark by poking the thickest potato with a fork. If the fork easily pierces the potato, stop the air fryer and remove the potatoes with tongs. If not done, close the lid and let continue to fry until time is complete.
- Remove potatoes carefully with tongs. Slice the potatoes open and top with butter or your favorite toppings°
Serving and Storing
This recipe makes 4 sweet potatoes and serves 4 people as a side dish. They are fantastic plain or with a little seasoning or sweetener.
We've also made loaded sweet potatoes topped with black beans, corn, avocado, cilantro and sour cream. They are also delicious topped with fried eggs and avocado, too.
- red pepper
- maple syrup
- brown sugar
Storing: sweet potatoes keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Air fried sweet potatoes are also great for meal prepping lunches throughout the week. Their hearty nutritional profile even makes them a filling and healthy lunch on their own.
I hope you've enjoyed this recipe and will let me know how it turned out in the comments below!