Air fryer sweet potatoes are the perfect little crispy bite with a soft interior. They are great as a side, tossed into hash, or tucked into tacos.
Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer
The air fryer makes sweet potatoes for a side or my hash base super easy. The air fry creates such tasty little bites.
The air fryer makes it easy to make just a few potatoes or when cooking for two. Is a completely different experience. Here are the tips to keep in mind.
First, select fresh, firm sweet potatoes for the best results. Avoid any that have started to sprout or are wrinkly in skin texture. When dicing be sure to keep an even size to the sweet potatoes pieces.
Second, toss the sweet potatoes gently with oil before putting them in the air fryer. Spread them out so there’s plenty of air flow.
Third, the best-tasting sweet potatoes are the ones that have browned and blackened areas on the edges where they develop a crispy char.
Do not stop frying until they are crispy. They are not burning those brown edges are the goal!
How to Air Fry Sweet Potatoes
Preheat: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
Prep the sweet potatoes: Clean and peel them. Dice into cubes 1/2″-1″ in size. Oil and season them, then place them in a single layer in the air fryer.
How Long to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer
Not sure how long to air fry sweet potatoes? That depends on how crispy you like them and how full you make your air fryer, etc.
Air fry the sweet potatoes for 10-12 minutes. If you are using a basket-style air fryer toss the basket at about 5 minutes for even cooking.”
They should be fork tender with brown crispy edges when done. Roasted (and air-fried) sweet potatoes are best served immediately.
These will be tender potatoes with a soft center and crisp edges, however, those lovely crisp edges will soften as they cool.
I use the COSORI Air Fryer pictured in these posts. I’m partial to a square basket air fryer as I find it easier to fit more food into the basket. This is a 5.8QT air fryer, one of the largest machines I’ve found that works effectively.
The machine is a bit retro with simple knob controls. It turns out that I really like the basic settings and ability to set the time and temp like a traditional appliance. I’ve used a few different air fryers with pre-programmed settings and I found I was still tweaking the times.
This machine is surprisingly easy to clean and the two-part basket locks together (it’s literally impossible for it to detach the way some do) until you open the latch and then push the button to release it. I simply wipe down the baskets with a sudsy dish scrub brush or sponge, rinse and let them air dry on the counter.
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- 2 large sweet potatoes cut into 1" pieces, about 4 cups
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Air fry the potatoes until they are fork tender, and then fry a bit longer to get a slightly crisp edge. This usually takes about 10-12 minutes. Toss potatoes every 5 minutes for even frying.