Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries


I posted Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries a week or so ago and some of you said “I wish you had made them in the air fryer,” so this time I did. I wanted to see what the difference would be like. They definitely turned out very good in the air fryer and a bit crispier than the oven. Below is my pros and cons using the same exact recipe for the air fryer that I did for the oven baked fries.

Air Fryer Pros:

  1. They cooked quicker than they did in the oven, about 12 minutes.
  2. They tasted crispier than they did in the oven.
  3. They tasted slightly better since they were a little crispier.

Air Fryer Cons:

  1. You could only cook one large sweet potato at a time.
  2. You have to toss them after 5 minutes and 10 minutes of cooking.




Mix the olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl.


Add the fries and toss well.


Place the fries into the basket trying

to keep them in a single layer.


Cook fries in the preheated 400 degree air fryer

for 5 minutes, toss and cook another 5 minutes.

Check for doneness and if not crispy enough cook

another 2 minutes or until crispy enough for you.


Then serve.


Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries



  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into thin fries
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix together the oil, paprika, salt and pepper.  
  3. Add the fries and toss until they are all completely coated.
  4. Place the fries into the basket and air fry for 5 minutes then toss.
  5. Air fry 5 more minutes then toss.
  6. If not crisp enough air fry another 2 minutes and check. Mine were ready to eat at this point.

Categories: Air Fryer, Ninja Foodi, Potato


  1. I have good success with regular fries in the air fryer (Cook’s Illustrated recipe), but never tried sweet potato fries, yet. I feel inspired to try them now 😊
    Stay safe!

  2. Hello Diane!
    I am so undecided as to which air fryer id like best, or should I just buy the lid fir the IP instead. Either way, looks like you have had great successes with your Ninja Foodie☆

    • I can’t say enough good things about my 8 qt Ninja Foodi. I don’t think I would like the 5 qt as it is too small. The air fryer function is what I use almost every time, however, all of the other functions performed perfectly as well. I still have to try the pressure cooker setting. I don’t know why I am procrastinating with that setting. I guess it may be because the old one I have always made me nervous. This one is suppose to be so easy and wonderful to use so I guess I will break down and give it a try soon.

  3. This definitely is sweet potato season. My wife can’t make it more than a few days between baked sweet potatoes. Her favorite, though, is baking a “few” on the charcoal falling fire in our grill outdoors…after I’ve grilled chicken thighs and some kind of sausage for my lunches…on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

  4. I’ve shared this with my daughter. She loves sweet potatoes, and she bought an air fryer not too long ago! So, this is perfect for her. Thanks for another great recipe, and enjoy your day!

  5. Looks delicious! Good to know the limitations of the Air Fryer. But maybe also helps control the carb intake. Hahaha. I’d be eating these by the buckets.

  6. So glad to see these wonderful tips and recipes Diane! Really appreciate the differences you shared above. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for following hotbeacons (smile). The air fryer is on my New Year’s list!

  7. They sound and look good. I think the quantity could be perfect or very lacking depending on your needs. I remember the first time I saw them on a menu a number of years ago. I gave them a try and haven’t looked back!

      • I keep them in a cool dry place. My sweet potatoes usually last longer than my winter squash. Butternuts. Had about 200 this year! Crazy! They start to hollow out. I’m making up Butternut soup and freezing it. Also, cooking and freezing to use in pies. Going to see if my family can notice that it’s not pumpkin. Lol.

      • I want to try that too! Everyone says it makes a delicious pie. I love pumpkin pie for the holidays so never get brave enough to try a sweet potato pie. One of these days I will! 200 butternuts, that’s crazy!!!!! You must have a green thumb Denise.

      • Glad I came across your blog!!
        My teenage daughter and I have one in the works related to our country living. Probably get it actually up and running in the winter. “Midway Country Oasis” I think she’s calling it. We can compare notes!! Enjoy your holidays!!

  8. They look delicious Diane – I have never tasted sweet potato fries. I wish I was nibbling on one now. It is cold and windy out and cold in the house right now too.

    • Thank you Linda. Whenever I eat regular fries I dip them in ketchup but even though I showed the ketchup in the photo, I eat them plain because they have so much sweet flavor.

      • I have to try them Diane — I know you can buy them frozen, but there’s that pesky oven issue and computer on top. They do look delicious. In Canada, they eat their fries with vinegar … I can’t remember doing that anymore as it’s been such a long time.

      • I would think the sweet potato fries should be eaten “unadorned” since they are sweet. I’ve only had sweet potatoes once or twice. My mom did not make them, I did not grow up eating them. But my mom and I used to go to a restaurant named Ryan’s that had a buffet, always open on holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter, so I think I tasted them there. Just whole though, not as fries.

      • Ohhhhhh I miss Ryans! Our’s closed a few years ago and was replaced with Golden Corral. They had only been open about 6 months when the pandemic hit and haven’t open again.

      • My mom and I went for years to “The Boneyard” which was great for ribs … they had this awesome platter of ribs which they slow-cooked 24 hours a day … they were open 365 days a year. They made all their sliced potatoes by hand, breaded and lightly fried and their own very chunky coleslaw, homemade garlic bread. My mom and I always went there for holidays, weather permitting. Family retired, new owner did not serve the same type of meal, fatty ribs (my mom and I were not picky eaters in the least, but they were real fatty) … so we switched to Ryan’s. Their Easter and Thanksgiving buffets were great … we went for years and suddenly they closed. Something else came in … I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, but my mom was still here and it was several years before she died. I thin they are closed now.
        Sad as we started just fixing our own holiday dinner again, just the two of us, so not a big mess, but still…

      • Yes, I always try to think of the pleasant memories Diane … we used to love going to both these places. Like you, my mom was all about cooking and baking and so going out to lunch (we usually did lunch, not dinner) was always a treat for us.

  9. I am excited to try these Diane. i bought a few sweet potatoes and only need to cook one at a time, so this is perfect for me. I haven’t managed to make ones I like in the oven (not crispy enough) so this should work. I will keep you posted.

    • Carla I thought these were much better than the oven. They taste the same but I had more control over how to cook them to my liking. I just kept tossing and frying until I had them where I wanted them. Can’t wait to see what you think.

  10. Made these tonight with salmon and they were yummy. Next time I will cook them just a bit longer as I would like them just a bit crunchier. Thanks Diane.

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