Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Taking half the time to cook in the air fryer than in the oven makes the air fryer a great way to bake your sweet potatoes.

closeup of baked potato

Why You’ll Love It

  • Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and a rich source of dietary fiber.
  • Baked sweet potatoes are tasty and very easy to make. Especially when using an air fryer, it is an excellent dish for weekdays and weekends alike.
  • The best part is you can make the potatoes in advance and store them for later use. So, if you are busy or had a long day, you can pull out a pre-baked potato and just give them a warm up in the air fryer.

» You might also like these 10 Easy Air Fryer Potato Recipes.

What Ingredients Do You Need?

ingredients for air fryer baked sweet potatoes.

There is nothing easier than making air fryer baked sweet potatoes. That’s because it doesn’t require any out-of-the-box ingredients. You can find everything in your kitchen pantry. Here is what you will need to make these baked sweet potatoes:

  • Sweet potatoes: you will need medium-sized sweet potatoes for this recipe. Make sure you choose fresh produce. The sweet potatoes should be firm to touch and should be without cuts or bruises.
  • Olive oil: olive oil is not just full of healthy fats but will also help cook the sweet potatoes with a crispy exterior. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or canola oil as well.
  • Seasonings: Salt and freshly ground black pepper work best for me. However, you can add more spices according to your liking. Use paprika for a sweet, smoky, and spicy flavor. You can also use red chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Add cumin powder for warmth and distinctive taste. 

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
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Tips For Making Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when making baked sweet potatoes in an air fryer.

  • Scrubbing the sweet potatoes is necessary. You don’t want dirt in your food!
  • Make sure you choose same-sized sweet potatoes so they all cook at the same rate.
  • Be sure to use enough oil on the skins or they will dry out and can become tough.
  • There is no need to pierce the potatoes before cooking.
  • Craving something sweet? Season the sweet potatoes with cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

How To Make Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Step 1: Wash the Potatoes

Start by washing and scrubbing to get any dirt off the sweet potatoes. Pat them dry using a kitchen towel. A dry exterior will help them crisp up better.

Step 2: Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

Raw sweet potatoes in air fryer

Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and rub it onto the entire exterior of the potato. The oil is necessary to make sure the skin of the potato crisps up and does dry out. Believe me, I’ve tried it both ways and without oil it’s just not the same. You can also spray the potatoes with cooking oil if you prefer to use your oil sprayer.

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Step 3: Bake

Place the sweet potatoes in the air fryer basket. If you’re cooking more than 2 potatoes, make sure they all fit in the base of the air fryer without too much overlapping. This will ensure they get nice and crispy and evenly cooked.

Cook the potatoes for 45 minutes at 390° F(200°C). Flip them over halfway through cooking. After 45 minutes, squeeze the potato. If it gives easily and feels a bit squishy, it’s done. If it’s firm at all, you might need to continue cooking for 5 more minutes.

Remember that all air fryers cook differently and at different wattages, so you may have a different outcome. That’s why it’s important to check on the food a few times during cooking to make sure you achieve your desired result.

Step 4: Enjoy

baked sweet potato

When the potatoes are done, remove them from the air fryer basket and give them a few minutes to cool before cutting them open. Serve with butter, salt, and chives or with your preferred topping.

Craving something sweet? Season the sweet potatoes with cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

What Type of Sweet Potato to Use

Different colored sweet potatoes

There are several types of sweet potato varieties all with different flesh colors, such as white, purple, and yellow, each offering unique flavors and nutritional profiles. However, the orange sweet potato remains the most commonly grown and consumed variety globally.

Orange Sweet Potatoes (Beauregard, Jewel): These are the most common and widely available sweet potatoes. They have orange skin and bright orange flesh. They are versatile and work well in both sweet and savory dishes.

White Sweet Potatoes: With pale beige skin and creamy white flesh, these sweet potatoes have a slightly milder flavor compared to the orange varieties. They are often used in dishes where a less sweet taste is desired.

Purple Sweet Potatoes: These have purple skin and vibrant purple flesh. They are not only visually appealing but also have a slightly nutty flavor. They can be used in various dishes and are often used to add a pop of color.

Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes: These have deep purple skins and vibrant purple flesh. They have a sweet and slightly nutty flavor, and their rich color makes them great for both cooking and baking. Try this roasted purple sweet potato recipe to see how wonderful these potatoes are to work with.

Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories

Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.

baked sweet potato with fillings

Store & Reheat

Store

Allow the sweet potatoes to cool to room temperature. Wrap each sweet potato individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place them in a airtight container. This helps retain their moisture and prevents them from drying out.

Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.

You can also freeze leftover baked sweet potatoes for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that the texture of sweet potatoes may change slightly after freezing.

Reheat

To reheat, place the leftovers in the air fryer basket and cook for 5-7 minutes on 390° F(198°C) until hot.

To prevent the sweet potatoes from drying out, you can brush them with a small amount of oil or butter before reheating. This will also enhance their flavor.

Questions About the Recipe

How long does it take for a sweet potato in the air fryer?

Medium sweet potatoes cook at 390° F(198°C) for 40-50 minutes. In this recipe we are using medium sized sweet potatoes but you could use any size you like. It will change the cooking time slightly. Try to cook same sized potatoes together so their cook times will be similar.

Do I need to poke holes in the sweet potato before cooking?

No, there is no need to poke hole in the sweet potato. You can if you want to but its not necessary.

Do I need to preheat the air fryer before baking sweet potatoes?

No. Preheating the air fryer in this case is an unnecessary step.

What to Serve with This Dish

There are so many options for main dishes to serve with this dish. You can make these all in the air fryer or in the oven, if you wish.

20 Delicious Air Fryer Main Dishes to Try

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baked sweet potato with fillings

Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

Air fryer baked sweet potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The combination of sweet and savory makes it a great side with your main course.
4.7 from 52 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 225 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Coat them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place sweet potatoes in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 390°F (198°C) for 40-50 minutes (depending on the size of your sweet potatoes), flipping over halfway through the cook time.

Notes

  • Scrubbing the sweet potatoes is necessary. You don’t want dirt in your food!
  • Make sure all the potatoes you cook are the same size so they cook at the same rate.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket or the potatoes won’t cook properly.
  • Be sure to use enough oil on the skins or they will dry out and can become tough.
  • There is no need to pierce the potatoes.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 124mgPotassium: 762mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 32063IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Sweet Potato
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