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.

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Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients and health benefits. 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. We love these parmesan sweet potatoes and the crunch of these crispy sweet potato fries.

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.

For more air fryer side dishes try these 8 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make in the Air Fryer.

What Ingredients Do You Need?

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. 
baked sweet potatoes

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

How To Make Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes?

Like I said, making air fryer baked sweet potatoes is effortless. It is the air fryer that does all the work. The preparation takes no more than 5 minutes. Here is how you can cook sweet potatoes in an air fryer:

Step 1: 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: Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and rub it onto the entire exterior of the potato. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. 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.

Raw sweet potatoes in air fryer

Step 3: Lastly, 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 mintues, 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: 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.

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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.

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.
  • Craving something sweet? Season the sweet potatoes with cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
  • Wrap the leftover air fryer baked sweet potatoes and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  • You can also freeze leftover baked sweet potatoes for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, cook in the air fryer for 5-10 minutes on 390° F until hot.

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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.
3.2 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 225 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon 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 degrees for 40-50 minutes (depending on the size of your sweet potatoes), flipping over halfway through the cook time.

Notes

  • 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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