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Whether you’re new to the air fryer or you’ve been loving it for years, these air fryer sweet potato fries are an absolute must-try. Perfectly crisp and deliciously tender, seasoned simply with spices that highlight the natural earthiness of the sweet potatoes. An irresistible way to enjoy fresh sweet potatoes!

A bowl of homemade air fryer sweet potato fries on a table.

🍟 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Sweet potatoes aren’t just for casseroles! This recipe for air fryer sweet potato fries turns fresh sweet potatoes into perfectly crisp, tender french fries in basically no time at all. If you’re wanting to air fry frozen sweet potato fries, don’t worry – you totally can! Head over to our sister site’s post on air fryer frozen sweet potato fries for all the info.
  • A simple blend of spices makes these sweet potato fries taste just like you’d get from a restaurant. Garlic powder, cinnamon, paprika, salt, and pepper play up the natural earthiness of the sweet potato in a really nice way.
  • The air fryer keeps things light, using a fraction of the oil you’d need to deep fry the sweet potato fries, with much better results than if you baked them in the oven.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • Cut the potatoes into fries that are as evenly-sized as possible. If you cut a variety of thick and thin fries, they’ll cook unevenly, with the thin ones done well before the thick ones.
  • All air fryers behave differently, and cook times will vary from one air fryer to another depending on a number of factors. After you shake the basket to toss the fries, check on them often to prevent overcooking them. Your sweet potato fries may need more or less time to cook than mine.
  • Arrange the sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If you overcrowd the basket, the air won’t circulate properly, which means the fries won’t cook like they need to. You’ll have to work in batches if you have a smaller air fryer or you’re cooking a lot of fries, but it’s worth it. Trust me!
A bowl of homemade air fryer sweet potato fries on a table.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.50 from 2 votes

Homemade Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Prep 15 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 25 minutes
The air fryer makes cooking homemade sweet potato fries super easy, with perfectly crisp results using only a touch of oil.
2 servings


  • air fryer
  • potato peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Medium bowl
  • Tongs
  • small mixing bowl
  • small whisk or spoon
  • Large bowl or large plate


  • 1 large sweet potato approximately 8 ounces
  • ½ teaspoon neutral-flavored oil avocado oil, olive oil, refined coconut oil, etc.
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Set air fryer to 400° Fahrenheit and allow air fryer to preheat. While air fryer preheats, peel 1 large sweet potato.
  • Place peeled sweet potato on cutting board. Cut potato in half across center, then cut each sweet potato half in half vertically. Continue cutting each quarter until entire potato has been cut into equally-thick sticks.
  • Place all potato sticks in medium bowl. Pour ½ teaspoon neutral-flavored oil over potato sticks, then toss potatoes with tongs to coat each stick in oil on all sides. Add another ½ teaspoon oil as needed depending on number and size of potato sticks. Set bowl aside when finished.
  • Add ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 pinch cinnamon, and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper to small mixing bowl. Stir spices together until well blended.
  • Sprinkle spice blend over sweet potato sticks. Toss potato sticks with tongs until well coated in spices.
  • Transfer sweet potato sticks to air fryer basket, working in batches as needed to avoid overcrowding, and arrange potatoes in single, flat layer.
  • Return basket to air fryer. Air fry sweet potatoes 4 minutes, then pause air fryer. Remove basket from air fryer and shake basket to toss fries.
  • Return basket to air fryer. Air fry sweet potatoes 3 minutes more, then check doneness. Return basket to air fryer if needed and continue frying sweet potatoes, checking every 1 minute, until fries look matte and are lightly browned on ends and edges.
  • When fries are cooked as desired, carefully transfer fries to large bowl or plate. Repeat process as needed until all sweet potato fries have been air fried.
  • Serve sweet potato fries warm with dipping sauce of choice (optional).
  • This method will work for any number of sweet potato fries. Just be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer basket or the fries won’t cook evenly. You may end up with burnt spots or undercooked spots if the basket is too full.
  • Cook times will vary from one air fryer to another and will depend on a number of factors. Keep a close eye on the fries as they cook and check them often after shaking the basket to avoid overcooking them.

Dipping Sauce Suggestions

  1. Ketchup
  2. Honey mustard
  3. Spicy mayo (add a little Sriracha or hot sauce to some mayonnaise)
  4. Comeback sauce
  5. Maple mustard (add some maple syrup to yellow or spicy brown mustard)
  6. Garlic mayo (add a little minced garlic to some mayo)

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 111calProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 1226mgPotassium: 397mgTotal Carbs: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gNet Carbs: 20gVitamin A: 16211IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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    1. These are about half an inch thick, but you can totally slice the fries as thick or thin as you’d like! If you prefer thin-cut, just be sure to pause and check on the fries every now and then while they cook, since they’ll be ready more quickly than thick-cut!

  1. A restaurant we know makes a delicious dipping sauce. My best guess is marshmallow creme, brown sugar and a splash of milk. Do a little microwave heating and stir. Yum!

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