Crispy air fryer sweet potato fries tossed in salt, pepper, minced garlic, and parsley! These are great for snacking on and take just minutes to cook. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce on the side!

air fryer sweet potato fries with ranch on the side

All about air fryer sweet potato fries

Fries are good, cook sweet potato fries are good but air fryer sweet potato fries are the best! This easy recipe gives you the best of both worlds, with sweet potato fries and no messy oil to clean up or get rid off. Usually if I buy frozen sweet potato fries, I can never get them to become crispy like regular fries no matter how hot I cook them in the oven. But the air fryer takes care of this issue and delivers a healthy tasting sweet potato fry, crispy on the outside and with that awesome sweet potato flavor on the inside.

There’s a couple of steps that need to be followed such as soaking the cut fries in water before you cook them. This draws out the starch, you’ll see the water become very cloudy. If you skip this part, your fries can become sticky on the outside and the starch will prevent them from getting a nice crispy exterior. Also you may have to make these sweet potato fries in two separate batches depending on the size of your air fryer. If you overcrowd the basket, the fries won’t cook evenly and won’t be crispy. Cook them in a single layer to avoid this problem and shake them around often while cooking.

FAQ’s about making sweet potato fries

Are sweet potato fries better for you than regular fries?

Even though sweet potato fries have just as much carbohydrates as regular potato fries, they do have much more
vitamins, A and C. They also have more fiber.

Do I need to peel my sweet potatoes?

It’s a personal choice but I always like to keep the peels on any potato I cook with. I prefer the texture and the extra fiber.

Can I skip the garlic?

Definitely, these are just as good with salt, pepper and your favorite dipping sauce.

Why are my air fryer sweet potato fries soggy?

Moisture will create soggy fries so make sure you don’t overcrowd the air fryer and shake them around halfway through cooking.

Is a sweet potato the same as yam?

Not really. A yam is brown on the outside and looks more like a potato except for the shape. Sweet potatoes are the ones with the reddish skins and orange inside. They are sweeter than yams and less starchy.

air fryer sweet potato fries in a bowl

tips for making this recipe

  • Soak the fries in cold water for at least 30 minutes and then lay on a kitchen towels and pat dry.
  • Toss the fries in olive oil, salt and pepper before adding to the air fryer.
  • Cook in a single layer and shake at least once during cooking. A few extra shakes will help create that crispiness.
  • Once cooked toss again in minced garlic and parsley and serve with ranch on the side!

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: foodnessgracious
Crispy sweet potato fries tossed in garlic and parsley
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  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup minced garlic optional
  • ¼ cup minced parsley


  • Slice each sweet potatoes in half length ways and then into thin strips the size of French fries.
  • Place the cut fries into a large bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the fries well and then rinse. Drain once more.
  • Lay the fries on kitchen towel and pat dry.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 390° F
  • Using the same bowl as you soaked the fries in, take as much as will fit into your air fryer basket without being overloaded and add them to the bowl.
  • Drizzle about 2 tbsp of olive oil over them and toss well to coat.
  • Season with salt and black pepper and add to the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 390° then shake the basket to move the fries around.
  • Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the sweet potato fries are golden and crispy.
  • Repeat with the remaining sweet potato fries.
  • After all of the fries are cooked you can add them all back into the basket for an extra 2 minutes. This will ensure the first batch hasn't cooled down too much.
  • Dump the cooked fries back into the large bowl you were using before and add the garlic and parsley if using.
  • Toss well and serve at once.