Air fryer sweet potato wedges are easy and a healthy side dish for dinner. Crispy sweet potato steak fries with a tender inside are great.
Potato wedges sweet potato style are the best. I mean you may have tried these with russets, which is good, but these bring to life a whole new flavor profile. My kids go crazy for them and they’re easier to make than you might think. Just one of many air fryer recipes easy peasy we made recently. (affiliate links present)
Sweet Potato Steak Fries Air Fryer
You may have tried air fryer sweet potatoes whole, not sliced so far. Those are great sliced with cinnamon and sugar with butter in the center. You can make these sweeter with this same mixture instead of salt and pepper if you wanted. This time we want more crispy so we are going to slice it into french fry like sizes.
Not quite as crispy as really thin like our sweet potato chips but somewhere in between I guess. You could call these steak fries or wedges, whatever…same thing. You used to have the option at restaurants more often but seems like nowadays they just give you the skinny type. Whatever, we will just make it ourselves now I guess. 😉
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Sweet Potato Wedges Spicy
The biggest tip when making homemade fries in air fryer is to make sure they are dried off after cut. If you were using russets many people like to soak them in water first. That is because they are so much higher in starch, that isn’t necessary with these. There will be moisture once cut though and you want to absorb that.
Reason for that is that you want the olive oil to stick nicely. Then your seasonings will stick to that and the oil will also make the outsides crisp. For extra crispy, just like with our frozen sweet potato fries air fryer, you should have an oil spray on hand to use for the last few minutes to really enhance the crunch.
- 1 large sweet potato peeled, sliced into wedges
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tsp olive oil
- To make spicy use; a sprinkle of red pepper flakes or jalapeno powder
Beyond that the toppings and dipping sauces are endless. You can sprinkle on some parmesan when done, ketchup is a given but fry sauce is probably our favorite. For a sweeter version when done spray with oil and toss with cinnamon and sugar instead.
Sweet Potato Steak Fries
In the past we always made baked sweet potato cubes in the oven on a baking sheet. Those work well too but take a lot longer than in an air fryer basket. Cook time difference is basically cut in half when you air fry sweet potato wedges.
- Wash, peel and slice potato(es) into wedges.
- Lay on paper towels to dry outsides.
- Put into a large mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil with seasonings and toss to coat.
- Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes.
- Add potatoes, spread out into a single layer and cook for 15-20 minutes
- (shaking basket halfway thru) or until they are fork tender.
- Season again with salt and pepper to taste.
Super simple ingredients overall. You can do the same thing with any other variety of taters. Remember that the timing will vary. Thinner and smaller pieces will take less time and get way crispier. Thicker and larger will take longer for the insides to get as tender as you want and need. You do not want to eat undercooked potatoes ever.
Sweet Potato Wedges Crispy
In general yes. It is more popular and effective when cooking with russets that have a really high starch content. If you soak them for 30 minutes or so in cool water some of that will leach out resulting in a crispier outside.
How do you crisp potato wedges?
Two things other than soaking them beforehand are most important for this aspect. I don’t always submerge in water beforehand but if these other steps are skipped you’ll get a soft soggy outside that isn’t particularly appetizing.
#1 – Always lay cut pieces on a few paper towels, soaked or not, and press down removing as much moisture on the outside as possible.
#2 – Coat the outsides nicely with olive oil, then your seasoning. Air fry or bake until the insides are fork tender. The skin should be somewhat firm but you will want an additional spray of oil before the last 3 minutes or so to get it really crisp and crunchy. You could add more seasonings at this time too.
How do you make potato wedges crispy again?
Use this same machine, again. You’d have to save them in the fridge after cooling off if you do have some left over. They will get soggy overnight so preheat your Foodi or Cosori to 400 and then pour yours in. Spray tops with oil and heat for about 4 minutes shaking it halfway thru until as crisp as you’d like.
We do the same thing if we have leftover Instant Pot sweet potatoes but since those are whole the timing is longer. Works great though to enjoy the next day stuffed with all the goodness. Typically I will slice in half lengthwise so the middle heats thru evenly and 6 minutes or so will do the trick in most cases.
You can add your fillings with those too and get the top shredded cheese melted so it’s all done in one basket and ready to enjoy.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges
- Wash, peel and slice potato(es) into wedges. Lay on paper towels to dry outsides. Put into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil with seasonings and toss to coat.
- Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Add potatoes, spread out into a single layer and cook for 15-20 minutes (shaking basket halfway thru) or until they are fork tender.
- Season again with salt and pepper to taste.