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Sweet Potato in the Air Fryer

Fluffy sweet potato in the air fryer recipe is here! Sweet potatoes are the best side dish for the holidays or year round. Crispy outside but tender inside. 

Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Last night we made a sweet potato in the air fryer and it was a great side dish! One of the best potatoes recipe ideas out there. Are you obsessed with easy air fryer recipes too? I am! (originally published 3/19, affiliate links present)

These are a must for any holiday if you ask me. We love them so much though that they’re cooked year round.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar with some melted butter and OH MY they’re heavenly.

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I think this vegetable is totally overlooked. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, a yummy side dish, and healthy too! It’s one of our favorite Ninja Foodi air fryer recipes you’ve gotta’ try.

Air frying these babies create a crispy skin on the outside but tender and fluffy on the inside.

You just can’t get them like this when you’re baking sweet potatoes in the oven.

Get ready to air fry everything this year y’all! Our easy air fryer recipes page will help get you going with new ideas for meals and snack ideas daily!

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This is what ours looked like. Honestly we hadn’t really made sweet potatoes in a long time, and never in the air fryer. Before, the best way to make baked potatoes was in the oven.

Not. Anymore!

Sweet potatoes in the air fryer

  • The outside of the potatoes are nice and crispy.
  • They’re a healthy air fryer side dish that just needs some olive oil or cooking spray.
  • If you add salt, the potato skins become amazingly flavorful. Almost better than the inside!
  • The inside of your potatoes come out super tender and fluffy.
  • If you want to make air fryer baked potatoes we have directions for those too.

Smoked baked potatoes are similar but making them in your Ninja Foodi means a quick cook time.

ninja foodi potatoes

Sweet potatoes in air fryer

Here is a quick step by step but there is also a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for you.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Air fryer sweet potatoes

  1. Rinse

    Rinse your potatoes in a large bowl with water getting debris off. Dry with paper towels. Poke the outside with a fork – maybe 6 times on the top & then on the bottom.

  2. Preheat

    Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F for 5 minutes.

  3. Coat

    Rub the skins with olive oil – generously. If you want to add salt or garlic powder then rub on the skins now (we didn’t).

  4. Cook

    Put into your air fryer basket – or rack in this case. Set to 390 degrees for 30 minutes (Timing will depend on the size of your sweet potatoes).

    When cooking multiple potatoes put similar sizes in at a time
    If making a lot you will need to cook in batches because they shouldn’t overlap while cooking.

They are super fluffy when they’re done as you can see here. We also love roasted potatoes in air fryer or air fryer sweet potato cubes when we want a different side dish. All are great with just about any protein.

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Air fryer sweet potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt – if you want to add some to the skins to make them salty/sweet

Serve these as a sweet side dish alongside our bacon wrapped air fryer steak and you’ll love them.

sweet potato air fryer

What goes good with sweet potatoes?

They are good with just about anything I tell you. You can serve them with a juicy steak, shrimp, with a salad, or by itself with cinnamon and sugar inside.

  • Sweet potatoes are great with any kind of pork. A meal of pork chops and applesauce is great with a side of baked sweet potatoes. A bit like baked potatoes but with a hint of sweetness the kids will especially appreciate.

Of course if it is around the holidays you can use this as a starter to a batch of sweet potato casserole too. Load it up with butter, candied pecans and mini marshmallows melted on top for a tasty side dish.

What we fill them with:

  1. Butter
  2. Cinnamon and sugar mixture
  3. Maple syrup – real / pure is always better
  4. A bit of salt is good – I prefer it on the skin while being cooked personally, love salty sweet foods
sweet potato mash

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You could try a batch of homemade air fryer sweet potato chips too!

homemade sweet potato chips

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started.

What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?

The skin of a yam looks kind of like tree bark, while a sweet potato is more of a red brown color. Real yams are entirely different root vegetables that are more like yucca.

They have a bumpy, tough, brown skin. They’re more starchy without a sweet flesh. Honestly, look at the labels in your produce department or you’ll just be confused! 

What are the benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

They are quite nutritious, promoting gut health, high in fiber and may help healthy vision too.

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Sweet Potato in the Air Fryer

Fluffy sweet potato in the air fryer recipe is here! Sweet potatoes are the best side dish for the holidays or year round. Crispy outside but tender inside. 
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, crispy, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tender
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 158kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash your sweet potatoes. Use a fork to poke all around each one, top and bottom. 
  • Rub olive oil on the outside of each sweet potato. Using your hands works best.
  • If you want to add salt to the outside to create a salty/sweet taste then sprinkle salt on the outside of each one at this time.
  • Put on the air fryer rack inside your air fryer. If you have the Ninja Foodi turn the metal rack upside down and set your potatoes on top.
  • Set temp to 390 degrees for 35 minutes. (timing will vary slightly depending on how big your potatoes are, it is suggested to put 4 of the same size in at a time)
  • Remove immediately, slice, fluff the middle and add toppings such as butter and/or mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
    Can also use this recipe to make homemade sweet potato casserole. Scoop out middle if doing that.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato in the Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 18445IU369%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Rebecca Krangel

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

I just bought this and I am very excited to use it. I want to air crisp only one sweet potato and cut it in chunks. How long should I air crisp it?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

If you search our sweet potato cubes in the search bar that would be similar and provide exact instructions for that.

Gail Tellerico

Monday 14th of December 2020

Great 😊

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Awesome

Michelle Kelleher

Thursday 26th of November 2020

it doesn't say if you should put on bake or air fry???

The Typical Mom

Saturday 28th of November 2020

Use your air fryer, if using a Foodi you use the air crisp function.

Dale

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Yum yum

The Typical Mom

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Yay

Arielle

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

I tried this today and for some reason my sweet potatoes were starting to look burnt at 24 min and were still not cooked in the center. I think I’ll need to try a different temp next time.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Sounds like you didn't have enough olive oil on the outside. They need to be really dripping wet or else the skins will start to burn.

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