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Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes {Vegan, Paleo, Whole30}

These perfectly cooked Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are ready in less time than oven-baked. Simple and fuss-free, this air fryer vegetable recipe is great for a fast dinner or weeknight side dish.

A baked sweet potato split with a pat of butter and green onions and on a grey plate with a fork

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Everyone loves a fast meal without a lot of fuss, and these baked sweet potatoes don’t disappoint!

Just like my Crispy Baked Potatoes (aka the world’s second-best baked potatoes) or Chicken Gyro Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, these air fryer sweet potatoes are simple, hearty, and a great base for a healthy dinner.

Infinitely adaptable to your preferences – sweet, savory, or even mashed, you’re about to add a new staple to your “crushing dinner” arsenal.

How Long Does it Take to Cook a Sweet Potato in the Air Fryer?

I have a 3.6 quart Power XL air fryer and it only took 37 minutes at 370 degrees F. Each model might cook the potatoes a bit differently, so test your spuds at 30 minutes by sticking a sharp knife into the center. 

The skin should be crispy and browned and the inside should be perfectly soft and fluffy.

How to Make Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

*You’ll find a detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Scrub the sweet potatoes and blot them with a clean dry towel. Gently poke each spud ~10 times with the tines of a fork.

Add olive oil, kosher salt, and minced garlic to a bowl (I used my beloved glass mixing bowl) and drop the spuds in. Swirl the bowl, making sure you coat all of the skin with the olive oil mixture.

2 sweet potatoe in a glass bowl with olive oil and garlic

Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil (I use a Misto) and add the potatoes. Bake for 37 minutes.

2 photos of sweet potatoes cooking in an air fryer

Top your potato with your favorite toppings – butter, cinnamon and sugar, Crispy Fried Onions, Sweet Potatoes Fries Dipping Sauce, shredded chicken (mixed with Paleo BBQ Sauce), bacon (Air Fryer Bacon and How to Bake Bacon in the Oven) or a big ol’ scoop of white beans and shredded cabbage.

Pro Tips/Recipes Notes

  • Sweet potatoes make a great meal prep item. Fully bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave or air fryer.
  • If you have a larger family or need to cook more at once, invest in an air fryer that is 5 quarts or more.
  • If you don’t have an air fryer but you already have a pressure cooker, check out the Mealthy CrispLid. It converts an electric pressure cooker into an air fryer. Take $10 off with the coupon code “SUSTAINABLECOOKS10”.

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A baked sweet potato split with a pat of butter and green onions and on a grey plate with a fork
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Perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
37 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 

These perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are ready in a flash. This simple air fryer vegetable recipe is great for a fast dinner or weeknight side dish.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes
Servings: 2
Calories: 132 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes and blot with a clean dry towel. Gently poke each spud ~10 times with the tines of a fork.

  2. Add olive oil, kosher salt, and minced garlic to a bowl and drop the sweet potatoes in. Swirl the bowl, making sure you coat all of the skin with the olive oil mixture.

  3. Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil and add the potatoes. Bake for 37 minutes.

Recipe Notes

There is no need to flip the potatoes during cooking unless your air fryer creates "hot spots".

If the skin is cooking too quickly, you can lightly place a small piece of foil over the top of the sweet potatoes.

These make a great meal prep item. Fully bake ahead of time and reheat in the microwave or air fryer.

 

Oven instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Scrub the outside of your potatoes, and dry off with a clean kitchen towel. Poke 7-10 holes in the skin of the potato using a fork.
  3. In a bowl, add your olive oil, salt, and garlic.
  4. Put two spuds in the bowl and swirl it around until the entire potato is covered in the oil/salt/garlic mixture. Move to a plate. Repeat with other spuds.
  5. Put a piece of foil or a baking sheeting on the bottom rack of your oven. Place the potatoes directly on the rack above the foil/baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 60-90 minutes depending on how many spuds you have. Four potatoes will need 60 minutes, and any more than that will need 90 ish. The potatoes are ready when a sharp knife pierces easily into the skin.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 sweet potato)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 18443IU369%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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