Are you a fan of sweet potato fries but tired of the soggy, oven-baked ones? Try air frying them! Before using air fryer, I used to deep fry fries but was just not happy with excess oil. Baking on other end was resulting in dried texture. So, I found my perfect spot by air frying them.
Believe me, the air fryer is a game-changer when it comes to making crispy, golden brown sweet potato fries.
That’s why I have come up with recipe for making sweet potato fries in air fryer. I will guide you through each step of making perfect frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer and some pro for making them extra crispy.
Additionally, I will go over different brand options for frozen sweet potato fries, followed by a comparison of crinkle cut vs waffle fries in terms of taste and texture.
So, let’s jump to it.
Why I Choose Making Crispy Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer
I love air frying because it eliminates the need for excessive oil, resulting in healthier fries. It just creates a perfect balance of a soft interior and a crispy exterior making your meal easy and delicious.
If you are in hurry and don’t have time, air frying is an effective alternative for traditional, long cooking procedures.
Necessary Ingredients for Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries: You can choose your favorite brand of frozen sweet potato fries for this air fryer recipe; I have used alexia sweet potato fries for this recipe.
You can also stock a few packs of frozen sweet potato fries in your freezer, it’s a good idea to have a delicious side dish ready anytime.
Pink Salt: I like to add a pinch of pink salt on top of sweet fries to create a sweet and salty taste. Its not a compulsory ingredient but you can give it a try.
Oil: A teaspoon of olive oil is what you need to make the fries a little crispier.
Ingredient Variations and Substitutions
You can customize your sweet potato fries with different seasonings like black pepper, garlic powder or paprika.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different dipping sauces to complement the flavors of sweet potato fries.
A sprinkle of grated cheese or herbs is also a good option to elevate the taste of your sweet potato fries.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Cook Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer
Step-1: Start by preheating the air fryer to 400 F.
Step-2: Place frozen sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
Step-3: Set the temperature to 400 F and cook for 4 minutes. Take the basket out, add a pinch of pink salt and coat the fries with olive oil. Cook further for 4 minutes.
Serve the air-fried sweet potato fries immediately for the best texture and flavor.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
For more flavor, sprinkle your favorite seasoning mix over the sweet potato fries before cooking.
Use a light coating of cooking spray or olive oil for added crispiness and browning.
Customize the level of seasoning and salt according to your personal preference.
Don’t add oil at the start of cooking, let the fries cook halfway through then add oil.
Maintain a frozen state for your sweet potato fries frozen at all times, and do not let them thaw before frying them.
Ore-Ida or Alexia sweet potato fries work best for air frying.
Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Always avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket to ensure even cooking of sweet potato fries.
Prefer preheating air fryer before cooking for more even results. It’s not always recommended but works well for sweet potato fries and frozen air fried foods.
Don’t cook more than the recommended temperature as it will make the fries darker and can burn them from corners as well. Keep an eye on the cooking time to prevent overcooking or undercooking the sweet potato fries.
Don’t forget to shake or flip the fries halfway through cooking for even browning.
For extra crispiness, use little oil and lightly coat the sweet potato fries with a small amount of oil before air frying.
Storing and Reheating Instructions
Store any leftover sweet potato fries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can store them for 3 days.
For the best results, reheat the fries in the air fryer at a slightly lower temperature than the initial cooking temperature.
Yes, you can easily reheat sweet potato fries in the air fryer for a crispy result.
Reheating sweet potato fries in the air fryer helps retain their original texture and flavor.
Place the leftover fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket, cook at 380 F for 2-3 minutes.
Serve the reheated sweet potato fries immediately to enjoy them to their best.
Serving Suggestions: Dips and Sides
Experiment with a variety of dips to find your perfect match. Some of dips I like most are spicy sriracha mayo, tangy ranch dip and zesty garlic aioli.
You can also opt for a classic ketchup dip that never disappoints.
What are the best brands for frozen sweet potato fries?
There are many brands for frozen sweet potato fries, but I like Alexia the most. It offers a wide range of delicious and crispy sweet potato fries.
Other useful brand options are Ore-Ida, Cascadian Farm, Lamb Weston, and McCain’s Waffle fries.
Frozen Sweet Potato Fries: Crinkle Cut vs Waffle Fries
Crinkle-cut sweet potato fries offer a more classic and fun shape for added texture. They are thicker and provide a hearty bite.
Waffle fries have a distinct grid-like pattern that creates a crispy exterior.
They have more surface area, making them ideal for holding onto dips.
Both options are delicious when cooked in an air fryer.
Keeping Sweet Potato Fries from Getting Soggy
Serve sweet potato fries immediately after cooking for the best texture. Don’t store them for too long. Putting them in the refrigerator also makes them soggy. So, cook in specific quantity so you can eat fresh and enjoy the crispiness.
Avoid microwaving leftover sweet potato fries, as it may result in a soggy texture.
Are sweet potato fries healthy?
The majority of healthy diets allow for the consumption of sweet potato fries. The following is a list of different eating habits and some suggestions for incorporating sweet potato fries into each one.
- Sweet Potato Fries are suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets!
- Those of you who avoid gluten should be on the lookout for brands of sweet potato fries that don’t include gluten in the ingredient list.
- For the purposes of Keto, sweet potato fries do not qualify as a low-carb food option. You are free to consume a half cup of fries as long as you consider the number of carbohydrates in the dish.
- Free of dairy products—The vast majority of brands of sweet potato fries are dairy-free; nonetheless, it is important to read the labels to be certain.
- Sugarless: Alexia and many other brands, including Trader Joe’s do not contain any sugar.
How long do you put frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer?
Cooking time for frozen sweet potato fries in an air fryer is typically around 8-10 minutes at 400 F. But it can go a maximum of 15 minutes as air fryers can have a slight difference in cooking time.
Preheating your air fryer also saves some extra cooking time, making the process much quicker.
You can also follow the specific brand’s cooking time instructions for the best results with your specific air fryer model.
How to make them extra crispy?
Increase the cooking time slightly by 1-2 minutes for extra crispy sweet potato fries.
Toss the frozen fries in a small amount of cornstarch before air frying for added crispiness.
Cook at a higher temperature of 400 F to achieve a crispier texture.
Make sure the sweet potato fries are evenly spaced in the air fryer basket for optimal air circulation.
Shake or flip the fries more frequently during cooking to promote maximum crispiness.
- Air Fryer
- Kitchen Tongs
- 1/2 tbsp Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 300 Gram Sweet Potato Fries
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place frozen sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
- Set the temperature to 400 F and cook for4 minutes. Take the basket out, add a pinch of pink salt and coat the fries with olive oil. Cook further for 4minutes.
- Serve the air-fried sweet potato fries immediately for the best texture and flavor.