Air fryer frozen sweet potato fries, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, a wonderful side dish for just about anything or a delicious quick meal on their own.
These frozen sweet potatoes in the air fryer are my favorite frozen food recipe. They taste amazing, are so crispy and delicious, they barely need any seasoning, and they take half the time to be ready in the fryer than it would take them to be cooked in the oven.
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Frozen sweet potato fries in Air Fryer
I didn’t really think that I should make a post about cooking frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer for a long time; I mean, there are only some instructions regarding temperature and cooking times…
But then I took a good look at the various packages and noticed that none of them – NONE – included instructions for the air fryer. They would tell you how to deep fry or to bake them, but the only mention of the fryer says: “Read the air fryer’s instructions regarding the cooking times”!
And that was written on only one of the bags I bought; most brands don’t mention anything at all. So why not write a post? I am sure many would be happy to find clear instructions somewhere.
These sweet potatoes are not the only kind of food I love to cook in this extremely useful machine.
Have a look at the Frozen Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Frozen Wedges, or the Frozen Chicken Wings; both recipes are real lifesavers on a late, busy night after work when you just want to have something healthy and delicious really fast. Or check out The Best Air Fryer Recipes for Beginners.
Why will you love this recipe?
- Super-fast and super delicious!
- You can make sure you always have one or two bags of fries in the freezer for emergency dinners or snacks, no need to go shopping.
- They need about half the time to be ready than they would need in the oven.
- You don’t have to coat them in oil to cook them.
- They are healthier than deep-fried, much easier, and less messy to make. And the house will not smell of deep-frying.
- Many brands are pre-seasoned, if they are, you don’t have to bother about seasoning either.
- Many think they are supposed to be a side dish (which they can be), but most of the time, I just see them as a complete dinner. Served with a couple of dips and a salad with yogurt dressing or coleslaw, they are perfect!
What do you need?
- Use your favorite brand.
- I recommend reading the ingredient section on the package, to make sure that there is no extra sugar included or other stuff that doesn’t belong there.
- Many brands are pre-seasoned with salt and pepper and sometimes paprika powder. If they are not, add some seasoning to the potatoes.
- A regular bag usually contains 450 g/ lb. of potatoes. If you want to cook more, you can add up to 150 g/ 3.5 oz more to the fryer. If your bag is larger or you want to cook more, do that in batches.
- Only spray the basket with a little oil if the basket is made of aluminum. If it’s non-stick, like most are, you will not need any oil.
- If they are pre-seasoned, you don’t have to add anything anymore.
- Otherwise, add some salt, pepper, and paprika.
How to air fry the sweet potatoes?
- Preheat the machine, if necessary. Some need that, some don’t, make sure you know how your kitchen appliance works.
- I preheat mine to 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes.
- Place the frozen fries in the basket, shake lightly to make sure that they are in an even layer.
- Cook for 8 minutes.
- Shake the basket and cook for another 4 minutes.
- Check, they should be soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. If they are not there yet, you can give them another minute or two. However, mine are always perfect after 12 minutes already.
- If you cook more than 450 g/ 1 lb. at a time, they might need an extra minute or two as well.
Yes, of course. Although they are best served immediately, you can reheat them at 190 degrees Celsius/ 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 2-3 minutes.
The air-fried sweet potatoes are best served immediately. This recipe serves two as a main dish with dips and salad or 3-4 as a side dish.
They are a great dish for almost anything. Try them with cast-iron chicken breast, whole roasted chicken, cordon bleu schnitzel, beef tagliata, or any other steak. Or serve with burgers, fajitas, tostadas, and so on.
They also make a great meal on their own. Serve with any kind of salad. Try them with Shopska Salad with Feta or with Broccoli Pea Salad. Buttered Leeks or Roasted leeks, mixed roasted veggies, or Green Beans with Garlic are great sides as well.
And when it comes to dips, the sky is the limit. From simple ketchup or mayonnaise to aioli, sriracha, or any other chili dip. Or try McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce, you will love the combination.
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Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
- 1 lb frozen sweet potato fries Note
- fine sea salt black pepper, and a sprinkle of paprika, if required (most fries are pre-seasoned, but check)
- Preheat the air fryer, if necessary.
- Cook: Place the fries in the basket, shake to make sure they lay in an even layer. Cook at 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
- Shake the basket well and cook for 4 minutes more.
- Check the fries; they should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. If they are not there yet, cook them for 1-2 minutes more and check again. Serve immediately as suggested above.