Sweet thick wedges of sweet potato, cooked in the air fryer, make these air fryer sweet potato fries fluffy and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
If you love sweet potatoes, you will want to know how to cook them in the crockpot: Sweet Potatoes in the Crockpot.
What is an Air Fryer?
The name ‘fryer’ might throw you off a bit because an air fryer really isn’t a fryer at all. It is like a mini countertop convection oven. Air fryers use a fan to circulate hot air to cook food faster than a lot of other methods, especially an oven.
Pros of an Air Fryer
- Quick more efficient cooking. Air fryers only take a couple of minutes to preheat and most of the heat stays inside. Foods cook a lot faster (up to 4 times faster) than in an oven or stove.
- Can cook foods from frozen very quickly.
- You don’t need to use oil to get food crispy and browned.
- You can use an air fryer to stir fry, reheat, bake, broil, roast, grill, and steam. They are really versatile.
- The unit itself is small and can sit on your countertop. It can replace an oven in situations that don’t have one.
- It is super easy to use. The buttons are very basic and it doesn’t have a very big learning curve.
- Safe for kids to use. Only the inner basket gets hot and so kids have less of a chance of burning themselves than using an oven or stove.
Cons of an Air Fryer
- Not ideal for larger families. Because air fryers are a small appliance and not an oven, they typically only hold enough food for 1-4 people at a time. This means you end up cooking in batches and sometimes kids don’t want to wait!
- Quality can sometimes be an issue. Depending on which brand you buy, you may or may not end of having problems or even have to replace it. Phillips is the top manufacturer of air fryers and this is the brand we have and use. Do your research before you buy.
- Some foods might not fit because of the size and shape of the basket.
How to Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
These are so easy to make!
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees while you cut up your sweet potatoes.
- Rinse and scrub the outside of your sweet potatoes. Cut into wedges.
- Toss with oil and spices.
- Place in your air fryer basket in a single layer.
- Set cook time for 8 minutes.
- Flip the sweet potatoes after they have cooked for 4 minutes.
- Serve warm with dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Is Air Fried Food Healthy?
Air fried foods are considered a healthier alternative to deep fried foods because of their lower content of fat and calories. Some air fryer manufacturers claim that using an air fryer can cut the fat of fried foods by 75%. This could potentially benefit your health if you have a higher intake of vegetable oils since it has been associated with an increased risk of some chronic illnesses.
A lot of kids struggle with being overweight or even obese. Because deep fried foods are higher in calories, switching to air fried foods might benefit some kids who are either trying to lose weight or slow weight gain.
When comparing deep fried and air fried foods to each other, air fried is the clear winner when it comes to health. The real test though is what you are cooking in your air fryer. If you are cooking fried foods, then those probably aren’t the most healthful choice. But fresh sweet potatoes cooked in an air fryer are a great choice! It really comes down to the food in my opinion.
Obsessed with Sweet Potatoes? So Are We!
- 4 medium sweet potato
- 4 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, ground
- Preheat air fryer to 400 F; 8 minutes.
- Spray fryer basket with cooking spray.
- Rinse potatoes and then cut them into wedges.
- Toss with oil, salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika.
- Place into fryer in a single layer to avoid overcrowding. Cook 8 minutes and turn halfway.
- Serve immediately.