A versatile powerhouse of healthy deliciousness, baked sweet potatoes are pretty much perfect—other than actually having to bake them. Air Fryer Sweet Potato to the rescue!

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I first clued into the magic of using the air fryer to cook potatoes via this Air Fryer Baked Potato recipe.

The skin is nicely crisp, the inside is tender and fluffy, the potatoes cook comparatively quickly, and best of all, using the air fryer means you can skip running your oven for an hour+ to make them.

  • Sweet potatoes take 40 to 50 minutes to cook in the air fryer at 370 degrees F, which is 10 to 20 minutes faster than they bake in the oven.
  • Unlike a conventional oven, the air fryer preheats almost instantly.
  • You can keep the oven free. Whether you need your oven for another recipe (perhaps some Baked Chicken Breast to go with that sweet potato), or it’s hot in your kitchen, the air fryer keeps things cool and flexible.
Two air fryer sweet potatoes with butter

While you might first think of air fryer sweet potatoes as a side, they also make a fantastic base for easy, healthy meals.

You can top bake sweet potatoes off with Crockpot BBQ Chicken, a Mexican-inspired combo of black beans, salsa, and avocado, or try the Hawaiian or breakfast sweet potatoes from The Well Plated Cookbook.

I have even more ideas for how to serve your air fryer sweet potato below.

More Oven-Free Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

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How to Make Air Fried Sweet Potatoes

An air fried sweet potato is simple and scrumptious.

Keep a few sweet potatoes on hand, and you’ll have a healthy side dish any time you need it.

You don’t even need to wrap sweet potatoes in foil for air frying! (Do poke holes to allow steam to escape).


The Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes. These air fryer potatoes are sweet and tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamins. They’re an ideal base for sweet or savory toppings!
  • Olive Oil. While you can air fry sweet potatoes without oil, I like to add it because even a small amount helps crisp the skin and adds flavor.

The Directions

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  1. Scrub and dry the potatoes, then poke them with a fork. Rub the outsides with oil (or make your air fryer sweet potatoes with no oil).
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  1. Air fry sweet potatoes at 370 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes.
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  1. Let cool, cut a slit in the top, fluff with a fork, and add your favorite toppings. DIG IN!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate sweet potatoes in an airtight storage container for up to 1 week. 
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • To Freeze. Wrap sweet potatoes in plastic wrap and freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, scrub and dry the sweet potatoes.

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Ways to Top Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

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With an extra-large basket and multiple cooking functions, this air fryer is worth a spot in your pantry.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Repurpose Leftover Sweet Potatoes?

Enjoy leftover air fryer sweet potatoes for breakfast by serving a fried egg and avocado on top. You can also scoop out the sweet potato flesh and use it for my Whole30 Breakfast Bowls.

Why Do I Need to Poke Holes in My Potato?

Poking holes in your sweet potato allows steam to escape while it’s cooking, which helps ensure the perfect texture and keeps it from exploding (although this rarely happens, it doesn’t hurt to be on the safe side).

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Air Fryer Sweet Potato

How to make an Air Fryer Sweet Potato. Faster than the oven, perfectly fluffy inside, and it won't heat up your kitchen while it bakes!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 50 mins

Servings: 2 potatoes

Ingredients
  

FOR THE AIR FRYER SWEET POTATOES:

OPTIONAL, FOR SERVING:


Instructions
 

  • Scrub and dry the sweet potatoes (no need to peel). Poke all over with the tines of a fork. If desired, rub the outsides of the sweet potatoes with oil. No need to wrap in foil.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F. Air fry the sweet potatoes until they are fork tender, about 40 to 50 minutes depending upon the size of your sweet potato.
  • Let cool a few minutes. Cut a slit in the top, then open the sweet potato and lightly fluff with a fork. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • TO STORE: Refrigerate sweet potatoes in an airtight storage container for up to 1 week. 
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE: Wrap sweet potatoes in plastic wrap and freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container or ziptop bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato (of 2)Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPotassium: 762mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 32063IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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