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Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer

Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer If you want to make restaurant-quality french fries, you should be making frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer! Talk about a quick side dish, these frozen sweet potato fries come together in 12 minutes, and you can toss them with your favorite spices for crispy and delicious fries you’ll love.

Frozen sweet potatoes on a plate.

The air fryer is perfect for meals and sides like this one, and it makes the BEST frozen fries, hands down! Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, you can make frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer in the same amount of time it takes for your traditional oven to preheat, which frees you up to focus on the rest of the meal.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Sweet Potato Fries: I created a guide for How Long to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer, so check it out if you want to learn how to make sweet potato fries from scratch. But for now, we’re talking frozen fries, and my favorite brand is Alexia (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have good ones, too); they have regular-cut sweet potato fries, waffles fries, and crinkle-cut. I usually make half of a bag and reserve the rest for later, but if you’re feeding more people, I recommend cooking the fries in batches.
A bag of frozen sweet potato fries.

HOW TO MAKE FROZEN SWEET POTATO FRIES IN THE AIR FRYER

Preheat an air fryer to 400° F (204°C). Then, add the sweet potato fries to the air fryer basket.

Frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer basket.

Set the cooking time to 12 minutes, removing the basket to shake the french fries halfway through.

Sweet potato fries in the air fryer basket cooked halfway.

Add the cooked sweet potato fries to a mixing bowl and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to combine.

Frozen sweet potato fries in an air fryer basket fully cooked.

HOW TO COOK FROZEN SWEET POTATO FRIES IN THE OVEN

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F (218°C). Then, arrange the fries onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Bake half of the bag for 10-12 minutes, moving them around on the baking sheet halfway through.

COOKING TIPS

  • Preheat the air fryer so that the fries cook right away. My air fryer takes about 3 minutes to preheat for this recipe.
  • There is no need to thaw the sweet potato fries; all you have to do is throw them straight into the air fryer basket and start cooking.
  • Like an oven, air fryers vary. When you shake the basket halfway, I recommend checking the fries to ensure they aren’t cooking too quickly.
  • Speaking of checking on the fries, don’t forget to shake the basket; this moves the fries around and allows them to cook evenly.

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Sweet potato fries on a plate with ranch.

HOW TO GARNISH THE SWEET POTATO FRIES

Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer something a bit spicier, adjust the flavor of your air fryer sweet potato fries to suit your palate.

Spices:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Cayenne
  • Ras El Hanout
  • Salt and Smoked Paprika
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  • Fresh or Dried Parsley

Dipping Sauce:

  • Ketchup
  • The Best Ranch Dressing
  • Sriracha Mayo
  • Garlic Aioli
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Horseradish Cream Sauce
  • Remoulade Sauce
  • Toum
  • Honey
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • Honey Mustard

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Store leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 3-4 days.
  • REHEAT – Warm leftover french fries in the air fryer at 400° F (204°C) for 2-3 minutes.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Do I need to coat the air fryer basket with oil?

You can if you prefer, but it’s not needed, and the fries cook perfectly without it! That’s one reason I love cooking frozen food in the air fryer; you get to skip the oil and deep-frying for a healthy side dish with fewer calories.

What can I do if my fries stick to the bottom of the air fryer?

I’ve made these dozens of times and never had that issue, but if you run into this problem, I recommend using a non-stick spatula to move the fries around in the air fryer basket. Another option would be to cook the fries just a little longer to see if they release on their own. However, if you run into this problem often, you can always line the air fryer basket with parchment paper before adding the sweet potato fries.

How long should I cook frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer?

I have found a sweet spot, and I’m sticking to it. Cooking frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer for 12 minutes with a shake halfway through produces the best results.

Why are my sweet potato fries not crispy in air fryer?

Avoid overcrowding the french fries by adding the fries to the air fryer basket in a single layer. If you need to cook a whole bag of fries, do so in batches; this allows the air to circulate around the fries to give you the crisp you prefer. Shaking the basket halfway through also prevents fries from getting stuck together, so they cook evenly.

Do I need to thaw frozen fries before air frying?

Nope, and that’s why I love the air fryer. Simply pour the fries straight from the bag into the air fryer basket, and you’re ready to go.

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Frozen sweet potatoes on a plate.

Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer

Tressa Jamil
If you want to make restaurant-quality french fries, you should be making frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer; this delicious side is ready and on the table in 15 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Servings
Calories 140 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat an air fryer to 400° F (204°C). Then, add the sweet potato fries to the air fryer basket.
  • Set the cooking time to 12 minutes, removing the basket to shake the french fries halfway through.
  • Add the cooked sweet potato fries to a mixing bowl and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to combine.

Notes

Cooking Tips: 
  • Preheat the air fryer so that the fries cook right away. My air fryer takes about 3 minutes to preheat for this recipe.
  • There is no need to thaw the sweet potato fries; all you have to do is throw them straight into the air fryer basket and start cooking.
  • Like an oven, air fryers vary. When you shake the basket halfway, I recommend checking the fries to ensure they aren’t cooking too quickly.
  • Speaking of checking on the fries, don’t forget to shake the basket; this moves the fries around and allows them to cook evenly.
 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 3 OuncesCalories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSodium: 140mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
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Recipe Rating




Anna

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

I made this for my kids with lunch and they were cooked perfectly. Even my picky daughter who doesn't like when the sweet potato fries char and turn black was happy with her plate.

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Making the kids happy is what we love to do; I am glad this was helpful.