Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

Whether you’re looking for a delicious and easy side dish, or are looking to mash them, sweet potatoes are a great and nutritious choice!  Baking them in the air fryer means you can use LESS oil, and you end up with amazingly light and fluffy sweet potatoes with the perfect crispy skin!

Looking for more side dish options?  Check out my Oven Roasted Vegetables, Bourbon Glazed Carrots, Stick of Butter Rice, and Crockpot Ranch Mushrooms!

Perfectly baked sweet potatoes, every time!  Crispy on the outside and oh so fluffy on the inside, and with a quick 5 minute prep too!  Perfect side dish for dinner or a holiday event. #sweetpotato #sidedish #side #holiday #baked #airfryer #roasted #thanksgiving #recipe

BAKED SWEET POTATO

Aren’t sweet potatoes just the best?!  I love a great baked sweet potato, all slathered with some butter, cinnamon and sugar.

They’re perfect alongside a great steak, or even stuffed.  Side note, have you checked out these Chorizo Enchilada stuffed sweet potatoes?  They are a fabulous light dinner or lunch option!

Roasting them in the oven works well, but it tends to heat up the kitchen, and for whatever reason, I can’t get the skins as crispy as I’d like.

The air fryer solves both of those problems, and is healthier, since you use hardly any oil!

HOW TO MAKE BAKED SWEET POTATOES

  • Clean and dry sweet potatoes.
  • Pierce sweet potatoes.
  • Coat in oil and seasonings.
  • Air fry until tender.

That’s it!

Air fryer baked sweet potatoes on rack

COOKING TIPS FOR BAKING SWEET POTATOES

  • Prepare the sweet potatoes – make sure to wash (and scrub with a clean scrubby), and dry your potatoes.  They’re grown in dirt, so they’ll need a good cleaning.  Make sure they’re dry so these potatoes truly bake and roast instead of “steaming”.
  • Poke, poke, poke – to ensure even baking and keep the sweet potatoes from exploding in the air fryer, take a small knife or the tines of a fork and pierce the skin of the potatoes 5-6 times per potato.
  • Pick the right sweet potatoes – when it comes to sweet potatoes you want to pick a long, skinny potato, and pick ones that are similar in size so they’ll bake evenly.  Rounder and bulbous sweet potatoes will cook unevenly, which is why I prefer the skinnier ones.

VARIATIONS OF BAKED SWEET POTATOES

There’s not too many ways to bake a sweet potato, but I’ll share a couple.

  • Oven – No air fryer, no problem!  The oven method is very easy and doesn’t really take any longer to bake.
  • Baked in foil – for a softer skin, prepare sweet potatoes as directed, but wrap individually in foil before baking.

Perfectly baked sweet potatoes, every time!  Crispy on the outside and oh so fluffy on the inside, and with a quick 5 minute prep too!  Perfect side dish for dinner or a holiday event. #sweetpotato #sidedish #side #holiday #baked #airfryer #roasted #thanksgiving #recipe

HOW TO SERVE BAKED SWEET POTATOES

  • As a side dish
  • Use leftover sweet potatoes and turn them into a delicious mashed sweet potato dish
  • Stuffed

SWEET POTATO TOPPINGS

  • Cinnamon Honey Butter
  • Butter, chopped pecans, and marshmallows – pop these under the broiler for a minute to lightly toast the marshmallows
  • Chili
  • Butter, smoked paprika (or chili powder), and crumbled bacon

SWEET POTATO STUFFERS

STORING LEFTOVER SWEET POTATOES

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container or wrap tightly with foil and transfer to the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Baked sweet potato on plate with butter

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT USED IN THIS RECIPE

  • Air Fryer – there are a TON of air fryers out there, but this is the model I have in my kitchen.

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Baked sweet potato on plate with butter

Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

Perfectly baked sweet potatoes, every time!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 142
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes scrubbed, rinsed and dried with paper towels
  • 3-4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  • Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a small knife or tines of a fork.
  • Drizzle olive oil over clean sweet potatoes and rub into potatoes with your hands to coat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper (if using). Place sweet potatoes on air fryer rack or basket, making sure to leave some space between them and not stacking them.
  • Cook at 390 degrees for 40-50 minutes (depending on the size of your sweet potatoes), flipping over halfway through the cook time.

Notes

For best results, use sweet potatoes that are similar in size for even baking.
 

TO BAKE IN THE OVEN

  • Complete steps 1-3 as directed.
  • Bake at 425 F degrees for 45-50 minutes on a foil-lined baking sheet.
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Perfectly baked sweet potatoes, every time!  Crispy on the outside and oh so fluffy on the inside, and with a quick 5 minute prep too!  Perfect side dish for dinner or a holiday event. #sweetpotato #sidedish #side #holiday #baked #airfryer #roasted #thanksgiving #recipe

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6 comments on “Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes”

  1. How quick and easy does this look!!

  2. Another great recipe for my air fryer! I love enjoying sweet potatoes in the fall; delish!

  3. The easiest way to make sweet potatoes! Perfect every time!

  4. Delicious + easy? Hello, hello new favorite side dish!

  5. What a great idea for a side dish and I love that these are cooked right in my air fryer. I am now going to enjoy these multiple times a week.

  6. I’m always up for a healthier ways to cook. This is such a great idea to use the air fryer.