How to Air Fry Frozen Sweet Potato Fries

You can make frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer without having to thaw them first. This cost-effective side dish can be ready in as little as 20 minutes. Just toss your frozen fries into the air fryer basket, follow the cooking instructions, and follow my expert tips.

Sweet potato fries in a jar.

The sweet potatoes’ natural sugars and the high heat from the air fryer create a perfectly crisp fry texture. Add seasonings to take your fries to the next level, and dip them into your favorite sauce. Combining all three—air-fired sweet potatoes, seasonings, and the perfect dipping sauce is the trifecta of side dishes!

Ingredients

Three ingredients used in making the recipe.
  • Frozen Sweet Potatoes -I use Alexia sweet potato fries, which are easy to find at my supermarket and taste great. However, many popular brands exist, including Costco, Ore Ida, and Trader Joe’s. The cooking times are generally similar. However, check every 5 minutes to see how the fries are doing. You might need to adjust the time depending on the cut of the fry.
  • Neutral Oil – I recommend using cooking spray. They are convenient and easy while minimizing the amount of oil used. Good oils include olive oil, avocado oil, or canola oil.
  • Seasonings (optional) – Use your favorite seasonings or read below for Ideas.

Pair this recipe with frozen broccoli in air fryer to add green to your side dishes.

Seasoning Suggestions

SeasoningDescriptionMeasurements (Per One Cup of Fries)
Brown Sugar and ChiliA sweet and spicy seasoning made with brown sugar and chili1 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp chili
Chili PowderIt adds a spicy flavor to the fries. Try Aleppo, chipotle, or regular chili powder.1 tsp chili powder
Garlic PowderAdds a savory and slightly pungent flavor to the fries1 tsp garlic powder
Parmesan CheeseAdds a salty and savory flavor to the fries1/4 cup grated parmesan or vegan parmesan cheese
Smoked PaprikaAdds a smoky and slightly sweet taste to the fries1 tsp smoked paprika
Fries spilling out on a plate.

Dipping Sauces

The sweetness in sweet potato fries lends itself to a wide variety of dipping sauces. Here are just a few paring ideas.

  • Barbeque sauce
  • Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
  • Garlic Parmesan Dip
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo/Vegan Mayo
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Ranch Salad Dressing
  • Tzaziki/Vegan Tzaziki

Expert Tips

  • Preheat the Air Fryer: I always recommend it, even if the instructions say you do not have to. Preheating helps create a crispy texture.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket: I know it can be tempting to overcrowd, but only fill the basket to the halfway-overcrowding point. Overcrowding causes the fries to steam instead of crisp, which is soggy. Honestly, no one likes soggy fries.
  • Shake the basket: The air circulates the fries. However, the bottom of the basket tends to be the hottest point of the air fryer. Shaking the basket mixes up the fries and helps them to cook evenly. I recommend shaking every 4-5 minutes. While this is not a hard and fast time, it serves a dual purpose and allows me to keep an eye on fries from overcooking.
  • Cook using frozen fries: The moisture in room-temperature fries causes the oil to steam. On the other hand, with frozen fries, the oil makes the fries crispier.
Fries spilling out of the air fryer basket.
Sweet potato fries in a jar.

Frozen Sweet Potato Fries In a Air Fryer

Air-frying frozen sweet potato fries is a speedy method to achieve crispy fries without deep-frying. This cost-effective side dish can be ready in as little as 20 minutes. Just toss your frozen fries into the air fryer basket, and follow the cooking instructions and my expert tips. You will have a delicious side dish in no time.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: All Day
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 air fryer

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce Frozen sweet potato fries
  • 1 Cooking spray
  • 1 seasoning (optional)

Instructions

  • Step One: Preheat the Air fryer – Oil the basket. Preheat the air fryer to 360°F (180°C) for 5-10 minutes.
  • Step Two: Air Fry- Add the frozen sweet potato fries to the air fryer basket. At a maximum, only fill the basket to the halfway point. Cook for 12-14 minutes, shaking the fries halfway through. For extra crispiness, lightly spray the fries with cooking spray before placing them in the basket.
    Note: depending on the size of your fry, you might need to adjust the cooking time. Thinner fries will cook for less time, and thicker fries will require additional cooking time.
  • Step Three: Season and Serve – Once the fries are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer basket and season as desired. Serve immediately while still hot and crispy.

Notes

See the post for seasoning and dipping sauce ideas.
Nutrial information based on Alexia sweet potato fries. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Frozen Sweet Potato Fries In a Air Fryer
Serving Size
 
3 ounces
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
160
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Sodium
 
140
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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