Cook frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer for the crispiest, most delicious fries! They come out perfect every time and make a great appetizer or snack in less than 20 minutes!
Air frying sweet potato fries is a game-changer when it comes to creating a healthier and crispier alternative to traditional deep-frying. The air fryer's magic lies in its ability to produce that perfect golden exterior while maintaining a tender interior, all with significantly less oil.
Why cook frozen fries in the air fryer
Cooking frozen fries in the air fryer is the best cooking method! Once you try the air fryer, you're never going to want to use the oven again.
The air fryer is much faster and more evenly cooks. Plus, there's less clean up—no need for a baking tray or the need for a liner like parchment paper or a silicone mat.
We use our air fryer often, it's healthier than deep frying and you don't even need to use oil. (We prefer to cook oil-free whenever possible). Less empty calories means you can enjoy larger serving sizes without guilt, right? That's what I tell myself!
You're going to love cooking frozen fries in the air fryer! They're:
- perfectly crispy
- healthier than deep frying
- faster to make
- easy to prepare
What you'll need
Just one package of frozen sweet potato fries!
Any brand will do. Here are some of our favorites: Trader Joe's Frozen Sweet Potato Fries, Alexia Frozen Sweet Potato Fries, Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Crinkle Cut Fries.
Today we were using Great Value because that's all we could find—is everyone craving sweet potato fries right now?
Tip: Sweet potato waffle fries and tater tots will cook differently so make sure you're using regular straight cut sweet potato fries.
How to air fry frozen sweet potato fries
This step-by-step walk-through shows the process of cooking the best frozen sweet potato fries in an air fryer. For exact times and temperatures, reference the recipe card at the bottom.
Start by pre-heating your air fryer.
When the air fryer is heated, add your sweet potatoes fries to the basket or tray and spread out evenly. For a tray, spread the fries out in a single layer. For a basket, don't overfill the basket more than halfway.
For our 6-quart air fryer, I was able to fit the entire bag in one batch. If you have a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook in two batches.
Cook the sweet potato fries for about 8 minutes, then shake the basket to redistribute the fries and continue cooking for another 8 minutes.
Check on them a few minutes before they're done to see if they're getting close or if they'll need more time. If you prefer extra crispy fries, leave them in for an extra minute or two.
- You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the model of your air fryer and whether you preheat the air fryer or not. If you forget to preheat, you'll need to increase the cook time by at least a couple minutes.
- For best results, make sure you don't fill your air fryer basket more than halfway, otherwise, your fries won't crisp up properly.
How to store leftovers
Although best served right away, leftover fries can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Reheat leftover sweet potato fries in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes to maintain crispiness.
How to serve
Crispy sweet potato fries make an excellent appetizer, quick side dish, or party food!
Many frozen sweet potato fries already come salted, but feel free to add more seasonings like black pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle and toss to coat before cooking.
Straight-cut frozen fries will take about 15 minutes in the air fryer, give or take a few minutes. It depends on the temperature and how full you filled your air fryer. You will also need to shake or redistribute the fries halfway through for even cooking.
For frozen sweet potato fries, yes! Most things that come from frozen should be placed in a preheated air fryer, otherwise it depends on the recipe. For sweet potato fries, I adjust the air fryer to my desired temperature and then turn the air fryer on for 3 minutes to heat up.
If you've somehow managed to not eat your fries all in one sitting, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a few days. Reheat in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes to maintain crispiness.
Yes, the same process can be used to air fry regular straight-cut french fries as well!
More easy air fryer recipes
Delicious sweet potato fries aren't the only thing you can make in the air fryer! Here are more easy snack ideas and healthy side dishes you can make in the air fryer:
- Have you tried pasta chips? They're a fun chip alternative that's easy to make and healthier and deep-fried chips!
- Love sweet potatoes? You can make roasted sweet potato cubes in the air fryer easily!
- For potato lovers, the fun doesn't stop there—try air frying frozen potato wedges!
- Did you know you can toast bread and bagels in the air fryer? Perfect for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack!
- Don't forget protein! Air fried tempeh is a delicious and easy meal that comes together in less than 35 minutes!
Crispy Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer
- air fryer
- 1 lb frozen sweet potato fries straight or crinkle cut
- Preheat your air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 370°F.
- When the air fryer is heated, add your sweet potatoes fries to the basket or tray and spread out evenly. For a tray, spread the fries out in a single layer. For a basket, don't overfill the basket more than halfway.1 lb frozen sweet potato fries
- Cook the sweet potato fries for about 8 minutes, then shake the basket to redistribute the fries and continue cooking for another 8 minutes.
- Check on them a few minutes before they're done to see if they're getting close or if they'll need more time. If you prefer extra crispy fries, leave them in for an extra minute or two.
This recipe for frozen sweet potato fries in air fryer was originally published January 31, 2022 and updated on September 4th, 2023 with additional information and tips.