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!
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
How to make
This step by step walk-through shows the process of cooking frozen sweet potato fries in an air fryer. For exact times and temperatures, reference the recipe card at the bottom.
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?
Sweet potato waffle fries and tater tots will cook differently so make sure you're using regular straight cut sweet potato fries.
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.
How to serve
Sweet potato fries make an excellent appetizer, side dish, or party food!
Frozen sweet potato fries already come salted but feel free to add more seasonings like black pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. 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.
More easy air fryer recipes
Crispy Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in 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.