Cooking frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer makes perfectly cooked fries in half the time as an oven. While it may seem a little simplistic, we've included tons of great tricks to help you get your air fryer frozen sweet potato fries to come out golden crisp, crunch, and table-ready every time.
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In our home, we love using either Trader Joes or Alexia brand frozen sweet potato fries. They are both super healthy offering up a sweet potato fry that has no additives, no artificial ingredients, and no GMO's. Instead, you simply get a quality frozen sweet potato fry that is ready for your air fryer and table.
Now, let's get cooking, er, air frying!
Your air fryer frozen sweet potato fries are the perfect crunchy side to add to your healthy eating lifestyle. Sweet potato fries are a great addition to any healthy diet, great for dairy-free eaters, and if you watch your labels, it can be included in a gluten-free lifestyle as well. Depending on the number of carbs you eat in a day, and the brand you buy, you can even include air-fried sweet potato fries in a low-carb diet.
Your air fryer is a great way to cook up all kinds of frozen treats using a whole lot less oil than traditional frying methods. Be sure to check out our air fryer recipes for frozen french fries, frozen chicken wings, and frozen pizza rolls to create a whole plethora of air-fried frozen appetizers and sides.
Frozen sides are not the only things you can use your air fryer for! Using your air fryer you can create some of the fluffiest air fryer sweet potatoes (and don't forget about that cilantro-lime butter - it's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!) and air fryer baked potatoes you have ever eaten. They even cook up faster than baking!
Be sure to read our post and download our cheat sheet on air fryer cook times for the 50 most popular air fryer foods.
Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
Last fall I purchased my first air fryer and from that very first recipe, it was instant love! I could not believe how fast I was able to cook up a whole turkey breast - or the level of flavor and juiciness the finished product had.
From that moment, I was hooked and started using my air fryer to cook up both traditionally fried items like chicken wings and tater tots as well as anything else I thought the fryer could handle including air fried chicken breasts and pork chops with a secret rub.
Each time my air fryer proved that it was the go-to item for tasty, healthy items for my whole family!
Why This Recipe Works
- Air fryer sweet potato fries are the perfect side dish for burgers, corn dogs, hot dogs, and ribs!
- Cook up a batch of air-fried sweet potato fries for the kids for a healthy afternoon snack.
- Create an amazing appetizer spread with air fryer sweet potatoes, mozzarella sticks, pizza pockets, and chicken wings for a no-fuss, crowd-pleasing assortment.
- Serve as-is or opt for your favorite condiments such as ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, or vinegar.
Your bag of frozen sweet potato fries comes already pre-seasoned. If you are a gluten-free eater or looking to keep your carbs low, be sure to read the label before you buy to look for that information. Trader Joes and Alexia are our go-to brands for sweet potatoes fries without a lot of additives and artificial ingredients, but Trader Joes brand fries do not have any added sugar where Alexia's does.
For the oil, you simply need a high-heat oil that your family likes the best.
- frozen sweet potato fries (1 lb bag)
- High heat oil (optional)
- Optional sauces– ketchup, tartar sauce
For your frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer, you can air fry as many or as few as you want! A larger air fryer will allow you to cook more fries at one time though. We were able to cook ½ lb at one time with our Omni Plus air fryer.
NOTE: If you’re cooking in a basket style air fryer that’s already non-stick, you won’t need to brush the basket with cooking oil. If you have an aluminum air frying tray like our Instant Pot Omni Plus, we do brush a little oil on the pan before cooking to help prevent the frozen sweet potato fries in air fryer from sticking.
How to Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Frozen sweet potato fries temperature
Preheat to 400F, if your air fryer doesn't automatically do this for you just manually turn your model on for 3-5 minutes before cooking.
400F is our universal time for cooking the majority of air fryer frozen foods and snacks. You can lower the temp and cook the food a little bit longer but we have found that 400F is the best temperature for achieving that fried taste and texture.
It's ok to add oil or cooking spray if you have an aluminum air fryer basket, but if it's non-stick do NOT use cooking spray. Cooking sprays ruin the finish and will make the food in the non-stick basket STICK.
Lay the frozen air fryer sweet potato fries in a single layer, leaving space around the fries for best results. While some people might stack their fries and shake the basket frequently, they honestly don't turn out as well as placing them in a single layer.
Frozen sweet potato fries cooking time
The frozen sweet potato fries in air fryer already come pre-seasoned so this is a one-ingredient recipe! As an optional step, you can brush a little oil on the fries if desired, but many frozen fry brands already come with added oil.
Set the air fryer to a cook time of 12-15 minutes.
Flip the frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer after 8 minutes if you have a basket style air fryer. Ours took a total of 12 minutes to cook, so 8 minutes on one side and 4 minutes on the other.
Air fryer models can differ in cooking time, so yours could even take up to 15 minutes to cook. A longer cook-time may also be needed if you are cooking a lot of fries at one time.
If you have a basket style air fryer, we recommend shaking the sweet potato frozen fries every 5 minutes.
- Keep your sweet potato fries frozen and don't defrost them before cooking.
- For crispier sweet potato fries, be sure to leave some space around the fries so the air can circulate.
- Give the fries a shake or toss at least once during the cook-time.
- Remember: Do not use cooking spray on a non-stick basket as it will ruin the non-stick finish.
- Serve your fries as a side dish or as part of an appetizer spread.
Are Sweet Potato Fries Healthy?
Sweet potato fries can be included in most healthy diets. Below is a list of eating lifestyles and how to include sweet potato fries in them.
Vegan and Vegetarian - Sweet potato fries are both vegan and vegetarian compliant!
Gluten-free- Make sure you look for brands of sweet potato fries that do not contain gluten.
Keto - Technically sweet potato fries are not considered low-carb. However, you can enjoy a ½ cup of fries if you plan your day for the carbs contained in the serving (Trader Joes sweet potato fries have 9 net carbs in a ½ cup serving).
Dairy free- Most brands of sweet potato fries are dairy-free, but be sure to check labels to be sure.
Sugar-Free- Trader Joes brand is sugar-free, however, Alexia and many others are not. Be sure to check the labels.
Can you Reheat Sweet Potato Fries in an Air Fryer?
Yes, whether they're leftover from eating out or fries you'd baked at home, can reheat the fries in your air fryer. Simply preheat your frier to 400F, cook 1-2 minutes until heated through and crisp. No need to flip. Keep a close eye on them so they don't burn. 😉
More Air Fryer Frozen Snacks
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- Frozen wings in air fryer
- Air fryer frozen meatballs
- Frozen mozzarella sticks in air fryer
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