Who doesn’t love potato fries? These crispy, crunchy slices of tastiness are pleasant at dinner tables, lunch menus, and breakfast egg dishes. Then, we discovered the air fryer- a speedy way to cook crispy foods, and we wondered if these two could go together. The answer to that puzzles a resounding yes! You can make excellent sweet potato fries in the air fryer and get impressive crispiness that’ll almost match the deep fryer.
Why Make Sweet Potato Fries in Air Fryer?
Unless you already own one, the idea of cooking sweet potatoes fries in an air fryer may sound like a rouse to make you get one. But there’s a reason why this new appliance is making waves in the culinary community today. And, making this recipe in the air fryer is super amazing for the following reasons;
Its Fast-Air fryers are known for their quick heating capacity, and using them for sweet potato fries means your dish would be done in minutes.
Its Easy-Air fryers are super easy to operate, and the potato fries are quick to prepare. So, combining both simple methods means you won’t break a sweat for this recipe.
How to Make It
Preparing sweet potato fries in an air fryer is a simple and fun way to make your favorite snack. And the steps are quite simple;
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Selecting the Sweet Potatoes
Always go for fresh tubers when making sweet potato fries. If the vegetable appears soft or squishy in some parts, they aren’t good. You want the potatoes firm, so the fries can come out solid.
Also, consider picking medium-sized sweet potatoes to make the fries. This way, the sizes will stay even, and they can cook simultaneously. They’ll also be of considerable sizes after shrinking from the air frying.
Preparing the Sweet Potatoes
You’ll have to peel the potatoes first and then cut them half lengthwise. Then, cut each half into half or quarter-inch-thick planks. Then, each plank can be cut into equal sizes to make the fries. At this point, you can decide two things; whether you’re cooking with or without oil.
If you’re cooking the sweet potato fries without oil, then toss them in oil, and if you’re using any, seasoning and spices. Then, spread them in the basket in as even a layer as possible.
Preparing the Air Fryer
It’s helpful first to ensure the air fryer is large enough to cook the batch you’re planning. This condition is important, as there needs to be enough space for the hot air to circulate successfully. But most sweet potato recipes only about two to three medium-sized tubers, which will reach halfway to an average air fryer basket. It’s also handy to preheat the air fryer to 380F before cooking- but it won’t be a bother, as the appliance heats fast.
Cooking the Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are best cooked at 380F to 400F, and you’ll have to cook them for 15 minutes or till when the skin is crisp. If you’re making the potato chips without oil, they’ll cook for about 15 to 20 minutes at the same temperature. But don’t’ forget to toss the basket halfway through the cooking time, so all the surfaces are evenly fried.
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What Goes With Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries?
You can serve these crispy sweet potato fries with a tasty dip or a side with fried chicken. It’s also an excellent pairing with steamed salmon, grilled steaks, and baked chicken breasts. You can also serve it with a creamy sauce or along with roasted broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or shredded cabbages. Air fryer sweet potato fries are super versatile, so you can eat them however you wish.
Are you sold on this exciting cooking idea? Then, give it a whirl with this simple but classy recipe below;Print
- Scape the peel off the sweet potatoes, and cut them half lengthwise. Then, cut each half into planks of a quarter to half inches of thickness. Next, cut each plank into equally sized fries, and pour them into a large bowl or resealable bag.
- Sprinkle the fries with seasoning and toss till the spices evenly coat the fries. Then, arrange the fries in the basket and spread them as evenly as possible. Cook them at 400F for 7 to 10 minutes, and bring the basket out. Then, shake the potatoes to redistribute them, and cook for another 9 to 10 minutes until the surface is crispy and the interior is soft.
You can also watch this sweet potato chips recipe done in an air fryer.