Air fryer sweet potato fries are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried sweet potato fries. They come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
- Healthier Option: Sweet potatoes are a nutritious choice, and using an air fryer reduces the amount of oil required compared to deep frying. This results in lower fat and calorie content, making them a healthier alternative.
- Less Oil Absorption: Air fryers use hot air circulation to cook the food, requiring only a small amount of oil for crisping. Traditional deep frying can lead to excessive oil absorption, making the fries greasier.
- Crispy Texture: Air fryers can produce crispy and crunchy exteriors on the sweet potato fries due to the rapid air circulation. You can achieve a satisfying texture without submerging the fries in a significant amount of oil.
- Reduced Frying Time: Air fryers typically cook foods faster than traditional frying methods. Sweet potato fries can be prepared in a fraction of the time it takes to deep fry them, saving you time in the kitchen.
- Easy Cleanup: Air fryers are easier to clean compared to deep fryers, which often involve messy oil disposal and cleaning. Air fryer baskets are usually dishwasher-safe or easy to hand wash.
- Versatility: Air fryers are versatile appliances that can be used for a wide range of recipes beyond sweet potato fries. You can use them to cook various dishes like chicken wings, vegetables, and even baked goods.
- Customization: You have control over the seasonings and spices you add to your sweet potato fries, allowing you to customize the flavor to your liking. You can experiment with different herbs and spices for unique taste profiles.
- Fewer Odors: Air frying emits fewer cooking odors compared to deep frying, which can leave your kitchen smelling like cooking oil. This is especially advantageous if you’re sensitive to strong odors.
- Energy Efficiency: Air fryers are generally energy-efficient appliances, making them cost-effective in the long run compared to deep fryers.
- Consistency: Air fryers provide consistent results, ensuring that your sweet potato fries cook evenly without the need for constant monitoring and flipping.
Prefer baked fries? Try these Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
For the Brown Sugar Ketchup:
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of salt
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into evenly-sized, thin strips, similar to the size of traditional fries.
- Place the sweet potato fries in a large bowl and add olive oil. Toss the fries to ensure they are evenly coated with the oil.
- Season the sweet potato fries with salt, paprika, and black pepper.
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- Place the sweet potato fries in a single layer in the air fryer basket or on a baking sheet (depending on your style of air fryer). Make sure not to overcrowd the basket; you may need to cook them in batches.
- Cook the fries for 12-15 minutes, shaking the basket or flipping the fries halfway through to ensure even cooking.
- Once they're done, remove the sweet potato fries from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute or two before serving.
- Serve the sweet potato fries hot with the Brown Sugar Ketchup (recipe below)
For the Brown Sugar Ketchup:
- While the sweet potato fries are frying make the ketchup: In a saucepan, combine the ketchup and brown sugar. Stir them together over medium heat until the brown sugar is completely dissolved into the ketchup.
- Stir in the apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, and a pinch of salt to the mixture.
- Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the brown sugar ketchup cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the brown sugar ketchup to an airtight container, such as a glass jar or squeeze bottle, and store it in the refrigerator. It will continue to thicken as it cools.