This perfectly cooked Air Fryer Sweet Potato recipe is light and fluffy on the inside, then topped with a buttery cinnamon and sugar topping.
Although it’s easy to make a No Boil Candied Sweet Potato Casserole, sometimes you just need a quick classic! This sweet potato air fryer recipe is amazing!
Sweet potatoes go well with any protein you can think of, and we love to eat them year-round.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Recipe
This is an easier, no-fuss way to make a baked sweet potato. Making sweet potatoes in an air fryer is so simple, no need to heat up the house with an oven!
Here’s the basic list of ingredients you’ll need in order to make easy Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the printable recipe card below.
- Sweet Potatoes – medium, about 6 oz. each
- Olive Oil
- Sugar – white granulated
- Butter – salted
How To Make Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
I’ll walk you through the process of how to air fry a sweet potato step by step.
PREPARE SWEET POTATOES
Wash the sweet potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Use a fork to pierce the potatoes all over. Brush the potatoes with olive oil and place them in the air fryer basket.
PRO TIP: Don’t skip piercing the skins with a fork. Unpierced potatoes may pop open and make a big mess! The holes made with a fork relieve any pressure that would build up inside the skin.
COOK SWEET POTATOES
Cook at 370 degrees F. for 30-40 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
MAKE SWEET POTATO TOPPINGS
While the potatoes cool slightly, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a small dish. Slice potatoes on top and pop them open, fluffing the insides of the potato. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture and top with butter.
Savory Sweet Potato
While this recipe uses sugar, it does not need it!
For a savory sweet potato, leave out the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle it instead with salt, pepper, and crushed rosemary, then top with butter.
Are Yams and Sweet Potatoes the Same Thing?
What’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?
Most people believe that the long, red skinned root vegetable is a yam, but truth be told, they are in fact sweet potatoes.
“A true yam is a starchy edible root of the Dioscorea genus, and is generally imported to America from Africa. It is rough and scaly and very low in beta carotene.” – source
Sweet potatoes are much sweeter, while yams are more potato-like on the inside.
Tips and Variations
- Make sure you brush the skins with olive oil! It helps keep the potato inside moist and keep the skin from sticking to the air fryer.
- You can add a touch of nutmeg for a little flavor pop!
- For a savory version, see recipe notes below. Salt, pepper, butter, and a little bit of rosemary are all that’s needed for a savory sweet potato!
Can You Make Sweet Potatoes Ahead?
Yes! Simply make the recipe as directed but DON’T slice the sweet potato open when finished cooking.
Cool and transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat and enjoy!
More Sweet Potato Recipes
We LOVE baked sweet potatoes as sides. They go with so many meals! Here are a few ideas for you to try…
- Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole
- Roasted Garlic Dip with Sweet Potato Wedges
- Simple and Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
I can’t wait for you to try these Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes! You’ll want to make them again and again.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Recipe
- Wash the sweet potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Use a fork to pierce the potatoes all over. Brush the potatoes with olive oil and place in air fryer basket.
- Cook at 370 degrees F. for 30 to 40 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
- While potatoes cool slightly, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon in a small dish. Slice potatoes on top and pop open, fluffing the insides of the potato. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture and top with butter. Enjoy!