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Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

These Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes are tender, fluffy, creamy, and so good. They make a delicious and nutritious side dish for just about any dinner, or you can enjoy them stuffed with your favorite toppings!

If you like sweet potatoes, you’re going to love baked sweet potatoes in the air fryer. They cook up faster than using the oven, and they are so good. Pair them with a steak, chicken, pork chops, or even some fish!

So, I am still in completely love with my air fryer. It continues to amaze me. Yesterday, for instance, I reheated fried chicken in 10 minutes flat (I’m talking big, bone-in pieces…and they were hot all the way through…and they got all of their crispy back and then some)!

But it’s not just for “fried” food!

I also really love using my air fryer to make easy side dishes like these baked sweet potatoes. It’s perfect to use when you don’t want to heat up the oven or if you need the oven freed up for your main dish.

Now, I will totally admit that I sometimes get lazy (or just crazy busy) and end up in a major side dish rut, meaning I get stuck on one thing because it’s really easy – like baked potatoes – and then I’ll make it several times in a week.

When it’s time to change things up, baked sweet potatoes are just as easy as baked potatoes, but they’re completely different in flavor.

And they’re so versatile. Eat ’em plain. Keep it simple and just add butter, salt and pepper. Make them sweeter with butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

You could even make them the main dish by stuffing them with your favorite toppings, such as chili. Lots of yummy possibilities!

Plus, sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber!

two cut-open plain air-fried baked sweet potatoes on a white plate

Ingredients you need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Toppings of your choice (butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc.)

Here’s a look at how to make Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes:

two images, one of two sweet potatoes being poked with a fork with text that says wash and dry sweet potatoes, poke holes in each with fork, and one of an air fryer with text that says preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
two images, one of two sweet potatoes in an air fryer basket with text that says place sweet potatoes in air fryer basket, space them out, and one of an air fryer with text that says cook 30 to 40 minutes, turn halfway through, or until tender
two images, one of two sweet potatoes in an air fryer basked with a knife being inserted into one with text that says when done, a knife or fork should easily go into the potato, the other of two baked sweet potatoes cut open and topped with butter with text that says slice open, add desired toppings, and enjoy

Tips & Tidbits:

  • Use sweet potatoes that are all roughly the same size and shape so that they cook evenly and all get done at the same time. For a side dish, I like to use small sweet potatoes that are about 8 ounces each.
    • If you want to make smaller or larger sweet potatoes, decrease or increase the cooking time accordingly.
    • Longer, thinner sweet potatoes tend to cook quicker than more round ones.
  • The size of your air fryer will determine how many sweet potatoes you can cook at one time. I can easily fit up to four 8-ounce sweet potatoes in my 6-quart air fryer that has a square basket. A smaller air fryer might fit only two.
  • Although a lot of people do it, I don’t rub my sweet potatoes with oil before baking/air frying. Yes, oil gets the skin extra crispy, but I always find that the crispiness doesn’t really last that long. By the time I dish everything out and sit down to eat, it’s either gone or almost gone. So I don’t bother adding the extra calories. But you can go ahead and rub some oil on yours if you’d like.
  • Store leftover baked sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, covered, for 3 to 4 days.
  • No air fryer? Bake your sweet potatoes in the oven at 400°F (wash, dry, poke holes, and bake right on the rack). It will take a little longer, maybe closer to an hour (the time will depend on the size of your sweet potatoes).
closeup of a forkful of sweet potato being lifted from a whole baked sweet potato

I’m sure that these will become a go-to side dish that you’ll turn to again and again!

I hope you try this recipe for Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes

These Easy Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes are tender, fluffy, creamy, and so good. They make a delicious and nutritious side dish for just about any dinner, or you can enjoy them stuffed with your favorite toppings!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4
Estimated Calories: 205

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 (8-ounce each) sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean and dried
  • toppings of your choice, such as butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc.

Instructions

  • Pierce each sweet potato with a fork several times (this allows steam to escape so the sweet potatoes don't explode in your air fryer).
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (if your air fryer doesn't preheat, go to the next step).
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure to leave space between each one for proper air circulation.
  • Cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through, flipping them over halfway through the cooking time (start checking them at 30 minutes).
    The sweet potatoes are done when you can easily pierce them with a knife or fork and they give when you squeeze them.
  • Serve immediately. Slice the potatoes open, fluff up the inside with a fork, and enjoy plain or with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • Use sweet potatoes that are all roughly the same size and shape so that they cook evenly and all get done at the same time. For a side dish, I like to use small sweet potatoes that are about 8 ounces each.
  • If you want to make smaller or larger sweet potatoes, decrease or increase the cooking time accordingly.
  • Longer, thinner sweet potatoes tend to cook quicker than more round ones.
  • The size of your air fryer will determine how many sweet potatoes you can cook at one time. I can easily fit up to 4 sweet potatoes in my 6-quart air fryer that has a square basket. A smaller air fryer might fit only 2.
  • Store leftover baked sweet potatoes in the refrigerator, covered, for 3 to 4 days.
  • Estimated calories are for one baked sweet potato only and do not include butter or any other toppings.
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