For the best ever home cooked fries, you’ve come to the right place! Frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer are a true game changer to busy weeknights or quick snacking. I’m sharing my top tips for achieving that perfectly crispy sweet potato fry (without deep frying or turning on the oven) – and all in under 15 minutes.
Sometimes the best recipes are the recipes that…aren’t. Case in point: Sweet potato fries. From a bag. In the air fryer.
But after many failed attempts in my history of air frying at achieving the perfectly crispy fry, I knew I wasn’t alone.
So today I’m sharing all my secrets to the perfect frozen sweet potato fries in air fryer. They’re:
- Healthier than deep frying
- More energy efficient than oven baked fries
- Crispier that baking
- Faster than anything
- Single ingredient, a bag of frozen sweet potato fries!
So go preheat your air fryer and let’s get cooking!
After trying out a bunch of different air fryers, this is my favorite!
Which Brand of Frozen Sweet Potato Fry Is Best?
In our experience, Alexia Frozen Sweet Potato Fries have been the best store bought option in terms of flavor, availability, and ingredients list. Alexia sweet potato fries, though they do have a long ingredients list, doesn’t contain any added colorants or leaveners.
Below are the ingredient lists for four of the most common frozen sweet potato fries in your freezer section!
Alexia Frozen Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: High Oleic Canola, Canola, Sunflower), Rice Flour, Cane Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Corn Starch, Dextrin, Sea Salt, Spice, Salad Mustard Powder (Distilled Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric, Paprika), Gluconic Acid, Xanthan Gum.
Roots Farm Frozen Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients: Fresh Organic Sweet Potatoes (90%), Organic Sunflower Oil (6%), Organic Batter (4%) (Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic White Rice Flour, Salt, Leavening (Cream of Tartar, Sodium Bicarbonate), Xanthan Gum, Organic Dextrose, Organic Oleoresin Paprika (color)).
Ore-Ida Frozen Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Dextrin, Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Xanthan Gum, Annatto (Color), Silicon Dioxide (Anti-caking Agent).
Kroger Brand Frozen Sweet Potato Fries Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following Oils: Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, Sunflower, Corn), Modified Corn Starch, Modified Potato Starch, Contains 2% or Less of Brown Sugar, Corn Fiber, Dextrin, Extractive of Paprika (Color), Extractive of Turmeric (Color), Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Pea Fiber, Rice Flour, Salt, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (To Promote Color Retention), Sugar, Xanthan Gum.
What are the best frozen sweet potato fry Cuts?
We tested this recipe with three types of frozen sweet potato fries: waffle fries, traditional fries, and crinkle cut fries (from left to right in the photo below). While the recipe works well on all of them, the crispiest results were with the crinkle cut fries!
How to Air Fry Frozen Sweet Potato Fries
The process of achieving the perfect air fried sweet potato fry is pretty straightforward (it’s the expert-level tips that make them stand out!):
- Preheat you air fryer
- Cook your fries
- Serve with a great sauce
How To Make Your Fries Crispier
Don’t let them thaw: Don’t remove your fries from the freezer until the air fryer is preheated and ready to go. Allowing your fries to sit out on the counter and thaw will lead to soggy fries.
Brush off ice crystals: Moisture is the enemy of crispy fries, so brush off any big ice crystals that may be on the fries before cooking them.
Preheat the air fryer: Ensuring that your air fryer is HOT before adding your fries will instantly evaporate off excess moisture around the fries, leading to a crispier batch.
Give them space: Do not overcrowd your air fryer. There needs to be plenty of space for the air to move around each fry.
Optionally add oil: For a boost of crispiness, you can spray or brush a little oil onto the fries before cooking.
Every Air Fryer Is Different!
Always check on your fries a few minutes before they’re supposed to be ready. Every air fryer is a little different, and we aren’t able to check this recipe with every air fryer on the market. So be sure to keep an eye on your fries and reduce the time or add more time as needed.
Common Air fryer Questions
Do you really need to preheat the air fryer for this recipe?
I recommend preheating your air fryer for this frozen sweet potato fry recipe in particular, because the instant flood of hot air helps the fries to become crisp!
How do you air fryer sweet potato fries from scratch?
Can you put foil in the air fryer?
Yes, you can put aluminum foil in the air fryer, just be sure to poke a bunch of holes in the bottom of the foil to allow air to circulate properly! You can also buy disposable paper air fryer liners to make cleanup a breeze.
Best Sauces For Sweet Potato Fries
What’s a good fry without a good sauce? Here are some of my favorites!
- ½ 20-oz bag frozen sweet potatoes or enough fries to fill your air fryer basket with a single layer of fries
- Prep: Preheat air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- Cook: Add your frozen sweet potato fries, ensuring the fries are in a single layer to provide room for air to move around the fries. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, shaking the basket often, until fries are crispy.
- Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce!