Crispy air fryer sweet potato fries

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These sweet potato fries will change your life.

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I’m serious! They are salty-sweet, crunchy, and spicy if you wish. Baked sweet potato fries have been one of my favorite snacks since I first shared the recipe eight years ago.

These crispy fries beat their fast-food fried Russet cousins in simplicity và ease. They require fewer cooking steps because they’re baked rather than fried.

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Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to lớn make my sweet potato fries even more crispy. Crispy fries or bust!

You’ll learn all of them as you make the recipe, but I’m sharing my đứng top tips in more detail below. Are you hungry for sweet potato fries yet?

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How khổng lồ Make the Best Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve tried baked sweet potato fries every which way, and these elements really bởi vì make a big difference in the crispy factor:

1) Slice your fries thinly.

You want your fries to lớn be about 1/4″ wide, or close lớn it. Thick fries never get crispy.

Here’s how to slice a sweet potato into fries: Rest your sweet potato on its side on a sturdy cutting board. Working lengthwise, slice off a 1/4″ thick slab from one of the sides. Turn the sweet potato onto the flat side so it’s more stable. It gets easier from there!

Continue cutting the sweet potato into slabs, & then cut the slabs into thin fries. As you’re cutting the slabs, you’ll eventually want khổng lồ turn the sweet potato onto the now-larger flat side lớn maintain stability.

2) Toss your sliced fries in cornstarch before oil.

Cornstarch really helps to get the outsides crisp! It’s a little trick I learned from a commenter named Jeni (thanks Jeni). I’ve played around with various amounts of cornstarch và olive oil & found the perfect ratio.

I’ve experimented with arrowroot starch as well, & it produced fries that were somewhat less crisp, but it’s worth using if that’s what you have.

3) Divide your fries between two pans and arrange them in even layers.

Overcrowded fries steam each other & never get crispy! You can fit one pound of fries per pan.

Be sure that each fry lies flush against the pan, not piled on top of other fries. The fries develop crisp edges when they’re resting on a hot surface.

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4) Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any lower, và your fries will be soggy. Any higher, & the oil will start smoking. Plus, at higher temps your fries will turn from crisp to lớn burnt way too fast.

Halfway through cooking, you’ll flip the fries with a spatula & swap the pan positions (from lower lớn upper rack và vice versa). This helps ensure that they bake evenly, turning perfectly golden on the outside & cooking through on the inside.

5) Season last, if desired.

Add salt before baking the fries, but wait to showroom any spices until after baking. Otherwise, the spices will burn & lose their flavor. I love lớn balance the sweetness of the fries with a little cayenne pepper và garlic powder, và lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Another benefit of seasoning last? You can add spices to taste, so you won’t overdo it.

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The Great Soaking Debate

I wondered if sweet potato fries would benefit from a soak in water like my crispy potato wedges do. Those wedges are made with Russet potatoes, and soaking them for 10 minutes in hot water helps release some of the starch in the potatoes & lets them absorb moisture, which leads to lớn ultra-crisp outsides and moist interiors.

So, I tried soaking batches of fries in hot water, và batches in cold water, và baking them with and without cornstarch. You know what? It wasn’t worth the effort. Hot water actually seemed lớn inhibit crispiness. When I compared a batch of cold water & cornstarch fries with un-soaked cornstarch fries, the un-soaked actually fared better.

I hate extra steps as much as you do, so I’m pleased to lớn report that you vì chưng not need lớn soak your sweet potato fries for great results!

Sweet Potatoes are Nutritious

Unlike regular deep-fried French fries, these baked sweet potato fries have a lot of redeeming nutrition properties. Standard orange sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of beta-carotene, which your body toàn thân turns into vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are also full of antioxidants & fiber, and have some beneficial blood sugar-regulating properties. Plus, they’re a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 (source). Winning!

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Serving Suggestions

Recommended Equipment

You’re going lớn need some basic equipment to make these fries. Chances are, you already have everything you’ll need! These links are tiếp thị liên kết links.

Watch How lớn Make Sweet Potato Fries


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Please let me know how these sweet potato fries turn out for you in the comments! I’m obsessed with them & hope you are, too.

Craving more crispy & salt snacks? You vị not want to lớn miss my ultra crispy baked potato wedges!