Simple Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

two sliced sweet potatoes on plates

Have you ever wondered if there was a faster way to bake sweet potatoes? You’re in luck — there is! This easy air fryer baked sweet potato recipe is ready in a snap with minimal effort and ingredients. There’s no oil, no mess, and you get total control over how you season and serve the final product. Let’s get baking!

two baked sweet potatoes in air fryer basket

Why I Love This Recipe

You might be asking yourself, “What’s the benefit of making sweet potatoes in the air fryer versus the oven?” And they answer is simple – this method saves time and energy.

Baking sweet potatoes in the oven is totally easy and effective! But sometimes, you don’t want to wait to preheat your whole oven (especially for a small batch). Air fryers preheat fairly quickly because they’re much smaller than your oven.

This recipe is also great for warmer months, when you don’t want to heat up your house even more by turning on the oven.

Nutrition Tidbits

As an added benefit, this recipe is super nutritious! Sweet potatoes are a wonderfully nutrient-dense food. They’re full of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, potassium, fiber, and powerful antioxidants.

Should you eat potato skin?

If you like it, absolutely! Although the flesh of the potato is where most of the nutrients live, the skin has some additional fiber. Just be sure to wash the skin thoroughly. I have a designated scrub brush for washing potato skins.

sliced plain sweet potato

Preparation Steps

See full instructions by scrolling down to the recipe card.

1. Preheat

Before you prep your sweet potatoes, preheat your air fryer to 400F for 10 minutes.

2. Wash, dry, & poke potatoes

While your air fryer is preheating, thoroughly wash and scrub your potatoes, then pat dry. (Getting them as dry as possible will make the skin more crispy.)

Then use a fork to poke holes in the sweet potato skin. This is an important step! The holes will allow steam to escape during baking. Believe me… you don’t want your sweet potato exploding on you.

3. Bake

Place in the air fryer basket and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the sweet potatoes and check for doneness by poking with a fork, and then bake for another 10-20 minutes.

If you can stand waiting, let your sweet potatoes rest for 5-10 minutes. This step ensures that your sweet potatoes will be perfectly velvety and soft.

Finally, serve with butter and salt!

preparing air fryer sweet potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you wrap sweet potatoes in foil?

If you wrap your sweet potatoes in foil, the steam will release inside and make the skin soft instead of crispy. The recipe will work either way – it just depends on your preference.

How do you store baked sweet potatoes?

Air fryer baked sweet potatoes can be kept refrigerated for up to 4 days and reheated as needed. (Fun fact: when potatoes are cooled and reheated, resistant starch is formed. This is a slowly digestible starch that can aid in blood sugar control, digestion, and appetite regulation.)

What type of sweet potatoes are best for baking?

It doesn’t matter whether you choose round or oblong sweet potatoes, just make sure your potatoes are a similar size and shape so that they cook consistently.

Do you need to add oil to baked sweet potatoes?

Nope! You may notice that this recipe does not use any oil to coat the potatoes. I tested it both ways, and the only major difference I noticed between the two was that the version with oil looked a bit more shiny and pretty. The skin tastes great either way! With this version, you can control the amount of oil and seasoning that you add.

What is the best way to season baked sweet potatoes?

Many baked sweet potato recipes will call for salting the skin before baking. Adding a dash of salt or seasoning mix before baking is absolutely fine, but my family and I typically like seasoning our own potatoes afterwards.

two sliced baked sweet potatoes on plates

What to Serve With Baked Sweet Potatoes

two sliced sweet potatoes on plates
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Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potato

This simple recipe makes nutritious baked sweet potatoes even easier to prepare!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Rest Time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, limited ingredient, meal prep, side dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Chelsea Jackle, RDN

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes

Toppings (optional)

  • 4 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400F (This should take about 10 minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, thoroughly scrub and dry the sweet potatoes. Pierce skin with a fork several times.
  • Add sweet potatoes to the preheated air fryer and bake for 20 minutes. Check for doneness by poking with a fork, flip, then cook an additional 10-20 minutes. Let the sweet potatoes rest in the air fryer for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Slice lengthwise and serve with a generous pat of butter and a dash of salt.

Notes

  • 1 serving =  ½ potato. Nutrition facts were calculated with butter and salt added.
  • Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16381IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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