These deliciously seasoned air fryer sweet potato wedges make the perfect family-friendly side dish. With crispy edges, savory spices & a touch of cinnamon, these sweet potato wedges are highly addictive!
Being a mom of three kids under the age of 10, we make & eat a lot of potatoes in our house. I am also a big fan of easy recipes. Nothing is simpler & more kid-friendly than a homemade fry or wedge! This healthy side dish is on standard rotation in our meal plan. All of my kids latched on to sweet potatoes as toddlers due to their sweeter flavor profile compared to white potatoes. This air fryer sweet potato wedges recipe combines a delicious assortment of spices with a little bit of olive oil to create perfectly crispy and tender potato wedges that we can’t get enough of.
With each bite, you’ll savor the perfect balance of smokiness, spiciness, and a hint of natural sweetness. Whether you’re looking for a savory side dish or a perfect snack for after school, these seasoned sweet potato wedges are sure to hit the spot and leave you wanting to quickly throw together a second batch! This is one of our favorite air fryer recipes!
This recipe uses flavorful, simple ingredients.
- Sweet Potatoes – The rich flavor of sweet potatoes is the star of the show! I use small to medium-sized sweet potatoes for ease of cutting.
- Olive Oil – Olive oil is my oil of choice for most cooking due to its amazing nutritional qualities. While many think olive oil should not be used when cooking with high heat, research has debunked the idea that olive oil isn’t safe after it reaches smoke point. This study published by the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal in 2010 shows how olive oil continued to remain incredibly stable compared to vegetable oil, even in high temperatures used for frying, likely due to its high antioxidant content. That said, if you prefer not to use olive oil for high heat, avocado oil would be a great alternative!
- Spices – Paprika, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, black pepper, & cinnamon. This blend of spices creates a smokey, sweet, and savory flavor that beautifully complements the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
- Wash 5 medium-sized sweet potatoes, then use a fork to stab each potato 4 times (2 times per side). Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Put all of your sweet potatoes in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes. This is not fully cooking your potatoes–it is simply an easy method for making them easier to slice. If you have ever tried to cut a raw sweet potato, then you know how difficult it is! This microwave hack makes it 10 times easier. You don’t want to cook them so much that they start getting mushy inside, but cooking them enough so the knife is more manageable is very helpful. It also shortens the cooking time in the air fryer–no more burnt spots on the outside while the inside is still hard!
- While the potatoes are cooking in the microwave, make your spice paste. Measure out your olive oil into a small dish, and then measure your spices & add them to the oil. Stir it all together to make a paste. The spice paste is a super helpful technique! It will help the spices distribute more evenly across all of the wedges instead of concentrating where you dump them.
- Carefully remove your potatoes from the microwave (though they shouldn’t be significantly hot) and put them on a cutting board. If the edges are misshapen, trim them off, and then slice your potatoes into thin wedges with a good chef’s knife. I like to make all my cuts in the long direction–cut the potato in half, then in half again, then each segment into thirds. That is usually the thickness I aim for to make these wedges, but you may need to adjust based on the size of your potatoes. If your potatoes are very large, you may need to do the last cuts in quarters.
- Put your cut sweet potato wedges into a large mixing bowl, and then spoon your paste over the wedges. Use your hands to mix. I find this helps it evenly distrute much easier than trying to use a spoon or spatula.
- Arrange your sweet potato wedges on your air fryer racks or basket in a single layer, careful not to overlap them if you want them to cook evenly. I find 5-6 smaller sweet potatoes fills up 2 racks for my air fryer.
- Air fry your wedges at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. If you have more than one rack, you may want to rotate your racks halfway through (ie: move the bottom rack to the top position, and the top rack to the bottom) to help them continue to cook evenly. If you do not microwave the potatoes prior to slicing, you may need to add a few minutes to your cook time.
That’s it! These air fryer sweet potato wedges are so easy to make, and they go great with so many casual dinners!
Tips & Variations
For best results, I recommend using the microwave trick detailed here to soften the potatoes for cutting. If you choose not to use the microwave, you can just chop them completely raw with a sharp knife, too. The microwave is a great trick to make it easier, but it’s not necessary. You will likely need to add a few minutes to your cooking time in the air fryer.
You can play around with the seasonings to your liking. I have tried many combinations of seasonings, and my family prefers the seasonings I have written here. However, be creative and use your favorites! You can also save time by using a pre-made seasoning, like Lawry’s, or any of the delicious offerings from Kinder’s. We love their SPG (Salt, Pepper, Garlic) blend, and their Woodfired Garlic is one of my all-time favorites!
You can serve this deliciously perfect side dish with any of your favorite grilled or smoked meats as a main dish. If you haven’t made our smoked chicken recipe (which is the best ever!), these would go wonderfully with it! They’d also go fabulously with burgers, grilled chicken breast, chicken wings, or any of your favorite family casual meals.
You’ll also want something green to go with these fries. Try our plum salad with powergreens recipe for a fresh & flavorful veggie side.
You can pair these deliciously crispy sweet potato fries with your favorite dipping sauce; I love good old-fashioned ketchup, but my son is a huge fan of ranch dressing!
Per 1/4 of the recipe (assuming 5 medium sweet potatoes), the nutritional value is:
- Calories: 174
- Protein: 2.8 grams
- Fat: 3.6 grams
- Carbs: 33.7 grams
- Fiber: 5.3 grams
Use a good knife to cut your potatoes. Your hands will thank you!
If you have leftovers (which, let’s face it, is unlikely) you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container. You can reheat leftovers in the air fryer to get the best texture. 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes is sufficient.
If you don’t mind them losing their original texture, the microwave is fine for reheating, too.
Why do my sweet potato fries turn out soggy in the air fryer?
There could be a few reasons why your homemade sweet potato fries are soggy, but one thing you need to do is make sure the heat is high enough. I like to use 400 degrees because any higher than that can often cause the outer edges to burn before the inside is cooked properly. The next thing you need to make sure you do is arrange your potato wedges evenly on the racks, not overlapping. Finally, make sure you use a bit of oil with your seasonings. Oil will help the outside brown and crisp.
Are air-fried sweet potato fries healthy?
Air frying is a great alternative to deep frying. Using the air fryer is a great way to make tender fries with less oil needed to get your food crispy. So yes, air-fried sweet potato fries are indeed nutritious! Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese, and antioxidants like beta-carotene and anthocyanins.
Other Delicious Veggie Recipes
Need some inspiration for other healthy side dishes?
Try this garlicky mashed potato squash recipe!
This roasted orangey Brussels sprouts recipe is also a favorite.
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Deliciously Seasoned Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges
- 1 Air Fryer Using one with racks allows you to make more at once, but baskets work, too!
- 5 medium Sweet Potatoes
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- Wash your sweet potatoes. Using a fork, poke 4 sets of holes into each potato (2 per side). Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Put all of your sweet potatoes in the microwave and cook them for 3 minutes. This softens them just enough to slice easily.
- While your potatoes are in the microwave, add your olive oil to a small bowl followed by all of the spices. Stir to create a paste. Set aside.
- Remove your sweet potatoes from the microwave and put them on a cutting board. Slice them in half the long way, then once again slice each half in half. Take your sections and cut them into 3-4 long wedges. Put the cut wedges into a mixing bowl.
- Take your seasoning paste and add it to the bowl with the potatoes. Use your hands to mix so each wedge is evenly coated.
- Evenly arrange your wedges on your air fryer racks or baskets. Make sure they are not overlapping.
- Cook your wedges in the air fryer until tender and crisp, about 20 minutes.