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Trying to eat more vegetables? You’ll love this quick and easy recipe for air fryer roasted sweet potatoes. Getting a healthy side dish on the table has never been easier.
Most home cooks are looking for ways to serve up more vegetables, and make them more delicious. Vegetables are nutrient-dense and filled with fiber, making them the perfect addition to a healthy meal.
Before I purchased my air fryer, I would spend hours in my kitchen trying to make healthy meals. Having an air fryer has made eating vegetables so much easier! Not only are they ready in less time, but they also require very little oil to get a perfectly crispy exterior.
These easy air fryer sweet potato cubes are made in just 20 minutes and require very little hands-on time. That means I can use that time to prepare a flavorful main dish, or take care of a few chores while I wait.
Reasons to love this recipe
- It takes just 20 minutes from start to finish, including cleaning and cubing the sweet potatoes.
- An easy and healthy side dish that is nutritious, as well as flavorful.
- Made with just 6 simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now!
- Making your sweet potatoes in the air fryer is the easiest possible way to prepare them, and the results are delicious.
Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and have many vitamins and minerals. One of the primary features is the antioxidant beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. They are low in calories and high in fiber, making them the perfect addition to your weekly menu.
Read More: Sweet Potatoes 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
Here’s what you need to make the recipe
- Sweet potatoes – look for sweet potatoes with a bright orange or red skin for the best flavor.
- Oil – I recommend using either avocado or olive oil
- Seasoning – a blend of chili powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper give these sweet potato chunks a boost of flavor.
How to cut sweet potatoes into cubes
There are many ways to cut sweet potatoes into cubes. I find it easiest to cut them into circles and cube them.
- Start with peeling the sweet potatoes. You can leave the skin on, if you prefer. Just make sure to scrub the skin clean.
- Use a sharp knife and cut the edges off.
- Start at the edge and cut the sweet potatoes into half inch circles.
- Cut each circle into cubes.
You’ll need an air fryer to make this recipe. Here are the two that I recommend
- Basket style (Phillips 7 QT, 1725W) – easier to flip food but cooks a smaller amount (2-3 servings).
- Convection oven-style (Instant Pot 20 QT, 1800W) – This one takes more space but can bake, broil, toast, warm, dehydrate and even has a rotisserie feature. Holds more food – perfect for families of 4 or more.
- Chop the sweet potatoes the same size for even cooking.
- No overcrowding – Always arrange food in a single layer and cook in batches if needed.
- Toss or flip the food halfway during cooking to make sure the food is cooked evenly.
Variations to try
You can mix it up by adding a dash of the following seasonings –
You can also sweeten it by adding brown sugar or honey/maple syrup.
How to prep ahead
It’s actually very easy to prep these air fryer sweet potatoes ahead. Sweet potatoes hold very well in your refrigerator. All you need to do is peel and cut your sweet potatoes into cubes, and then add them to a bowl with cool water. Cover and store in your fridge for up to 3 days.
When you’re ready to use your cubed sweet potatoes, simply drain them and pat them dry with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel.
Store leftover sweet potato chunks in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
To reheat your leftover air fryer roasted sweet potatoes, place them in the air fryer and cook them at 375°F for 4-5 minutes.
Frequently asked questions
Even though yams and sweet potatoes look alike, they are not the same vegetable. Yams are rough, long, slightly brown, and are more starch than sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are often orange or red-skinned, sweet, and have a creamy texture.
Sweet potatoes with red or orange skin are the best since they are sweeter and don’t dry up while cooking. My favorites are Red Garnet and Jewel variety – you’ll find them easily in your grocery store.
No, you do not. Since sweet potatoes contain less starch than white potatoes, you can add your sweet potatoes directly to the air fryer and get great results.
Yes, you can. Simply cube your sweet potatoes, add them to a large bowl and cover with cool water. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until needed, or for up to 3 days.
Sweet potatoes do not need to be peeled, but many people prefer them that way. Peeling your sweet potatoes cut down on prep work since you will not have to scrub the skin clean before cooking.
Yes, but you will have to increase the cooking time by 7-10 minutes to make sure they cook through.
Rinse your sweet potatoes under cool water, and scrub them gently with a vegetable brush or a rough kitchen towel until the water rinses clean. Pat dry with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water.
There are many healthy ways to eat sweet potatoes. Baking, steaming, and air frying are a few popular and healthy ways to prepare them without adding excess fats or oils, keeping them low in calories.
Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly and peel them.
- Use a sharp knife and cut the edges off. Start at the edge and cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick ircles. Cut each circle into cubes.
- Toss in a mixture of oil, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and ground black pepper till completely coated.
- Place in the air frying basket – don't overcrowd. Depending on the capacity of your air-fryer, you may need two or more batches.
- Air fry for about 10 minutes at 375°F [see note]. Pause the air frying at around 5 minutes and rotate the tray and stir the sweet potatoes to ensure even cooking. If using a basket-style air fryer, shake the basket to toss the sweet potatoes.
- Serve hot with ketchup, or any dip of your choice.
- You can mix it up by adding a dash of the following seasonings You can also sweeten it by adding brown sugar or honey/maple syrup.
- Make sure the cubes are roughly the same size for even cooking.
- Substitute with store-bought chopped sweet potatoes (~1 lb) to save time.
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Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.