Baked sweet potatoes in the air fryer make the ideal side dish, cooked to perfection. Make loaded baked potatoes, stuffing them with your favourite fillings or serve them lightly salted. Air frying sweet potatoes is a lighter way to cook them, using less oil and creating perfectly cooked fluffy potato.
For more side dishes to serve with your air fryer baked sweet potato, try these sweet potato fries or crunchy onion rings. Or for a twist on this Mexican potato casserole, try with sweet potato instead.
Baked Sweet Potato Air Fryer Recipe
It’s hard not to love a delicious loaded potato, with melted cheese, bacon and a generous topping of sour cream. And somehow this recipe tastes even better with sweet potato.
The extra flavour packs a punch, making this a crowd-pleaser recipe!
Best of all, cooking sweet potatoes in the air fryer means using much less oil and it makes it easier to achieve crispy skin too, without worrying so much about burning them. I find cooking them in the air fryer instead of the oven creates consistently fluffy sweet potatoes.
Time to get those potatoes baking!
Preparing The Potatoes
Clean and pat dry each of your sweet potatoes first, then use your fork to pierce holes in a few places on your potatoes. This helps prevent them from bursting and turning your air fryer into a sweet potato mess.
Use a pastry brush to coat the sweet potatoes with oil.
Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
How To Bake Sweet Potato In An Airfryer
Place your sweet potatoes in the air fryer, ideally in a single layer. This will help them to cook evenly.
If you have a smaller air fryer, as we do, you may not be able to avoid them overlapping. While not ideal, ensure you rotate the sweet potatoes in the basket several times to cook them evenly.
Air fry your sweet potatoes for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, or until cooked through, at 200 degrees Celsius.
Wider sweet potatoes will require a longer cooking time to penetrate right into the centre. Test the tenderness with a fork to determine if they require more time.
For measurement and temperature conversions.
How To Serve Baked Sweet Potato
You can serve your air fryer baked sweet potato in several ways. If you want them as the hero of your meal, turn them into stuffed baked sweet potatoes, loaded up with your favourite fillings.
Here are some stuffed sweet potato filling ideas:
- Pulled pork
- Grated cheese
- Sour cream
- Or any other fillings of your choice!
That’s what we did on this occasion and they were perfection. They were also very filling and were perfect with a lighter side salad, such as this avocado egg salad or a garden salad.
Alternatively, serve them as a side dish with a roast or protein dish.
Or remove your soft, fluffy baked potato from the skin and mash them up for a perfect sweet potato mash, mixing in butter, milk and seasoning. I love to add cinnamon to sweet potato mash.
Check out these easy air fryer recipes for beginners if you are a new an air fryer owner or are ready to try some new inspiration in the kitchen!
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
If you want more inspiration for yummy recipes to cook in your air fryer, here are some of our favourites:
- Salt & pepper calamari
- Pizza rolls
- Vietnamese chicken wings
- Coconut prawns
- Crispy chicken wraps with Caesar dressing
- Chicken kiev balls
- Sweet potato fries
- Steak gyros
- Onion rings
Plus loads more simple air fryer recipes for beginners to get you inspired!
Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes – Alternate Cooking Instructions
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake your sweet potatoes in the oven for the same result. This will take a similar amount of time, using a baking dish. You can wrap your potatoes in foil if you want to keep the skins softer.
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Salt & Pepper to season
- Optional: Fillings
- Wash the sweet potatoes until clean.
- Brush potatoes with oil then piece in 3-4 places with a fork.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Place sweet potatoes in a single layer of the air fryer basket and bake for approximately 35 to 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, or until tender.
- Serve as is, or make a slit and stuff with your favourite fillings for stuffed baked potatoes.
TIP: For the perfect tender sweet potatoes, long thin potatoes work best rather than round, thick potatoes.
Variation: For oven-baked sweet potatoes, place in a baking dish at 200 degrees Celcius and cook for approximately 40 minutes or until tender.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g
These figures are provided as an approximate guide only.