If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious side dish, you can’t go wrong with air fryer sweet potato wedges. They are easy to make with minimal fuss, and they only take around 15 minutes to cook in your air fryer.
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How to make sweet potato wedges in an air fryer
Sweet potato wedges are a delicious and healthy side dish. They are packed full of nutrients, and despite the sweet taste have fewer calories than regular potatoes.
My favorite way to prepare sweet potato wedges is in an air fryer. Air fryers are great to use because they are able to cook crispy food without much using oil. Oven baked sweet potato wedges can be difficult to get crispy, but air frying can give good results if you follow a few simple tips.
You might also like to try my recipes for air fryer sweet potato fries or air fryer potato wedges. If you are looking for directions to air fry frozen sweet potato wedges, follow the instructions in this post: air fryer frozen potato wedges.
Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer sweet potato wedges recipe, or read on for all the details!
Quantities for all ingredients are given in the recipe card below.
Sweet potatoes: Choose any variety of sweet potato. Ones that are elongated will cut better into traditional wedge shapes than the really big round ones.
Oil: I use light olive oil for this recipe, but you can substitute any cooking oil you normal use with your air fryer. Vegetable oil or canola oil are both good options.
For a healthier version of this recipe you can use an olive oil spray and just give the wedges a couple of spritzes of oil, or if you can add more oil if you want to give the wedges a really crispy exterior.
Cornstarch (optional): This helps to absorb any remaining surface moisture, and will help the wedges to get really crispy. You can skip it if you don’t have any on hand.
Seasoning: The recipe below uses a blend of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. You can use smoked paprika for a richer smoky flavor if you like.
Alternatively use a store-bought seasoning, you need around 3 teaspoons of seasoning in total.
Kosher salt: To season the wedges. Salt them to taste after cooking.
How to make the BEST crispy air fryer sweet potato wedges
I’ve tried air frying sweet potato wedges many different ways, and these tips really do make a big difference in the crispy factor:
1) Don’t peel, and cut wedges thin
Don’t peel the sweet potatoes. The skin will be the crispiest bit, so it is important to keep it. Wash and scrub them, then cut into thin wedges. Thick wedges are never going to get really crispy, so try to cut each sweet potato into 10-12 wedges. I halve them lengthwise, quarter them, then cut each quarter into three wedges.
2) Pat dry and dust with cornstarch
Pat the wedges dry, then give them a light dusting of cornstarch, and leave them for around 15 minutes.
Cornstarch helps to absorb any moisture remaining on the surface of the wedges, and will crisp up nicely as they cook. You can skip this step if you don’t have cornstarch at home, or are pushed for time, but it really will help with crispiness.
Note: There is no need to soak the wedges first. Air fryer recipes for white potatoes benefit from removing surface starch by soaking before seasoning. However, my testing of this recipe for sweet potato wedges didn’t find any benefit from soaking the wedges.
3) Don’t overcrowd the basket
Overcrowded sweet potato wedges will steam each other and never get crispy! If possible, place them in the air fryer basket so that they are not touching.
If you want to cook more than will fit in a single layer you can stack them up a little in the air fryer basket, but arrange them carefully so that the minimum amount of each wedge is touching the one below it. The wedges will only develop crisp outer surface on parts that are exposed to the hot air.
5) Air fry hot (but no too hot) and flip
Air fry the sweet potato wedges at 360°F/ 180°C. If you have stacked the wedges in the air fryer basket, then check them halfway through cooking and if there are any parts that are not crisping up properly, flip them so that all sides have been exposed to the hot air.
6) Season with salt after cooking
Only season the wedges with salt after they have finished cooking. Adding salt with the seasoning before cooking will draw out moisture during cooking, making the wedges soggy.
Serve sweet potato wedges with your favorite dipping sauce, or as a side to steak, grilled chicken, or fish. They are also really great with my Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup!
Storage and reheating
Store any leftover sweet potato wedges in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within three days.
You can reheat these wedges in the air fryer – place the wedges in the air fryer basket in a single layer, and air fry at 360°F/ 180°C until warmed through.
Air fryer sweet potato wedges recipe card
How to cook sweet potato wedges in an air fryer.
- 1 lb sweet potatoes (approx. 2 medium)
- 1 tablespoon light olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
- Kosher salt (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine ground black pepper
- Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes (but don't peel them). Cut into thin wedges [Note 1].
- Pat the wedges dry.
- Optional: dust wedges with cornstarch, and leave them for 15 minutes to absorb the remaining surface moisture.
- Mix the oil and seasoning in a large bowl, add the wedges and toss to coat.
- Preheat the air fryer to 360°F/ 180°C.
- Place wedges in the air fryer basket [Note 2].
- Air fry the sweet potato wedges for 15-20 minutes at 360°F/ 180°C. Flip them halfway through cooking time if necessary [Note 3].
- Once the wedges are cooked to your liking, salt them to taste, and enjoy!
- I halve them lengthwise, quarter them, then cut each quarter into 2-3 wedges.
- If possible, place them in the air fryer basket in a single layer so that they are not touching. If you want to cook more than will fit in a single layer you can stack them up a little in the air fryer basket, but arrange them carefully so that the minimum amount of each wedge is touching the one below it.
- If you have stacked the wedges in the air fryer basket, then check them halfway through cooking and if there are any parts that are not crisping up properly then flip them so that all sides have been exposed to the hot air.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 8gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.
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