Air fryer sweet potato cubes are perfectly roasted sweet potatoes in a much quicker way. This is a perfect side dish and an appetizer too.
I love to cook potatoes in my air fryer, starting from roasted potatoes to baked potatoes, Fries, Potato wedges, mashed potatoes, and potato Hasselback. And trust me those were all delicious. And after making all of them in my tiny looking air fryer, I have almost stopped using my oven.
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes - Cubes
Air fryer sweet potato cubes are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional fried potato dishes. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and vitamins, and they have a natural sweetness means that they don't need added sugar or other sweeteners.
When cooked in an air fryer, sweet potatoes become golden and crispy on the outside while remaining soft and fluffy on the inside. Air fryer sweet potato cubes make a great side dish or snack, and they can be easily tailored to your taste preferences.
Again these are vegan, gluten-free, and easily customize oil-free too.
However you enjoy them, air fryer sweet potato cubes are sure to please all.
Why Air Fryer?
An oven is good for these dishes, like roasted vegetables, but I strongly feel an air fryer is so magical, it cooks the food similarly but saves a lot of time and energy.
And who won't love the same recipe at 10 minutes time in place of 30 minutes time? I love it. Plus, you don't need to heat up the whole place just to roast or bake some food.
If you are a beginner at air frying, then let me tell you a few points about air fryers here. It cooks the food in the same fashion just like a convection oven.
The hot air is blown inside the air fryer by a high-speed fan present on top mostly. At the same time, it cooks food much faster because of its compact size.
Also, please note all air fryer doesn't cook the same. So timing may vary a little depending on the brand and size of the air fryer we are using. The timing I mention here may or may not be the same for your air fryer.
So use any recipe as a guideline, but observe what is timing for the same recipe in your air fryer. You can expect a plus or minus of 2 - 3 minutes and that is natural as per the functioning of air fryers. Read here my other vegetarian air fryer recipes too.
Why do I love air fryer sweet potato cubes?
- sweet potatoes are a better and healthier option than white potatoes
- Natural sweetness enhances the taste
- Vegan, plant-based, gluten-free
- can customize the spices as per taste
- quick and easy than oven-baked
- flavored with Mexican spices
Ingredients & Substitutions
Here for these roasted sweet potatoes, I'm using Mexican spices like cumin powder, and paprika. Garlic powder and onion powder add flavor to the sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potatoes - Wash and clean the potatoes. Peel off the skin of the potatoes.
Olive oil - substitute canola oil or avocado oil.
Spices - Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano dried, cumin powder, paprika. You can add any seasonings of choice like taco seasoning, Italian seasoning, cajun seasonings, etc.
How To Make Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes?
Wash and clean the potatoes. Peel off the skin of the potatoes. You can also keep the skin on but make sure to clean them well.
Just clean and dice the sweet potatoes into approximately equal size cubes (bite-sized cubes). Season the sweet potatoes with any seasonings of choice or keep them simple with salt and black pepper only.
Pour 2 tbsp olive oil and mix them well rubbing the spices and oil mix with the diced sweet potatoes so that they are nicely coated with the spices. To make this oil-free, you can also substitute the oil with vegetable broth.
Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 4 minutes. Now add all seasoned sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket. Cook the sweet potatoes at 400 F for 10 minutes till they are cooked perfectly. Toss them halfway at 5 minutes. Don't overcrowd the basket.
What to serve with air fryer sweet potatoes?
This itself makes a great and healthy appetizer. Just serve it with your favorite dip and you may ditch other appetizers too.
This is a great side dish. You can add them to the tortillas to make tacos. It goes with any of the vegan Mexican meals here. I love to add these crispy cubes to my vegan burrito bowl, Spanish rice, or even to the quinoa salad.
F A Qs
No, you don't need to soak sweet potatoes before air frying. Soaking basically helps to take out the extra starch and this helps in making them crispy. Sweet potatoes don't contain a lot of starch like white potatoes. So you can skip this step and follow the instructions mentioned here.
It takes 15 minutes at 400 F to cook the sweet potato cubes in the air fryer. Timing may vary by 2 - 3 minutes depending on the doneness you want plus the type and size of the air fryers.
For frozen diced sweet potato cubes, pour the bag of sweet potatoes into the air fryer and set temp to 400 F for 5 minutes. By now the cubes must have thawed with heat. Then stop the air fryer and transfer the pieces to a mixing bowl. Add the seasonings followed by a drizzle of olive oil or canola oil. Toss to mix them well. Now transfer the seasoned sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket and cook at 400 F for 8 - 10 minutes more shaking once the halfways.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.
- Peel the skin if required or keep it on as desired.
- Dice into 1/2 inch cubes and place in a mixing bowl.
- Add salt and the seasonings followed by oil to the bowl.
- Mix them all nicely so that all coated with seasonings nicely.
- Preheat the air fryer at 400 F for 3 minutes.
- Now transfer the sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 12 - 14 minutes till it's cooked nice and crispy.
- Toss them at 6 minutes.
- Remove from the air fryer and serve hot as they softens once cooled.
Frozen Sweet Potato Cubes
- Pour the bag of sweet potatoes into the air fryer.
- Set temp to 400 F for 5 minutes. By now the cubes must have thawed with heat.
- Then stop the air fryer and transfer the pieces to a mixing bowl.
- Add the seasonings followed by a drizzle of olive oil or canola oil.
- Toss to mix them well.
- Now transfer the seasoned sweet potatoes to the air fryer basket.
- Cook at 400 F for 8 - 10 minutes more shaking once the halfways.