In honor of fall, it’s only fitting that we pay homage to one of the greatest autumn vegetables: the sweet potato, or, depending upon where you’re from, yams. These delicious orange nightshades make the perfect side for pork, chicken, and beef mains, but they also stand alone for a scrumptious and nutritious main. And the best news yet is that you can “bake” sweet potatoes in the air fryer more efficiently than in an oven.
Why Bake Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer?
Unless you are one of those fortunate individuals with a kitchen equipped with double ovens, baking meats and veggies for the same meal can create a bit of chaos in the kitchen. How does one bake a chicken at 350 degrees while simultaneously needing to bake potatoes at 400? The answer is simple: Bake the chicken in the oven, but bake the potatoes in the air fryer.
Much to my delight, baking sweet potatoes in the air fryer is not only convenient but also faster. While I bake sweet potatoes in the oven (depending upon the size and shape) at 400 for around an hour, my air fryer can bake sweet potatoes to perfection at the same temperature in only 30-35 minutes.
- 2-4 whole sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp olive or coconut oil optional
Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
Using a knife, poke venting slits into your potatoes. If desired, rub skins with olive or coconut oil.
Cook at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.