These mouthwatering, air fryer sweet potato cubes are the perfect side dish to serve with almost any main course meal. They're incredibly quick, easy and versatile! Plus, you'll only need 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes to whip them up.
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If you've got a bit of extra time, I highly recommend making a batch of this super delicious, homemade Baja Sauce or Healthy Queso for dipping. Or you can go with a sweeter option and drizzle cubes with a little maple syrup or Hot Honey.
But really, these potatoes are delicious on their own and can totally be eaten solo. The natural sweetness of the potatoes paired with savory seasonings is very tasty.
Need more simple side dish inspo? Try these Maple Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, Honey & Feta Roasted Carrots, or this Simple Oven Roasted Asparagus.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Sweet potatoes: I typically use sweet potatoes with orange skin and flesh but white or purple varieties will also work. You could even mix different colors if desired!
Olive oil: extra virgin olive oil is used to coat sweet potato chunks in this recipe. This keeps them hydrated and helps seasonings to stick.
Seasonings: salt, pepper and crushed/dried rosemary are my go-to. This combo is really tasty but you can really use any seasonings you like.
How To Air Fry Sweet Potato Chunks
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If your air fryer requires preheating, turn it on first thing and set temperature to 400°F.
Peel a large sweet potato and cut it into one inch cubes. I prefer to cut my potato into rounds first. Then, I chop rounds into small chunks.
Place potato cubes in a large mixing bowl and drizzle them with a tablespoon of olive oil.
Add seasonings and stir well until all pieces are coated.
Transfer diced sweet potatoes to your air fryer basket and arrange in a single layer. This layer doesn't have to be perfectly flat, you can have some overlap.
Air fry at 400°F for about 15 minutes. For best results, shake cubes halfway through so they brown on all sides. Allow potatoes to cool down a bit and enjoy!
Prep it! These sweet potato cubes are the best side for a busy weeknight. To make your life even easier, you can prep your potato cubes ahead of time and simply pop them in the air fryer at dinner time.
I like to peel and cut my potatoes into cubes, drizzle them with olive oil and add seasonings. Place seasoned cubes in a Ziploc bag or food-storage container and keep them in the refrigerator.
When dinner time rolls around, toss them in the air fryer basket to cook.
Seasonings: I love using salt, pepper and dried rosemary for this healthy side dish. But, you can really get creative and use any seasonings you like! Try cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, paprika, smoked paprika, thyme, Italian seasonings, garlic powder or onion powder. If you like spicy food, consider using a little cayenne pepper or chili powder.
Cheese: for lots of extra flavor, add freshly grated parmesan cheese to your cubes after air frying. Sweet potatoes and salty cheese, that's a combo you can't beat! And if you want keep it dairy-free, try this tasty vegan parmesan cheese.
Leave the peel: the skin of the sweet potato is edible, so you can leave it on if preferred. Just be sure to scrub it really well to remove any dirt.
Potatoes: I generally buy orange sweet potatoes, but you can also use purple or white (a mix of multiple colors would also be fun)! Half regular potatoes, like russet or gold, and half sweet potatoes would also be yummy.
Roast: roasting your potato cubes in the oven takes quite a bit longer, but it is an option if you don't have an air fryer. Simply preheat your oven to 400°F and spread sweet potato cubes on a large baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Serve Potatoes With
I really love serving these potatoes alongside Turkey Swedish Meatballs, Thai Turkey Meatballs, my Creamy One Skillet Chicken Thighs or this Chicken And Noodles Recipe. They also go fabulously with any of the following:
- Easy, Homemade Shepherd's Pie
- Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- Zucchini Alfredo With Shrimp
- Cauliflower Chickpea Curry
- Air Fryer T-bone Steak
Air fryer: I use and love my Chefman TurboFry 5qt Air Fryer! It's nice and big and allows me to make large quantities, which is fantastic. This model is also pretty affordable and highly rated! If you're looking to purchase a good air fryer, I definitely recommend this one (it's also a fantastic gift).
How To Store Leftovers
Allow leftover potatoes to cool and transfer them to an airtight container. Refrigerate 3-4 days or freeze for up to 6 months!
Reheat in the air fryer, oven or toaster oven at 400°F for about 10 minutes or until cubes are warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
At 400°F, you'll need to leave sweet potato chunks in the air fryer for about 15 minutes. I typically shake them up halfway through to get more browning.
Yes they are! Yams are just a specific variety of sweet potato.
Sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants, fiber and beta-carotene. They're also full of vitamins and minerals! (source: healthline).
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes (Quick & Delicious)!
- Air fryer *see note below
- 1 large sweet potato *see note below
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon rosemary *dried/crushed *see note below
- Salt & ground black pepper
Recipe notes:Air fryer: I have a Chefman TurboFry 5qt Air Fryer! It's nice and big and also pretty affordable. If you're looking to purchase an air fryer, I definitely recommend this one (it's also a fantastic gift). Sweet potato: orange, white or purple. Rosemary: I love rosemary on these sweet potato cubes, but you can really use any seasonings you like!
- If you have an air fryer that requires preheating, do that now! Set it to 400°F.
- Peel your sweet potato and cut it into one inch cubes.
- Places cubes in a large bowl and drizzle them with olive oil.
- Add rosemary and a pinch of salt/pepper. Stir well until all pieces are coated. (*Note: you can add more salt and pepper after your cubes cook, if desired)!
- Air fry at 400°F for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool and enjoy.
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