Just in time for summer, these buttery soft Loaded Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes are the perfect side dish for your next barbeque. Ready in under 30 minutes, load them up with fresh veggies and a homemade yogurt sauce for a mouthful of flavor.Jump to Recipe
Have I mentioned how much I love my Gourmia Air Fryer? It turns timely, messy recipes into uncomplicated and fast meals! That’s why I’ve decided to use it for this naturally gluten-free side dish, Loaded Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes.
Soft, buttery, sweet potatoes are baked in record time, then topped with crisp veggies and delectable yogurt sauce. It’s the perfect meal or side dish for summer.
Do I Have To Use Sweet Potatoes?
You can use any type of potato for this recipe. If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, swap them for Russet potatoes, yams, Yukon gold’s, or a mix of baby potatoes. Just know that the size of the potato you choose will affect the cooking time.
Why Use An Air Fryer?
I prefer to use my air fryer for baked potatoes over my oven because it takes less time, the potato skin ends up much more crispy, and there is almost no mess. Don’t worry – I’ve included tips on how to bake sweet potatoes in the oven, just in case you don’t own an air fryer!
My air fryer recipes always make me feel good because they use such little oil. A little around the outside of the potatoes will help them crisp up, but it’s not necessary. Serve these Loaded Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes whole, or mash them. Either way, make sure to load them with fresh toppings and my homemade creamy yogurt sauce.
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes in an Air Fryer
To prepare the potatoes for baking, wash and scrub the outside, then pat to dry. Using a fork, poke holes all around the outside of the potato. This helps to release steam as they cook. Pour a little olive oil in your hands and massage it onto the outside of the sweet potato, then finish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
The sweet potatoes are done baking when a fork can easily pierce through the thickest part of the potato. Let them cool on the kitchen counter for 5 minutes before slicing open.
Air Fryer Cook Time and Temperature
When using the air fryer, 400ºF is the best temperature because it always results in crispy on the outside, soft on the inside potatoes (no matter the size).
The small and thin sweet potatoes I used in this recipe need 12 to 15 minutes in the air fryer. Medium to large size potatoes will need anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes. Be sure not to overcrowd the potatoes in the air fryer so they cook faster and all the way through.
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes in an Oven
If you don’t own an air fryer, these sweet potatoes can easily be roasted in an oven. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and prepare the potatoes with a thorough wash and dry, fork pricks, olive oil, and salt and pepper seasoning all around the outside. Add the potatoes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tinfoil.
Roast small sweet potatoes in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Larger potatoes will need 45 to 50 minutes to cook all the way through. Once they’re soft enough for a fork to glide through the thickest part, allow the cooked potatoes to rest on the counter for 5 minutes or until they’re cool enough to handle.
Toppings For Baked Sweet Potatoes
Crispy, tangy vegetables and a homemade yogurt sauce are the summertime toppings I’m here for. They make each bite of the sweet potatoes taste fresh and zesty. I’ve loaded mine with:
- Fresh green onions
- Thinly sliced radishes
- Lena’s Kitchen Pickled Onions
- A dollop of homemade yogurt sauce
Feel free to be flexible with your toppings. For added sweetness, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and butter. Everyone loves comfort food, so feel free to load the potatoes with melted cheese, black beans, salsa, and avocado. If all else fails, add bacon!
How to Make Creamy Yogurt Sauce
This homemade creamy yogurt sauce is so fresh and goes perfectly with the sweetness from the potatoes, crisp radishes, and tangy pickled onions. Easily make it dairy-free by using coconut yogurt or a vegan sour cream instead of regular yogurt.
To make the sauce, simply mix all of these ingredients together in a bowl:
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Lemon juice
- Smoked paprika
- Sea salt
- Dried or fresh green onions
Storing Baked Sweet Potatoes
Cooked sweet potatoes should stay fresh for 3 to 5 days when stored in an airtight container or wrapped in tinfoil in the fridge. Freeze for up to 3 months.
The toppings and yogurt sauce should be stored separately in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Serve The Baked Potatoes On The Side Of These Yummy Mains
- Crunchy Kale Salad
- Greek Chicken Kabobs With Lemon Garlic Marinade
- Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad With Parmesan
- Extra Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Rib-eye Steak Cooked In The Oven
- Greek Crispy Chicken Thighs
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Loaded Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 8 small sweet potatoes or 4 large washed and dried
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 tbsp butter unsalted
Creamy Yogurt Sauce
- 4 tbsp Greek yogurt or sour cream
- ½ lemon juiced
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp sea salt or salt to taste
- 1 tbsp dried or fresh green onions finely chopped if fresh
- Lena's Kitchen Pickled Onions
- fresh radishes thinly sliced
- fresh herbs finely chopped
Creamy Yogurt Sauce
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix. Set aside.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Add some olive oil to your hands and rub the potatoes until well coated. Finish with a sprinkle of salt.
- Add the sweet potatoes to the air fryer. Make sure there is space between each one. Turn the air fryer to 400°F. Cook for 12-15 minutes for small, or 30-45 minutes for medium-large size.
- Remove the sweet potatoes when fork tender. Let them rest for 5 minutes, then slice open and add butter to the inside.
- Top the baked sweet potatoes with creamy yogurt sauce, sliced radishes, pickled onions, and fresh herbs. Enjoy with your favorite side of protein, salad, or on their own.