I’ve made lots of air fryer fries, but these cajun style Ninja Foodi sweet potato fries might be my favorite. They are crispy and have a perfect balance of salty, spicy, and herby with the homemade cajun seasoning. And thanks to the Foodi, you get to cut back on the oil required to make crispy fries, saving calories and creating room for more fries!
How to Make Sweet Potato Fries in the Ninja Foodi
There’s a full recipe card at the bottom of the post but if you’d like to see a visual walkthrough of the recipe, check out the post between here and there. You’ll get an idea of what the sweet potato fries should look like at each step of air frying and pick up a few tips and ingredient notes along the way. Let’s go!
Quick Foodi Note: I use the 6.5-quart 301 model. If you’re using a larger model, you may need to reduce the cook times by a few minutes since you’ll have more surface area for the sweet potato fries. Likewise, if you’re using another type of air fryer, you may need to make small adjustments to cook time. Check on your fries a couple times during your first trial run.
Cut a large sweet potato into 1/4″ strips and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil.
If you have trouble finding a large sweet potato, go with 2-3 smaller, longer sweet potatoes instead. Do your best to cut the 1/4″ strips as evenly as possible so the fries cook evenly. You could also use a crinkle cutter like in my crinkle cut fries recipe.
I used a beauregard sweet potato, but a jewel or garnet would work fine as well. If you’d like to learn more about the different types of sweet potatoes, check out Serious Eats’ guide to sweet potatoes.
You may also want to check out my air fryer delicata squash fries for an idea on how to cut the carbs and calories in half.
As for the olive oil, you can use any oil you have on hand. Avocado oil is quite neutral or if you wanted to spice things up even more, you could use some chili oil like in my spicy air fryer sweet potato fries recipe.
Use the Foodi’s air crisp function for 16-18 minutes at 400ºF until the sweet potato fries start to brown in spots.
The photo above gives an example of what you’re looking for. The sweet potato fries should be browning around the edges, especially on the fries with the potato skin. If you notice more browning at this phase, reduce the cook time in the second air fry after adding the seasoning. On the other hand, if you notice a lack of color, you might cook your fries a few extra minutes before adding the seasoning.
Mix cajun seasoning ingredients together while the sweet potato fries cook.
While the sweet potato fries are in the Foodi, you’ll have plenty of time to make your own cajun seasoning. This is the same seasoning I used for my copycat recipes for the cajun fries from Five Guys. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried oregano
- ground thyme
- crushed red pepper
- kosher salt
- black pepper
That may seem like a lot, but I bet you have everything in your spice cabinet already! You could also make it in bulk and use it in recipes like my air fryer butternut squash, Instant Pot red beans and rice, low carb jambalaya, or Ninja Foodi cajun chicken and vegetables.
If you wanted to use a pre-made cajun seasoning instead, start with a small amount since those tend to be very salty.
Toss the sweet potato fries in the cajun seasoning.
Be gentle and toss the fries just a few times to avoid breaking and curling all the fries before you air fryer a second time.
Transfer the fries back to the Foodi and air crisp for an additional 4-6 minutes at 400ºF until crispy.
Doing a double air fry with your sweet potato fries allows them to get extra crispy and lets the spices bloom in any remaining oil left in the original mixing bowl.
And once you air fry the second time, that’s a wrap. I like to keep it simple and serve with ketchup, but you could get creative with your dipping sauce. I’m a fan of fat free Greek yogurt, light mayo, garlic powder or minced garlic, and a little lemon juice.
If you have any additional recipe questions, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, enjoy your Ninja Foodi sweet potato fries!
Cajun Seasoned Ninja Foodi Sweet Potato Fries
Crispy air fried sweet potato fries in a homemade cajun seasoning blend.
- 1 large (12 oz) Sweet Potato*, cut into 1/4" fries
- 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tbsp (6g) Sugar
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Ground Thyme
- Wash and dry the potato before cutting it into 1/4" strips. Add to a large bowl with the olive oil and toss to evenly coat.
- Place the sweet potato fries in an air fryer basket and air fry for 16-18 minutes at 400ºF or until the fries start to crisp and are slightly browning around the edges.
- Mix the remaining cajun seasoning ingredients together while the fries cook.
- Transfer the fries back to the bowl and toss with the spices. Return to the basket and air fry for an additional 4-6 minutes at 400ºF.
*You want 12 ounces of fries after cutting. If you're using smaller sweet potatoes, 2-3 potatoes should do the trick.
Cook times are using a 6.5-quart Ninja Foodi. Different air fryers/Foodi sizes may require slight cook time modifications. Check on your sweet potato fries early and often on your first batch.
Each serving has 8 WW SmartPoints (blue).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Servings Serving Size: 1/2 the fries
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 3g
Friday 28th of January 2022
So the unit you used is 1400 watts. The one I have is 1460 watts. I found that the fries came out super mushy and slightly burnt on the outside. Do you think I would be be better off lowering the temp and cooking longer?
Monday 31st of January 2022
Yes, that would be my approach along with trying to avoid crowding. I've found if I cook too large a batch at once they never get crispy.
Saturday 30th of October 2021
Can you do steps 1 and 2 ahead of time and just do steps 3 and 4 before serving? Trying to make it for a gathering.
Tuesday 2nd of November 2021
Good question. I want to say yes, but I'm honestly not sure. You'll want to toss the fries in the spice blend while they're hot so it sticks to them. I'm thinking the final 5 minutes in the air fryer would bring them back to life. Let me know if you try it before I get around to it.
Monday 7th of June 2021
So idk what I did wrong... but my fries turned out super burnt on the ends and not crispy at all. I followed all the instructions and cut them pretty thin. I used a ninja foodi too
Thursday 10th of June 2021
Hmm maybe they were a little too thin? Or they could use another shake or two during cooking? It's hard to say. Sorry they gave you trouble!
Friday 7th of August 2020
If we want to make the seasoning in bulk what do you recommend for ratios?
Friday 7th of August 2020
Good question. If you multiplied everything by 4, you would have 7 Tbsp and 1 tsp of seasoning. So you'd use just shy of 2 Tbsp (5 1/2 tsp) for these fries. Would be the same ratios if you wanted to make an even bigger batch, too. Hope that helps!