Air Fryer Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: Roasted to Perfection

I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, and while they’re perfect for your Thanksgiving table, they’re also great any time of year for a change of pace from regular potatoes. There’s something magic about the caramelization you get from these air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Hasselback potatoes are whole potatoes with slices cut widthwise into them (but not all the way through). This allows you to fill them with herbs, seasonings, cheese, or anything else you might normally put on a roasted potato or baked potato.

These air fryer sweet potatoes are perfect, as the hasselback cuts allow you to get a lot more surface area for the beautiful caramelization that happens when you roast a sweet potato. That said, they’re also delicious cut into slices or cubes instead if you prefer!

hasselback sweet potatoes with pecans and maple syrup glaze on a plate

Sweet potatoes are also really versatile, meaning that you can make them sweet or savory in terms of toppings. I’m making a sweet version in this recipe, but you can check out my Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes With Cheese for a savory variation.

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes with maple syrup and brown sugar
  • 2-3 medium sweet potatoes (or 4-5 mini ones, about 1 pound total)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped candied pecans

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • I actually like the mini sweet potatoes (when you can find them) for this because I find them easier to slice, but the big ones work fine too as you’ll see here. You can also use purple or white sweet potatoes or yams
  • You can swap olive oil for melted butter or another variety of oil if you’d like
  • The chili powder is optional, but I like to include it for just a kiss of heat among the sweet. You could also use cayenne, chipotle powder, or similar
  • Feel free to add other warm seasonings if you’d like, such as ginger or nutmeg, or a touch of savory with parsley, chives, or thyme (about ½ tsp of any is fine)
  • My Air Fryer Honey Roasted Pecans are a perfect choice for the topping here!

How to Cook Hasselback Sweet Potatoes in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F
  2. To cut hasselback sweet potatoes, place a wooden spoon on either side of the potato. Use a sharp knife to cut the potato downwards, stopping when you hit the wooden handle. Repeat in approximately ¼” thick slices across the whole potato
place wooden spoons around sweet potato to hold in place while cutting
  1. Once the potatoes are cut, coat them with the olive oil and sprinkle with half the salt (try to get some in between the slices, but don’t force them or you’ll break them)
coat sweet potatoes with olive oil and sea salt
  1. Place the sliced sweet potatoes into the preheated air fryer basket
place sweet potatoes in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on the air fry setting at 375°F for 20 minutes (or 15 minutes for mini potatoes), or until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, combine the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, chili powder, and remaining half the salt in a small bowl
mix ingredients to make maple sugar glaze
  1. Once potatoes are cooked, use a spoon or brush to apply the maple mixture to the top and in between the slices of the sweet potato (if you want to reserve a small amount for drizzling after, feel free!)
brush maple syrup sugar glaze over sweet potatoes
  1. Air fry for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the sauce begins to caramelize
  2. Top with chopped pecans and serve!
overhead view of air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes with pecans and maple syrup

What to Serve With Sweet Potatoes

  • Chicken
  • Pulled pork
  • Pork chops
  • Turkey
  • Burgers
  • Sliders
  • Bacon
  • Chorizo
  • Glazed ham
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Root vegetables
  • Butternut squash
  • Corn fritters
  • Green salad

There are lots of great things to serve with sweet potatoes. Add a protein or keep it vegetarian, and vary it based on the flavors you’re cooking your sweet potatoes with!

Try air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes with my Air Fryer Corn Fritters, easy Air Fryer Ham Steak, these adorable Air Fryer Turkey and Cheese Sliders, or with delicious Air Fryer Butternut Squash Slices.

Recipe FAQs

How to Cut Hasselback Sweet Potatoes?

To cut hasselback sweet potatoes, use a sharp knife to cut the potato widthwise. Cuts should be approximately ¼” apart and end ½” before the bottom of the potato.

As an aid for cutting, place two wooden spoons or something similar on each side to not only hold the potato in place, but to keep the depth of your cuts consistent and from accidentally going through the potato.

Do You Need to Soak Sweet Potatoes Before Air Frying?

You need to soak sweet potato fries and wedges before air frying. For cubes, hasselback, and full potatoes, no soaking is needed.

Soaking simply helps to remove starch, which gives you a more crispy texture after air frying, which is what you want for a fry.

How Long Should a Sweet Potato Be in the Air Fryer?

A sweet potato should be in the air fryer anywhere from 20-40 minutes on average. A lot will depend on the size and shape of your potato, if you cut it into smaller pieces, and your air fryer.

Expect small chunks and wedges to be on the low end, hasselback style in the middle, and a full, uncut potato to take the longest.

Why Do Sweet Potatoes Turn Black in the Air Fryer?

If you’re seeing a few black spots, that is a natural reaction to iron in the potato during cooking. For larger black areas, particularly at the edges, this indicates overcooking and burning.

Sweet potatoes are, by nature, sweet, so they caramelize and burn faster than a traditional potato. The high heat of the air fryer accelerates the process faster than an oven.

Make sure to keep your sweet potato pieces as even as possible in size to avoid having burnt edges.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If your sweet potatoes are very curvy, cut a thin sliver off the bottom so that it’s flat. This will help stop it rolling around while cutting and cooking
  • When you’re applying the maple syrup mixture, if you’re having trouble getting it between cuts, you can use a fork to gently pry the layers apart a bit so you can get the brush in between, or drizzle some in with a spoon
  • I recommend a flat spatula to aid in removing the potatoes from the air fryer, as they’ll be soft and can fall apart easily
  • My sweet potatoes were a medium size and perfectly soft after 20 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Your exact time may vary based on the size of your potatoes and your specific air fryer
closeup of air fryer sweet potatoes with crumbled pecans

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover hasselback sweet potatoes in an airtight container or zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freezing is not recommended
  • Reheat your sweet potato in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through (time will vary based on the size of the potato). You may also follow the steps to Reheat a Baked Potato in the Microwave

More Air Fryer Sweet Potato Recipes to Try

  • Air Fryer Beets and Sweet Potatoes
  • Ninja Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
  • Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole

Final Thoughts

These air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes are so easy to make, but look elegant enough for company or the Thanksgiving table!

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them all year round, though. I love them just as much alongside a burger from the grill in the summer.

Feel free to make them sweet or savory – sweet potatoes are versatile enough to handle both, no matter your mood.

For a shortcut option, make sure to check out my recipe for Trader Joe’s Hasselback Potatoes in the Air Fryer.

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Air Fryer Hasselback Sweet Potatoes With Maple Syrup and Pecans

These air fryer hasselback sweet potatoes are roasted to perfection in about 20 minutes. Top them with sweet maple syrup and pecans for an elegant side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 3
Calories 301 kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp knife (I use a Santoku)
  • Cutting board
  • 2 Wooden spoons (or similar) for cutting guidance
  • Pastry brush or spoon
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spatula (recommended)

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 Medium sweet potatoes (or 4-5 mini) around 1 pound total
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine melted
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ Tsp cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp salt (divided)
  • ½ Tsp chili powder (optional)
  • ¼ Cup chopped candied pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 375°F
  • To cut hasselback sweet potatoes, place a wooden spoon on either side of the potato. Use a sharp knife to cut the potato downwards, stopping when you hit the wooden handle. Repeat in approximately ¼” thick slices across the whole potato
    2-3 Medium sweet potatoes (or 4-5 mini)
  • Once the potatoes are cut, coat them with the olive oil and sprinkle with half the salt (try to get some in between the slices, but don’t force them or you’ll break them)
    1 Tbsp olive oil, ½ Tsp salt
  • Place the sliced sweet potatoes into the preheated air fryer basket
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 20 minutes at 375°F (or 10-15 minutes for mini potatoes), or until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork (no need to flip them)
  • While the potatoes are cooking, combine the butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, chili powder, and remaining half the salt in a small bowl
    1 Tbsp butter or margarine, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, ½ Tsp cinnamon, ½ Tsp chili powder
  • Once potatoes are cooked, use a spoon or brush to apply the maple mixture to the top and in between the slices of the sweet potato (if you want to reserve a small amount for drizzling after, feel free!)
  • Air fry for an additional 3-5 minutes, until the sauce begins to caramelize
  • Top with chopped pecans and serve!
    ¼ Cup chopped candied pecans

Notes

  • I actually like the mini sweet potatoes (when you can find them) for this because I find them easier to slice, but the big ones work fine too as you’ll see here. You can also use purple or white sweet potatoes or yams
  • You can swap olive oil for melted butter or another variety of oil if you’d like
  • The chili powder is optional, but I like to include it for just a kiss of heat among the sweet (it’s not spicy don’t worry). You could also use cayenne, chipotle powder, or similar
  • Feel free to add other warm seasonings if you’d like, such as ginger or nutmeg, or a touch of savory with parsley, chives, or thyme (about ½ tsp of any is fine)
  • I use homemade honey roasted pecans for the topping here, but any sweet or even Bourbon pecans work great
  • If your sweet potatoes are very curvy, cut a thin sliver off the bottom so that it’s flat. This will help stop it rolling around while cutting and cooking
  • When you’re applying the maple syrup mixture, if you’re having trouble getting it between cuts, you can use a fork to gently pry the layers apart a bit so you can get the brush in between, or drizzle some in with a spoon
  • I recommend a flat spatula to aid in removing the potatoes from the air fryer, as they’ll be soft and can fall apart easily
  • My sweet potatoes were a medium size and perfectly soft after 20 minutes in a Ninja air fryer. Your exact time may vary based on the size of your potatoes and your specific air fryer
  • Store leftover hasselback sweet potatoes in an airtight container or zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freezing is not recommended
  • Reheat your sweet potato in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F, or until warmed through (time will vary based on the size of the potato)
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 169gCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 2.9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 525mgPotassium: 484mgFiber: 5gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 3198IUVitamin C: 3.1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1.1mg
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