Air-Fried Sweet Potato Tots

From-scratch sweet potato tots is a task you can accomplish at home with just four ingredients. It's an air-fryer recipe you'll feel good about eating without a bunch of added oil.

Sweet Potato Tots with ketchup ramekin on foil
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled (14 oz. total)

  • 1 tablespoon potato starch

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¾ cup no-salt-added ketchup

  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes, and cook until just fork tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a plate to cool, about 15 minutes.

  2. Working over a medium bowl, grate potatoes using the large holes of a box grater. Gently toss with potato starch, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Shape mixture into about 24 (1-inch) tot-shaped cylinders.

  3. Lightly coat air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place 1/2 of tots (about 12) in single layer in the basket, and spray with cooking spray. Cook at 400°F until lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes, turning tots halfway through cook time. Remove from fry basket and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Repeat with remaining tots and salt. Serve immediately with ketchup.


Spraying the tots with cooking spray helps with browning, though they still don't brown evenly in the air fryer. Be sure to boil the sweet potatoes just enough that they grate and hold together when shaped, but still retain a little texture. Not a fan of ketchup? Make this Greek yogurt ranch dressing instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

78 Calories
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 78
% Daily Value *
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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