White potatoes are one of the most popular root vegetables in healthy meals in the United States.
Another potato variety reigns supreme in Japan: purple sweet potatoes, commonly known as Japanese sweet potatoes.
They are healthier and tastier than our staple white sweet potatoes. So, let’s learn how to make an air fryer Japanese sweet potato and enter the world of delight.
But let us first learn a bit about our main ingredient – Japanese Sweet Potato.
Are Japanese Sweet Potatoes as Healthy as Regular Sweet Potatoes?
The Japanese purple tuber is similar to a regular sweet potato but high in antioxidants and healthier than a white potato. The Japanese potatoes trump the Idaho white with fewer carbs (24 grams vs. 37 grams) and calories (113 vs. 170).
How Do Japanese Sweet Potatoes Taste Like?
After tasting Japanese sweet potatoes, they will become your favorite. Japanese sweet potatoes have a considerably sweeter, nuttier flavor than traditional or regular orange-flesh sweet potato, similar to roasted chestnuts. It has a fluffier, starchier feel than the typical orange sweet potato, making it great for sweet recipes and desserts.
How Can You Find Perfect Japanese Sweet Potatoes?
Nowadays, I believe Japanese sweet potatoes can be found in most supermarkets. There are a few things to watch for when buying Japanese sweet potatoes, such as size and shape. Longer, consistently shaped sweet potatoes are preferable over plump, round sweet potatoes, which take longer to cook. A sweet potato with a regular shape will cook evenly, which is just what we want!
What is a Perfect Way to Cook Japanese Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes can be prepared in various methods, including baking, steaming, boiling, air frying, and even microwaving. My favorite way to prepare sweet potatoes is to air fry them. The natural sugars in the sweet potato caramelize throughout the air frying process, producing a delicious, fluffy interior and crispy exterior.
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- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- 4 small Japanese sweet potatoes scrubbed
- as required salt
- Scrub and rinse the sweet potatoes to remove any dirt and then dry.
- With a small knife, pierce each sweet potato at many places.
- Spray each sweet potato with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
- Grease the Air Fryer Basket with cooking spray and then slide inside.
- Adjust the temperature of Air Fryer to 400°F to preheat for 5 minutes.
- After preheating, arrange the sweet potatoes into the greased Air Fryer Basket in a single layer.
- Slide the basket into Air Fryer and set the time for 35-45 minutes.
- After cooking time is finished, remove the sweet potatoes from Air Fryer and serve.