Perfect Air Fryer Sunchokes (quick & easy)

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Air frying may just be the best method for cooking sunchokes. Using this simple recipe, they come out soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, with a slightly chewy, addictively delicious bite! Move over potatoes…check out these perfect air fryer sunchokes.

Gorgeous bowl of air fryer sunchokes.

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Why You’ll Love these Air Fryer Sunchokes

These sunchokes are soooo delicious, but that’s not the only reason you’ll love them! They are also:

Crispy

Chewy

Soft on the inside

Vegan / Vegetarian

Paleo friendly

Whole foods

Healthy

Lower Carb than potatoes

Low Calorie

High Fiber

Low Glycemic Index

What are Sunchokes?!

Sunchokes, otherwise known as Jerusalem artichokes, are a root vegetable that look like knobby ginger roots. Technically part of the sunflower family (not the artichoke family), cooked sunchokes are most similar in taste to potatoes with a slightly nuttier flavor. Some people compare sunchokes to chestnuts and artichokes as well.

Sunchokes can be eaten raw or cooked.

What to serve with Sunchokes

Sunchokes are generally served as a side dish or appetizer, similar to potatoes.

Air fryer sunchokes are delicious all on their own, but I love to serve them with a dip. Some tasty dips to serve with sunchokes include:

Air fryer sunchokes plated with sriracha ketchup.

How to Air Fry Sunchokes

Air frying sunchokes is pretty straightforward.

First, wash (or brush) sunchokes. Then cut into pieces about 1/2 inch thick.

Sunchokes on cutting board.

Next, drizzle with oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and mix.

Then place in air fryer. Set to 400 for 15 minutes.

Sunchokes in air fryer after 5 minutes.
Sunchokes after 5 minutes in air fryer.

Open the air fryer every 4-5 minutes to shake the basket so that sunchoke pieces have a chance to cook evenly.

Sunchokes in air fryer after 10 minutes.
Sunchokes after 10 minutes in air fryer.
Sunchokes in air fryer after 15 minutes.
Sunchokes after 15 minutes in air fryer.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

The key equipment needed for this recipe is an air fryer. While there are dozens of reputable air fryers on the market, we absolutely love our 5.5 quart Ninja Air Fryer. So much so that we are eyeing the Ninja Double Air Fryer (2 basket)!

FAQs

Is it best to boil sunchokes first before air frying?

No. They come out perfectly if you follow this simple recipe: soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, with a slightly chewy, addictively delicious bite!

Are sunchokes healthier than potatoes?

It depends on what nutritional facts you are comparing. Sunchokes have a lower glycemic index, less carbs, and more iron than potatoes. However, potatoes are higher in vitamins C, B6, and magnesium.

Do you have to peel sunchokes before cooking?

No, you do not need to peel sunchokes before cooking. The peel gives the vegetable a wonderful texture, as it easily crisps up (more easily than potatoes!).

What do sunchokes taste like?

Sunchokes taste most similar to a potatoes with a slightly nuttier flavor. Some people compare sunchokes to chestnuts and artichokes as well.

What temperature do I cook sunchokes at?

In the air fryer, cook at 400 degrees.

What is the difference between sunchokes and Jerusalem artichokes?

Nothing! Jerusalem artichoke is another name for sunchoke. They are also referred to as sunroot, wild sunflower, topinambur, or earth apple.

How do you eat sunchokes?

Sunchokes can be eaten raw or cooked. Popular cooking methods include boiling, pureeing, roasting, and air frying.

Can you cook sunchokes without oil?

Yes. You can boil sunchokes. You can also air frying sunchokes without oil, they will just be a less crispy.

What are the health benefits of sunchokes?

Sunchokes are naturally fat free and are high in iron, fiber, and potassium. They also have a low glycemic index.

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5 from 3 votes

Air Fryer Sunchokes

Sunchokes come out perfectly with this simple recipe: soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, with a slightly chewy, addictively delicious bite!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: air fryer sunchokes, crispy sunchokes, easy sunchoke recipe, perfectly cooked sunchokes, sunchokes
Servings: 4
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Jennifer Freedman

Equipment

  • air fryer

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sunchokes about 7 medium
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped optional
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash sunchokes thoroughly, using a brunch if you have one.
  • Once dry, slice sunchokes into approximate 1/2 inch pieces. Do not remove skin.
  • Coat sunchokes with oil, salt, rosemary, and pepper. Mix to even out.
  • Place sunchokes into air fryer basket. It is okay if pieces overlap since you will be shaking basket throughout cooking process to even out.
  • Air fry sunchokes at 400 degrees for 15-16 minutes, stopping the fryer every 4-5 minutes to shake the basket to balance cooking across sunchoke pieces.
    NOTE: The 15-16 minute cook time is for a basket style air fryer. If you are using a wider air fryer with a larger surface and the sunchoke pieces are not overlapping much, sunchokes will cook quicker than 15 minutes so be sure to check every 4 to 5 minutes for doneness.
  • Serve immediately to enjoy best texture. Enjoy with dip of choice or alone.

Notes

Oil Free: If you are avoiding oil, you can cook the sunchokes without it; they will just be a bit less crispy.
Leftovers: Store leftovers in refrigerator (I do not recommend freezing). To reheat, throw back in air fryer for 1-3 minutes, checking each minute so you don’t burn them.
 
Nutritional facts for air fryer sunchokes.

Cheers!

-Jenn

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