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How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

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Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with this easy recipe. Your baked sweet potatoes will be tender and fluffy. Most people think of sweet potatoes as a side dish served at Thanksgiving, but they are delicious all year.

two baked sweet potatoes with butter on a plate
Bake sweet potato

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Now that the weather is cooling off, it is time to enjoy baked sweet potatoes. I avoid turning on the oven during the hot summer, so when fall rolls around, I am ready for oven-baked meals.

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

The natural sweetness comes out when sweet potatoes are baked. They are so easy to bake and packed with nutritional punch.

Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Size matters on baking times; however, usually, sweet potatoes are finished baking after 40 to 60 minutes. Insert a knife in the center of the thickest part of the sweet potatoes, and if it goes in without resistance, they are done.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes – Look for potatoes about the same size and shape so they bake for around the same time.

Baking Supplies

Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

Use a vegetable brush to scrub the potatoes under cool running water. Then, pat them dry with a towel.

Sweet potatoes and vegetable brush on a table
Potatoes and vegetable brush

Steam holes

Use a fork to poke holes in the potatoes. The holes allow steam to escape so the potatoes don’t explode in the oven.

The skins are crisp and flavorful baked directly on a baking sheet.

Poking holes in the sweet potato with a fork
Poke sweet potato with a fork

Prep Baking Sheets

Your potatoes will weep through the steam holes you poked therefore you will want to line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up.

sweet potatoes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper
Potatoes ready for the oven

Baked sweet potatoes are my go-to recipe for weeknight dinners since they are so easy to cook. The best part is I love sweet potatoes.

Cooked potatoes on sheet pan
oven-baked sweet potato

Sweet Potato Serving Suggestions

You can serve sweet potatoes sweet or savory. Split the down the center and fluff with a fork and top.

Toppings

  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter and salt
  • Chives
  • Sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
Baked sweet potato with butter and seasoned with salt and pepper
perfect baked sweet potato

Foil Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

Wrapping your sweet potato with foil is another way to bake them. Their skins are soft and easily peel off. They steam in the foil therefore their texture is a little heavier, but they are best for recipes such as sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie.

wrapped in foil
Wrapping potatoes

Bake the same way as above.

Wrapped sweet potatoes on parchment lined sheet pan
Sweet potatoes in foil
two baked sweet potatoes with butter on a plate

Baked Sweet Potato

Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with this easy recipe. Your baked sweet potatoes will be tender and fluffy. Most people think of Sweet potatoes as a side dish just served at Thanksgiving but they are delicious all year.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked sweet potato, Sweet Potato
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 194kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Sweet potatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425℉.
  • Scrub sweet potatoes with a vegetable brush under cool running water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Use a fork to pierce the skin.
  • Place potatoes on a parchment or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on size. Test doneness by inserting a knife into the thickest part of the sweet potato if it goes in without resistance. they are finished.
  • Split the down the center and fluff with a fork and top. Serve topped with your favorite topping.

Toppings

  • Brown sugar
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Chives
  • Salt and pepper

Equipment

Vegetable brush
Parchment paper

Notes

Please note the nutritional information does not include toppings.x

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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You might enjoy our favorite Thanksgiving-baked sweet potato recipe.

Finished potatoes on a plate

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Kippi

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Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Love the idea, mmmmm

SarahJackson

Thursday 2nd of November 2023

This dish really reminds me of home. I live in a remote countryside and I haven't been back to visit home for more than 10 years for many special reasons. I miss this taste, remember the times when gathering with my family to challenge snake 3D, remember the lost evenings. The whole family watched the moon together.

Marie

Thursday 26th of October 2023

This reminds me of my grandmother. She would bake sweet potatoes in fall and have them as a dessert. When I was a kid I didn't understand the appeal, but as an adult I totally get it. Thanks for stirring up this memory.

Esmé Slabbert

Friday 20th of October 2023

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