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Baked Sweet Potato
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Baked Sweet Potato (How to Bake Sweet Potatoes)

An easy dinner side dish or light lunch, learn how to make perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes every single time with this easy to follow guide and recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 1 sweet potato
Calories: 194kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • salt + pepper for serving
  • butter for serving

Instructions

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes in the Oven

  • Preheat oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (for easy cleanup).
  • Prepare the sweet potatoes. Wash and scrub each sweet potato and dry thoroughly. Transfer to the baking sheet and, using a knife or a fork, stab each sweet potato at least 6-7 times (this will vary depending on the size of your potato).
  • Bake. Transfer potatoes to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees to ensure even cooking and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes, or until you see some of the natural sugars have started to caramelize and a fork or knife is easily inserted into the thickest part of the potato.
  • Serve. Remove from the oven and allow potatoes to rest for 5 minutes before seasoning with salt, pepper, butter, or maple syrup if desired. 

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes in Foil

  • Preheat oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (optional) or you may place potatoes directly on the oven racks.
  • Prepare the sweet potatoes. Wash and scrub each sweet potato and dry thoroughly (this prevents the sweet potatoes from steaming rather than baking). Use a knife or a fork to stab each sweet potato at least 6-7 times (this will vary depending on the size of your potato).
  • Wrap in foil. Wrap each sweet potato individually in aluminum foil.
  • Bake. Transfer potatoes to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Rotate the sweet potatoes 180 degrees to ensure even cooking and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes, or until you see some of the natural sugars have started to caramelize and a fork or knife is easily inserted into the thickest part of the potato.
  • Serve. Remove from the oven and allow potatoes to rest for 5 minutes before seasoning with salt, pepper, butter, or maple syrup if desired. 

Notes

  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
  • Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 medium potato. See full post for a more detailed calculation of calories and nutrition.
  • The best sweet potatoes for baking are the longer, thinner sweet potatoes. They cook faster and more evenly than the big, fat round ones.
How to Make Sweet Potatoes in the Microwave:
  1. Wash and scrub each sweet potato and dry thoroughly. Use a knife or a fork to stab each sweet potato at least 6-7 times (this will vary depending on the size of your potato).
  2. Transfer potato or potatoes to a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 5 minutes (for 1 sweet potato) plus an additional 2 minutes for each additional sweet potato (for example, 3 sweet potatoes will take approx. 9 minutes depending on size and shape). Rotate halfway through cooking.
  3. Your potatoes are cooked when easily pierced with a fork.
Post last updated on August 7, 2019

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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