Baked Sweet Potatoes

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The secret to perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes in a fraction of the time? Cut them in half! That’s right; we roast sweet potato halves instead of full sweet potatoes. Not only do they take less time, they also have perfectly caramelized edges and a soft fluffy interior.

Baked Sweet Potatoes are the perfect healthy side dish and they can also be loaded or stuffed to make a filling meal. Convert Baked Sweet Potatoes into an entree with one of these recipes: Mediterranean sweet potatoesloaded sweet potato, and stuffed sweet potatoes.

Overhead shot of Baked Sweet Potatoes, ready to eat, on a plate with a fork on the side.

Only four ingredients!

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with sweet potatoes, so I figured it was about time I shared the BEST way to bake sweet potatoes.

This recipe is only four ingredients long: sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Of course, you can top your potatoes a million different ways (more on this later), but the base recipe couldn’t get much easier.

How to make Baked Sweet Potatoes

Process shots-- images of the sweet potatoes being prepped for roasting.

Nope! That’s the beauty of these amazing Baked Sweet Potatoes. They are so simple and the oven does all the work

Can you eat sweet potato skin?

Yes! It’s completely safe to eat the (washed and properly cooked) skin of a sweet potato. In fact, if you choose to eat it, the skin has extra fiber and potassium.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
The secret to perfect baked sweet potatoes in a fraction of the time is cutting them in half! That's right; we roast sweet potato halves instead of whole sweet potatoes. Not only do they take less time, they also have perfectly caramelized edges and a soft fluffy interior.
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Baked Sweet Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
The secret to perfect baked sweet potatoes in a fraction of the time is cutting them in half! That's right; we roast sweet potato halves instead of whole sweet potatoes. Not only do they take less time, they also have perfectly caramelized edges and a soft fluffy interior.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 sweet potatoes
Calories 202kcal
Cost $3.21

Ingredients

  • 4 (10-13 ounces EACH) medium sweet potatoes (not yams), scrubbed clean and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • OVEN: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, dark, sheet pan with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Don't skip the parchment paper; it really helps the potatoes cook evenly without the cut side getting too hard.
  • CLEAN POTATOES: Thoroughly scrub the sweet potatoes in cold water. Clean to remove all dirt and debris. Completely dry the potatoes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  • PREP POTATOES: Place the potatoes flesh-side down on the sheet pan. Pierce each back side of the potato 3 to 4 times with the tines of a fork. Flip the potatoes flesh-side up. Drizzle the oil over all the potatoes and take your time to rub the oil into both sides of the potatoes so all parts of the potatoes are sufficiently covered. Evenly sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of salt over all the potatoes (3/4 teaspoon for ALL potatoes, not each). Add 1/8 teaspoon pepper to the flesh sides of the potatoes. Flip again so the potatoes are flesh-side down. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper over all the skins of the potatoes.
  • BAKE: Bake for 30-37 minutes (depending on size of potatoes/personal preference for tenderness) until the skin looks shriveled and potatoes are tender. A 5-6-ounce potato will cook in around 25-27 minutes, 6-8 ounce potatoes around 30 minutes, and 9-11 ounce potatoes around 33-37 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the biggest potato. If it goes in easily, the potatoes are ready. If not, bake an additional 5 minutes. Cook until fork tender, checking every 5 minutes.
  • ENJOY: Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings. We like a pat of butter and sprinkle of brown sugar with a little sea salt!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 4sweet potatoes | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10.6g | Sodium: 71.5mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 5.4g

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this. I found the concept of roasted 1/2 sweet potatoes years ago, but your “cheat sheet” on how much time per weight helps immensely as the potato weight and cooking time can vary quiet a bit!! A great go to reference 🙂 … and they are delicious made this way!

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