Baked Sweet Potato: an effortless recipe for a healthy, satisfying dish

Total time: 45 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

With perfectly crispy, crunchy skin and wonderfully soft, fluffy insides, baked sweet potatoes are a super easy healthy dish to make. They're a great side dish or you can add toppings or stuff them with anything from black beans to lentils to make a complete meal. They even taste great with a simple pat of butter melted over the top.

Baked sweet potatoes take a little less time to make than classic baked potatoes, and are packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, and more. If you're looking for a simple, nutritious, vegetarian-friendly dish you can whip up in no time, baked sweet potatoes are perfect for you!

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

There isn't too much work involved to make baked sweet potatoes at home. Simply arrange the sweet potatoes on a baking tray lined with foil, you don't even need to wrap them in foil. Then bake them at 425F for 40 to 50 minutes, or until they puff up slightly and the insides are fork-tender. Then simply remove them from the oven and add your favorite toppings. It couldn't be any easier!


Tips for the Best Homemade Baked Sweet Potatoes

Rinse off your sweet potatoes before baking them.

Don't forget to poke holes in the sweet potatoes before baking them! This will ensure you get beautifully crispy skin while keeping the insides nice and soft.

Don't want to use the oven? No worries! You can bake sweet potatoes in the microwave. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes, then cook them for 5 minutes on high.

You don't need to wrap them in foil, just place them on top of the foil.

Baked Sweet Potato Topping Ideas

There are loads of fantastic different toppings for your baked sweet potatoes. Some of our top picks are a dollop of butter and a sprinkling of salt, plain Greek yogurt, guacamole, baked beans, sour cream, cheese, lentils, or roasted cherry tomatoes.

How to Store Baked Sweet Potato

Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil or place them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 3 to 5 days.

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Preheat your oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with foil.

Poke holes all over the sweet potatoes with a fork. Put the sweet potatoes on the baking tray and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until they puff up and are fork-tender.

Remove from the oven and add your preferred toppings like a dollop of butter.

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