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Roasted Sweet Potatoes: a tasty, simple vegan side dish for any occasion

Total time: 45 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Roasted sweet potatoes are a mouthwatering versatile side dish that can be customized in so many different ways. It's a popular side dish for fall and winter when sweet potatoes are in season, which is one reason why you'll see this tasty dish on many a Thanksgiving and Christmas table.

Oven-roasted sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and savory, with a beautiful crispy, caramelized outside and soft inside. Add spices or fresh herbs to give your sweet potatoes different flavors to accompany a variety of main dishes. You can even add them to salads, quinoa, or bean bowls for an extra hearty, healthy, nutrient-dense boost!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Ingredients

This easy oven-roasted sweet potato recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients. You'll need a few large sweet potatoes.

To season them, use cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. You can mix up the spices however you like.

You'll also need oil to help the sweet potatoes cook. Extra virgin olive oil adds great flavor and is a healthy cooking oil.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes

It couldn't be easier to roast sweet potatoes. Start by heating your oven to 425F. You can either peel your sweet potatoes or leave the skin on. Because of the natural sugars in this tasty root vegetable, sweet potatoes tend to brown quickly, so keeping the skin on can slow down how fast they brown in the oven.

Cut into small cubes the sweet potatoes, then put these pieces, oil, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a baking tray. Toss well to combine, then arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer. It's important the sweet potatoes are in a single layer – this will ensure they cook evenly. Bake the sweet potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes, making sure to shimmy the tray halfway through. Once they're tender on the inside, and crisp on the outside, remove them from the oven and serve.

How Long to Roast Sweet Potatoes

It takes about 30 to 35 minutes to roast sweet potatoes at 425F. Cooking them at a higher temperature is key for giving them that irresistible crispy on the outside, tender on the inside texture.


Tips for Making Oven-roasted Sweet Potatoes

You can choose to peel your sweet potatoes or leave them skin-on. The skin is full of nutrients and crisps up nicely when roasted, but if you prefer sweet potatoes without the skin, they'll be just as delicious!

Switch up the seasonings for your sweet potatoes. Use smoked paprika for a smokier flavor or add some cayenne for a hint of spice. Cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, and Old Bay would be delicious as well.

Fresh herbs are fabulous with sweet potatoes. Rosemary, thyme, sage, and tarragon are especially tasty.

What to Serve with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The beauty of oven-roasted sweet potatoes is that they're ultra versatile. Serve them with roasted chicken, beef stew, salmon, steamed tilapia, roast turkey, shepherd's pie, pork chops, or a veggie casserole. You can also add oven-roasted sweet potatoes to casseroles, salads, quinoa or bean bowls, burritos, or lunch wraps.

How to Store Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Let the sweet potatoes cool slightly then place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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large sweet potatoes
2 to 3
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
1/2 tsp
Garlic powder
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 425F.

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.

Place the cubed sweet potatoes, oil, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a baking tray.

Toss well to combine.

Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping once halfway through.

When the sweet potatoes are golden brown, remove the tray from the oven and let the sweet potatoes cool for a few minutes.

Serve and enjoy!


You can use avocado oil, ghee, melted butter, coconut oil, or sesame oil as cooking oil for your sweet potatoes.

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