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How to Bake a Sweet Potato

8 Ways to Cook Sweet Potatoes

How to cook a sweet potato? Let me show you! These baked sweet potatoes are a healthy side dish that is full of vitamin A, fiber, and add color to your plate!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 34 sweet potatoes, rinsed


Baked Sweet Potatoes In The Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a fork to poke holes all over the sweet potatoes.
  3. Place them on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast the potatoes for 50-60 minutes.

Sweet Potatoes In The Air Fryer

  1. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork or knife.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on the outside of the potatoes and rub it in.
  3. Place sweet potatoes on the air fryer rack or basket – leave space between them and don’t stack them.
  4. Cook at 390 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Flip them over halfway through the cooking time.

Sweet Potatoes In The Microwave

  1. Pierce the sweet potato with a fork multiple times.
  2. Place it on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, turning it over halfway through cooking time.
  4. Cut it open and test how well it is cooked. If you want it softer, cook it again in 30-second increments.

Sweet Potatoes In The Instant Pot

  1. Pierce the sweet potatoes all over with a fork.
  2. Set a heatproof trivet or a steamer basket inside your Instant Pot.
  3. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the removable bowl and add the potatoes to the steamer basket.
  4. Cook under high pressure for 12-25 minutes, depending on the size of your sweet potatoes. It will take about 7-10 minutes for it to come up to pressure.
  5. Naturally, release the pressure. This will take about 10 minutes.

Sweet Potatoes In The Slow Cooker

  1. Place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Baked Sweet Potatoes On The Grill

  1. Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Plate the potatoes directly on the grill grates.
  3. Cover and grill them, flipping halfway through until they can be pierced with a fork. This takes roughly 30-45 minutes.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into long fry-shaped strips
  2. Add the fries to a baking sheet in a single layer
  3. Drizzle some olive oil on top
  4. Season with sea salt and black pepper
  5. Bake them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes
  2. Chop them into 1/2-inch cubes
  3. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  5. Roast them in the oven at 400º for 25 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway, until they are crispy on the outside. 
  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: potatoes, Thanksgiving, vegetable