Making a perfectly baked sweet potato is easier then you think! With only a few minutes of prep, easy ingredients then baked in the oven. Sweet and fluffy on the inside with the perfectly crispy skin. This baked sweet potato recipe makes the perfect side dish for any occasion, be it a holiday or just a weeknight dinner.
Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite veggies. There are so many ways to enjoy them and they are perfect for a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner. If you are running short on time and you don’t have time to bake your sweet potatoes, be sure to check out how to microwave a sweet potato.
My favorite thing about sweet potatoes is that unlike the traditional potato you can make a sweet potato be either savory or sweet. Depending on our meal I can make the baked sweet potato match easily.
Some sweet potato recipes call for making them ahead of time, so if you are looking for an easy way to cook them to use when making dishes like sweet potato casserole use this method of cooking.
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How Long to Bake a Sweet Potato in the Oven
It is not going to be exactly the same for everyone as the size of the sweet potatoes and the oven you have play a part in how well they bake.
I like to bake mine at 400ºF and they take between 45 and 55 minutes depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. I try to make sure all of mine are the same size so that I am not waiting on some to finish cooking while others are already done.
How can you tell a sweet potato is done baking?
Sweet potatoes take quite a bit of time to bake, however you will know they are done because when baking they release a sweet caramelized juice and start to wrinkle up. To be sure that they are done cooking just stab it with a knife or fork and if it is done baking it will slide right in with no struggle. If you get some resistance when stabbing it keep baking it for a bit longer.
How to Serve
Serve as the side dish to a holiday meal or a normal weeknight meal to have a tasty side dish that is packed with nutrition. Some of our favorite main dishes to make are Roasted turkey breast, steak kabobs, bacon wrapped scallops, grilled steaks, and garlic parmesan chicken.
With baked sweet potatoes you can go either savory or sweet and either way you serve them they are going to be totally delicious. When they are done baking, slice a line down the top of the potato and press on the side to open it and season then mix the sweet potato flesh with the toppings and enjoy. You can eat both the the skin and the inside. For savory add salt, pepper and butter for sweet add cinnamon, brown sugar and butter when they are done baking.
Don’t skip piercing the sweet potatoes with a fork before baking or you will end up with a large mess in the oven.
Choose sweet potatoes that are roughly they same size. This will make it so all of them cook the same, having sweet potatoes that are different sizes can make it so that not all of them cook the same.
Line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
Let them cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes Ingredients
- sweet potatoes
- salt (optional)
- pepper (optional)
- Brown sugar (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
How Bake Sweet Potatoes in the Oven
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
Wash the sweet potatoes well and make sure you have gotten off any dirt or debris. You can use a veggie brush to get them clean if you want to.
Take a fork and pierce the skin of the potato 8-10 times.DO NOT skip this step or you will end up with a large mess in the oven.
Place the potatoes on the sheet pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a fork can go in easily to the flesh.
Remove from the oven when done baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes and then serve as desired.
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- Homemade mashed potatoes
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Baked Sweet Potato
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
- Wash the sweet potatoes well and make sure you have gotten off any dirt or debris. You can use a veggie brush to get them clean if you want to.
- Take a fork and pierce the skin of the potato 8-10 times, don't skip this step or you will end up with a large mess in the oven.
- Place the potatoes on the sheet pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a fork can go in easily to the flesh.
- Remove from the oven when done baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes and then serve as desired.