35 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

Wondering what to make with sweet potatoes? These healthy sweet potato recipes are the most delicious ways to eat this orange superfood.

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Got sweet potatoes? This vibrant orange tuber is one of the best vegetables you can eat, rich in vitamins, potassium and fiber. In the US it’s popular to prepare them with marshmallows as a holiday treat; but this superfood is way more versatile than that! Here are 35 healthy ways to eat sweet potatoes: fries, baked and loaded, soups and stews, quesadillas, enchiladas, and even on sweet potato pizza. Here are our best healthy sweet potato recipes.

Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potato varieties

Before we start, a bit of info on sweet potato varieties. There are hundreds of types of sweet potatoes ranging from white and mild to deep red and super sweet. There are even some purple sweet potato varieties! The type of sweet potato we’ve used in all of the recipes below is a sweet potato with orange flesh. Though we enjoy white-fleshed sweet potatoes, we’ve found we like the color and flavor of those with orange flesh best.

Also: what’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? Yams are native to Africa and Asia. Compared to sweet potatoes, they’re starchier and drier and have very tough skin. They’re carried in more grocery stores these days, but you’d probably find them in the international and specialty markets. Sometimes grocery stories in the US mislabel sweet potatoes as yams. For the recipes below, you should be fine picking up a grocery labeled sweet potato, making sure that it’s an orange flesh sweet potato. And don’t forget about farmer’s markets: they’re a great place to get sweet potatoes as well!

And now: our top healthy sweet potato recipes!

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Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

These crispy sweet potato fries require very little oil to brown in the oven. Our secret? We use a little cornstarch to get a perfectly crunchy fry.


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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries (watch the video below): Wash the sweet potatoes, leaving on the skin. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice the potato in half lengthwise. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a 1/4-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video below!
  3. Place the fries in a large bowl; drizzle with the olive oil, then add the garlic powder, kosher salt (less if using table salt), chili powder, and cornstarch. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake 15 minutes on one side, then flip the fries and bake 10 to 15 additional minutes until the fries are dry and slightly browned; watch them carefully as the cooking time can depend on the thickness and the heat of your oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to cook.)
  6. Cool for about 5 minutes, then serve immediately. Some fries may be slightly soft, but the outside of the majority of the fries will be crispy. (Note: Fries are best right out of the oven; they become softer as they sit.)

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sweet potato recipes, Healthy sweet potato recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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