35 Best 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.

Sweet Potato Recipes

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 Thanksgiving side dish or in a pie. But this superfood is much more versatile than that! There are so many delicious savory ways to eat sweet potatoes as part of a healthy meal.

Try them as fries, or baked and loaded up Mexican-style. They’re fabulous in soups and stews, as a filling for quesadillas or enchiladas, or even as as a pizza topping. OK, we’re getting hungry! Let’s get to the recipes.

And now: the best sweet potato recipes!

What variety of sweet potato to use?

Did you know there are hundreds of types of sweet potatoes? They range 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 our recipes is a sweet potato with orange flesh. We enjoy white-fleshed sweet potatoes, but we’ve found we like the color and flavor of those with orange flesh best. Of course, you can play around and use other varieties of sweet potatoes based on your taste!

Yams vs. sweet potatoes: what’s the difference?

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 above, pick from what your grocery labels as “sweet potato”. Make sure it’s an orange flesh sweet potato. Don’t forget about farmers markets: they’re a great place to get sweet potatoes as well!

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Baked Sweet Potato

Easy Baked Sweet Potato


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Here’s how to make a perfectly baked sweet potato — fast! This trick cuts down the baking time: it’s a total game changer.


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Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes and slice them in half. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and rub them with olive oil, just enough to coat. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
  3. Bake until tender and lightly browned on the edges, about 25 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes. (Prick with a fork to assess doneness!)

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

Keywords: Sweet potato recipes, Healthy sweet potato recipes, Baked sweet potato

Last updated: September 2020

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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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