These healthy sweet potato recipes are the tastiest ways to eat this orange superfood! Try everything from roasted to chili to fries.
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 healthy sweet potato recipes to eat them as part of a nutritious 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.
Here's our top sweet potato recipe: a go-to, simple weeknight trick! Cutting the potato in half before roasting makes for the perfect quick baked sweet potato! This method lets you bake it less time than the standard: making it feasible for weeknight cooking.
At the top in our healthy sweet potato recipes…fries: Baked, not fried! These crispy sweet potato fries require very little oil to brown in the oven. Baked sweet potato fries are notoriously soggy. Our secret? We use a little cornstarch to get a crunchy fry.
One of our fan favorite healthy sweet potato recipes to date, these sweet potatoes topped with a zesty slaw and creamy Thai-style peanut butter sauce are an irresistible plant based dinner recipe! You can use the Instant Pot method above for super moist sweet potatoes, or one of the baked versions below if you don’t have a pressure cooker.
Here's a favorite way to make sweet potatoes as a side: roasted! These potatoes come out perfectly caramelized in a hot oven. Mix with olive oil, salt and a bit of garlic powdered, and the savory seasoning makes the sweetness pop. Use them as a side or a component of a larger dish: in tacos, grain bowls, and more!
This is one of the first sweet potato recipes we fell in love with. Start with the sweet orange flesh of a quick baked sweet potato. It's the perfect match to zesty Mexican-inspired flavors. You won’t believe the flavor in these Mexican sweet potatoes, topped with black bean salsa and our creamy cilantro sauce!
For a brunch side dish, try sweet potato hash browns! With just 5 minutes of hands on time, they’re delicious, simple, and fit a variety of diets. Ours our roasted in the oven until they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
You absolutely must try these grilled sweet potatoes! Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, they’ve got a little smoky char to the flavor and are absolutely delicious! Cut into wedges, they’re the perfect side dish for a grilled dinner on the patio.
Ready in just 30 minutes, these healthy mashed sweet potatoes are flavored with garlic and fresh chives. They're a smooth and creamy side dish that compliments any meal. (Got an Instant Pot? Try our Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes.)
These Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds are one of our most “famous” sweet potato recipes with our family and friends, who always ask for them especially! They’re a delicious, crowd pleasing appetizer for entertaining — like bruschetta, but with a sweet potato base!
These broccoli cheese stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy, healthy weeknight dinner your whole family will love. The cheese sauce is made healthier by using pureed white beans in addition to cheese, which bring a creamy texture without adding more dairy.
Another time-tested favorite in our sweet potato recipes is this Moroccan stew with chickpeas and sweet potatoes. It’s an easy plant based dinner recipe that’s incredibly flavorful, featuring a blend of Moroccan spices.
This loaded veggie quesadilla recipe is one the tastiest around—and it’s packed with veggies! Roasted sweet potato, cumin-scented black beans, and spinach are nestled in a bright green spinach tortilla.
Another showstopper in our sweet potato recipes, these sweet potatoes with goat cheese are over the top delicious! It stars tender roasted sweet potato, gooey goat cheese, and black lentils that are mixed with fresh herbs and twice baked in the oven.
This low carb burrito bowl with cauliflower rice is a delicious way to eat more vegetables! It’s Whole 30 vegetarian and customizable for all diets. It features grated sweet potato, which comes out with a crispy and tender texture. It’s a perfect foil for the chorizo eggs, which have become a fan favorite!
One of our more unique sweet potato recipes is sweet potato pizza! A simple sweet & savory combination, this sweet potato pizza combines roasted sweet potatoes, creamy brie cheese, and peppery fresh arugula.
Here's another sweet potato recipe featuring our quick baked sweet potato. This time it's topped with Moroccan-spiced lentils and a creamy lemon tahini sauce. It's filling, plant-based, and extraordinarily delicious.
A little outside of our ordinary sweet potato recipes is this savory sweet potato pie! It’s a mouthwatering savory galette that makes for a special dinner. The filling features sweet potato, onion, and feta.
This tomato coconut cauliflower curry is delicious, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes! It’s a crowd pleasing plant-based dinner recipe that features lots of vegetables, including tender sweet potatoes.
Roasting this orange vegetable is one of our favorite ways to eat it. This grain bowl with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower is a hearty vegetarian dinner or lunch, featuring Moroccan spices and a tangy lemon drizzle.
This easy vegan black bean burger is bursting with flavor and features mashed sweet potato as the binder that keeps it all together! The patties are also gluten free and topped with spicy mayo & sprouts.
And finally, to round out our list of sweet potato recipes: this Southwest Salad! It’s a main dish salad recipe featuring a mix of sweet potatoes, veggies, and rice drizzled with a green chile vinaigrette.
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!
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 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.