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Here’s how to make a steamed sweet potato! This easy method makes most deliciously moist potatoes, ideal for topping and stuffing.

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Here’s a way to cook everyone’s favorite root vegetable that might surprise you: Steamed Sweet Potatoes! This easy method is fast and easy, and it results in the most deliciously moist and tender flesh. Don’t get us wrong: we love the oven for vegetables, like these Baked Sweet Potatoes. But steaming this orange vegetable makes it so moist, it might become your new best method.

Best potatoes for steamed sweet potatoes

You can steam any type of sweet potato, but what’s important is the size. Here’s what to know:

  • Look for medium-sized sweet potatoes. Try to find potatoes that are about 8 ounces each, which are medium in size. You can also steam small potatoes. Large potatoes work too, but it will take longer.
  • This recipe is customized for orange-flesh potatoes. You can use white flesh sweet potatoes in this recipe, but we haven’t tested them! The two main types of orange flesh potatoes you’ll find at the store are Jewel, which has a light brown-orange skin and Red Garnet, which has red skin and is slightly thinner. We’ve tested this recipe with Jewel sweet potatoes.
How to steam sweet potatoes

How to steam sweet potatoes

We always thought the best way to cook a potato was a Baked Sweet Potato. But turns out, steaming is just as delicious! It makes the vegetable incredibly tender, perfect as an easy side dish or loading up with toppings as a main dish. (We’ll get to that later!)

Steamed sweet potatoes are also faster than baked: baking a whole sweet potato takes about 1 hour, whereas steaming takes about 30 minutes total. Here’s how long to steam sweet potatoes:

  • Place water in a pot to a level just below the steamer basket and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the steamer basket with whole sweet potatoes. Maintain a steady boil and steam for 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the size of the potato, until tender when pierced with a fork. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then slice in half and add toppings.

Toppings for steamed sweet potatoes

Steaming sweet potatoes results in the best moist orange flesh, perfect for topping or stuffing! This recipe is very versatile: you can top them as a side or stuff them as a main dish. Here are some ways we love to top sweet potatoes:

Steamed sweet potatoes

Alternate method: Instant Pot sweet potatoes

Got a pressure cooker? You can steam sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot! They come out the same as steaming on the stovetop, incredibly moist and tender. Go to Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

Recipes where you can use this method

You can also use steamed sweet potatoes as part of other recipes! Use a fork to remove the flesh, mash it, and use it in recipes. Here are a few sweet potato recipe ideas:

This steamed sweet potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Steamed sweet potatoes

Steamed Sweet Potatoes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 potatoes 1x

Description

Here’s how to make a steamed sweet potato! This easy method makes most deliciously moist potatoes, ideal for topping and stuffing.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pounds medium-sized sweet potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes)

Instructions

  1. Place water in a pot* to a level just below the steamer basket (about 1 inch of water). Bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the steamer basked with whole sweet potatoes. Maintain a steady boil and steam for 25 to 35 minutes, depending on the size of the potato, until tender when pierced with a fork. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then slice in half and top with your favorite toppings (see Stuffed Sweet Potatoes).

Notes

*If you have an Instant Pot, try same method in a pressure cooker! Go to Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

  • Category: Side dish or main dish
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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5 Comments

  1. Sandra Bradley says:

    Not only are steamed sweet potatoes pure deliciousness, they retain the bright orange color that I love for pies and casseroles! Thank you for your great food and recipes!






  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!

    1. Yi says:

      For steaming a sweet potato, Is it good to put a stainless steel bowl (instead of steamer basket)in a pot?

      Thank you.

      1. Alex Overhiser says:

        That won’t work, sorry!

        1. Yi says:

          I have tried to put a stainless steel bowl in a pot to steam the sweet potato for 25 minutes to 35 minutes, it was cooked very well. It tastes delicious! Thank you!