These must-try sweet potato recipes are the best ways to use this delicious root vegetable! They’ll have everyone coming back for more.

Grilled sweet potatoes

When it comes to root vegetables, there’s nothing more versatile and delicious than the mighty sweet potato. This tasty tuber can be used in infinite ways, from side dish to dinner to even dessert! There’s so much more to this potato than the Thanksgiving casserole. Try them as fries, mashed, chili, stuffed, loaded: the sweet savory combo always hits the spot. Here are all our most popular sweet potato recipes for using this orange veggie!

And now…the top must-try sweet potato recipes!

Buying sweet potatoes

What to look for when you head to the store for these sweet potato recipes? Here are a few pointers on purchasing these spuds:

  • Size: Small to medium sweet potatoes are easiest to work with: they’re easier to cut and take less time to bake (if baked whole).
  • Skin: Look for skin that has no bruises or cracks.
  • Type: There are many types of sweet potatoes: some have orange flesh and some have white flesh. 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 like Jewel sweet potatoes (pictured below), but these recipes work with any type of orange-fleshed potato. Do not use white flesh potatoes for the recipes above, because they cook differently.
Sweet Potato Recipes
Jewel sweet potatoes

Yams vs. sweet potatoes: 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 find sweet potatoes as well!

A few more ideas

Didn’t see a recipe that works for you? Here are a few more ideas for using this tasty tuber:

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Sweet potato wedges

25 Best Sweet Potato Recipes: Wedges & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These must-try sweet potato recipes are the best ways to use this delicious root vegetable! They’ll have everyone coming back for more.


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, small to medium sized (size is important!*)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • To serve as a main dish: 4 cups Quick Chili, sliced green onions, sour cream, and hot sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the spices and salt together. (Variation: If you want a crispier sweet potato wedge, add 3 tablespoons cornstarch here.) Wash the sweet potatoes, keeping the skins on. Slice the potatoes into short wedges by doing the following: slice each potato in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise. Place each piece cut side down and slice it in half. Then flip them over and cut that piece down the center into two wedges (see this video, but cut them in half). In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the olive oil and spices.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes until tender and starting to become crisped and brown (no need to stir). Serve immediately.


*For wedges it’s best to have small to medium sized sweet potatoes. Large potatoes tend to turn out large and awkward shaped (make those into fries instead!).

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Sweet potato recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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