How to Cook a Sweet Potato

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Tonight the guys had fish sticks (I know!), mashed sweet potatoes and corn. I didn’t have any trouble preparing the veggies, but just couldn’t handle the meat! Since Hubs gets home late on Tuesdays and couldn’t help with the meal, I had to get out the fish sticks!

I did want to share with you what I did with my sweet potatoes.  I bought these when they were on sale during the Easter week for $.49/lb!  I will have a few portions of inexpensive veggies for our meals!

This is my favorite way to prepare them as I find that cooking them this way brings out more “sweetness” and candy flavor than roasting or microwaving. We eat them plain too and they are plenty tasty!

If you have a baby or young toddler who still eats softer foods, this is also a great way to prepare sweet potatoes for little mouths!

Favorite Sweet Potato Recipes

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How to Cook a Sweet Potato

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water (depending on the size of your dish)
  • Optional: butter, cinnamon, and ginger


  • Place sweet potatoes into baking dish. Slit each sweet potato with knife.

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  • Add about 1/4 inch of water to the baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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  • When each sweet potato is soft, remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before handling.
  • Squeeze the ends and get the skin to come apart. Skin will be very soft and will come apart from the sweet potato flesh.

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  • Scoop out flesh and mash.

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  • If you like, add a little butter, cinnamon and ginger and mix in.

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  • Mash it up and enjoy!

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  • Place in meal size portions in plastic containers or plastic freezer baggies. Freeze if you don’t plan to eat them all right away!

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  1. Krystal says

    I love mashed sweet potatoes. But I never involve my oven, I always use the microwave. I have a ‘baked potato’ setting on my microwave, I run that plus another 8 minutes or so because of the potatoes thickness.

  2. Julie says

    I always “bake” potatoes (sweet or white) in the crockpot. Just pierce, toss in the crockpot with about 1/4 inch of water at the bottom and you are good to go. They come out more moist than oven baked. As an added summer bonus, I can put my crock pot on my back porch or garage and I don’t heat up the house cooking them.

  3. says


    I am going to try your crockpot idea. I first heard about putting the crockpot on the back porch on this blog (the chili cornbread casserole post) and I think it is a brilliant idea!

  4. Bridget says

    Sounds very yummy! Thanks for the great idea. We love sweet potatoes and the are incredibly healthy for you. By the way, your story was very inspirational! Please keep up the great work and may you continue to be blessed!

  5. says

    We do this all the time! My family and my daughter love it. Sometimes I will add some fried onions and/or roasted garlic and some thyme to the mix, for a sweet/savory treat. Goes well with roasted chicken!

  6. says

    I love sweet potato’s and need an easy way to cook them. (usually I just get them out of a can with all that high frutose corn syrup – yuk).

    Unrelated question…I need some cheap N easy recipes for sun dried tomatoes. I found a large glass container of them for $8 at Costco. I’ve been chopping them up and adding it to cream cheese for bagels. Also made a sauce out of it for pasta,…but all the other reciepes I find for it online have these terribly expensive ingredients! And the thing is, you can’t use too much of it because it’s fat filled. Yummy!

  7. says

    I love SPs! We would make Sheppards Pie and use mashed SPs instead of white potatoes when we were low-carbing it.

    Another GREAT way to enjoy them is to get a cookie pan, put some olive oil on the pan, slice the SPs thin like thick chips, bake at 400 or something for like 30 or 40 minutes… eat with ketchup!

  8. Katy says

    We get “The Ultimate Fish Sticks” from Costco – they’re delicious! I wouldn’t eat any other kind of fish stick or feed them to my family until I found these. Crispy panko breading and real Alaskan cod pieces, not minced fish. Try ’em!

  9. says

    Fell in love with Outback Restaurant’s sweet potatoes which the waitress said they were steamed.

    Just add a little water to the bottom of a pan, add a steamer basket and cook your sweet potatoes.

    Thanks for the other options.

  10. Jane says

    We love sweet potatoes too and pretty much fix them according to Erin’s recipe, but since there so much nutrition in the skin, we eat the skins too!! (they’re well scrubbed and no babies in the home anymore)


  11. Sarah K says

    The crockpot variation sounds like a great idea. From searching online, it looks like 4-5 potatoes need to be cooked on low for 4-6 hours depending on their size.

  12. says

    Instead of mashing, I like to let them cool then slice them and fry in a little butter. If they get a little dark brown or black on them, they are even better.

    I live alone, but really enjoy your suggestions for inexpensive meals.

  13. Vida says

    sweet potatoes are also a healthy treat for dogs. Not only are they sweet, loaded with vitamins and minerals, but are full of fiber ( keeps them “regular”)😏

  14. mo.kamel says

    just wash and put them in the oven,no water ,nothing,and bake until soft,that’s it ,you may put a tray to keep oven clean. we love it this way in EGYPT,soft and very sweet.

    • Diana says

      Sweet potatoes are at their sweetest, most delicious flavor when baked in the oven or crockpot. The longer cooking time allows the sugars in the potatoes to carmelize. After cooking SPs this way, you will never microwave or boil them ever again!!


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