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How to Bake a Sweet Potato

Learn how to bake a sweet potato properly - so that it caramelizes itself and you don't have to add a bunch of brown sugar to make it taste good. ;)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Servings - 4 servings


  • 4 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Foil
  • 2 Tbsp butter to taste
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar or other sweetener as needed to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Place the 4 small sweet potatoes in a glass baking dish. Carefully add a 1" to 2" slit lengthwise down the center.
  • Pour the water into the glass baking dish around the sweet potatoes. This will create the "steam-bake" effect on the cooking.
  • Cover tightly with foil, pressing and pinching around the edges of the baking dish to create as best of a seal as you can.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for XX minutes, or until tender in the middle. Cooking time may depend on how thick the sweet potatoes are.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the tray.
  • Option #1: Serve as is with toppings or butter.
  • Option #2: remove the skin and mix in butter to make mashed sweet potatoes. Add sweetener to taste.