Baked Sweet Potato

Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with these tips & tricks! Enjoy them with butter, salt & pepper, or in one of my favorite baked sweet potato recipes.

Baked Sweet Potato

When the air starts to get crisp in the fall, I start craving two things: a bowl of soup and a big, puffy baked sweet potato. Both are warming, cozy, and healthy. But while making butternut squash soup might be one of my favorite Sunday activities, a baked sweet potato is my weeknight standby. They’re incredibly easy to make, as your oven does 95% of the work. While they bake, you’re free to do as you please! Prep the remaining components of your meal, finish up with the day’s work, or catch up with family or friends. Then, take them out of the oven, top them to your liking, and dig in to a yummy baked sweet potato dinner!

How to bake sweet potatoes

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

For a long time, I thought I didn’t like sweet potatoes. When I was growing up, I only ever had them in casserole form, smothered in marshmallows and brown sugar. Turns out, I love sweet potatoes, but I have to prepare them the right way! I like mine puffy, with caramelized edges and a crispy skin. Here’s how I make them:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Use a fork to poke holes into the sweet potatoes, and set them on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the skin has puffed up and you can easily pierce them with a fork.

The most important thing to note here is that I DON’T wrap them in foil. If you do, the sweet potato flesh will still cook, but the skin will be very moist and almost slimy. In order to get delectable, puffed up crispy skin and caramelization on the outside of each baked potato, place them onto the baking sheet bare!

If you’re in a hurry, you can also roast sweet potato halves for 30 minutes. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, rub them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook cut-side up until lightly browned and tender.

Baked Sweet Potato

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Recipes

Of course, a perfect baked sweet potato with butter, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of chives is great, but your options for baked sweet potato recipes don’t end there. To make one into a full meal, I like to stuff it with a flavorful veggie filling and a yummy sauce. Find my 4 favorite fillings for stuffed sweet potatoes here, or click the picture below.

If you’re serving your oven baked sweet potatoes as a side dish, pair them with your favorite protein or vegetarian chili. For a topping, stick to butter, Greek yogurt, or sour cream, or try adding a dollop of cilantro lime dressing, tzatziki, chipotle sauce, pesto, guacamole, or a drizzle of tahini sauce.

If you have leftover baked sweet potatoes, save the soft flesh for another recipe. I blend it into the frosting of my vegan chocolate cake, transform it into a luscious Alfredo sauce, use it to bind quesadillas, or mix it into hummus!

Do you have any favorite baked sweet potato recipes? Let me know in the comments!

Oven baked sweet potatoes

If you love this baked sweet potato recipe…

Try these 4 stuffed sweet potato variations (pictured above)baked sweet potato friessweet potato tacos, twice baked sweet potatoes, or this sweet potato casserole next!

Baked Sweet Potato

rate this recipe:
5 from 186 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with this simple recipe! Serve them as a side dish or stuff them to make them a meal on their own.


  • Sweet Potatoes

topping ideas:


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and place a piece of foil on a baking sheet. Use a fork to poke holes into the sweet potatoes, set them on the baking sheet, and roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until puffed up and soft inside when pierced with a fork.



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Rate this recipe (after making it)

  1. Violet

    My sweet potatoes were perfectly cooked! I added a little ghee, almond butter, sliced bananas, and sprinkled chia seeds over it. So good!

  2. Jo Rudd

    5 stars
    This yield a perfectly cooked sweet potato! I added cinnamon and it was delicious paired with baked salmon and salad! Thanks so much for this.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your sweet potato was perfect!

  3. Sue

    5 stars
    I so agree with you about not liking sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows! Butter, salt and pepper is all they need to be so yummy! I didn’t know not to wrap my sweet potatoes in aluminum foil. Thank you for stating this!

  4. Tanya

    Mmmmmm yes!!!!! So yummy!!!😋

  5. Tanya

    5 stars
    This was absolutely helpful!!!! Especially when mentioning that you DON’T wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil in order to get the good crispy skins. I was unsure of that and this answered my question. 😁

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

  6. Terry

    5 stars
    During the depression Granny traded her sugar coupons for other staples. This stuck for generations and we didn’t do sweet tea or sweet potato’s with all the sugar added. My mom added coating the outside of the potato with oil before baking so that the skin is crispy and delicious.
    Love and always have prepared sweet potatoes with butter, salt pepper…..yum!
    It amazes me how sweet potatoes are touted as healthier than other potatos, then cups of sugar are added to recipes.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. Geo

    5 stars
    I put on my sweet potato: roasted Brussels sprouts, crumbled feta, toasted slivered almonds, bacon pieces and Craisins. It’s a whole meal. Whenever I serve them everyone wants the recipe.

    • Yvonne

      This looks amazing Geo! I’m going to try it next week!

  8. Bob

    5 stars
    Try baked sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon, it’s awesome!

    • Tanya

      Mmmmmm yes!!!!! So yummy!!!😋

  9. Tammy

    I love my sweet potatoes with cinnamon sugar butter, pecans and caramel. Its sooo good



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