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baked sweet potato with butter on gray plate with a fork
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How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

How to bake sweet potatoes- a step by step guide to getting perfectly tender baked sweet potatoes! Eat them for dinner, stuff them with delicious fillings, or use them in your meal preps.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 111kcal


  • 1 sweet potato


  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • Scrub your sweet potato and pat dry with a towel. Prick sweet potato with a fork 10 or so times.
  • Place sweet potato on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes- 1h 15 minutes, depending on the size of your potato:
    -small- check after 30 minutes
    -medium (200g/6-9 oz)- 1 hour
    -large (1 lb/ 450 g)- 1 hour 15 minutes
    *all ovens are different and this is a rough guideline
  • Test if your sweet potatoes are cooked through by gently squeezing with an oven mitt. If they are tender, they are ready to serve. If they are firm, return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Before serving, drop the sweet potato from around 10 inches above a cutting board or the baking dish.


  • Store baked sweet potatoes in the fridge for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 3 months (wrap cooled sweet potatoes in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container)


Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 18445IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.8mg