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How to Cook a Sweet Potato in the Microwave

This post shows you how to cook a sweet potato in the microwave. It's quick and efficient, and a great way to do it when you're in a rush!
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 sweet potato
Calories: 111kcal


  • 1 sweet potato


  • Poke sweet potato - Start with clean, scrubbed sweet potatoes. Use a paring knife or fork to poke the sweet potato 8-10 times.
  • Covered dish- Place the sweet potato in a covered microwave-safe dish.
  • Cook- Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then carefully flip the sweet potato over. Microwave on high for another 2-4 minutes (* longer for large potatoes!)
  • Check- check for doneness by squeezing gently with an oven-mitt covered hand. If sweet potato gives slightly, it is ready to come out. If it is still firm, it needs more time.


*Exact cook time will depend on the size of your sweet potato
Cool sweet potatoes completely before storing in an air tight container.
  • fridge- store for up to 4 days.
  • freezer- freeze for up to 3 months; for longer storage, you may want to wrap cooled sweet potatoes in parchment or wax paper before storing in a meal prep container.


Serving: 1sweet potato | 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