Baked sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any meal. These soft sweet potatoes are baked in the oven and can be topped with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon or marshmallows!

Three baked sweet potatoes topped with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

The trick to knowing how to bake sweet potatoes is simply patience. They do take a while to bake in the oven. However, the good news for you is that you can just plop them in the oven and they can cook while you play with your kids, clean the house or watch an episode of your favorite show. That’s right! They take about 50-60 minutes to bake in the oven, which is the length of one Great British Baking Show episode, so that just seems meant to be. 😂

In my family we like to eat our baked sweet potatoes with a little butter (always), brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. I think it tastes delicious and is the perfect side dish for fall. (But, I confess I love baked sweet potatoes all year long!)

You can pair this side dish with my Mississippi pot roast, creamy dijon mustard chicken, or brown sugar crusted salmon — to name a few. 

Ingredients

  • Medium/large sweet potatoes — (mine were 10-11 oz), however many you’d like!

Topping Ideas

There are so many toppings and ways you can eat a classic sweet potato here are a few ideas:

  • Butter, salt and pepper
  • Marshmallows
  • Brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Yogurt or sour cream
  • Pecans or any other nut variety
  • Egg, bacon, and salsa for a breakfast style sweet potato
  • Chili
  • Taco ingredients, for a taco stuffed sweet potato
3 Baked sweet potatoes cut open with butter and brown sugar topping.

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven.
    Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. 
  2. Clean the potatoes.
    Clean the sweet potatoes by scrubbing underneath running water. Dry the skin. 
  3. Poke holes.
    Poke each sweet potato with the tines of a fork. I do a few pokes on each side. 
  4. Bake.
    Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the thickest part of the potato can have a fork inserted with no resistance. 
    Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. 
  5. Serve!
    Serve with 1) butter, salt and pepper, 2) marshmallows, or 3) brown sugar and cinnamon. 
Three large sweet potatoes on a white parchment lined baking sheet.

Tools Used For This Recipe

Cookie sheet – a staple in every kitchen. 

Fork – easy peezy.

Recipe Tips

Medium-sized sweet potatoes are the best as they will become starchier the larger they get. Sweet potatoes with tight skin and few blemishes are the best.

You don’t want to wrap the potato in foil! It makes the skin slimy. 

Don’t forget to poke a few holes in the sweet potato before baking. This simple step allows steam to escape from the potato, which in turn prevents the potato from exploding.

Once the potato is baked, the skin will be a little puffy, meaning it will look like it’s been separated from the inside of the sweet potato.

Great toppings for sweet potatoes: marshmallows, yogurt or sour cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, or salt and pepper.

Three sweet potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet, each cut open with a slice of butter melting in each potato.

FAQ

How long should I bake sweet potatoes? 

This answer will vary depending on the size of your potato. The larger the potato, the longer it will need to bake, but generally about 50-60 minutes at 425°F, or until a fork can slide through the thickest part of the potato without resistance. Keep in mind, if you’re baking a small sweet potato, you will want to check if they’re done around 45 minutes. 

Are sweet potatoes healthy? 

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamins and minerals. They are a healthy side dish option, depending on your toppings of choice. 😉 I’ve always been a believer that the more color you can add to your diet the better. These potatoes definitely have a beautiful color! 

When are sweet potatoes in season? 

While you can usually find sweet potatoes at the grocery store year-round, sweet potatoes are in season between October and January. 

Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? 

Yes and no. 😂 You have white sweet potatoes and orange sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes (yep, you read that right) and yams. They all come from the same family, but there are some differences — mostly in the ways they are used. However, according to Bon Appétit, yams and orange sweet potatoes aren’t different at all! 

How do I pick a good sweet potato? 

Medium-sized sweet potatoes are the best as they will become starchier the larger they get. The Spruce Eats says sweet potatoes that have tight skin and don’t look wrinkly are the best.

A fork scooping up some baked sweet potato.

Additional Sweet Potato Recipes

Roasted Sweet Potato Cauliflower Quinoa Bowls

Sweet Potato Hummus

Candied Yams

Veggie and Sausage Stuffing

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Baked Sweet Potato

Perfectly baked sweet potatoes! Top with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, marshmallows, or yogurt! So many delicious options!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 3 medium/large sweet potatoesmine were 10-11 oz each. You can bake more than 3 potatoes (I just had 3 on hand).

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy clean up. 
  • Clean the sweet potatoes by scrubbing underneath running water. Dry the skin. 
  • Poke each sweet potato with the tines of a fork. 
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 50-65 minutes or until the thickest part can have a fork inserted with no resistance. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly. 
  • Serve with butter, salt and pepper, or marshmallows, or brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Notes

If baking sweet potatoes that are smaller, start checking them around 45 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 45g (15%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Sodium: 124mg (5%)Potassium: 762mg (22%)Fiber: 7g (28%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 32063IU (641%)Vitamin C: 5mg (6%)Calcium: 68mg (7%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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