A baked whole sweet potato can take an hour, or longer, to cook. And that hour-long bake time doesn’t always result in soft potatoes. Ugh!  Below, I share the secret to making the best and quickest baked sweet potatoes in under 30 minutes! This recipe is unlike any other baked sweet potato recipe. The caramelized flavor and quick nature of this recipe will leave you craving this vegetable all year long.

Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

There are different ways to roast and bake sweet potatoes:

  • Chop sweet potatoes into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, then bake on sheet pan at 425F for 30 minutes.
  • Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork, wrap in foil, then bake in the oven for 1 hour, until soft and tender.
  • Then there’s the no-baking way to bake a sweet potato in the Instant Pot.

All of these methods and recipes will render a delicious end result, but nothing is like the method I’m about to teach you. Prepare to be majorly wowed by the flavor of this recipe. Even if you don’t like sweet potatoes, I think this recipe will change your mind. And the best part, this recipe only requires 3 ingredients: sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt.

Just real-food goodness that’s flavorful and super healthy! Just as real food should be.

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Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.
The secret to making the BEST and QUICKEST sweet potatoes is to cut them in half!

How to Make the Best & Quickest Oven Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

The secret to creating the best and quickest baked sweet potatoes is to first slice each potato in half. Sweet potatoes are an incredibly large and dense vegetable, in their raw state, which means they take forever to fully cook. When the sweet potatoes are halved, the baking time is dramatically reduced.

But something else happens when the potatoes are halved. The halved potatoes, when cooked flesh-side down, caramelize. Caramelization = incredible flavor and texture. 

The end result is the best baked sweet potatoes!

I won’t ever go back to the slow method for baking a sweet potato ever again. Give this method a try and tell me what you think.

How to make this recipe…

  • Step 1: Scrub any dirt or debris off the potatoes (you’ll want to eat the delicious and nutrient-dense potato skin once baked)
  • Step 2: Use a large sharp knife to cut the potatoes in half.
  • Step 3: Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan. This will keep clean up quick and easy for you.
  • Step 4: Drizzle the halved potatoes with olive oil.
  • Step 5: Sprinkle sea salt over each potato half.
  • Step 6: Flip the potato halves so the sweet potato is flesh side down.
  • Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes at 400F in the center rack of the oven.
Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.
Once halved, drizzle the sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt.

How to Serve Baked Sweet Potatoes

This recipe can be used in so many different ways to create a variety of nutrient-dense meals, from breakfast to lunch to a dinner main meal or side dish. Here are a few ideas:

baking sweet potatoes on sheet pan
Flip the sweet potatoes, flesh-side down, on the sheet pan.

How to Prep Sweet Potatoes in Advance

Baking sweet potatoes in advance will save you a ton of time and make eating healthy, real-food meals easier during the busy week.

To prep sweet potatoes in advance…

  • Bake the sweet potatoes: cut in half, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, then roast on a sheet pan for 30 minutes.
  • Once baked to perfection, allow the sweet potatoes to cool on the sheet pan. You don’t want to place the sweet potatoes directly into a storage container while hot as this will cause condensation to build in the container.
  • Once fully cool, place the potatoes in a storage container and place in the fridge. (Read: My best tips for storing fresh food in the fridge.)
Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.
Then bake until the sweet potatoes are soft and caramelized! Look at that caramelization…so much flavor!

How to Reheat

To reheat the prepared potatoes, place the cold potatoes on a sheet pan and warm in the oven (at 350F), in a skillet, or in the microwave or a toaster oven.

Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.
The potatoes are so flavorful, you don’t need to add anything to the potatoes. But if you want, top with butter, salt, or cinnamon.

You’ll also love…

  • This sweet potato casserole isn’t the marshmallow and brown sugar casserole from childhood. Oh no, it’s healthy, flavorful, and sure to have everyone asking for the recipe.
  • Sausage and sweet potato hash is a protein and fiber rich breakfast that you can prep in advance on the weekend and reheat throughout the week.
  • Apple and sweet potato bake is a sweet and savory side dish or topping for ice cream during the cooler months.
The Best and Quickest Baked Sweet Potatoes
4.74 from 83 votes

The Best and Quickest Baked Sweet Potatoes

The best, quickest, perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 30 minutes. This recipe is allergy friendly: vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. And the potatoes can be prepped in advance to save time.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 76 kcal
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon oil avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, or melted coconut oil
  • salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. 
  • Cut the sweet potatoes in half, lengthwise, with a sharp knife. Place the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Drizzle the potatoes with one tablespoon of oil, then rub the oil on the flesh of each potato. Sprinkle each potato with just a pinch of salt. 
  • Flip the potatoes over, flesh-side down on the baking sheet. Some oil will spill over on the sheet pan–that's normal and okay. 
  • Bake the sweet potatoes, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, until the skins begin to look shriveled and soft. Remove the potatoes from the oven. 
  • The baked sweet potatoes should be slightly brown and caramelized on the top of the flesh and soft throughout the potato. Enjoy the potatoes warm (I love to add a tablespoon of butter and cinnamon, or see other ideas in the post above), or place them in an air-tight container in the fridge to enjoy later in the week.

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Nutrition

Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSodium: 35mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 9220IUVitamin C: 1.6mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.4mg
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Perfectly soft, caramelized sweet potatoes in under 40 minutes. Prep these sweet potatoes in advance for a quick and easy real food option throughout the week.

155 Comments

  1. Baking sweet potato in foil is a no-no sweet potato or regular potatoes baking them in foil is not truly baking them it steams them and makes the texture soggy, that texture is not how a baked potato should be. To bake a potato properly you just need to thoroughly wash the potato poke holes in it put it in the oven no foil. Sweet potatoes you probably do want to put on a pan because sweet potatoes have a lot of sugars so some probably will escape out through the poked holes, regular potatoes wouldn’t have to be put on a pan because the sugar content is not as high.

  2. I was contemplating whether you thought whitening them first, may make it much speedier; then, at that point, halfing, and baking.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly as it stated with the sweet potato omg they came out delicious thank you so much for the easy’s way to bake a sweet potato I love it l will continue to use this recipe as so easy !

  4. 5 stars
    I can definitely vouch for this recipe title… following this recipe will indeed guarantee you the best and quickest baked sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a staple in our household and since I discovered this recipe, they come out perfectly every single time!

  5. 4 stars
    Great recipe, I made the mistake and didn’t face them down, but still came out good. In my opinion I think sweet potatoes comes out best when they are steamed, but this is good for a time crunch.

  6. 4 stars
    I love it. Such a simple recipe, great side dish. My go-to for sweet potatoes. I do cheat and add some butter and brown sugar on top when done. 🙂 Thanks.

  7. 4 stars
    These were a great healthy way to prepare Sweet potatoes, sweet enough, and done to perfection. Thank you for this recipe

  8. 5 stars
    These were amazing!! This is now my go to recipe for sweet potatoes!! I made them for a potluck supper and everyone raved about them. Delicious! Thank you for posting.

  9. 5 stars
    I make these almost every week. Easy, delicious and good for ya’? Talk about your no brainers.
    Thanks for this simple-y great recipe.

  10. Downside in half…looks super…
    I nuke my potatotoes and sweet potatoes in the microwave first.
    In a pyrex dish, lid closed, just enough water to cook by STEAMING , not submerged.
    Poke with a fork after 10mins to test softness.
    Continue with oven bake as per recipe.
    Time drastically reduced.

    1. mydude Leon. REALLY MICROWAVE??? Microwaves violently shakes every molecule in your food completely changing its properties. Im telling ya bro, there is a reason why leftover pizza recooked in a toaster oven tastes 100 times better.

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