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.
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.
What Readers Say:
“I made this recipe exactly as it stated. Omg! They came out delicious! Thank you so much for the easy way to bake a sweet potato. l will continue to use this recipe as it’s so easy!”
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.
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:
- As a side dish, enjoy the fiber-rich sweet potatoes with a healthy fat like butter and cinnamon or pepper. Serve the potatoes alongside grilled boneless chicken thighs, a roasted whole chicken, grilled steak, or your favorite protein.
- For a dinner, top a sweet potato with homemade chili for a stuffed sweet potato meal.
- For a lunch, make buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes by tossing roasted and shredded chicken with a buffalo sauce (like this one from primal kitchen), then top the roasted potato with the chicken and a dollop of sour cream and cilantro. You can also do this with Instant Pot BBQ chicken.
- For a protein breakfast, spoon nut butter (like peanut butter) over the potato and top with banana slices and cinnamon and a teaspoon of hemp seeds (optional). This is one of my favorite breakfasts! Serve with fluffy scrambled eggs, a simple cheese omelette, or one of 15 different ways to make eggs for breakfast.
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.)
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.
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
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon oil avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, or melted coconut oil
- 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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Best way to make sweet potato’s ! Quick and easy! Delicious!
Hey Gail, Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad you like the sweet potatoes!
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.
Thanks for sharing your opinion, Kathryn. Looks like you have found your favorite way to bake your sweet potatoes. This recipe doesn’t use any foil :).
I was contemplating whether you thought whitening them first, may make it much speedier; then, at that point, halfing, and baking.
Hey Smith, I don’t understand what that means. Can you explain?
Maybe they mean “blanching”?
Ah, yes, DL! I bet you’re right.
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 !
Hey Gloria, I’m so happy to hear that!
My husband insisted he hated sweet potatoes until he tried these. We both love them now!
They are a staple in our house! So happy he loved them!
This is the only way I my sweet and whit potatoes from now on. So delicious and creamy. Thank you
Same here! So delicious. Thank you for sharing!
Just made these and I have one comment – OUTSTANDING !!!
Thank you, Sandy! So happy you love them, they’re my favorite too!
Thanks for the recipe.
It came out perfect.
So glad, Mike! Thanks for sharing.
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!
These came out perfectly – I’ll never bake sweet potatoes whole again! And I’m definitely trying this method with baked potatoes next time too!
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.
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.
So glad you’re loving them, Jennifer!
These were a great healthy way to prepare Sweet potatoes, sweet enough, and done to perfection. Thank you for this recipe
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.
So glad you’re loving the sweet potatoes, Mary!
After this recipe I don’t do sweet potatos any other way! The best!
I make these almost every week. Easy, delicious and good for ya’? Talk about your no brainers.
Thanks for this simple-y great recipe.
Awesome, Brendan. I’m so glad you’re loving the sweet potatoes!
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.
Thanks for sharing your method, Leon.
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.
Just made this tonight! My husband and I loved it! Thanks so much!
Yay, Lily! That’s fantastic!