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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are a highly nutritious and versatile side dish that can easily be transformed into a complete meal. They are easy to prepare and dependably delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Salt
Keyword: baked sweet potatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Valerie Brunmeier


  • 4 sweet potatoes red or orange skin with orange flesh
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil optional
  • butter salt, and pepper, as desired


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Scrub the sweet potatoes until clean and dry them with paper towels. Place on the prepared baking sheet and poke with a fork about 3 or 4 times per side. Drizzle each sweet potato with about 1 teaspoon olive oil, if using. Use your hands to rub the oil and coat all sides of each sweet potato with the oil. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until tender all the way through when pierced with a toothpick (don't use anything large like a knife to test them as it will allow them to start releasing more liquid).
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool for about 10 minutes. Slice down the middle and use your hands (use paper towels if too hot) to squish the ends in and open up the potato.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste and top with a pat of butter, if desired.


Nutrition information was calculated for 1 sweet potato without toppings.
If preferred, you can skip the parchment paper and enclose the prepped sweet potatoes in foil before baking.
Serving Suggestions
Baked Sweet Potatoes are a simple and versatile side dish option for a wide variety of meals. They pair deliciously with steak, chicken, or pork. Keep them simple with a little butter, salt and pepper or jazz things up with a drizzle of maple syrup and a pinch of crushed red pepper for a sweet and spicy kick. A sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar is a natural flavor combo.
Skip the bun and spoon my Cajun Sloppy Joe filling over the top for a complete meal.
Top them with a spoonful of the filling for my Turkey Tacos and your favorite taco toppings for a nutritious Mexican-inspired meal.
Stuff them with Shredded BBQ Chicken and garnish with diced red onion and cilantro.


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg