Sweet Potatoes: Cooking Basics and Recipes

Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, nutritious, and so versatile. Whether you like them baked, mashed, in a pie, or as fries, we have easy sweet potato recipes for you to try.

If you want to know how to cook sweet potatoes, you've come to the right place. Watch as we show you the easiest (and tastiest!) way to cook sweet potatoes, along with two tasty topping ideas.

Choosing and Storing Sweet Potatoes

Make your sweet potato recipes the best they can be by picking out perfect potatoes at your grocery store and properly saving them for later.

  • Look for the tastiest potatoes in their peak season: winter. Choose firm potatoes that are small to medium in size with smooth, unblemished skins.
  • If you do not plan to use the potatoes right away, store them in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not refrigerate sweet potatoes, as they will dry out.

Bonus: Learn 10 surprising things you can do with sweet potatoes.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

If you have the time, baking sweet potatoes is a great way to enjoy tender sweet potatoes with crispy skin. For a flavorful finish, top roasted sweet potatoes with cranberries, toasted walnuts, and a dab of butter.

To prepare baked sweet potatoes in your microwave: Prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning the potatoes once.

Mix things up with these other tasty baked potato recipes:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Not your usual sweet potato mash, this recipe has marshmallow creme mixed right in with the sweet potatoes. Add on a crispy brown sugar topping and a sprinkling of fresh cranberries, and this sweet potato casserole recipe will disappear in no time.

Even more fall-flavored casseroles:

Sweet Potato Fries

Baked sweet potato fries—packed full of vitamins A and C—are a more nutritious alternative to regular French fries. Because of this, they make great sweet potato snacks!

Tip: Cut each fry to an even thickness. Since sweet potatoes contain more sugar than regular potatoes, they tend to burn easily and cook unevenly if cut too thin.

Try this tactic with these delicious lightened-up suppers and sides:

Sweet Potato Pie

There's no doubt about it: Sweet potato dessert recipes are one of our favorite ways to use this root vegetable. Including pumpkin and a crispy cheddar streusel, the scrumptious pie pictured above is perfect for fall holidays.

Craving something a bit more traditional? Try these fan-favorite slices:

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a vitamin-packed alternative to regular mashed potatoes. Our healthy sweet potato recipes feature just a bit of butter and simple seasonings...and maybe a splash of bourbon!

Even More Recipes for Sweet Potatoes

Don't worry, we're not out of sweet potato recipes yet! We've got more sweet potato snacks, sweet potato dessert recipes, and healthy sweet potato recipes to help you take advantage of this nutritious veggie.


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