Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with all of the easy tips in this Baked Sweet Potato recipe! They’re perfectly tender and fluffy with golden brown skins, and they take just minutes to prep. Stuff them and serve as a main dish or serve as a side dish with your favorite toppings!

My family is crazy about sweet potatoes, so I prepare them often. My roasted sweet potatoes and air fryer sweet potato fries have been one of our favorite side dishes as they’re perfect alongside almost anything I’m serving.

This Baked Sweet Potato recipe has been our new favorite! The sweet, nutty flavor is a delicious change from my classic air fryer baked potatoes, and they pair beautifully with a variety of dishes as well.

They’re tender and caramelized with a crispy skin that’s completely irresistible. I love that the prep is minimal, and cooking them is completely hands off.

Side dishes truly don’t get easier than this! 🙂

Baked sweet potatoes with fork digging into middle one

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • These oven baked sweet potatoes are baked until tender and caramelized, they have a sweet, nutty flavor, and irresisitibly crispy skin.
  • This recipe take minutes to prep and cooking is completely hands-off while you prepare the rest of the meal.
  • It’s extremely versatile! Baked sweet potato is a great side dish served with your favorite toppings or it can be served as a main dish stuffed with your favorite filling.
  • This is a great meal prep recipe as the baked sweet potatoes can be reheated in the microwave, oven or air fryer!

Recipe ingredients

Baked sweet potato recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Sweet potatoes. Any variety of sweet potatoes will work such as Garnet, Hannah, Japanese, Jewel and Purple Stoke. Do choose sweet potatoes that are similar in size so that they are ready at the same time.
  • Olive oil. Rub a bit of olive oil over each potato to help the salt adhere to the skin and helps it crisp up nicely.
  • Salt. The skins of the sweet potatoes are seasoned with a bit of salt. They are full of fiber so they’re great to eat!

How to make oven baked sweet potatoes

This recipe for oven baked sweet potatoes couldn’t be easier. There is just a few minutes of prep, then they’re popped into the oven to bake until tender and caramelized.

Pro tip: Choose sweet potatoes that are similar in size so that they will be done at the same time.

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

How to make baked sweet potatoes
  • Wash the sweet potatoes well, blot dry, and prick them all over with a fork.
  • Coat the sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt and place on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until very tender.
Baked sweet potato sliced open with pat of butter

Recipe FAQs

What is the best temperature to bake a sweet potato?

Bake at a higher temperature of 425 degrees to cook them a bit more quickly, to get a nice crispy skin, and to promote caramelization.

Is it better to wrap baked sweet potatoes in foil when baking?

I prefer not to wrap sweet potatoes in foil when they’re baked in the oven. Wrapping them in foil will steam the potatoes, which prevents the skins from becoming nice and crispy.

Do you have to poke sweet potatoes before you bake them?

It’s very important to poke, or prick the sweet potatoes all over with a fork before baking to allow steam to escape. The pricks don’t have to be deep at all, just mainly on the surface of the sweet potatoes.

Can I make baked sweet potatoes in advance?

This recipe is great for meal prep! Simply reheat in the microwave, oven or air fryer, then stuff them or top them with your favorite toppings!

Should you eat baked sweet potato skin?

Most of the fiber content in sweet potato comes from the skin, so it should be eaten! Coat your sweet potato with olive oil and salt (or your favorite spices), then place it in the oven and bake until tender.

The oil helps crisp up the skin as it bakes, which adds great texture, and the salt accentuates the flavor. This makes the sweet potato skin absolutely irresistible!

See the post “Can You Eat Sweet Potato Skin?” by EatingWell for more information.

Serving suggestions

This recipe is incredibly versatile, and it’s a lot of fun changing it up with a variety of fillings or toppings.

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip:  Choose sweet potatoes that are similar in size so that they are done at the same time.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your sweet potatoes.  Nutrition information will also vary based on the size of the potatoes.
  • Choose your favorite variety such as Garnet, Hannah, Japanese, Jewel and Purple Stoke.
  • Store leftover sweet potatoes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Reheat in the microwave, oven or air fryer!
Oven baked sweet potatoes with a fork fluffing one up

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Baked sweet potato with pat of butter

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with all of the easy tips in this Baked Sweet Potato recipe! They're perfectly tender and fluffy with golden brown, crispy skins, and they take just minutes to prep!
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Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes any variety, of similar size for even cooking
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Wash the sweet potatoes and blot dry. Prick holes all over each potato, then rub with olive oil and salt and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender enough to pierce with a fork.
    4 sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Remove from heat and slice down the middle to remove excess steam. Top with a pat of butter, salt and pepper, and chopped chives, or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip:  Choose sweet potatoes that are similar in size so that they are done at the same time.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your sweet potatoes.  Nutrition information will also vary based on the size of the potatoes.
  • Choose your favorite variety such as Garnet, Hannah, Japanese, Jewel and Purple Stoke.
  • Store leftover sweet potatoes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Reheat in the microwave, oven or air fryer!

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 706mg, Potassium: 762mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 32063IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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