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Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sweet and Savory Toppings

It is surprisingly easy to make these Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes! They are soft and tender, the ideal base for sweet or savory toppings. With only 5 minutes of hands-on time, you can have these healthy and filling sweet potatoes ready to serve. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 (½ sweet potato each)
Calories: 147kcal


  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • kosher salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • Toppings: brown sugar, chopped herbs, candied nuts, maple syrup, pesto, or other toppings as desired.


  • Wash and dry sweet potatoes thoroughly.
  • Place a piece of tinfoil on the bottom rack of the oven, then position a rack right above it. In the cold oven, place the sweet potatoes directly on rack above the tinfoil.
  • Turn the oven on to 425°F. Bake small-medium potatoes (3-4 inches long) for 45 minutes and large potatoes (5-6 inches long) for 60 minutes. 
  • When done baking, do NOT open the oven door. Turn the oven off and leave the potatoes inside for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour.
  • Slice open and add butter, salt, and pepper. Add other toppings as desired.


Tips & Tricks
  • Don’t open the oven. No peeking! Keep the oven shut the whole time to ensure they cook all the way through. 
  • Don’t forget the tinfoil! The tinfoil on the bottom rack catches the juices and saves a lot of cleanup later. Just throw it away after baking.
Storage: Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. 
Reheating: Reheat in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel or bake at 350° until warmed through. 


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 16206IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg