How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Not sure how to cook sweet potatoes? You’re not alone! A recent consumer research survey showed that 20% of young adults feel that sweet potatoes are not easy to cook. Have no fear! The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission is here to help you conquer the kitchen and learn the easy tricks of cooking sweet potatoes. While baking is the most traditional way to cook sweet potatoes, there are countless ways to prepare them and cash in on their heavenly sweetness.

  • Sautéed Sweet Potato: Slice or dice sweet potato, toss in oil and sauté for about 10 minutes.
  • Boiled Sweet Potato: Quick boil by adding 1-inch thick slices to a skillet with 2 inches of boiling water; cook for about 12 minutes.
  • Steamed Sweet Potato: Steam 1-inch slices over simmering water.
  • Microwaved Sweet Potato: Microwave whole sweet potatoes for 5 to 8 minutes rotating halfway through.
  • Micro-Bake Sweet Potato: Microwave whole sweet potato for 4 minutes, then bake at 450° for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Grilled Sweet Potato: Cut sweet potato in half lengthwise and grill 20 to 25 minutes until tender and crisp.
  • Broiled Sweet Potato: Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch thick slices; broil for 10 minutes.
  • Raw Sweet Potato: Grate raw into slaws and salads.




Matchstick style? Slice and dice? If you’re unsure of these basic terms, then visit our “How to Cut Sweet Potatoes” page for a video tutorial!

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