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Have you ever wondered what is the best way to bake sweet potatoes? If you’ve ever wondered how to cook sweet potatoes, this article will give you all of the options for baked sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes in the air fryer, instant pot sweet potatoes and how to cook a sweet potato in the microwave!
One of my favorite easy ways to cook sweet potatoes is to bake them in the oven! No fancy gadgets required! You will get delicious sweet potatoes that are versatile for any meal.
However, there are a bunch of other options for cooking sweet potatoes, including the fastest way to cook sweet potatoes, the microwave!
Sweet potatoes are such a versatile food in that they can be cooked in a variety of appliances. Whether you want to make air fryer sweet potatoes, instant pot sweet potatoes, or bake sweet potatoes in the oven, sweet potatoes are a great canvas to create delicious recipes!
One thing that is the same no matter what way you cook your sweet potatoes, you need to clean and poke holes in them first! Cleaning sweet potatoes with a food scrub brush helps you to keep the nutrient-dense skin. Poking holes in your sweet potatoes helps the steam to escape during cooking.
A Few of My Favorite Unique Sweet Potato Recipes
Here a just a few unique recipes I’ve shared for cooking and baking with sweet potatoes!
- Sweet Potato Brownies
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash Muffins
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Way to Bake Sweet Potatoes
General Sweet Potato Questions
How do you cook sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes can be cooked in a variety of ways. You can bake a sweet potato in the oven, create air fryer sweet potato wedges or fries, cook whole sweet potatoes in an instant pot, or even cook sweet potatoes in a microwave.
This article discusses the different methods for cooking sweet potatoes.
Can you eat sweet potato skin?
Yes! If properly cleaned, sweet potato skins are a great source of nutrition and add a nice crisp, especially to air fryer sweet potato fries. I like to clean my sweet potatoes with a scrub brush like this one I found on Amazon!
Sweet Potato Nutrition Questions
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the nutrition in sweet potatoes including sweet potato macro information.
Are sweet potatoes nightshades?
Sweet potatoes are not nightshades, unlike their white potato counterpart. Paleo Leap has a great resource about nightshade vegetables.
Do sweet potatoes have protein?
Sweet potatoes have 2.1 grams of protein per cup. While not a substantial source of protein, they do have some protein in them.
Are sweet potatoes keto?
There are 27 grams of carbs in 1 cup of sweet potatoes. Depending on what net carb goal you are following, sweet potatoes may take up a substantial (if not all) part of it.
Are sweet potatoes gluten free?
Yes, sweet potatoes are a gluten free vegetable.
Microwave Sweet Potatoes Questions
Who would have thought you could make sweet potatoes in the microwave? If you’re short on time, this is definitely the fastest way to cook sweet potatoes.
How to microwave a sweet potato?
Microwave sweet potato meal prep is similar to baking a sweet potato in the oven.
- First you must clean the outside of the sweet potato.
- Poke holes all around sweet potato.
- Cook the sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate for 5 minutes on high, turning halfway through. Once sweet potato is fork tender it is done. Add 30 second increments of cooking if sweet potato is not fork tender by 5 minutes.
How long to microwave a sweet potato?
Microwaving a sweet potato is by far the fastest way to cook a sweet potato! Again, the length of how long to cook a sweet potato in the microwave will depend on the thickness of the sweet potato.
Start by cooking a sweet potato for 5 minutes on high, turning halfway through. If it is a thicker sweet potato, try cooking for 30 second increments until it is fork tender.
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes Questions
Air fryer sweet potato wedges have become a family favorite recipe for us! My favorite air fryer to make air fryer sweet potatoes is this Ultrean Air Fryer I found on Amazon Prime and of course the Ninja Foodi.
Are air fryer sweet potatoes healthy?
Yes! Air Fryer sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to traditionally fried sweet potato fries. Air frying uses a fraction of the oil of traditional frying.
What is the best way to cook sweet potatoes in the air fryer?
In my opinion the best way to cook sweet potatoes in the air fryer is to make sweet potato rounds! Similar to sweet potato fries, these air fryer potato rounds are deliciously crispy on the outside and deliciously sweet and tender on the inside.
Check out my favorite Air Fryer Accessories to make air frying easy and healthy!
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Questions
Both come with a trivet to hold your sweet potatoes while they cook in the pressure cooker.
How do you cook instant pot sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes can be cooked in the instant pot in a few simple steps!
- Poke holes around the washed sweet potato.
- Add the instant pot trivet to the bottom of the instant pot along with 1 cup of water.
- Close instant pot lid and set valve to sealing.
- Cook for 15 minutes (medium circumference potatoes) on manual high pressure.
- Allow instant pot to naturally release for 10 minutes and quick release remainder.
How long to cook sweet potatoes in the instant pot?
Generally, a sweet potato of medium size will cook in about 15 minutes using high manual pressure in the instant pot. As with the other techniques, the thickness of the sweet potato matters!
Smaller sweet potatoes will cook faster while larger sweet potatoes will take longer to cook.
My best tips for cooking sweet potatoes in the instant pot is to
- Poke holes all around the sweet potato before cooking in the instant pot.
- Select sweet potatoes of the same circumference when cooking. This way they will be done cooking around the same time.
Did you get an Instant Pot and not sure what accessories you’ll need? Check out my Instant Pot Favorites!
Baked Sweet Potato Questions
Despite my love for all things air fryer and instant pot, baked sweet potatoes are still my go-to! This recipe for baked sweet potatoes is foolproof and you don’t need any gadgets except for an oven!
Do you have to poke holes in a sweet potato before baking?
Yes. Poking holes in a sweet potato is important as it helps to allow steam to escape during the cooking process.
How long to bake a sweet potato at 400F?
The length of baking a sweet potato depends solely on how thick the sweet potato is. A sweet potato of medium roundness should be cooked for approximately 45-50 minutes at 400F. Smaller potatoes can be cooked for slightly less while thicker potatoes may take upwards of 60 minutes.
You can test a sweet potato for doneness by inserting a fork into the sweet potato. When you get no resistance the sweet potato is cooked.
Best Recipe for How Long to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400
Making sweet potatoes in the oven is super easy! This recipe provides deliciously sweet and tender sweet potatoes that are a perfect canvas!
You can eat these sweet potatoes as side dishes or for a base as a stuffed sweet potato or sweet potato breakfast bowl!
Best Way to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400
Have you ever wondered what is the best way to bake sweet potatoes? If you've ever wondered how to cook sweet potatoes, this article will give you all of the options for baked sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes in the air fryer, instant pot sweet potatoes and how to cook a sweet potato in the microwave!
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- salt + pepper to taste, for topping
- 1 tsp ghee for topping
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash three medium sweet potatoes with a scrub brush. Poke holes all over the sweet potatoes using a fork.
Place potatoes on lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 45-50 minutes or until fork tender.
My favorite toppings for a baked sweet potato are quite simple! Salt, pepper and a tsp of ghee will give you a delicious baked sweet potato.
Here are a few ideas for what to serve with sweet potatoes.
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Easy Weeknight Salmon
- Air Fryer Shrimp
- Air Fryer Parmesan Chicken
- Whole30 Meatloaf
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