Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes


In this healthy side dish recipe, sweet potatoes are tossed with maple syrup, butter and lemon juice and roasted until tender and golden brown. The delicious glaze that forms on these maple-roasted sweet potatoes transforms this ultra-simple dish into something sublime.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
12 servings, about 1/2 cup each

What to Look for When Buying Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are available year-round but are of the best quality in fall and early winter. Choose sweet potatoes that have smooth skin and are firm and free of soft spots, cracks or bruises. There are many varieties of sweet potatoes to choose from. For this recipe, we use an orange-flesh variety. Orange-flesh sweet potatoes tend to be denser and sweeter than the yellow-flesh variety. Common varieties of orange-flesh sweet potatoes are Beauregard, Jewel and Garnet.

How to Cut Sweet Potatoes for Roasting

For this recipe, we peel the sweet potatoes for the best texture. You can leave them on if you prefer, just make sure to scrub the sweet potatoes under cool running water with a vegetable brush.

Cut off the ends, then slice the sweet potatoes into rounds. Cut each round into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Make the Maple Glaze

The maple glaze consists of five simple ingredients: maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes, tossing to coat well.

Roast the Sweet Potatoes

After tossing the sweet potatoes in the maple glaze mixture, cover and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and stir. Then bake for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so. The sweet potatoes are stirred every 15 minutes to make sure they're cooking evenly and caramelizing. You'll know the maple-roasted sweet potatoes are done when they're tender and starting to brown.

Can I Make Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Ahead?

Absolutely! Cool completely, then cover and refrigerate the maple-roasted sweet potatoes for up to 1 day. Just before serving, reheat at 350°F until hot, about 15 minutes.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • cup pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes; toss to coat.

  3. Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, 45 to 50 minutes more.

    a recipe photo of the Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    Sonia Bozzo


9-by-13-inch baking dish

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

92 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size about 1/2 cup
Calories 92
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 11108IU 222%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 294mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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