This incredibly simple and quick recipe for roasted sweet potatoes relies on the most basic of seasonings--olive oil, salt and pepper. Ready in just 30 minutes, it's a great side dish for a family dinner on a busy weeknight but because it's so easy and delicious, it can also be doubled or tripled and served at larger gatherings.

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Recipe Summary

10 mins
30 mins

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes

There are many ways to cook sweet potatoes, but our favorite way to prepare them is by roasting them in the oven. Roasted sweet potatoes are quick and easy to prepare and versatile too. You can keep them simple or jazz them up with fresh herbs or spices to pair with just about anything. Here are tips to achieve the best roasted sweet potatoes:

Leave The Peel On

While you can peel your sweet potatoes, we prefer to leave the peel on. Leaving the peel on saves time and also adds flavor and texture as well as a boost of fiber. If you're leaving the peel on, be sure to scrub the potatoes with a vegetable brush or clean scrubber sponge to remove any dirt and debris.

Prepare Your Baking Sheet

We line a baking sheet with foil, then spray the foil with cooking spray before the sweet potatoes are added to the pan. Since the oven is on the hot side (425 degrees F) the foil acts as a layer of insulation that will prevent over-browning. (Plus it will make cleanup a lot easier!) In order for the sweet potatoes to cook evenly, you'll have to turn them once halfway through cooking. A layer of cooking spray on the pan makes this a whole lot easier and prevents the potatoes from sticking.

Jazz Them Up With Flavor

This simple recipe calls for just salt and pepper, but you don't have to stop there. You can jazz up sweet potatoes with herbs, spices, nuts, and even cheese after (or before) they're done roasting. Dried spices like chili powder or smoked paprika pair nicely with roasted sweet potatoes and are best added before they hot the oven. Fresh herbs like thyme, basil or rosemary adds the most flavor when they're added after the sweet potatoes are done roasting. Also tossing chopped nuts or crumbled cheese like goat cheese or blue cheese with roasted sweet potatoes a few minutes after they leave the oven is a great way to add flavor and tailor them to pair with whatever you choose to serve alongside.

Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer 


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside. Cut unpeeled sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes.

  • Toss sweet potatoes with oil, kosher salt and pepper in a large bowl. Arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer in the prepared baking pan. Roast about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy on cut sides and tender inside, turning once.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup
85 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 16.5g; dietary fiber 2.5g; sugars 3.4g; fat 1.7g; saturated fat 0.2g; vitamin a iu 11583.6IU; vitamin c 2mg; folate 9mcg; calcium 24.8mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 20.5mg; potassium 276mg; sodium 168mg.

1 starch