How to Bake a Sweet Potato

The best method for how to bake a sweet potato to get soft and sweet insides and a skin that’s easy to remove.

Don’t you just love sweet potatoes?! They are so versatile and can be treated like a regular potato but with so much color and sweetness! These Crispy Homemade Sweet Potato Fries, Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake recipes are some of my favorite things to make using sweet potatoes.

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How to Bake a Sweet Potato

I am such a huge fan of using sweet potatoes in everyday cooking. They are such a versatile veggie — use them in casseroles, soups, dessert, and more, and they add a subtle sweet factor to any dish, plus they’re packed with nutrients! They are just so, so good, and they’re easy to bake if you know the right method.

Just like regular baked potatoes, there are about a hundred schools of thought around how to bake sweet potatoes. My personal approach is to keep it real simple (as per usual!). This method (see below) creates a soft, lush inside texture. You can just cut it open and load it with your favorite toppings, or simply peel off the skin to mash the orange insides into a simple mashed sweet potato side. Add a little butter, salt, and garlic powder, and you will be in HEAVEN. It’s so good, so easy, and so healthy!

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How long do you bake sweet potatoes?

I typically bake sweet potatoes between 45 to 55 minutes in a 400 degree F. oven. You can check the internal temperature of your sweet potatoes with an instant-read thermometer — you’ll want them to be between 205 to 212 degrees F. in the thickest part of the potato when they’re done. How long you cook them will depend on the size, so just pay attention to them toward the end of the bake time!

Can you eat the skin of a baked sweet potato?

Absolutely! Though some people don’t like the texture or taste of sweet potato skin, it’s packed with fiber and potassium. It adds to the nutrients on your plate, so if the flavor doesn’t bother you, I say chow down!

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What do sweet potatoes pair well with?

Sweet potatoes go really well with spicy and salty foods. That’s why I love it in this easy curry recipe, and it also goes great in Mexican-inspired dishes, like this breakfast burrito recipe. It’s a good simple side for more bare bones meals, too, if you need something to go with a protein and green on the plate.

What is the difference between yams and sweet potatoes?

To tell the difference between sweet potatoes and yams at the store or farmers’ market, yams’ skin is tough, brown, and bumpy and looks a bit like tree bark, but sweet potatoes have a more red-brown skin. However, a lot of stores don’t even know the difference and call yams and sweet potatoes one and the same! But yams are a different root vegetable than sweet potatoes; they’re similar in flavor and texture to russet potatoes or yucca.

To make it more confusing, there are orange, white, AND purple sweet potatoes. To get the classic orange version, look for the signature brownish-red skin, and if it has any nicks, the interior should be orange in color.

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How to Bake a Sweet Potato

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1-5 potatoes 1x


The best method for how to bake a sweet potato to get soft and sweet insides and a skin that’s easy to remove.



  • 1 to 5 large or medium sweet potatoes


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and scrub your potatoes clean.
  • Cut the pointy end off of each potato with a sharp knife, removing about 1/2 inch on each end.
  • Place potatoes directly on a baking rack set inside a baking sheet, and place it in the oven.
  • Bake until the center of the potato reaches between 205 and 212 degrees F. This will be roughly 45 to 55 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  • Remove from the oven, and let the potatoes cool a few minutes so that you can handle them.
  • Cut slit along the top, and serve with your favorite toppings. Or remove the skin from the sweet potatoes (they will slide off very easily), and mash the potatoes before serving.


  • If I need sweet potatoes for another recipe, this is my favorite way to cook them. It makes them ultra sweet and the skin comes over very easily.
  • Category: side
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 5 SERVING SIZE: 1 baked sweet potato
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117 Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 46.8mg Carbohydrates: 26.9g Sugars: 8.4g Protein: 2.6g Vitamin A: 1,249.3µg Vitamin C: 25.5mg

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I felt I should write something since I have made this recipe every week for the last couple of months. Okay, it might not be a real ‘recipe’, but it is my favorite way to make a sweet potato! No piercing or stabbing, peeling or using the microwave. I am not a meal prepper, unless you count this. It comes in handy when you have a toddler especially because you could mix in some sweet potato in nearly anything (pasta, oatmeal, etc.). I plan to use some in some brownies tonight. Thanks for posting this trick/tip/recipe 🙂

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