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A soft baked sweet potato topped with butter and pepper.
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5 from 7 votes

The Perfect Baked Sweet Potatoes

Learn how to make the perfect baked sweet potatoes every time! Sweet potatoes are a great canvas to build so many meals around.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 142kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400º F.
  • Wash sweet potatoes, and brush lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, to taste.
  • Baked sweet potatoes for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until the flesh has reduced and is very soft. The skin will very easily pull off the potatoes when they are ready.



Do a "poke test" to see if they are ready -- they should greatly yield to the touch. The skins will "puff up" around the flesh and an air pocket forms around the reduced flesh.
This takes a bit of practice! They will start to feel this way about 30 minutes before they are really done. Just be patient, and keep baking them.
I like to pull on the skin. If the sweet potatoes are ready, the skin pulls off very easily.
When you cut open the sweet potato, you want it to very easily "squish" and come off a fork very creamy.
If you're baking a purple sweet potato, the process is slight different, because they are lower in sugar and have a more dry texture.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 18445IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.8mg