Roasted Sweet Potatoes – oven roasting brings out the sweet nutty flavors of this delicious and healthy veggie. This is a simple recipe with just the sweet potato and some spices. Serve these as a simple side dish. Or, add them to tacos, chili, salads, anywhere you want some yummy veggie!
This is my go-to recipe for everything from a fancy holiday dinner to Monday night where I don’t know what to cook. It’s so easy & quick, and so delicious!
These have a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
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Benefits of roasting
I really love to roast things! (You may have already noticed that. and, I seem to be on an orange food kick lately.)
I find that roasting gives greater flavor and complexity to the food. The caramelization just brings out the toasty nuttiness and the yumminess.
It may take a little longer to roast something, than say to boil or steam it, but the time is largely just time where the food is in the oven and you don’t have to do anything to it (also called inactive time).
And that means you can be off doing other things!
Should sweet potatoes be soaked before roasting?
No, you do not need to do an additional step of soaking the sweet potato before roasting it.
Simply make sure it’s scrubbed nice and clean, and you can cut off any bumps, bruises, or blemishes.
Then, chop it into dice or cubes and pop it in the oven to be cooked perfectly!
You don’t even have to peel it. Of course, you can if you want, but the peel is really good for you, so I encourage you to leave it on.
Is it best to boil sweet potatoes before roasting?
Again, this is one of those steps you can skip. No need to pre-cook the potato to roast it. Just let the oven do all the work for you. You have other things to be doing!
What to do with roasted sweet potatoes
So, here’s another roasted side dish for you.
I love this one simply as a side with some protein and another veggie as dinner.
But, it’s also delish as part of a salad.
And, these little roasted sweet potatoes rock as a filling in a taco!
Later this week I’ll give you a recipe for Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas using this roasting technique.
What is the healthiest way to cook sweet potatoes?
Roasting is one of the healthiest ways to cook sweet potatoes. The nutrients will not get leached out as they would in boiling.
And, this has very little added oil in the recipe.
It’s also so much better for you than so many of the sweet potato casseroles with all the added sugar.
You can also use the same technique for “regular” potatoes (like Russets, Yukon Golds, or Red Potatoes).
I’ve been doing this for breakfast as well. The day before, I cut up the potato and roast it, but cut the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Let the potatoes cool, and pop the cooled mostly roasted diced potatoes in the fridge, and the next morning heat them up another 5-7 minutes in the oven and they’re perfect.
Reheating can also be done in the microwave if you’d rather.
The potatoes in the picture above were roasted the day before, refrigerated, and reheated that morning, as they reheated in the oven I added some grated white cheddar & served it with a couple of fried eggs.
More sweet potatoes!
Looking for more sweet potato recipes? I love sweet spud, and have lots of ways to prepare them! Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes, Holiday Sweet Potatoes, Chipotle Maple Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato Layer Bake, and of course a Sweet Potato Pie.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 large sweet potato scrubbed clean
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or light flavored oil of your choice
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Cut sweet potato into bite sized pieces, about ½ to 1-inch in size. You want your sweet potato chunks to be roughly uniform in size so they all cook at about the same rate.
- Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet, and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with cumin, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat. Roast in 400° F oven, turning occasionally, for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and browned outside and just tender inside.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.