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Three baked sweet potatoes on a plate topped with butter, salt and pepper.

Perfect Baked Sweet Potato

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here’s how to make the perfect baked sweet potato every time! With crisp skin and a warm and soft center, baked sweet potatoes a delicious side dish served savory or sweet.


  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil, more or less to taste*
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, more or less to taste
  • toppings of choice (see above for ideas)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Clean potatoes: Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes, pat dry. Use a fork to poke holes in each potato. I like to do 4-8 holes, depending on how big the potato is.
  3. Rub a little bit of oil on each potato and sprinkle with sea salt. Place potatoes in a baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven.
  4. Bake: Bake for 60-80 minutes depending on how big your potatoes are. Flip the potatoes over about halfway through cooking. You’ll know they’re done when a knife easily slides through the flesh.
  5. Once cooked through, remove from the oven, cut open and top with your favorite toppings.


  • You can totally skip the oil and sea salt if you want. The sweet potato skin won’t be as crisp, but the baked sweet potatoes will still be delicious.
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 potato
  • Calories: 126
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 465mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: baked sweet potato