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Three baked sweet potatoes split open with butter inside.
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Baked Sweet Potato

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked sweet potato
Servings: 3


  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil more or less to taste*
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt more or less to taste
  • toppings of choice see above for ideas


  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 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.
    A fork poking holes into a sweet potato.
  • 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.
    Three large sweet potatoes covered in oil and salt on a baking tray.
  • 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.
    Three sweet potatoes on a baking tray after being baked in the oven.
  • Once cooked through, remove from the oven, cut open and top with your favorite toppings.
    Three baked sweet potatoes split open on a baking tray.



  • 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.


Serving: 1potato | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 465mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g