Roasted Sweet Potatoes are easy and delicious! They taste better than regular French fries and are a great healthy lunch, snack or side dish. Whole30 compliant, too!
I’ve enjoyed potatoes my entire life, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered my favorite way to enjoy them. There is something about roasting potatoes, especially sweet potatoes, that is so indescribably delicious. I tell my boys all the time that roasted sweet potatoes taste better than candy (they don’t agree. yet.). And they’re so easy to make.
Every time I roast a batch I make it a big one because they go well with just about everything. I add some to recipes like this Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl and enjoy the rest as a snack or a side with any meal. Roasted sweet potatoes do not last long in my fridge. My husband and I never allow them to exist for long.
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HOW TO ROAST SWEET POTATOES IN THE OVEN
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Peel 3 sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes. Add them to a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
Drizzle olive oil over top and toss to coat. Top with salt and pepper. Cook sweet potatoes for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST ROASTED POTATOES POSSIBLE!
Use a large baking sheet so the potatoes are able to be spread into a single layer. If they get piled on top of each other, they won't cook evenly.
I love the simplicity of the ingredient list, but this just means there is room to experiment with flavor! In addition to salt and pepper, you could add chili powder, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper or paprika. There are so many options!
Replace the olive oil with coconut oil to mix up the flavor!
This recipe is a great side dish for family dinner, but don't overlook it on holidays! Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas dinner would all be better with these on the table! The sweet flavor packed inside will add a little something to any table of food!
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATOES CRISPY
This is the magic your oven does all on its own when the temperature is high. Whenever I roast anything (potatoes or veggies), I never go below 400 degrees F. The potatoes will get crispy quickly, so always keep a close eye on them and flip a few times throughout so they cook evenly.
DO YOU HAVE TO PEEL SWEET POTATOES BEFORE ROASTING THEM?
The peel of a sweet potato is edible, so peeling isn’t necessary. However, I always get my sweet potatoes peeled before roasting because the peel adds a rough texture that not everyone enjoys. Use a vegetable or potato peeler to easily remove the peel. It’ll only take a couple minutes!
HOW TO ROAST SWEET POTATOES QUICKLY
There’s really no way to speed up the process of roasting, but by limiting the number of times you open your oven they will roast as quickly as possible. I also recommend never roasting above 425 degrees F, as burning is likely to occur.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS
I was confused for so many years after cutting into a sweet potato only to find white flesh. Was it really a sweet potato or was it a yam? It is rare to find an actual yam in a U.S. grocery store. What you are seeing when you go to the store are two varieties of sweet potatoes. Crazy, right?!
What is labeled "yam" at the store is actually a sweet potato with brown skin and dark orange flesh. What is labeled "sweet potato" at the store is a sweet potato with lighter skin and also lighter flesh. This variety is more firm in texture and not as fluffy when cooked. When you purchase sweet potatoes for this recipe, you will want to purchase the "yam" variety! No more potato confusion, phew!
OTHER DELICIOUS SWEET POTATO RECIPES
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This easy recipe soooo delicious. This is one of those super simple everyday and holiday recipes that you will fall in love with and make again and again. ENJOY, friends!