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three baked sweet potatoes with butter and green onion

Easy Baked Sweet Potato

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Baked sweet potato is one of the easiest meals you can make yourself! Simply wash and dry the root vegetables, massage some oil and light seasoning onto the skin and bake for an hour.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 2 potatoes


  • 2 larger sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil good quality olive oil
  • sea salt to taste season generously
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • butter for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Wash the potatoes with cold water and scrub (necessary step as we leave the skins on) and dry the potatoes with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking dish, baking tray, or sheet pan, lined with foil or parchment paper. Pierce small holes with a large fork or a knife all around the potatoes. (4-5 places is enough).
  • Massage the potatoes with a little oil, season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then carefully flip the sweet potatoes (they will be soft) and bake for another 30 minutes. Potatoes should be fork tender inside, which you can test with a knife.
  • Remove the whole sweet potatoes from the oven rack and let rest for 5 minutes. Make a cut in the middle of potatoes with a knife to open them, and top with butter, toppings. I love to use sea salt flakes and a little black pepper.


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