Did you know you can cook a sweet potato in the microwave and save 50+ minutes of cooking time (compared to baking in the oven)?!
Yep, it’s true! It only takes a few minutes. And it comes out just as deliciously roasted as if it was cooked in the oven. It’s one of my favorite quick kitchen hacks.
Microwaving a sweet potato is really easy, too!
Here’s a quick how-to guide for the next time you want to enjoy a sweet potato but don’t want to wait nearly an hour for it to bake in the oven.
To cook sweet potatoes in the microwave, start by washing them, of course!
Since sweet potatoes grow in the ground, it’s best to wash them to remove any excess dirt. This also saves you the hassle of peeling them.
To wash, hold the sweet potatoes under running water and scrub with a vegetable brush (or just thoroughly using your hands). Then, pat dry.
Next, pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork 4-6 times. This allows the steam to escape while they’re being cooked. Make sure you do this, because otherwise you might have an explosion in your microwave. ðŸ™‚
Wrap each sweet potato in a damp paper towel. This helps keep them moist as they cook.
Then, on a microwave-safe plate, microwave the sweet potatoes at high power for 6 minutes, turning halfway through.
After the 6 minutes is up, check to see if they’re tender. If they are, you’re done! And if not, keep microwaving in increments of 1 minute each until they feel done.
(To know when they’re done: push a fork or small knife against each potato’s skin. If it’s soft and there’s no resistance, you’re good to go!).
I recommend leaving the skin on, too. Cooking a sweet potato with the skin on preserves more of its nutritional value. And yes, it’s perfectly safe (and tasty) to eat it – and again much easier than dealing with peeling it!
(Looking for another great cooking hack? Check out my method for how to seed a pomegranate the easy way!)
I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes in general. Not only are they nutritious and delicious, but they’re also versatile. Besides microwaving, here are some other ways to cook a sweet potato:
And when it comes to recipes you can make with sweet potatoes, the options are endless:
To give you even more recipe inspiration, I’ve included links to some of my other favorite sweet potato recipes below. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs – one of my favorite brunches!
Lentil Sweet Potato Coconut Curry – great cozy meal
Harvest Bowls with Sweet Potato – delicious and filling grain salad bowls
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas – to get that Mexican food fix!
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili – another cozy meal that makes a ton and freezes well for later
Healthy Seafood Chowder with Sweet Potato – a lighter, less heavy take on your usual chowder (but still creamy and delicious!)
6 Sweet Potato Breakfast Recipes
What’s your favorite sweet potato recipe? How do you usually cook them?
Here’s the official recipe card with details on how to microwave a sweet potato so you guys can print out these instructions for later if you want!
Prep Time5 minutes Cook Time10 minutes 6 seconds Total Time15 minutes 6 seconds Yield 4 servings
1. Wash sweet potatoes. Pat dry.
2. Pierce sweet potatoes 4-6 times all over with a fork. This allows steam to escape while cooking.
3. Wrap each sweet potato in a damp paper towel. This helps keep them moist as they cook.
4. Arrange the wrapped sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave at high power for 6 minutes.
5. Check the tenderness by squeezing gently. Small sweet potatoes may be fully tender, but if your sweet potatoes don’t have any give after 6 minutes, keep microwaving in 1-2 minute increments until fully tender. (The sweet potatoes are done when they feel soft when pressed, and a fork can be inserted and removed very easily.)