How to Roast a Large Sweet Potato Quick

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With natural sweet caramelization and simple spices, roast sweet potato makes a delicious and nutritious side dish.

Roasted sweet potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes these days. Not only do they have great nutrition facts and health benefits, they taste great!

I’ve always been puzzled by the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, but one thing I do know for sure – the sizes of sweet potatoes in our grocery store differ greatly!

Sometimes they are small and fist size. Other times they are huge and football sized!!

I have developed a roasted sweet potato recipe that is a cross between a microwave sweet potato and an oven baked sweet potato.

The nice thing is, it works for any size of sweet potato!

Oven Roast sweet potato - cut whole sweet potato, toss, and roast!

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients you’ll need:

Ingredients for easy oven roast sweet potato

  • sweet potato
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • cayenne pepper or chili powder

Step 1: Wash & slice the sweet potato into pieces roughly the same size.

Scrub the sweet potato well under running water. Cut off any dark spots that may be on it. You do not need to peel the sweet potato to roast it in the oven, unless you prefer not to have the skin on.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it seem different based on how you cut the potato.

This time, I cut this very large sweet potato into 1 inch slices and then each circle slice in half.

If you would like roasted sweet potatoes that are diced, just cut them in squares and reduce the baking time. Likewise, cutting them in thin, narrow strips will make them more like oven roasted sweet potato fries. Again, you will just adjust the baking time to less time if they are cut smaller.

One note on cutting sweet potatoes – they are extremely difficult to cut through when they are large. To cut safely, make sure you are using a very sharp large knife and keep your fingers out of the way. Rock the knife back and forth as you press down to make the job easier.

Cut sweet potatoes on a plate ready to be put in the microwave.
Cooking sweet potato in the microwave for a few minutes before roasting in the oven cuts down on baking time.

Step 2: Pile the cut sweet potatoes on a microwave safe plate and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes.

This step decreases the time it will take to roast them in the oven.

Sliced sweet potato on baking sheet
Choose seasonings that you and your family prefer.

Step 3: Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a baking pan and toss the sweet potatoes in it. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder or cayenne pepper.

I usually just eye the amount of oil, but make sure that each piece of sweet potato is coated in oil.

You can feel free to use the type of seasoning you prefer on roasted sweet potatoes. We like spicy food, so a sprinkle of cayenne pepper is our favorite.

Oven baked sweet potatoes on a baking sheet
Oven roasted sweet potatoes are done when they are tender when poked with a fork.

Step 3: Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Baking times will differ based on the thickness and size of your cut sweet potatoes. You’ll know they are done when they are tender when you poke them with a fork and have a nice golden brown, slightly crispy bottom.

Roast Sweet potatoes in a serving bowl.
Sweet potatoes make a delicious and nutritious side dish.

Serve roasted potatoes with your favorite main meat dishes.

We like to have oven baked sweet potatoes with our easy hamburger steak recipe, sloppy joes, roasted chicken, and chicken cordon bleu.

Close up of oven roasted sweet potatoes.

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How to Roast a Large Sweet Potato Quick

How to Roast a Large Sweet Potato Quick

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

With their slightly sweet caramelization and spicy seasoning, roasted sweet potatoes make a perfect delicious & nutritious side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 very large sweet potato
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • cayenne pepper or chili powder

Instructions

Step 1: Wash & slice the sweet potato into pieces roughly the same size.

Step 2: Pile the cut sweet potatoes on a microwave safe plate and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes.


Step 3: Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a baking pan and toss the sweet potatoes in it. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder or cayenne pepper.

Step 4: Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Notes

Baking times will differ based on the size you cut the potatoes. You'll know the potatoes are done when they are tender when poked with a fork, and slightly golden brown and crispy on the bottom.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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One Comment

  1. I intend to try this recipe as soon as possible. Thank you so much. May I add that your food photography skills are outstanding because as I stared at the perfectly captured photo I felt that I could reach out and grab some right off the plate.
    May I ask how you have recovered from your surgery? I would also like to ask if you are able to attend church at this time. Things seem to be pretty much locked down according to the reports I have read which are usually incorrect! In any case, I hope you and hubby are doing well. (Forgot to add that I hope your son has fully recovered from the accident.) Sending a hug long distance,,
    Sharon in NJ. P.S. It is a beautiful Spring day here with trees in flower and lots of colorful blooming bulbs. 🙂

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