All about Baked sweet potatoes

How to bake sweet potatoes in the oven or the air fryer.
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I bake sweet potatoes each week after grocery shopping for their versatility—perfect for soups, baked dishes, or even ramen.

About sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes have long been a staple in many cuisines worldwide. Not only are they delicious, but they also boast numerous health benefits and a wide range of culinary applications.

History of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, native to Central and South America, have been cultivated for over 5,000 years. They were introduced to Europe by the Spanish explorers in the late 15th century and quickly spread throughout the world. Today, sweet potatoes are a cherished ingredient in many global dishes, from traditional African stews to Japanese tempura.

Sweet potato benefits

They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. The vibrant orange color of some varieties indicates a high concentration of beta-carotene, which supports healthy vision and immunity. Moreover, sweet potatoes are a low-glycemic food, making them an ideal choice for those looking to maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Baked sweet potato ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
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How to Bake sweet potatoes in the oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands until they are evenly coated in oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss to coat the sweet potatoes evenly.

If they are medium to large sweet potatoes poke them with a fork.

Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring them once or twice during cooking, until they are tender and caramelized on the outside.

how to Bake sweet potatoes in the air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F and wash and scrub your sweet potatoes under running water. Pat dry with a towel.

Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the sweet potatoes in the air fryer, ensuring they don’t touch each other. f they are medium to large sweet potatoes, poke them with a fork.

Cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. Flip them over halfway through the cooking time. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the thickest part of the sweet potatoes. If they are cooked through, the fork will slide in easily.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes before cutting them open. Cut the sweet potatoes open and serve with your favorite toppings, such as butter, cinnamon, salsa verde, black beans, brown sugar, or chopped nuts.

Frequently asked questions

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Baked sweet potatoes

Alejandra Graf
How to bake sweet potatoes in the oven or the air fryer.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Servings 4 pieces
Calories 57 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 baking sheet or air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt

Instructions
 

How to Bake sweet potatoes in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands until they are evenly coated in oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss to coat the sweet potatoes evenly.
  • If they are medium to large sweet potatoes poke them with a fork.
  • Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring them once or twice during cooking, until they are tender and caramelized on the outside.

How to bake sweet potatoes in the air fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F and wash and scrub your sweet potatoes under running water. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the sweet potatoes in the air fryer, making sure they don’t touch each other. f they are medium to large sweet potatoes, poke them with a fork.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. Flip them over halfway through the cooking time. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the thickest part of the sweet potatoes. If they are cooked through, the fork will slide in easily.

Notes

There are several ways to store baked sweet potatoes, depending on how long you want to keep them and how you plan to use them. Here are some options:
In the refrigerator: Baked sweet potatoes can be stored for up to 4 days. Let them cool to room temperature and store them in an airtight container.
In the freezer: Baked sweet potatoes can be stored for up to 6 months. Let them cool to room temperature, then place them in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
Mashed or pureed: If you want to use the sweet potatoes in a mashed or pureed form, you can store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Mash or puree the sweet potatoes, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag before storing them.
Vacuum-sealed: If you have a vacuum sealer, you can store baked sweet potatoes for longer. Let the sweet potatoes cool to room temperature, then vacuum-seal them and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Please remember to label and date your stored sweet potatoes, and always make sure they are heated to a safe temperature before consuming.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 8016IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.3mg
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