Roasted Sweet Potatoes
How to make roasted sweet potatoes in the oven with wonderfully flavourful - without the need for an unhealthy deep fryer!
Including tips on how to cut, bake, and serve the sweet potatoes!
I absolutely love roasted food, and sweet potatoes are no different!
Roasted sweet potato are simple to make and even better to enjoy. Follow my tips for even crispier results and how to cut sweet potato!
By making oven-baked sweet potato, you will end up with spuds that are fluffy in the middle, with a crispy, caramelised outside. Plus, they are healthier than traditional fried versions, and you don’t have to worry about dealing with large amounts of oil, which I haven't used for probably more than 10 years.
Sweet potatoes are one of the best types of potato for people with diabetes, as they are low-GI and contain more fiber than white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of calcium and vitamin A.
Both potatoes are a healthy carbohydrate source. And the same amount of white potatoes and sweet potatoes contain about the same amount of carbohydrates (1/2 cup = 15 grams of carbs). Sweet potatoes, however, have more fiber and are slightly lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes.
Vitamins A and C also function as antioxidants that protect cells against aging and disease. For even more antioxidants, choose purple sweet potatoes. The pigment that gives them their gorgeous hue has particularly potent antioxidant properties.
How To Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2 Sweet potato
2 Tbsp of Olive oil
1 Tea spoon of paprika
Salt & Pepper
Sweet potatoes – Choose potatoes similar in size and shape to cut them into more even squares, so they bake evenly. Sometimes they have really funny shapes;
Olive Oil – You could replace olive oil with another one but honestly I only use this one or coconut oil;
Seasoning blend: salt, black pepper, paprika.
STEP 1: Clean the Potatoes
First, make sure to wash the potatoes well, using a scrubber if you want to make skin-on fries (for extra nutrients and texture). If not, then you can then peel the potatoes. I tend to use the skin.
STEP 2: Chop the Sweet Potato
Shop the potatoes in cubes with a knife . Rinse them well and dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel (any wetness will reduce crispiness).
STEP 3: Season the sweet potatoes
Now it is time to season the potatoes. First, you can mix all of the seasonings together in a bowl or you can just through them in the tray.
Then, pour over the sliced potatoes and toss everything together in the tray and make sure all the potatoes are well coated.
STEP 4: How to bake the sweet potatoes
Place the cubes on a baking sheet, making sure not to crowd the tray too much. This will help them become crispier.
Bake in the oven at 425ºF/220ºC for 25-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through. The baked sweet potatoes are ready when they are browned, crispy, and lightly puffed up.
The time will differ based on how thick you cut your homemade sweet potato cubes. If you have cut them very in small cubes then check at 20 minutes. For bigger, it could take up to 35 minutes.
When ready, remove from the oven and serve immediately!
How to serve
Use these baked sweet potato in place of regular potatoes for very different meals. You can also serve them as a filling on Tacos or wraps.
Other seasoning options: Garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper, cumin, Italian seasoning, etc.
Try to cut the potatoes as evenly as you can for more even cooking.
Omitting the salt until after the potatoes are baked may yield more crispy baked sweet potato than adding it before-hand. I personally don't use any salt.
You can also omit the spices until the last 10 minutes of the baking time. This will help them to avoid burning in the oven and becoming bitter.
It is best to bake the potatoes on lightly oiled parchment paper or foil if you have issues with food sticking to your pans. Always a good tip in the kitchen.