Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet PotatoesRecipe
Photo: Christopher Baker
Baked sweet potatoes are terrific with just a little butter and seasoning. Purists will love this recipe but if you need a little something extra, try sprinkling brown sugar or ground cinnamon over the top for a finishing touch.


Makes 6 servings

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 214
Caloriesfromfat 50 %
Fat 12 g
Satfat 7 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Sodium 230 mg
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 2 g


6 medium sweet potatoes, unpeeled
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Heat oven to 400° F.

Pierce each sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Make a slit in the top of each sweet potato. Top with 1 tablespoon of butter and season with the salt and pepper.

Variation: Baking sweet potatoes intensifies their sweetness, making them surprisingly satisfying with little, if any, embellishment. If you crave something over the top, try some maple syrup or brown sugar, a spoonful of sour cream, a pinch of ground cinnamon, some caramelized onions, a handful of pecans or walnuts, jarred applesauce or chutney, canned chipotles in adobo, crystallized ginger, or grated orange zest.