How to Microwave a Sweet Potato

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How to Microwave a Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are a sweet tuberous root filled with vitamins and minerals. One sweet potato provides the body with 102% vitamin A and helps boost your immune system. These tasty, versatile potatoes go well with salads, soups, and curries. They can be boiled, roasted, steamed, and even microwaved. If you are short on time, then microwaving a sweet potato is quick, easy, and only takes about 5 minutes, depending on the size.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 medium-sized sweet potato
  • Fork
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Damp paper towel
  • Butter
  • Salt


First, scrub the potato and pat it dry, then pierce it 3 or 4 times with a fork. Wrap the potato in a damp paper towel and put it on a microwave-safe plate. Place it in the microwave and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until your desired doneness. Remove it from the microwave, cut it open, and add butter and salt. Serve hot.

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Sweet potatoes are so versatile, they can be made to suit anyone's taste buds.

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Choosing and Storing Sweet Potatoes

At the supermarket, choose sweet potatoes that are bright, evenly colored, and firm. Store them in a dry, dark, cool place, and use them within two weeks. Additionally, sweet potatoes should not be stored in the fridge unless they are cooked, as they can go hard in the middle and have an unpleasant taste.

What’s the Best Way to Freeze Sweet Potatoes?

The best way to freeze sweet potatoes is to first peel and slice them. Then boil them on the stove until tender, approximately 15 minutes. Next, drain and allow them to cool, and place them in a freezer bag. Remove the air and seal the bag. Sweet potatoes can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

How to Serve Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be served plain or with butter and salt. Many people like to sprinkle cinnamon on top with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Furthermore, in the United States, a popular Thanksgiving dish is a marshmallow-sweet potato casserole. This sweet, gooey dish is made with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, orange juice, cinnamon, and marshmallows. A ham sweet potato casserole is a perfect addition to take to your next potluck evening.

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Marshmellow sweet potato casserole is a Thanksgiving all-time favorite.


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How to Microwave a Sweet Potato

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  • Author: Kay Keene
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Sweet potatoes are a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner table. Cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave is a time saver and also allows for more cooking space in the oven and on the stovetop. Follow this simple, stress-free microwave sweet potato recipe, and your guests will certainly come back for more.


  • 1 sweet potato
  • Damp paper towel for each potato
  • Pinch of salt
  • Butter (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  • Maple syrup (optional)


  1. Wash and pat dry the desired amount of sweet potatoes.
  2. Stab the skin of each sweet potato with a fork.
  3. Then, wrap each potato in a damp paper towel.
  4. Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for 2 ½ minutes; turn them over and cook for a further 2 ½ minutes.
  5. Then, test the potato by stabbing it with a fork. If it is still firm, cook for another minute or two.
  6. Finally, slice the potato in half and fill it with your desired ingredients.


Note: There is no need to peel the sweet potato. Sweet potato skins are full of beneficial nutrients like manganese, potassium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Method: Microwave


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 178
  • Sodium: 71 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 4 g
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