Microwave sweet potato is definitely one of my favorite side dishes. It is easy, quick, delicious, and nutritious.
“Baking” a sweet potato in the microwave is easy and quick. And you can make several of them, keep the leftovers for a few days in the fridge, and reheat when you want to enjoy them.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need one ingredient to make this super-easy recipe! A medium sweet potato! It should weight about 7 oz. If yours is bigger than this, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
An optional ingredient is some butter to put on the cooked potato (salted or unsalted, depending on your own preferences). Some people also like to sprinkle it with cinnamon or even to drizzle it with a little honey or maple syrup.
How to “bake” a sweet potato in the microwave
It’s so easy! Simply pierce the skin and place the potato on a paper towel. Then microwave it for 2-3 minutes per side, depending on its size. You will know it’s ready when you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork.
As always when using the microwave, it’s best to err on the side of not cooking it for long enough, then gradually adding more sessions. You can’t save it if it’s overcooked. But you can cook for a bit longer if it’s not fully cooked.
Once done to your liking, allow the potato to slightly cool, then cut it in half. The recipe card below provides the detailed instructions.
There’s no need to peel the sweet potato
You can simply wash it well, then microwave it with the skin on. Sweet potato skin is edible, so it’s up to you if you want to remove it before eating or not. I like to leave it on.
A comment on microwave cooking
Many people worry about microwave oven safety. But according to the World Health Organization, when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions, microwave ovens are safe. In fact, microwave cooking helps preserve some nutrients.
How to eat microwave sweet potato?
I enjoy it just as it is, warm and tender and flavorful. Sometimes I add a sprinkle of kosher salt. Obviously, you can add a pat of butter. My husband likes to sprinkle his with a little fine-grated parmesan cheese.
I know that many people like a sweet version. I haven’t tried it myself, but you could try a pat of unsalted butter or coconut oil, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and perhaps a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
What to serve with this dish?
Anything! It’s such a wonderfully versatile side dish. It goes with so many main courses. And since it’s so easy to prepare, it frees you up to cook anything you like, even complex dishes.
I often serve microwave sweet potato with baked chicken breast, as a side to reverse seared steak, or with baked pork chops. It’s also excellent with a couple of fried eggs for a tasty and filling meatless dinner.
What about leftovers?
You can keep leftovers in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power. Sometimes I turn the leftovers into mashed sweet potatoes.
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Microwave Sweet Potato
- 1 (7oz) sweet potato
- Wash and dry the sweet potato. Don't peel it. Pierce it in a few places with a fork.
- Place the sweet potato on a paper towel and microwave it on high for 3 minutes. Turn it to the other side and microwave for 2 more minutes, or until fork-tender.
- Allow the potato to rest for 2 minutes before serving.
- I like to simply slice the microwave sweet potato and enjoy its natural sweetness – I don't even sprinkle it with salt, as I find the saltiness detracts from its natural flavor. But obviously, you can cut the sweet potato in half, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and top it with a little butter.