These 25 sweet potato dishes are easy to makewholesome, and with simple ingredients.

From 30-minute dinners and salads to easy and quick family-friendly side dishes.

All of them are nutritious, delicious, and with plantbased protein. We’re sure you’ll find your next sweet or savory sweet potato recipe on this list!

Easy Sweet Potato recipes

1. Black bean salad

black bean sweet potato salad

Here’s a great way to cook sweet potatoes healthy and wholesomely!

This black bean salad with roasted sweet potatoes, corn, green or red bell pepper, creamy avocado, jalapeños, and a cilantro lime dressing with fresh cilantro and lime juice is a winner.

2. Roasted sweet potatoes

roasted sweet potatoes on a serving platter

Roasted sweet potatoes are quick, tasty, and easy. Serve them as a side dish or use them to make other delicious recipes.

For example, salads and grain bowls where they add healthy vitamins and fiber.

3. Sweet potato wedges

roasted sweet potato wedges on a platter with ketchup

They are the perfect side dish for most meals: roasted sweet potato wedges. These wedges are tender, naturally caramelized, and packed with flavor. They are the perfect side dish for most meals.

4. Easy chickpea stew

Chickpea Stew with naan bread

This chickpea sweet potato stew is perfect for a tasty and easy everyday dinner or a make-ahead meal.

Freeze your leftovers, or eat them the day after – the stew is even more flavourful the day later.

5. Fried chips

crispy sweet potato chips on a platter

Thin, tasty, and crisp sweet potato chips are among the best homemade snacks and side dishes.

We tested oil-freeair-fryer, and deep-fried versions so you can choose your favorite. Serve these for game nights, movie nights, or as an appetizer during the holiday season.

6. Sweet potato muffins

sweet potato muffins with chocolate chips

These are honestly one of our favorite sweet potato recipes. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet and surprisingly flavorful in baked goods.

Sweet potato muffins are delicate, moist, pleasantly sweet, and earthy from the sweet potatoes. Eat them for breakfasta snack, or a sweet treat after a meal.

7. Sweet potato mash

Sweet potato mash savory

Make it savory or sweet; this sweet potato mash is a great side dish for the holidays and cold winter evenings.

Serve it as a side dish for the holidays, Thanksgiving, or special occasions in autumn and winter.

8. Microwave sweet potato

microwave sweet potato with butter and sage

Microwave sweet potato is quick, healthy, and delicious. Eat it as is, or load it with one of our toppings to turn it into a tasty main dish.

It’s a perfect quick lunch or wholesome dinner when loaded with one of our plant-based toppings.

9. Loaded potato with vegan tuna

baked sweet potatoes stuffed with chickpea tuna

Sweet potatoes are perfect as a quick lunch; load them with plant-based toppings. For example, this vegan tuna is a quick and easy recipe made with mashed chickpeas.

It’s the perfect replacement for tuna in a sandwich, to fill a baked sweet potato, as an appetizer, or as a vegan tuna salad.

10. Sweet potato gnocchi

butter and sage sweet potato gnocchi on a plate

Our 3-ingredient sweet potato gnocchi is a delicious, comforting, and cozy Italian-inspired dish you’ll want to make every night.

Make it with a butter and sage sauce or a creamy mushroom sauce – a guaranteed family favorite.

12. Air fryer sweet potato

air fryer sweet potato cubes

In 15 minutes, you can make these deliciously roasted air fryer sweet potato that is tasty and versatile.

From cubes to sweet potato fries and whole baked sweet potatoes, learn how to use an air fryer for cooking this delicious root vegetable.

13. Lentil salad

lentil sweet potato salad with feta

Lentil sweet potato salad is one of our favorite salads due to its meal-prep-friendly nature.

It’s nutritious, tasty, and aromatic, thanks to a simple cumin and paprika dressing inspired by Moroccan cuisine.

14. Sweet potato salad

sweet potato salad on a platter

Sweet potato cubes are perfect in this colorful and vibrant sweet potato salad.

Have it for lunch, a quick and healthy make-ahead dinner, or bring it to potlucks and picnics. This is one of our favorite ways of eating sweet potatoes; we are sure you’ll love it too!

15. Sweet potato soup

sweet potato soup with chili oil

Sweet potato soup is a fall-inspired recipe that is creamy, earthy, a little sweet, and perfect for autumn or winter weeknight dinners.

Drizzle it with chili oil, and serve with toasted or Naan bread to sop up the leftovers.

16. Sweet potato curry

sweet potato curry with a lemon wedge

Velvety tender chunks of sweet potato combined with nutty chickpeas and a rich coconutcurry base are a winning flavor combination.

You’ll love this sweet potato curry because it’s easy, quick to make, and packs a punch.

17. Chickpea and bean-packed sweet potatoes

Microwave sweet potato

Make a quick quinoa salad, add beans and a dollop of guacamole, and serve on microwaved sweet potato.

It’s a quick and wholesome lunch idea and office lunch meal.

18. Sweet potato hash

Sweet Potato Hash on tortilla

Black beans, bell pepper, and caramelized sweet potato come together in this sweet potato hash that pairs perfectly with Mexican toppings.

Try it in a breakfast burrito with nachos, and serve it with guacamole, sour cream, and fresh lime.

19. Sweet potato chili

Sweet potato chili with cilantro

Perfectly spiced, creamy, and mealprepfriendly, this sweet potato chili with kidney beans is a delicious dinner idea for the whole family.

Serve it with corn tortillas, avocado spread, and sour cream for a wholesome and warming plantbased meal.

20. Sweet potato casserole

vegan sweet potato casserole with silver spoon

Vegan sweet potato casserole is a delightful twist on a classic dish, featuring creamy mashed sweet potatoes and crunchy pecan oat streusel.

This wholesome casserole is delicious and a dessert favorite choice for your holiday table.

FAQ about sweet potatoes

Do sweet potatoes need to be boiled before roasting?

No, there is no need to boil sweet potatoes before roasting. They will get tender during the baking process with a bit of oil.

What temperature do I bake sweet potatoes?

Bake sweet potatoes at a high temperature in the oven. We find that anything between 400°F and 450°F works well.

What is the fastest way of cooking a sweet potato?

The fastest way of cooking sweet potato is in the microwave, which takes only 5 minutes. Prick the sweet potato before microwaving it; you don’t need to peel it beforehand.

 Air frying is the second fastest cooking method and takes just 15 minutes when the potato is cut into cubes. Thirdly, boiling and oven-roasting the sweet potato takes 30 minutes.

Are sweet potatoes healthy?

Sweet potatoes can be considered a superfood thanks to their many health benefits, such as stabilizing blood sugar and improving digestion.

Sweet potatoes contain slightly fewer calories than white potatoes but can be considered a nutrient-dense carbohydrate source. Sweet potatoes contain slightly more vitamins B6 and C than white potatoes.

But deciding between white and sweet potatoes is up to you and your family’s preference. Both potato types are plant foods and can be a fiber-rich addition to a whole-food diet.

roasted vs microwave sweet potato

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Sweet Potato recipes with savory and sweet ideas

25 Best Sweet Potato Recipes

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
Microwave sweet potato is quick, healthy, and delicious. It's one of our 25 best sweet potato recipes.
Microwave for 5 minutes then cut it open, load it with one of our toppings, and enjoy!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Course: Dessert, Main, Side dish
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes

TOPPINGS

    Mexican

    Mediterranean

    Greek

    Chickpea Tuna

    Simple Savory

    • 3 tablespoons butter (we used dairy-free butter)
    • 6 leaves sage
    • 2 pinches sea salt

    Simple Sweet

    • 2 tablespoons butter (we used dairy-free butter)
    • 2 drizzles maple syrup
    • 2 sprinkles cinnamon
    • 2 sprinkles nutmeg grated
    • 8 walnuts crushed
    • 1 tiny pinch salt

    Instructions 

    HOW TO MICROWAVE SWEET POTATO

    • Wash the sweet potato with a brush under cold water to scrub the dirt away
      Dry it with a paper towel, then prick it with a fork a few times.
      pricked sweet potato with a fork
    • Arrange the sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate and microwave at high power for 5 minutes.
      Slide a paring knife in the center of the potato to check for doneness. The potato is cooked if the blade slides in easily through the center. If not, keep microwaving it in 30-second to 1-minute intervals.
      When ready, split the sweet potato in half with a knife and add your favorite topping.

    MEXICAN TOPPING

    • Tasty and protein-rich Mexican-inspired topping with black bean quinoa saladmashed avocado, and vegan sour cream.
      sweet potato with avo mash on top

    MEDITERRANEAN TOPPING

    • Light and nutritious Mediterranean couscous salad with crispy roasted or air-fried chickpeas and creamy and nutty tahini sauce on top.
      microwave sweet potato loaded with couscous and tahini sauce

    GREEK TOPPING

    • We use a simple couscous or bulgur salad with tomato and cucumber, then top it with crispy chickpeas, sliced black olives, and crumbled feta cheese (we used dairy-free feta).
      microwave sweet potato loaded with feta and lemon

    CHICKPEA TUNA TOPPING

    • Our delicious vegan tuna recipe is perfect to stuff microwave sweet potatoes. You can even add melty vegan cheese on top and arrange them on a baking sheet under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese melts.
      baked sweet potatoes stuffed with chickpea tuna

    SIMPLE SAVORY TOPPING

    • A simple savory topping of butter (we use dairy-free), sage leaves fried in butter in a pan for 2 minutes, and sea salt or kosher salt.
      microwave sweet potato with butter and sage

    SIMPLE SWEET TOPPING

    • A simple sweet topping with butter (we use dairy-free), maple syrup (or brown sugar), cinnamonnutmeg, and walnuts (or pecans). You can also add chopped apple on top.
      We took the sweet potato out of its skin for this one, then mashed it lightly with a fork for the spices and maple syrup to go in. It was a scrumptious dessert.
      sweet potato with butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg

    Notes

    Nutrition information is for one microwave sweet potato without any topping.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.04g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 762mg, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 32063IU, Vitamin B6: 0.5mg, Vitamin C: 5mg, Vitamin E: 1mg, Vitamin K: 4µg, Calcium: 68mg, Folate: 25µg, Iron: 1mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 57mg, Zinc: 1mg
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