Half-Time Baked Sweet Potatoes – A Katie Mae Staple!

Recipe by Katie Mae

Makes 2 servings per potato | Ready in 45 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge


2 or more sweet potatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, meaning from one end to the other.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes face down on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake potatoes for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until they feel soft and fully cooked. You can either poke them with a fork to judge, or what I do which is give the largest one a gentle squeeze to feel how soft they are.


There’s a range of doneness that’s acceptable. The longer they cook for, the more the sugars develop and the sweeter they will be. As they bake longer, you’ll also create that golden-brown coloring on the open, flesh side of the potato.

Don’t let them cook for too long. Otherwise, the inside of the skin will become blackened and that you don’t want to it.

If you want to reduce the cooking time even more so, you can slice each half in half, so the sweet potato is sliced into quarters lengthwise. However, doing this means that one of the flesh sides will be exposed to the circulating air, which will cause it to dry out. When the potato halves are fully face down, less moisture escapes and the texture of the flesh is heavenly.

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Baked sweet potatoes make a great meal when you need something low-fuss that you can just throw in the oven and forget about while you get some other things done.

They’re so yummy on their own, but also incredibly versatile and easy to dress up.

One of my favorite ways to eat a baked sweet potato is with some black beans, diced tomato, avocado, corn, and fresh cilantro.

This KISS (Keep it Super Simple) Recipe shows you how you can bake sweet potatoes with the same delicious sweetness that we all love in half the time!

Before you get started, make sure to wash your sweet potato thoroughly to remove all dirt. Dirt in your dish can make it unpleasantly gritty.

To wash them, place the sweet potato under running water and use a vegetable brush to give ’em a good scrub. If you don’t have a brush, you can use a clean washcloth, or even just your hands, which are not a great option but they’re better than nothing..

The veggie brush is a small purchase that will make cleaning all of your root veggies so much easier, so save yourself some time and click here to get one for your kitchen.

I’ll give you three ways to use this super simple recipe, but the specific dishes you can create with these sweet taters are endless.

Option 1: Enjoy as is in all its glory! Trust me, it’s got the flavor to go alone.

Option 2: Make it the starch to go with your plant-protein and veggies. You could even use it as a base fixing for a Buddha Bowl!

Option 3: Make and add to any recipe that calls for cooked sweet potato, like our recent Sweet Potato Cheese Sauce. Other plant-strong recipes you may come across that require cooked sweet potatoes include soup, hummus, pasta sauce, and curry.

With how delightful they are and so many ways to use the Baked Sweet Potatoes, I suggest making more than one at a time, as I do here. As a single person, I usually make 2 to 4 to enjoy throughout the week. If you have a partner or family, you may want to do even more.

Off you go…. Slice, bake and soak up that sweetness!


  1. Susan Deogracias

    I usually pop my sweet potato in the microwave using the potato setting plus a minute extra. Am I losing nutrients cooking with a microwave?

    1. KatieMae

      Susan, if you enjoy the taste of the sweet potato in the microwave than I wouldn’t be concerned. The healthiest way to cook veggies is the way that will get you to eat them. Dr. Greger’s research shows that the microwave is not as damaging to nutrients as people make it out to be, and sometimes it can even increase the nutrients availability 🙂

  2. leslie worf

    I’m a member of the recipe club so I should see the content here. How come it doesn’t say how long to back them and at what temp? Does the oven have to be preheated or no?

    1. KatieMae

      Hi Leslie, I just checked and you’re participating in our online training: Plant-based Cooking 101, but you’re not a member of the Recipe Club. You can click here for details about the Recipe Club registration. Participants in the training do get 15% off the Recipe Club. I’ll email you with the promo code to use in case you want to join.

  3. Dana Bohon

    Simple way to cook sweet potatoes and they very creamy and delicious! Thank you Katie Mae. I never thought to cut them in half!

    1. KatieMae

      You’re welcome, Dana! The first time I cut them in half to bake, I was thinking the same thing: “Why haven’t I done this before?!” 🙂

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