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How to Microwave a Sweet Potato

The absolute fastest and easiest way to cook a sweet potato is in the microwave! From start to finish in under 10 minutes, you can use small, medium, or large sweet potatoes and still get fluffy and tender sweet potatoes every time!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy to make, kitchen tips, simple cooking
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 sweet potato
Calories 122kcal


  • Fork
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Microwave


  • 1 medium sweet potato weighs roughly 4-5 ounces
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • butter optional


  • Thoroughly wash sweet potato and pat dry. Pierce skin all over with fork to create vents and place sweet potato on microwave-safe plate.
  • Microwave 1 medium sweet potato for 6 minutes on high, turning sweet potato over halfway through cook time. Note: if your potato isn't tender after 6 minutes, continue microwaving in 30-second increments, checking potato after each session.
  • Cut sweet potatoes open down center, like a hot dog bun. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with butter, if desired. See Notes for additional topping ideas.


  • Cook Times:  Cook times will vary depending on your specific microwave and the size of sweet potatoes you're cooking. This recipe is written for 1 medium sweet potato. If you're cooking 1 large sweet potato, start with a 7 ½ minute cook time. If you're cooking 2 medium sweet potatoes, start with an 8 minute cook time.
  • Sweet Potato Toppings: You can't go wrong with a little salt and pepper. Rosemary and thyme would be great savory options, too. Sweet potatoes are also incredible with a little cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and browned butter. For an even sweeter potato, add a little honey or maple syrup. You could also stuff the sweet potato with protein and toppings, like in our Healthy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes recipe.
  • This method was tested and perfected using a 1200-watt microwave. You may need a longer or shorter cook time or a lower power depending on your specific microwave.
Recipe yields 1 sweet potato. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 medium sweet potato, not including butter. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1sweet potato | Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20110IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 25g