How To Cook A Sweet Potato In the Microwave?

Sweet Potatos
Sweet Potatos

Many people don’t think about having sweet potatoes except for during the holidays. Having a baked sweet potato is just as delicious as having a regular baked potato. It can be such a special treat for lunch or even as a vegetable at dinner. A sweet potato only holds about 172 calories and no fat so it is a nice alternative to have. Here are a few tips on how to microwave a sweet potato.

When you go to the produce section of your local market, make sure you hand pick your sweet potatoes. There is no need to buy the “ready to microwave” sweet potatoes in the plastic wrap, they aren’t much different than a normal sweet potato and they cost about double. Pick the potatoes just like you would during the holidays to make a casserole.

When you are ready to bake them in the microwave, begin by scrubbing the skin. This will help to get all the dirt and chemicals off the potato. After washing the potato, go ahead and puncture the skin for ventilation.

Always remember that microwave ovens may vary, so this does take some “trial and error” testing. Start out with about five minutes. After the first five minutes, check the potato and turn it over. Cook an additional five minutes, or until you have reached the desired tenderness.

If you are cooking the sweet potato to make fries in the oven, remember to not cook them as long. If you wait too long, the potato will not be easy to keep together for slicing. If you are looking for a way to make mashed sweet potatoes, this is a great way to soften the potatoes. Baking the sweet potatoes in the microwave is also a great alternative to prepare the potatoes for pies or puree.

Baking sweet potatoes in the microwave is such a great way to add a healthy alternative to your meal. A sweet potato is naturally sweet, so there isn’t really a need to add all the sugar and marshmallows that we are used to in the sweet potato casseroles. A sweet potato is nice to have much like a baked potato, just add a little butter and a few seasonings like cinnamon and salt and you have a really special treat. If you want it a little sweeter without the calories, it is also good to add a no calorie sweetener packet.

Anyway you like your sweet potato, baking it in the microwave is a quick and convenient way to enjoy it anytime of the year. Just follow these simple steps and you will have a baked sweet potato fresh out of the microwave in no time!


Author: Kelly

Kelly Sperber has been a professional writer for 5 years. She joined TheHousingForum Team in January, 2011. Kelly enjoys skydiving, attending fashion shows, and gardening in her spare time.

12 thoughts on “How To Cook A Sweet Potato In the Microwave?”

    1. Marvin, you may want to wrap the sweet potato in a damp paper towel while it’s cooking in the microwave. The dampness in the towel will help the potato cook better as well as help it to remain moister.

  1. Good article, Kelly! However, I noticed you didn’t mention that the potato should be wrapped in a damp (not wet) paper towel to help the potato stay moister. I also noticed you didn’t mention that there are different types of sweet potatoes, including those referred to as yams. The type of sweet potato makes a big difference on hard or soft and how moist or dry a sweet potato is and affects how well it bakes. It also makes a difference in how starchy the potato. is.

    1. Jonesy, I’m not trying to steal Kelly’s thunder. I even credited her with writing a good, informative article. I’m just sharing some basic facts that people should know before they go to cook a sweet potato in the microwave. Some people would spend hours trying to make certain types of sweet potatoes soft, moist and tender without being aware that the particular type they selected was only capable of being hard and dry. I apologize if the manner I choose to share information offends you.

  2. I would argue that 5 minutes on each side is the appropriate amount of time to cook a sweet potato….mine caught on fire and enveloped my second floor in smoke. If one has an older microwave 10 minutes might be the right time!

    1. Hi Amanda, thanks for your feedback. The article says that you are supposed to check it before putting it back in for another 5 minutes. Also each microwave will have its own power rating (watts) so the cooking time is an estimation only and needs to be calibrated to your particular microwave oven. Cheers.

      1. Very true, THF-Man! The article clearly states to adjust the time according to your own microwave’s cooking quirks. But it’s still very upsetting to burn something in the microwave and have it stink up your whole apartment!

  3. I usually put my sweet potato in a vegetable steaming bag, unpunctured for about 7-10 depending in the size. Delicious with Smart Balanced Buttery Spread and grounded walnuts

    1. Thanks for the tip, Getfine4me! I usually just puncture my potatoes and use a microwavable dish with a cover to cook the potatoes. I add just a little water to the dish to provide the steam.

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