How to cook a sweet potato in the microwave

Spicy Salad 2.OverheadShort on time? Simply ravenous? Just can’t wait another 5 minutes until you have a bite of fluffy sweet potato in your mouth? Don’t worry, friends. Pop that spud into the microwave and your sweet potato craving will be satiated in a matter of minutes!

Microwaving a sweet potato is quite possibly the quickest and easiest way to cook your sweet potato. Without wasting precious time to preheat and bake, you’ll still achieve the sweet, caramelization that an oven-baked sweet potato is known for. Not sure when your microwaved sweet potato is ready? The sweet potato’s thin skin puffs to a crisp finish and inside you’ll discover a sweet, pillowy flesh.

How to Microwave a Sweet Potato:
  • Pierce the sweet potato skin 5-6 times.
  • Place on a microwaveable plate and microwave for 5-8 minutes, rotating halfway through.
Microwaved Sweet Potato Recipes:
  • Curried Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Paleo Microwaved Sweet Potatoes Recipe – Instructions

Step 1:

Use a small knife to poke some holes into each sweet potato. Place the sweet potatoes in a large microwaveable bowl with around 1/4 cup of water at the bottom of the bowl. This method effectively steams the sweet potatoes.Microwaved Sweet Potatoes #paleo #recipes #glutenfree

Step 2:

Turn your microwave on high and microwave for 3 minutes at a time. Check on how soft the sweet potatoes are and make sure there’s still water left in the bowl. Keep microwaving until the sweet potatoes are soft. This usually takes around 6 to 10 minutes.Microwaved Sweet Potatoes #paleo #recipes #glutenfree

Step 3:

You can load some Paleo curried chicken salad onto your sweet potato for a quick lunch or enjoy smothered with some ghee for an easy snack.

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Microwave Sweet Potato

Just a few tips:

  • Each microwave is different. Test to make sure the potato is done before adding all the toppings.
  • Mini marshmallows will melt easier then regular sized marshmallows.
  • Sometimes we use a Ziploc Zip ‘n Steam Bag, other times we place the sweet potato in the microwave alone. Both ways work fine.
  • To create the hatch marks cut the potato score the cut side of the potato in one direction and then in the opposite direction. The potato should now spread open a little more so that the butter and brown sugar can melt into the cracks.
  • I like to make a batch of candied pecans. Some get eaten plain, some are given away and some are to put in recipes like this one!

Microwave Sweet Potato


This Microwave Baked Sweet Potato recipe is easy and quick to make not just for Thanksgiving but for any time of the year. One sweet potato can serve 2 people. This is a great last minute side dish with amazing results!

Microwaved Baked Sweet Potato

You can't even tell it wasn't cooked in the oven!

You can’t even tell it wasn’t cooked in the oven!

First, should scrub the potato until it is definitely clean. Root vegetables need extra cleaning, having come from the earth.

Next, pierce the sweet potato all over with a fork. This is really important. When you microwave a sweet potato, steam gathers between the flesh and the skin. If you don’t pierce it 8 or 10 times, your potato is going to explode in the microwave! You only need to break the skin, so don’t force your fork too deep inside the potato. You can get the same results by cutting a large X shape on the top.

Take a damp paper towel and loosely wrap your sweet potato in it. Make sure you don’t rip the paper towel. The paper towel will create a steaming effect on the baked sweet potato, making for a soft and fluffy inside and preventing it from shrinking.

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Never, ever use aluminum foil as a substitute for a paper towel. Aluminum will deflect the microwaves away from the potato and send sparks flying around the inside. Read about the best paper towels here.

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Cook your sweet potato in the microwave for 4 minutes on full power. After 4 minutes, turn it over and cook for a further 4 minutes. Afterwards, poke it with a fork to test its softness. Depending on the size of the potato and how many you’re making, it should be ready about now. If not, put it back in for 2 or 3 minutes.

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Serve however you like!

When fully cooked, remove the sweet potato from the paper towels. Cut in half and add a spoon of sour cream and some chopped spring onion. There you have it! A healthy, delicious snack for those with a time-is-money life. Try adding some bacon and sweet corn for a little more substance.

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A baked sweet potato is easy to make and easy to fit in between shifts in the office and activities at home. It also makes a great side dish to serve at a party or BBQ (here are some other great BBQ appetizers). And to think, you thought the microwave couldn’t cook up a delicious meal!

What about sweet potato patties?  Here’s everything you need to make these delish delights.

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Can’t get enough potatoes? Check out this post on how to use a hand mixer for the fluffiest mashed potatoes. Or, perhaps you’d like to know how to make gnocchi!

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Got a pocket of potatoes you want to keep fresh?  Here’s my how to guide to keep potatoes from rotting. Then make it easier on yourself next time you peel a potato with the best potato peeler for home kitchens!

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