Bake up a batch of Toaster Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes for a healthy and filling meal. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Baked potatoes are great but sweet potatoes, now they’re a whole different beast.
Where baked potatoes are dry and fluffy, sweet potatoes are creamy and rich.
Sporting gorgeous orange flesh and a high fiber content baked sweet potatoes can quickly turn from plain tasty spuds to a filling meal using anything from your pantry or fridge:
- Stuff your spuds with savory canned black beans and avocado
- Pile them high with pineapple, coconut and pecans
- Double your protein with a scoop of spicy chickpea edamame salad
- Get funky with sriracha egg salad and garlic kale chips
There are endless ways to turn a simple sweet potato into a healthy and delicious meal. But before you can top and devour some fluffy sweet potatoes you’ve gotta bake them first.
Not sure how to bake sweet potatoes in a toaster oven?
We’ve got you covered with a simple step-by-step picture filled tutorial for making the best tasting baked sweet potatoes perfect for loading up with your favorite toppings!
How To Cook Toaster Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes:
Start by grabbing two large sweet potatoes (the potatoes pictured are about 1 lb each). You’ll want to eat the skins (vitamins!) so make sure to wash, scrub and dry them well.
Stab each sweet potato once or twice on each side with a fork or sharp knife.
Stabbing Is Optional (some people don’t do it at all) but we always err on the side of caution with the goal of never cleaning an exploded sweet potato off our toaster oven.
Wrap In Foil, Yes or No?
Wrapping sweet potatoes in foil helps to keep the interior moist but may result in a soggy skin. If you want a more crispy skin leave your spuds naked and save the foil for a better sweet-potato-related use.
A Sticky Situation
As sweet potatoes bake they ooze a sticky sap. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal.
But, after an hour in your 400 degree toaster oven that sticky sap will have burned to a crisp. So you need to take precautions to prevent a charred mess from landing in the bottom of your toaster oven.
The easiest way to deal with the sap is…You guessed it! To cover your baking sheet or pan with that saved foil.
Make sure to check your manual first for specific instruction on using foil in your toaster oven.
PSA: Please don’t put foil or parchment paper in the bottom of your toaster oven. It’s super dangerous to place anything near the heating rods and can cause a fire.
To get the crispiest skin, most evenly baked sweet potato and to keep the bottom of our sweet potatoes from being covered in gooey sap we use a baking rack + cookie sheet combo.
This Chicago Metallic Set (the set shown in the photos below) has a rack and pan that will fit in most small and medium sized toaster ovens and can accommodate two large sweet potatoes.
It’s also awesome for cooking super fluffy and crispy skinned toaster oven baked potatoes.
This combo fits up to six large sweet potatoes.
Okay, you’ve got your potatoes and rack/covered sheet or pan so let’s get baking.
Rub the potatoes with oil and place on the prepared rack or baking pan. Put sweet potatoes in your cold toaster oven.
Turn the oven to 400° and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until a knife slides easily into the sides of the sweet potatoes.
A Personal Choice
Everyone and their grandma has a method for baking sweet potatoes. This way works for us but your cooking temperature and time should be based on your tastes and preferences.
You can cook your sweet potatoes at a much lower heat like 350 or even 300 and they will taste fantastic.
Just remember the lower the temperature the longer it will take.
Once the potatoes are ready let them rest for a few minutes before handling.
Slice a line across the top of each sweet potato, push the edges towards the center to puff them up and use a fork to fluff the interiors.
Now how to finish these tasty baked sweet potatoes?
Enjoy them plain, with butter and salt or just go nuts with the toppings.
If you’ve made more than one (because all sweet potatoes should be baked in pairs) you could make one sweet and one savory like this black bean, avocado and cheese filled looker!
Now that you know how simple it is to bake sweet potatoes in your toaster oven there’s nothing standing between you and a super healthy oh-so satisfying sweet potato filled meal …so go make some!
- 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1lb each)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (substitute olive oil, avocado oil or your favorite oil)
- Wash sweet potatoes scrubbing the skin well. Dry completely with a towel and stab with a sharp knife or fork a few times. Rub with oil.
- Place sweet potatoes on prepared cookie sheet and put in a cold toaster oven. Turn the oven to 400 F and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until a knife slides easily into the sides of the sweet potatoes.
- Allow sweet potatoes to rest for a few minutes before handling. To serve slice a line across the top of the potatoes, push the edges towards the center to puff them up and fluff interior with a fork. Enjoy with toppings of your choice.
It's normal for the sweet potatoes to ooze a sticky sap as they cook. Cover your cookie sheet with foil for an easier clean up after baking.
Place sweet potatoes on a baking rack over the covered cookie sheet to allow for even heating and to keep the potato bottoms from becoming soggy as they bake.
Use Garnet or Jewel varieties for the best baked sweet potatoes. The Hannah variety which has white skin and white flesh also makes a nice baked sweet potato but has a different flavor and starchier texture than the Garnet or Jewel sweet potatoes.
Nutritional information is an estimate for one very large (1 lb) coconut oil rubbed sweet potato, it will vary depending on the size of your sweet potatoes.
Never put foil or parchment in the bottom of your toaster oven it can cause a fire.