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How to Microwave a Sweet Potato

Learn how to perfectly cook a sweet potato in the microwave with this step-by-step tutorial (with photos!). It's quick, easy and will become your new go-to method for cooking potatoes.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: microwave sweet potato
Servings: 1
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Erin


  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp butter more or less
  • salt and pepper


  • Run potato under water, then use a potato scrubber to scrub the potato, removing any dirt on the skin. Pat it dry.
  • Use a fork to poke several holes into the potato, piercing the skin.
  • Place potato on a microwave-safe plate, then microwave it for 5 minutes, or until the skin is soft and it's easy to pierce with a knife. If your sweet potato is on the larger side, continue microwaving it in 1 minute intervals until it's cooked.
  • Wait 1-2 minutes, then use a knife to slice the potato down the center. Add your toppings and enjoy!


*Calories are an estimation
*Toppings include: butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, ghee, etc. 
*To make ahead of time: wait a few minutes for cooked sweet potato to cool, then store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32417IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg