Last updated on November 13th, 2019.
A collection of the best sweet potato recipes from Babaganosh. Soups, snacks, appetizers, main courses, kid-friendly, and adult-friendly recipes. Mostly healthy, gluten free, and many vegetarian options are included!
If you want to skip ahead to the list of sweet potato recipe ideas, just scroll down. But if you want to read a little about different methods of cooking sweet potatoes or what kinds of seasonings go best with this delicious tuber, then keep reading below.
When to eat Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes are an amazing ingredient that gets popular during the Fall season, when people are looking for delicious comfort food recipes. Sweet potatoes are in season from mid-October until December, making them perfect Fall produce.
Sweet potatoes last a long time when stored in a cool dark place, and they are available in stores year-round. Because of this, sweet potatoes can be enjoyed anytime. Many of the recipes on the list below are year-round favorites in my house and are not specifically for Fall.
Sweet Potato Benefits
Sweet potatoes are very healthy! They are loaded with fiber, vitamin B, vitamin C, iron, selenium, and antioxidant beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. (Source)
Are sweet potatoes a vegetable?
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable. Even though they are called potatoes, they are much less starchy than a vegetable. Because of this, sweet potatoes count as a vegetable instead of a starch when it comes to nutrition.
So while sweet potatoes are not low in carbs and are not suitable for the low-carb or keto diets, they are definitely a healthier alternative for people who are trying to eat less “white foods” and are trying to eat foods that won’t spike their blood sugar levels.
Cooking Sweet Potato
The three main ways of cooking sweet potato are roasting, boiling, and pan-frying. Here are the basics for each sweet potato cooking method, but each recipe on the list below goes into detailed prep and cook instructions.
Roasting sweet potato: Roasting sweet potato is by far the most flavorful way of cooking it. Just like with most vegetables, roasting sweet potatoes brings out their natural flavors and caramelizes them. You can roast sweet potatoes without peeling them – just scrub the skin clean with a brush.
You can bake or roast whole sweet potatoes, which would take around 45 – 60 minutes at ~400-425F, or you roast cubed sweet potatoes, which would be fork-tender after only 25-30 minutes at 400F. Cooking time depends on the size of the whole or cubed sweet potato.
Boiling sweet potato: Boiling sweet potato is a great option if you’re making soup, or need to have cooked sweet potato to use it for other recipes, such as my sweet potato chicken nuggets.
Cubed sweet potatoes can be cooked in about 10-15 minutes in boiling water. Larger halved sweet potato pieces will be fully cooked in 15-20 minutes.
You might want to peel the sweet potatoes before boiling them, depending on what you’re using the sweet potatoes for.
Pan-frying sweet potato: Cooking sweet potato right in the skillet is actually one of my favorite ways of cooking it. It makes for really easy dinners, such as this sweet potato pulled pork hash, or this sausage and pepper sweet potato skillet. You can pan-fry sweet potatoes at the same time as cooking garlic and sliced onions, and this makes a really flavorful dish.
Pan-frying the sweet potatoes will take 15-25 minutes, depending on the size that you cut the sweet potatoes into, how high the heart is, and whether you keep the lid on the skillet or not. Keeping the lid on more reduces cooking time, but removing the lid makes for crispier, caramelized sweet potatoes. There’s always a trade-off.
Sweet Potato Seasonings
Sweet potatoes are often served as a sweet side dish for Thanksgiving, topped with marshmallows, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Those are all wonderful flavors to pair with sweet potato, but I definitely see that as more of a “once in a while” type of treat that kind of takes away from how healthy sweet potato recipes can be.
Because of this, I often cook sweet potato with savory flavors, such as herbs, spices, and spicy meats.
Some of my favorite sweet potato seasonings are:
Some of my favorite ingredient additions to sweet potato recipes are:
- spicy Italian sausage
- pulled pork
- sharp cheese
Take a look at the recipes below to see how I use these ingredients in many varied sweet potato dishes!
One of my favorite recipes EVER, this Sweet Potato Pulled Pork Hash is a one-skillet wonder, combining tasty, caramelized sweet potatoes, savory pulled pork, lots of flavors from sauteed onions and fresh herbs. All with a runny egg on top!
A healthier twist on the classic potato leek soup, this Sweet Potato Leek Soup is full of flavor from sauteed leeks and delicious sweet potatoes, all blended together into a silky soup that tastes rich but is actually very healthy!
Another one-pan meal, this recipe combines spicy Italian sausage with sweet potatoes and bell peppers to make a complete and balanced healthy meal. Use sweet Italian sausage if you don't want it spicy!
Latkes are potato fritters, traditionally made with white potatoes. This Sweet Potato Latkes recipe is a healthier, more colorful, and flavorful version of the classic latkes recipe. Made with sauteed leeks, these crispy little fritters are not to be missed! The Greek yogurt topping made with cumin and garlic pairs so well with these Sweet Potato Latkes.
Another one of my favorites, these Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers are absolutely AMAZING! I added even more flavor by mixing feta cheese into the burgers, and topping the burgers with crispy red onion, sriracha, and more feta. SO GOOD and ready in just 15 minutes if you already have cooked sweet potato on hand.
Curry and coconut flavors pair so well with the subtle sweetness of sweet potatoes. This curry has tender, delicious shrimp and lots of veggies in addition to the sweet potatoes. Serve it over rice for a hearty dinner, or on its own as a soup for a lighter meal!
This vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe is out of this world delicious!! Prepare the easy chipotle black bean stuffing while the sweet potatoes are roasting, stuff the sweet potatoes, top with cheese, and let the cheese melt. SO tasty.
This toddler-friendly recipe has a hidden vegetable in it - sweet potatoes! The nuggets are made with a 50:50 mix of ground chicken and sweet potato, making them a healthy treat for your little ones (or for anyone in your family, frankly). These are baked, not fried. I include a recipe for an easy sweet and sour sauce, or you can serve these with ketchup. These sweet potato nuggets freeze well, so make a double batch and have some on hand for whenever you get hungry!
A tasty chili with beans, ground beef, and sweet potato. Sweet potatoes make a perfect addition to chili. Trust me, just try this one!
Spicy Cajun seasoning goes so well with the sweetness of sweet potatoes. Luckily, Cajun seasoning goes great with shrimp as well. Pair them together, add a crunch from fresh corn and some tasty kidney beans, and you have an amazing, filling, hearty dish with lots of flavor.