Use this 1 simple trick to make perfect sweet potatoes every time!



A baked sweet potato needs no accoutrements, served on its own with no more than a pad of butter and a toss of salt is heavenly. If you shy away from making these little gems for fear of ending up with a charred underdone rock, follow these simple instructions and get it right every time. You won’t be able to get enough, I had two yesterday!

cook time

45 – 60 minutes

oven temperature

425 degrees


As many as you bake!


  • aluminum foil or baking sheet
  • fork


  • sweet potatoes/yams: medium to large
  • olive oil: to coat
  • butter: 1 to 2 T per potato
  • kosher salt or brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place oven racks: one in the middle and the other on the bottom of the oven.
  3. Set aluminum foil or baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch the drippings.
  4. Wash sweet potatoes/yams and pat dry.
  5. Stab sweet potatoes with a fork everywhere.
  6. Coat sweet potatoes with olive oil. I find it easiest to drizzle the oil and apply evenly with my hands.
  7. Place sweet potatoes directly on the middle oven rack.
  8. Bake a medium to large potato for 45 minutes to an hour.
  9. Serve with a tablespoon of butter and some kosher salt or brown sugar.
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