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The Kitchn: The absolute best way to cook a sweet potato in the microwave

By Patty Catalano on

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The sweet potato is arguably the most versatile veggie in the produce department. It can easily be the star of any meal, from breakfast to dinner and even dessert. And while baking sweet potatoes in the oven can take up to an hour, microwaving them takes a mere five minutes. Here's the very best way to do it, so that you can dig into your tender, steaming sweet potato ASAP.

The only thing you must do is poke small holes in the potato, which provides a place for the steam to escape. Use a fork or a thin knife to pierce the potato all over four to five times.

If you're planning to serve the potatoes whole, you'll also want to season the skins with olive oil, salt and pepper. Much of the vegetable's fiber and nutrients can be found in and just beneath the skin, and seasoning it makes it taste more delicious. Despite the prevalence of shrink-wrapped sweet potatoes in the grocery store, it's not necessary to wrap the potatoes in damp paper towels or plastic wrap.

What's the cooking time of a microwaved sweet potato?

One (8-ounce) sweet potato takes 5 minutes to cook on 100% power. Larger sweet potatoes will take longer; continue to microwave in 1-minute bursts as needed until the potatoes are cooked through. When ready, the potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork or paring knife all the way to the center.

 

Does a microwaved sweet potato have crispy skin?

Microwaved sweet potatoes have tender flesh and soft skins. If you want the crisp skin of an oven-baked sweet potato, slide the cooked potatoes under the broiler until the skin is dry and crisp.

How do you store a microwaved sweet potato?

Microwaved sweet potatoes are a great food to meal prep; they can be topped with apples and nut butter for breakfast, pureed into soup, or stuffed with spicy Buffalo chicken for a super-fast dinner. To store them, place them in an airtight container for up to three days. To reheat them, place them directly on the oven rack in a 325 F oven until warmed through, or microwave until warm.

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