These Healthy Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes are easy, perfectly seasoned and so delicious with a soft inside and crispy outside. They make a simple side dish or enjoy in a wrap or salad!

Healthy oven roasted sweet potatoes on silpat mat on baking sheet.

Healthy oven roasted sweet potatoes appear on our menu as soon as the calendar turns to fall!

Alternating between parmesan roasted Brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower with parmesan cheese, they are all back to the basics good!

Our children are not fans of sweet potato. And not of any roasted squash or root vegetables, to be honest.

So, between me and Alex we share this entire healthy side dish in one sitting!

Oven roasting is the easiest way to reap the most health benefits from magical sweet potato. The cubes melt in your mouth and satisfy a serious savory craving in a healthy way!

A bowl with roasted sweet potatoes and fork. A mug with tea, towel and baking sheet with more food.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make: 10 minutes prep and then the remainder is hands off oven time.
  • Savory seasonings: Smoky spices balance well with the natural sweetness of these spuds. No brown sugar needed!
  • Versatile: Great for meal prep, use in breakfast bowls, lunch wraps, tacos, or eat as it!
  • Nutritious: High in vitamins, minerals, and beta-carotene plus naturally gluten free and vegan.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Sweet potatoes, smoked paprika, oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

To make healthy oven roasted sweet potatoes recipe you need 6 simple ingredients.

  • Sweet potatoes: Red orange skinned sweet potatoes often are labeled “yams” at the store, although yams are entirely different. Also can be light skinned. Pick firm, dry, without soft and dark spots sweet potatoes.
  • Oil: Avocado oil, melted coconut oil, grapeseed oil or light olive oil are the best for high cooking temperature in the oven.
  • Garlic powder: It makes for an easy rub. You can use freshly grated garlic, if you have time.
  • Smoked paprika: Makes potatoes extra special. You can use regular but smoky sweet potatoes are to die for!
  • Salt and pepper

How to Cut Sweet Potatoes for Roasting

For this recipe you will need 1/2 inch cubed pieces of sweet potato. Here are a few tips to get the perfect sweet potato chunks.

Yam cut into cubes on a cutting board with knife.

First, you will need a cutting board and sharp knife.

Next, wash and trim the ends of each side of the sweet potato. Slice your potato into rounds. Then cut your rounds into even sized cubes, you should be able to get 4 or 6 depending on the size of your round.

It is hard to get uniform 1/2 inch pieces when cutting long potato. Don’t worry, just try your best. Small chunks caramelize and burn a little bit on the edges. And who doesn’t love that?!

Should I Peel My Sweet Potatoes Before Roasting Them?

I don’t peel sweet potatoes whether it’s baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato cubes. Skin contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins.

I buy organic sweet potatoes, so all I need to do is rinse and then move unto cutting them.

You can peel, if you wish. But if you are busy like me, it really is a timesaver. Plus, the flavor of the skin is mild (aka barely noticeable) and it becomes lightly crisped when roasted.

How to Make Healthy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

After prepping and cubing your sweet potatoes, it’s as easy as season, roast and enjoy!

Cubed sweet potatoes on baking sheet with seasonings and oil.

Add cubed potatoes to baking sheet: I love to line baking sheets with reusable silicone baking mats, but unbleached parchment paper also works.

Use 2 rimmed baking sheets. Do not be tempted to overcrowd 1 baking sheet. Your potatoes will steam rather than roast. I use 2 of these half sheets.

Drizzle with oil and season: I just drizzle oil evenly over 2 baking sheets. Then sprinkle smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper evenly. I like to use a flat spatula for tossing sweet potatoes.

Two baking sheets with uncooked seasoned diced sweet potatoes.

Spread in a single layer. After tossing, you want to spread potatoes evenly all around both baking sheets. This will help to get the more crispy outside.

Two sheet pans of cubed sweet potatoes in the oven with lights on.

Bake at 425 F for 30 mins. Place both sheets on top and bottom racks. If your oven can fit both on the bottom rack, great! Toss once after 15 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few ways how to use your roasted sweet potato cubes!

  • Side dish: Roasted sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for quick stovetop or Instant Pot dinners. Stick them in the oven and they will be ready in time for dinner.
  • Chicken: Sweet potatoes add good carbs to lean protein like chicken. Honey garlic chicken breast is the perfect sweet and savory combo.
  • Salads: Mix into Mexican salads like leafy Mexican kale salad.
  • Wraps: Make a vegetarian wrap with roasted sweet potatoes, greens, cucumber and whipped garlic hummus.

Storage

Storing: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Reheating: Reheat in a microwave, in 375 degrees F oven or a non-stick ceramic skillet with a dab of oil. So easy!

FAQs

How to pick a good sweet potato?

You will want to pick a sweet potato that is firm to the touch and does not have any soft spots, dark brown spots, or blemishes.

Should I boil sweet potatoes before roasting?

No. Your potatoes will absorb water and be mushy, plus who needs the extra dishes?!

Should I cover them while roasting?

No, this will steam them instead of roast them.

What is the best temperature to roast them?

425 degrees F is the perfect temperature for roasting most vegetables, sweet potatoes included.

How long do they take?

All ovens bake differently. I suggest 30 minutes but you may want to check them at 25 minutes to see if they are done. At 30 minutes, if you feel they could roast more, add another 5 minutes, check and so forth until done.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

Healthy oven roasted sweet potatoes on silicone lined baking sheet.
Healthy oven roasted sweet potatoes on silicone lined baking sheet.

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These Healthy Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes are easy, perfectly seasoned and so delicious with a soft inside and crispy outside.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 260
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper or silicone mats. Divide potatoes evenly between 2 sheets. Do not overcrowd 1 baking sheet as potatoes will steam.
  • Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Using a spoon or spatula, toss potatoes to coat and spread in a single layer evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes on both racks, stirring once at half time mark.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 416mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love roasted veggies!!!! Favorites are sweet potato, butternut squash, zucchini, yellow squash, and asparagus

    I am thinking about trying pumpkin

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