by Olena

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with simple spices, soft inside and crispy outside. Sweet potatoes are perfect as a side dish, in a wrap or salad during fall winter months.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes appear on our menu as soon as local summer produce is done. Alternating between roasted brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower.

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 recipe in one sitting. These roasted sweet potatoes cubes melt in your mouth and satisfy a serious savory craving in a healthy way.

Oven roasting is the easiest way to reap the most health benefits from magical sweet potato. Let’ do it!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

In my opinion, what makes this roasted sweet potatoes recipe extra special is smoked paprika. You can use regular but smoky sweet potatoes are to die for!

ingredients for roasted sweet potatoes

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes

  1. Peel or not? Skin contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins. I buy organic sweet potatoes, rinse and do not peel. You can peel, if you wish.
  2. Cube into 1/2 inch pieces. 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?!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake at 420 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.

cubed sweet potatoessweet potato chunks on sheet pans

tossing sweet potatoes cubeshow to roast sweet potatoes

Tips for Best Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Use 2 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.
  • Double smoked paprika for a very prominent smoky taste.
  • When buying sweet potatoes, look for firm ones without soft spots.
  • Organic sweet potatoes in bulk bags of 4-5 lbs are more affordable than conventional potatoes sold individually.

What to Serve Sweet Potatoes With

Sweet potatoes go well with chicken. Try my baked chicken thighs or baked chicken breast.

Mix into salads like Mexican kale salad, Southwest quinoa salad or healthy tuna salad.

Make a vegetarian wrap with roasted sweet potatoes, greens, cucumber and hummus.

Enjoy and be healthy!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes in a bowl

More Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes


Roasted Sweet Potatoes

5 from 1 reviews

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with simple spices, soft inside and crispy outside. Perfect as a side dish, in a wrap or salad during fall winter months.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste


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

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

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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