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How To Boil Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Rae Aflatooni
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


One of the best cooking methods for sweet potatoes is to boil them. This simple way to prep them for any sweet potato recipe will help you create a variety of dishes, from that sweet potato pie to the perfect side dish for any meal!


  • 3 medium Sweet Potatoes, cubed (3 medium sweet potatoes is roughly 1 pound)
  • Water
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Add sweet potatoes to a medium pot.
  4. Cover the sweet potatoes with water bringing the water line an inch above the potatoes.
  5. Add salt to the pot and bring to a boil. (This should take about 7-minutes.)
  6. Turn down to a simmer, cooking for an additional 12-15 minutes. (Until fork tender.) The exact timing will vary depending on what size sweet potato cubes you cut as well as your elevation.))
  7. Drain water and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: cooking tips