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A sliced open cooked sweet potato on a plate with a fork and knife.

3 Easy Ways to Cook Sweet Potato in the Microwave

You can have a cooked sweet potato in 5 minutes following this foolproof hack to cooking sweet potatoes quickly! Here are 3 different ways to cook a sweet potato in the microwave so you can spend less time in kitchen!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 90kcal
Author Rachel


  • Microwave


  • 1 sweet potato


Whole baked potato

  • Wash the sweet potato and poke a few holes in it on each side using a fork.
  • Place potato on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes. If your microwave does not have a rotating turntable, flip the potato halfway through. Check for doneness by piercing with a fork—if it slides through easily it's ready. Add 30 second increments if it needs more time.
  • Carefully slice potato open lengthwise. If potato is too hot, wait a minute or two until it cools a little, then slice.
  • Top with your favorite toppings!

Cubed sweet potato

  • Wash the sweet potato thoroughly, then chop into ½-1 inch cubes. Try to keep the sizes uniform so they cook evenly.
  • Arrange the sweet potato cubes evenly spread out on a microwave-safe plate and cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. No flipping necessary. Check doneness by piercing the largest pieces. Add 30-second increments if they need more time.
  • Serve this cubed sweet potato as a side, or add to salads, casseroles, stews, and stir fries. Or store them for later use.

Sliced sweet potato

  • Wash the sweet potato thoroughly, then slice into discs about ⅛-1/4th inch thick. Try to keep the thickness uniform so they cook evenly. Discs that are different sizes circumference-wise are fine.
  • Arrange the sweet potato on a microwave-safe plate, slightly overlapping. Start with the outer edge of the plate and work your way in. Cook in the microwave for 4-6 minutes; flipping halfway through.
    Expert tip: for easy flipping, wear oven mitts and place a second microwave-safe plate upside down over the plate of sweet potatoes. Firmly grasp the two plates together and flip over. Lift up the original plate that is now on top. Potatoes are now flipped in one go! Return to microwave to continue cooking.
  • Add sliced sweet potato to your favorite dishes or serve as "chips" and dip into your favorite sauce or dip!


Store microwaved sweet potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Sodium: 36mg | Calcium: 38mg | Vitamin C: 19.6mg | Vitamin A: 19218IU | Sugar: 6.5g | Fiber: 3.3g | Potassium: 475mg | Calories: 90kcal | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Fat: 0.2g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 20.7g | Iron: 0.7mg