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Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Easy Recipe)

These easy oven roasted sweet potatoes are sure to be a family favorite. Oven roasting brings out the natural sweetness and adds a crispy exterior to the soft and tender cubes. We share different seasoning ideas, plus roasting and serving tips.

oven roasted sweet potato cubes

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Cubed and Spiced)

Cutting your sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces helps them to cook quickly and evenly. If you prefer, you can leave the skin on and scrub well instead of peeling. We like them even better than sweet potato fries.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1 large sweet potato or two medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoons of melted butter, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
raw cubed sweet potatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).
  2. Wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Cut them into bite-sized cubes, around 1/2 inch in size.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the sweet potato cubes with butter, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to ensure the cubes are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  4. Transfer the cubed sweet potatoes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Make sure the cubes are spread out in a single layer and not touching each other.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring and flipping every 10 minutes. Roast until the sweet potato cubes are golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can check their doneness by piercing them with a fork – they should be soft and tender.
  6. Once the sweet potato cubes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve them hot as a side dish or snack.

Roasting Tips

Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet. If the sweet potato cubes are touching each other, they won’t roast evenly and may become soggy. One pound of sweet potato cubes should fit on one baking sheet or broiler pan.

sweet potatoes on pan

We don’t bother to line our broiler pan before roasting, but do our line baking sheets.

If you double the recipe and need more room, use two baking sheets instead of one. Rotate their position in the oven when you stir and flip the potatoes.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave before serving. (Or eat them cold like my oldest son.)

Seasoning Ideas

Roasted sweet potato cubes are tasty, but adding the right seasoning blend can take them to the next level. Here are some seasoning blends that work well:

  1. Cinnamon and nutmeg: A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg gives a warm and cozy flavor that’s perfect for fall or winter.
  2. Rosemary and garlic: The savory combination of rosemary and garlic pairs well with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes.
  3. Paprika and cumin: The smoky and spicy flavor of this seasoning blend is perfect for Tex-Mex or Middle Eastern dishes.
  4. Honey and thyme: Drizzling honey and sprinkling thyme over the roasted sweet potato cubes is a great sweet and savory combination.
  5. Sage and brown sugar: This sweet and earthy seasoning blend is perfect for Thanksgiving or holiday meals.
  6. Lemon and black pepper: The bright flavor of lemon combined with the kick of black pepper is perfect for summer dishes.
  7. Garlic powder and chili powder: This flavor combination is a nice mix of savory and spicy with a hint of sweetness.
cubed oven roasted sweet potatoes

What to Serve with Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven roasted sweet potato cubes are a versatile side dish that can be served with a variety of main courses. Here are some ideas:

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  1. Grilled or roasted chicken: The sweet and savory flavors of herbed sweet potatoes complement the mild taste of chicken perfectly.
  2. Roasted vegetables: Combine sweet potatoes with other vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and bell peppers for a colorful and healthy side dish.
  3. Pork tenderloin: The sweetness of the roasted sweet potato cubes pairs well with the rich and savory flavor of pork tenderloin.
  4. Quinoa or rice: Add roasted sweet potato cubes to a bed of quinoa or rice for a filling and nutritious side.
  5. Grilled salmon: The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes goes well with the richness of grilled salmon.
  6. Turkey: Roasted sweet potato cubes make a great side dish for Thanksgiving turkey. They add a touch of sweetness to the savory and rich flavors of the traditional holiday meal.

Peak Season for Sweet Potatoes


The peak season of sweet potatoes varies depending on the region, but generally, they are harvested in the fall months. In the United States, the peak season for sweet potatoes is from late August to November. This is when sweet potatoes are most plentiful, fresh, and at their peak flavor.

In warmer climates, sweet potatoes can be grown year-round, but the cooler fall temperatures help to sweeten the potatoes. After harvest, the roots also need to time to cure for best texture and flavor. This means that roots harvested in September and October are ready right around Thanksgiving.

Some of our readers store their homegrown, cured sweet potatoes for months, and recommend them as an easy storage crop.

Sweet potatoes are available in grocery stores year-round, but during the off-season, they may be imported from other countries. This can affect their quality and flavor.

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Oven-roasted sweet potato cubes are a simple and tasty side dish with just a few ingredients. They are healthy, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion. Whether you serve them as a side dish, snack, or meal, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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This simple recipe for sweet potatoes brings out their natural sweetness and is easy to make.

  • Author: Laurie Neverman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1 large sweet potato or two medium sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoons of melted butter, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).
  2. Wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Cut them into bite-sized cubes, around 1/2 inch in size.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the sweet potato cubes with butter, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to ensure the cubes are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  4. Transfer the cubed sweet potatoes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Make sure the cubes are spread out in a single layer and not touching each other.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring and flipping every 10 minutes. Roast until the sweet potato cubes are golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can check their doneness by piercing them with a fork – they should be soft and tender.
  6. Once the sweet potato cubes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve them hot as a side dish or snack.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave before serving. (Or eat them cold like my oldest son.)

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This article is written by Laurie Neverman. Laurie grew up in the kitchen, learning baking and home cooking from her momma. At age 15, she and her mom and two sisters created Irene’s Custom Cakes & Catering, which was her summer job through most of high school and college. Now she combines old fashioned recipes, garden fresh produce, and cooking for special diets to make tasty, easy to prepare foods. Along with her passion for growing nutrient dense food, she also enjoys ancient history, adorable ducks, and lifelong learning.

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