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A cooked microwaved sweet potato on a white plate, cut open to show the soft insides!

Perfect Microwaved Sweet Potatoes

The easiest and fastest way to make soft, moist sweet potatoes!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Microwave Recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Cost $4


  • microwave


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes


  • Poke Holes in the Skin
    Use a fork to poke a few holes in each potato. This allows the steam to escape without exploding your potato in the microwave. 
  • Wrap in Wet Paper Towels
    Wrap a wet paper towel around each potato. You don't want it to be dripping wet, but it should be much more saturated than damp. This helps keep them from drying out in the microwave. Lay the wrapped potatoes on a microwave safe plate, spacing them out a little. You can skip the plate and lay them directly on the microwave dish, but then you'll need to use thongs or potholders to remove them once they're cooked or wait until they've cooled and use your hands. 
  • Microwave
    Cook on high heat for 10 minutes for medium potatoes (follow time directions below). You can test for doneness by poking a sweet potato with a knife. It should easily slide through to the middle of the softened potato. Remove the plate from the microwave and set aside until cooled enough to handle