How to Boil Sweet Potatoes {Step-by-Step Instructions}

Wondering how to boil sweet potatoes? Good news. You’re in the right place.

Sweet potatoes are incredibly good for you (and delicious!) It’s a wonder why I wasn’t taught how to cook them properly when I was going up. Well I have learned and I’m ready to teach you the proper technique on how to boil sweet potatoes.

(By the way, if you are looking for tips on how to roast the sweet potatoes, you can find that here.)

Let’s get started. The good news is that you probably already know the basics. Boiling sweet potatoes is very similar to boiling white potatoes.

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How long does it take to boil one sweet potato?

Boiling one sweet potato (medium sized or about 6 inches in length) should take about 20 minutes. You will know when they are done when the potatoes are fork tender.

How long does it take to boil whole sweet potatoes?

Boiling a whole sweet potato will take about 30-45 mins, depending on the size. Smaller potatoes will require less time than larger potatoes. As always with sweet potatoes, you will know when they are done when they are tender.

When does it make sense to boil sweet potatoes?

Boiled sweet potatoes are great prep material for other sweet potato dishes. For example, mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole.

When you are trying to be a little healthier. Boiled sweet potatoes are healthier than their baked and roaster version. This is because boiling doesn’t affect your glycemic index as much, allowing your blood sugar to stay steadier (this is a good thing).

Do you have to peel sweet potatoes before boiling them?

No, you don’t need to peel your sweet potatoes before boiling them. In fact, it is actually a bit healthier to keep the skin of your sweet potatoes because the skins are very nutritious. Sweet potato skins are high in fiber. Plus the skins are high in beta carotene, vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

When boiling sweet potatoes should you boil the water first?

When boiling sweet potatoes, you SHOULD bring the water to boil before adding the raw sweet potatoes. The reason for this is that your sweet potatoes will cook more evenly.

Is a yam the same as a sweet potato?

Regardless of what your mother (or grandmother) says, no. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same. What’s the difference?

Yams are:

  • Yams are starchier (more like a potato)
  • Yam can grow much much larger than sweet potatoes
  • Eaten in parts of Latin America, West Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean

Sweet potatoes are:

  • Sweet potatoes are creamier than yams
  • Sweet potatoes are typically sweeter than yams
  • Are more common in the United States and Western Europe

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How to boil sweet potatoes

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¾ to 1 inch chunks. Please note, keeping the skin on is actually healthier. If you don’t mind the skin (which I don’t), consider leaving them one for an extra boost in nutrients.
  2. Place at least 1 inch of water in a medium pot and bring the water to a boil. Pro tip: Make sure the water has the ability to cover your potatoes completely once the potatoes have been added.
  3. Add potatoes to the boiling water.
  4. Remember to add a pinch of salt to your taste. Without the salt, boiled potatoes can be a bit bland. Salt (and other seasonings) is your friend here!
  5. Reduce to a medium heat and cook the potatoes for about 15 to 20 minutes until they are fork tender. Fork tender means that you should be easily able to easily able to piece your sweet potatoes with a fork.
  6. Carefully drain the hot water from the potatoes and use the sweet potatoes as desired.
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How to Boil Sweet Potatoes {Step-by-Step Instructions}

Learning how to boil sweet potatoes is the start of many sweet potato recipes. Here's everything you need to know about these root veggies.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boil, boil sweet potatoes, cook, sweet potato
Servings: 1
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Daily DIY Life

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into ¾ to 1 inch chunks. Please note, keeping the skin on is actually healthier. If you don’t mind the skin (which I don’t), consider leaving them one for an extra boost in nutrients.
  • Place at least 1 inch of water in a medium pot and bring the water to a boil. Pro tip: Make sure the water has the ability to cover your potatoes completely once the potatoes have been added.
  • Add potatoes to the boiling water.
  • Remember to add a pinch of salt to your taste. Without the salt, boiled potatoes can be a bit bland. Salt (and other seasonings) is your friend here!
  • Reduce to a medium heat and cook the potatoes for about 15 to 20 minutes until they are fork tender. Fork tender means that you should be easily able to easily able to piece your sweet potatoes with a fork.
  • Carefully drain the hot water from the potatoes and use the sweet potatoes as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.6g | Protein: 2.3g | Sodium: 41mg | Sugar: 7.4g

At this point you are pretty much done. However, your sweet potatoes will be really bland at this point. In order to liven them up, I sometimes like to sprinkle some salt and pepper on the potatoes before I serve them up. Most other times, I will take my boiled potatoes and use them as a part of another recipe. The world is your oyster!

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