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Microwave sweet potato cut open with butter and salt and pepper.

How to Make a Microwave Sweet Potato

How to make a microwave sweet potato. This is the quickest, easiest way to cook sweet potatoes at home.
Course Main Course, Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 172kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 medium sweet potato

Optional toppings

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper


  • Scrub and dry your sweet potato and then pierce it on all sides with a fork, 5 or 6 times total.
  • Place the potato in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Carefully (the potato will be hot) flip the sweet potato over and microwave for an additional 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Use a knife to pierce the sweet potato to check for doneness. It should slide in smoothly without any resistance. If potato is still undercooked, continue to microwave in 30 second increments until softened.
  • Allow the cooked potato to rest for 2 minutes before slicing open.
  • Top with toppings of your choosing and enjoy!


To cook more than one sweet potato at a time, be sure to arrange them in the microwave so they are not touching and add 1 minute per side for each potato you are microwaving. So for 2 potatoes, cook for 3 1/2 minutes per side. For 3 potatoes, 4 1/2 minutes per side.
Approximate nutritional information is for an 8-ounce sweet potato and does not include optional toppings.


Calories: 172kcal