Easy Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes In Foil Recipe


Baked Sweet Potato in Foil

I am so excited to share this recipe with you for a baked sweet potato in foil! It is a super easy side dish that you can make for any occasion. Not only is this an easy recipe, but it is also good for you to eat as well.

baked sweet potato in foil with butter

Sweet potatoes, like regular potatoes, are root vegetables. Just like you would make a normal baked potato, making a sweet baked potato in foil is likely the easiest way to enjoy a delicious sweet potato. It turns out perfectly, and requires very little effort or even little skill in the kitchen.

Not only are these potatoes good for you but making a sweet baked potato in foil is also very easy. This is why I think it’s the best way to easily make and enjoy delicious sweet potatoes. Hopefully, after you try out this easy recipe you will think it’s a great way to enjoy sweet potatoes with very little effort as well.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

A normal baked sweet potato has a crispy skin on the outside of your sweet potato. However, when you make a baked sweet potato in foil, the skin is not crispy, in fact, it is usually very soft and tender, almost like the skin isn’t even there on the outside of your sweet potato.

You can also add whatever seasonings you wish to your sweet potato before it is baked in foil, so that it has more flavor than a normal baked sweet potato. Because making a sweet potato baked in foil is so easy, it’s the perfect side dish that you can make every time without having to worry that it will turn out just right. 

Baking sweet potatoes in foil is one of my personal favorites because it’s so easy to do and you also get to enjoy healthy foods that way.

My hope is that you will enjoy making baked sweet potatoes in foil as well! Not only are baked sweet potatoes a delicious side dish, but you can also turn them into an easy main meal if you wish. 

Now let’s look at the easy way to make baked sweet potatoes in aluminum foil.

Perfectly Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Equipment you will need:

Baking Dish. You can use any kind of baking dish or rimmed pan that you have on hand. A rimmed baking sheet will work well, but so will a baking pan, whatever is easiest for you is great as long as you have something to put the baked potatoes in the oven. 

Aluminum Foil. You will want to have some aluminum foil on hand in order to wrap your potatoes in foil.

pile of sweet potatoes


Sweet Potato. Going for an average-sized sweet potato is always a good idea. You can leave the whole potato intact. Just make sure to wash it thoroughly and poke holes in it before baking it. 

Olive Oil. Using a drizzle of olive oil on the outside of your sweet potato before wrapping it in foil is my favorite method. Of course, you can use other types of oil if needed, such as avocado oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or whatever you have on hand. 

Brown Sugar. And brown sugar makes a fabulous addition to your sweet potato after it has been baked. The sweet potato is naturally slightly sweet, but adding a little brown sugar to it takes it to a whole new level. 

Butter. It’s also very delicious to add a little butter to the baked sweet potato before serving. 

How to Make a Baked Sweet Potato in Foil

Preheat the Oven

First things first, you will want to preheat the oven to 400°F.  

Prep the Sweet Potatoes

While the oven is preheating, take the whole sweet potatoes and wash them thoroughly. After they are washed, take a knife, and poke holes in the thickest part of the potato. 

Wrap Sweet Potatoes in Foil

Next, break off a piece of foil, that will wrap completely around your sweet potato. Drizzle with olive oil, then add a light sprinkle of salt. 

Bake in the Oven

Arrange the sweet potatoes wrapped in foil, on a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Please note that you can add them directly to the oven rack, but occasionally they will leak, and create a mess in the oven.

This is why I like to place them on a rimmed baking sheet. You can also line the baking sheet with parchment paper if desired for easier clean up. 

When the oven is preheated, and your potatoes are ready, place it on a baking sheet into the hot oven. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes at 400°F. 

Please note that the baking time may vary for your sweet potatoes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes. 

To tell when your baked sweet potatoes are done, try poking them with a fork. When they are fork tender, meaning that the potatoes feel soft and poked with a fork, and are met with very little resistance, remove them from the oven and allow them to rest for a few minutes before unwrapping the foil. 

Serve it Up!

Serve your baked sweet potatoes with a little bit of butter, and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar before serving. Then serve and enjoy!

Serving tip: you might also enjoy serving your baked sweet potatoes with a drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of sour cream. 

Ways to Serve Them Up

There are several different ways you can enjoy serving these delicious sweet potatoes baked in foil. Let’s look at some of the best ways to serve them.

  • Brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon
  • Loaded sweet potatoes, with ground beef, shredded cheese, butter, and sour cream
  • Butter and pumpkin pie spice
  • Served as a side dish with beef, chicken, or pork
foil baked sweet potato

Tips and Tricks

Where can you buy sweet potatoes? 

Typically, you can find sweet potatoes available all year round at your local grocery stores. They might be sold individually, or in small bags. Seasonally you can also find sweet potatoes sold at local farmer stands as well.

Always Poke holes

It’s a fabulous idea to use a fork or a sharp knife to poke holes in your sweet potatoes before baking them. This way they don’t explode in your oven. 

Baking time

The amount of time it takes to bake a sweet potato in foil will vary depending on the size of your sweet potato, and your specific oven. Smaller sweet potatoes will take less time than larger sweet potatoes. Feel free to adjust the time as needed. 

Lightly Oil the Outside

One of the best things to do to your sweet potatoes before wrapping them in foil is to either lightly oil, or butter the outside of the potato. This way they will have a nice, tender skin after they are baked.

Bake at High Heat

When you bake sweet potatoes in the oven, it will work best to always bake the sweet potatoes at a high temperature. This means you will want to bake the potatoes at 400F or higher for the best results.

Storing Sweet Potatoes Baked in Foil 

At Room Temperature. After sweet potatoes are baked, they should be kept at room temperature for no more than two hours before you run the risk of them going bad. After that, they should be stored in the fridge. 

In the Fridge. Sweet potatoes can be stored in an airtight container, or sealed in a plastic storage bag, then placed in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. This is a great way to store sweet potatoes if you wish to make them ahead of time, and serve them later, or get ahead of on your meal prep.

How to Reheat Leftover Baked Sweet Potatoes

In the oven. An easy way to reheat many leftover baked sweet potatoes is to use the oven. First, preheat the oven to 350°F, then place the leftover baked sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet.

When the oven is preheated place them into the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are warmed all the way through.

In the air fryer. Using an air fryer is another great way to reheat your leftover baked sweet potatoes. First, preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Then place your baked sweet potatoes into the air fryer basket. Air fry for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are warmed through. 

In the microwave. First, make sure to remove any remaining aluminum foil from your baked sweet potatoes. Then placed the sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes, then microwave for 1 to 2 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are warmed all the way through.


How Long to Bake Sweet Potatoes?

How long it takes to bake a sweet potato will depend on how large the sweet potato is. Some sweet potatoes are huge and will need more time. On average, you can estimate that it will take at least one hour to bake a sweet potato fully.

What Temperature is Best for Baking Sweet Potatoes?

When you are baking sweet potatoes, it is best to use high temperatures. In this recipe, I share how to bake a sweet potato in foil at 400F, but you can also bake a sweet potato at 425F or 450F. I like to use 400F because then you get a nice even bake to your sweet potatoes.

baked sweet potato in foil

Perfect Baked Sweet Potato

Making baked sweet potatoes in foil is a great way to roast sweet potatoes so that they turn into an excellent side dish for any occasion. This baked sweet potato recipe is easy to do, and it makes delicious sweet potatoes every time. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out a recipe for making baked sweet potatoes in foil. I hope you have enjoyed this recipe and perhaps it’s your new favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes!

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