How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in a Microwave (2 Ways)

Mar 1, 2020 | Nutrition

Wondering how to cook sweet potatoes in a microwave? I’ve got you!

How many times did you crave sweet potatoes but only had a few minutes ahead to prepare yourself a meal?

This has happened to me too many times until I discovered how to make 5-minute sweet potatoes in the microwave.

Life changing.

Those who know me can tell how much I love sweet potatoes. As fries, mashed, baked, in salads…

Sweet potatoes are a staple in my diet because not only are they delicious, they are so healthy and good for yourself!

Normally, I like to cook them in bulk at the beginning of the week so I can grab them whenever I feel like adding them to my meals.

But when things don’t go as planned and that I suddenly crave sweet potatoes, there are 95% chances that I will be too lazy or hungry to wait 40 minutes for them to cook in the oven…

Who can relate?

Well, this is where you’ll learn how to cook sweet potatoes in a microwave in 5 to 6 minutes!

How to cook sweet potatoes in a microwave : First method

You will need a fork or a knife and one piece of paper towel.

Step 1

Start by washing and drying your sweet potato. Pierce it all around with a fork or a knife (to prevent it from exploding).

Step 2

Run the paper towel under water and drain it. Wrap the sweet potato in the paper towel making sure it is entirely covered.

Wrapping the sweet potato in a wet paper towel will create steam and therefore help the sweet potato stay moist whilst cooking.

Step 3

Put the sweet potato in the microwave at maximum power for 3-5 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of the sweet potato.

Step 4

Remove the sweet potato from the microwave and check if it is fork-tender. If not, start again the cooking process for about 1 minute.

Be careful when removing the paper towel, it will be hot!

Step 5

Cut the sweet potato and add some salt and olive oil or cinnamon and honey for a sweet version. Yum!

How to cook sweet potatoes in a microwave : Second Method

You will need a bowl, a knife and one piece of paper towel.

Step 1

Start by removing the skin from the sweet potato and cutting it into pieces.

The smaller the pieces, the faster they will cook.

Step 2

Run the paper towel under water and drain it. Place it in the bowl, add the cut sweet potato and make sure to close everything up.

Wrapping the sweet potato in a wet paper towel will create steam and therefore help the sweet potato stay moist whilst cooking.

Step 3

Put the bowl in the microwave at maximum power for 3-5 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of the pieces.

Step 4

Remove the bowl from the microwave and check if it is fork-tender. If not, start again the cooking process for about 1 minute.

Be careful when opening the paper towel, it will be hot!

Step 5

Add the cooked sweet potato in your salad, mash it or enjoy it with other vegetables!

I hope you learned how to cook sweet potatoes in this blog post! Leet me know in the comments if you have any questions!

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