Originating in the highlands of the South American Andes, potatoes are among the most treasured carbohydrates on earth. There are dozens of potato varieties of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Sweet potatoes encompass a variety of potatoes with softer innards, bright orange to yellow innards, edible brown skin, and a sweet flavor. Their luxurious texture and sweet flavor lend well to savory dishes and desserts.
You can use most cooking methods with sweet potatoes, from baking to grilling to boiling. Every culinary culture has a unique and tasty take on sweet potatoes.
Read on to discover my list of sweet potato recipes to try for your next meal.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Grilling anything, from meat to veggies, adds a distinct smokey char that upgrades its flavor and texture.
This grilled sweet potato recipe has you cut a sweet potato into half-inch-thick strips before throwing them on the grill.
They get those coveted charred stripes that add smokiness to their sweetness. The final touch is a drizzle of cilantro lime dressing.
Check out other veggies to add to the grill.
Melting Sweet Potatoes
This super comforting, melting sweet potato recipe broils sweet potato rounds with butter and garlic before adding chicken broth and broiling once more.
The intense heat creates a caramelized char, while the chicken broth rehydrates the sweet potatoes, giving them a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Sweet Potato Casserole
A Thanksgiving dinner classic, sweet potato casserole is every child’s favorite side dish because melted marshmallows grace the top.
This recipe is as classic as they come, boiling the sweet potatoes before mashing them with brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange juice, then topping them with marshmallows and throwing them in the oven.
Sweet Potato Lasagna
For those who adhere to a gluten-free diet, this delicious lasagna recipe swaps wheat flour lasagna noodles for scratch-made sweet potato noodles.
Paper-thin slices of sweet potatoes are made by slicing them with a mandolin or using a lasagna pasta maker with separate layers of ricotta and feta, spinach, marinara, and herbs.
Sweet Potato Souffle
This decadent sweet potato souffle reminds me of a fruit crumble, except you’re swapping fruit for a creamy, sweet potato custard.
You combine sweet potato with vanilla, brown sugar, and loads of cream and eggs to create a pillowy base for a crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel topping.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Twice-baked sweet potatoes are a sweeter, more aromatic version of the savory russets you’re used to.
This recipe is a labor of love, with a long cooking process that pays off in taste and texture.
It infuses aromatic ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon into the sweet potato mash before returning them to their skins and back into the oven.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
There’s no simpler way to eat sweet potatoes than baked sweet potatoes. They are perfect in their simplicity and a completely hands-off recipe.
Just poke a few holes in them, throw them in the oven and go about the rest of your meal. By the time they’re done, the rest of the meal will be ready, too!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Another simple yet perfect recipe, roasted sweet potatoes offer a firm and crunchy exterior that cedes to a pillowy, sweet interior.
The preparation process involves cutting sweet potatoes into cubes before tossing them with a bit of olive oil, garlic powder, and seasoning.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This beautifully presented dish involves arranging half-inch rounds of sweet potatoes in a circular spiral around a glass baking dish.
I also liked the mess-free plastic-bag method used to coat sweet potatoes in olive oil, parmesan, and Italian herbs.
The savory, salty parmesan added the perfect flavor complement and crunchy topping for the sweet potatoes.
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
This sinfully sweet recipe makes a butter and brown sugar glaze to bake into oven-boiled sweet potatoes, creating a unique texture.
The buttery sugary glaze turns into a thin, glass-like coating that cedes into a melt-in-your-mouth chew. I like to add butternut squash and carrots to the mix for a fall-glazed medley.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed sweet potatoes are the height of creamy indulgence, and this recipe allows you to scale its ingredients to the desired flavor.
It mashes boiled sweet potatoes with herbs, butter, and your choice of cream, milk, or sour cream.
I recommend sour cream as it adds a nice tangy finish and a thicker texture.
Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potatoes
If you don’t want to go through the extra steps to make a sweet potato casserole, this recipe is just as delicious and saves you time.
Instead of mashing the sweet potatoes and mixing them with various ingredients, all you need with this streamlined recipe is to place cubed sweet potatoes in a baking dish, cover it with butter, and top it with marshmallows.
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
A classic Southern side dish, candied sweet potatoes are a decadent addition to a savory main course like fried chicken or Christmas ham.
This recipe involves boiling sweet potatoes until tender, then baking them in a sweet, citrusy baking liquid with butter, brown sugar, and orange juice. I love the orange-flavored finish.
Spiral Sweet Potato Bake
Another dish with a stunning spiral presentation, this spiral sweet potato bake will impress your next dinner party.
Thin slices of sweet potato rounds bathed in butter, garlic, and rosemary form a mesmerizing spiral arrangement inside a round, cast iron baking pan.
Rosemary and sweet potatoes are a match made in autumnal heaven!
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These delicious, cinnamon-roasted sweet potatoes are an easy, three-ingredient recipe that takes advantage of sweet potato’s inherent sweetness without adding sugar.
Before baking, toss cubed sweet potatoes in oil with a dash of cinnamon and salt. The salt brings out the sweet flavor, getting a nice spicy finish from the cinnamon.
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are a fancy and luxurious side dish you usually see on the menu at a steakhouse.
You can make them at home for a special occasion with this delicious scalloped sweet potato recipe that drowns sweet potato rounds in milk, flour, and layers of gruyere cheese and butter.
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a sweet, pillowy foundation for acidic and savory Mediterranean flavors in this tasty, main-course-worthy dish.
Baked sweet potato halves get smothered in a hummus-based sauce with lemon juice, spices, and almond milk.
My favorite part is the crunchy, savory pop of roasted chickpea topping, and you can add diced cherry tomatoes and parsley for color.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
There’s nothing more indulgent than sweet potato fries, and this recipe offers you a guilt-free, mess-free indulgence.
Sliced sweet potato sticks tossed lightly in extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with your choice of spice mixtures.
You get the same crunchy exterior without the hassle and mess of a deep frier. I like to use Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and parmesan to season my fries.
Skillet Sweet Potatoes
Pan-frying potatoes gives them a perfectly crispy exterior and a plump yet firmer interior that you can’t achieve with baking.
These skillet sweet potatoes use coconut oil to pan-fry cubed sweet potatoes to a savory crisp.
The recipe uses sea salt, dried parsley, and cinnamon to season, but you can swap cinnamon for paprika or garlic powder for a more savory take.
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie is a staple dessert in the Deep South and on par with pumpkin or pecan pie for a crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving dessert.
The flavorful pie filling consists of sweet potato and heavy cream mixed with all the fall spices, from ginger to cinnamon.
The filling assumes a souffle-like texture in the oven, cradled by a flakey, buttery pie crust.
Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
If sweet potatoes aren’t sweet enough, try this bright and cheerful honey-roasted potato dish.
Cubed sweet potatoes get tossed in a lovely concoction of honey, lemon, oil, and cinnamon.
I think the lemon juice is crucial to complement the sweetness of the honey, while the cinnamon adds a spicy kick.
Healthy Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Gnocchi is a popular Italian potato dumpling made with savory potatoes and flour.
This recipe for sweet potato gnocchi is a healthier and sweeter twist on the traditional dumpling. It’s easy to make and is thus a fun project to do with your kids.
My favorite sauce for sweet potato gnocchi is brown butter and sage.
Sweet Potato Fritters with Scallion and Bacon
These deliciously savory potato pancakes cover all the flavor and texture bases.
Shredded sweet potato, eggs, and flour form a savory, crunchy fritter with hefty chunks of thick-cut bacon, and thin slices of scallions in every bite.
The key to a cohesive fritter is extracting as much starch and water from the sweet potatoes as possible.
Sweet Potato Bread
This sweet and dense breakfast bread recipe has the density and moistness of poundcake.
It adds cooked sweet potatoes, milk, and oil to flour and baking spices for a rich flavor. I like to add walnuts or pecans to the batter for a nutty crunch.
Sweet Potato Chowder.
This gorgeous and flavorful chowder will soon become your favorite winter soup.
It is full of Italian spices, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, and chopped kale.
The creamy chowder foundation that permeates all the hearty veggies is a combination of chicken stock and cream, and I like to use coconut cream to sweeten it up.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Biscuits are another Southern specialty for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. These sweet potato biscuits add sweet potato puree to the classic biscuit recipe of butter, flour, and a bit of milk.
The result is a sweeter, light orange biscuit that’s as fluffy as the original and tastes wonderful with a bit of sage butter.
Sweet Potato Soup
This luxuriously creamy soup is vegan-friendly! It’s packed with flavor, starting with a mirepoix base.
The bell pepper and garlic add extra spice to the sweet potatoes. The key to the creaminess and depth of flavor is the blend of veggie stock and coconut cream with bay leaves.
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles are the ultimate childhood favorite, their cakey, chewy texture, and subtle baking spice and vanilla flavor offer a major upgrade to the standard sugar cookie.
This recipe adds canned sweet potatoes in syrup to the snickerdoodle recipe, giving them a richer flavor and denser chew. These cookies will be a hit for all ages.
Sweet Potato Cornbread
I would’ve never thought to add sweet potatoes to cornbread, but after trying this recipe, I’m an enthusiastic advocate!
This recipe blends sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pumpkin spice mix to create a moist, cakey cornbread infused with fall flavors.
Sweet Potato Muffins
These sweet potato muffins are a great alternative to blueberry or banana nut muffins.
The recipe offers the same ingredients and flavor profile as the sweet potato breakfast bread recipe, combining sweet potato with flour, baking spices, eggs, and oil.
The muffins are springy and pillowy, and I like to top them with flax seeds for nuttiness, crunch, and added nutrients.
Sweet Potato Curry
Curries are easy and flavorful stews that get tastier with time.
This sweet potato curry throws hearty chunks of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and spinach into a simmering pot with ginger, onion, and garlic.
The long list of Indian spices packs unparalleled flavor that tastes better the next day. I like to garnish with shredded coconut, cilantro, and cashews.
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
This simple sweet potato poundcake, dotted with toasted pecans, is the perfect holiday weekend brunch centerpiece.
Combining mashed sweet potatoes with cream cheese, butter, and eggs, this pound cake is as moist and fluffy as can be.
The cream cheese also adds a nice tang to complement the rich sweet potato flavor.
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cake
This recipe had me at “cinnamon roll cake”! Fusing my favorite breakfast pastry into a moist coffee cake is a dream come true.
This recipe creates a bright orange sweet potato cake filled with baking spices, flour, and milk to create a fluffy cake.
This cake has two toppings, starting with a nutty streusel and finishing with a vanilla glaze.
Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Wedges
This delicious savory sweet potato recipe batters and breads sweet potato wedges in egg wash and a parmesan mix to create a crunchy, cheesy crust.
Along with a depth of flavor, the parmesan crust helps the softer sweet potato maintain its shape and firmness. I like to serve these wedges with a garlic and lemon aioli dipping sauce.
Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars
Dessert bars are always a crowd-pleaser because they combine various dessert textures into one pan.
This sweet potato cream cheese bar starts with a white cake and pecan base atop which you spoon a sweet potato spice filling, topping everything off with a cream-cheese mixture.
You thus get cake, cheesecake, and sweet potato pie in one bite-sized bar.
Sweet Potato Hash
This simple hash recipe packs a double dose of onions and garlic.
Instead of frying the potatoes in a pan or on a flat top, this recipe has you season diced potatoes with garlic and onion powder and bake to a crisp.
While the hash bakes, you caramelize onions and an entire head of garlic to drizzle over the hash browns for a flavor explosion.
Sweet Potato Brownies
You would never know these ultra-fudgy brownies are gluten-free and vegan, as they are just as decadent and sweet as traditional recipes.
Instead of flour, eggs, and butter, the fudgy texture of these brownies comes from sweet potatoes and almond butter, and the cocoa powder and maple syrup add a rich chocolate flavor.
Sweet Potato Lentil Stew
A Moroccan twist on a hearty vegetable and lentil stew, this recipe combines lentils, sweet potatoes, kale, and countless fragrant spices.
The mirepoix and garlic create a flavorful foundation, while exotic spices like smoked paprika, red chili flakes, and cumin add depth and authenticity.
I loved how the spicy and smoked flavors melded with the meaty nature of the lentils.
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Cobblers are an easier, just as tasty take on pie. While most cobblers are seasonal fruit desserts, sweet potatoes are the perfect fall dessert candidate.
A case in point is this wonderful fall cobbler, featuring cinnamon and ginger-spiced sweet potato filling topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar-infused dough that creates the perfectly fluffy biscuit topping.
Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
While you may be used to chicken noodle soup, this sweet potato chicken soup is a heartier and healthier spin on the classic cold-day comfort food.
A mirepoix base releases aromatic flavors into chicken stock, with large chunks of chicken breast, mushrooms, spinach, and sweet potato to nourish your body and your soul.
Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad
I might go as far as to say that this Chipotle Sweet Potato salad is even better than the classic new potato version.
It is a Southwestern take on potato salad, combining chunks of sweet potatoes with diced jalapeno, bell pepper, and cilantro with chipotle-infused aioli.
This salad's sweet, smoky, and spicy trifecta goes perfectly with barbecued meat.
Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Quiche
Quiches are savory egg tarts baked into buttery crusts, combining eggs with hefty amounts of cream and cheese.
This recipe combines savory and decadent gruyere with tangy, gamey goat cheese.
The evenly distributed chunks of sweet potatoes throughout the quiche add both texture and a complementary sweetness that make this quiche a cut above the rest.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew
This vegan stew is packed with Caribbean flavors, using a coconut and vegetable stock base infused with chili, cumin, paprika, and spicy aromatics.
Sweet potatoes and beans offer heft, texture, and a balance of carbs and protein.
I like to garnish this soup with chopped cilantro, red onion, and sliced avocados.
Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
Another coconut milk-based soup, this Sweet Potato and Sausage soup uses fresh sage and smoked paprika to complement the savory flavor of Italian sausage.
Along with sweet potatoes, white beans also create a luxuriously creamy texture.
If you want to make this soup vegan, there are plenty of vegan sausages available at your local grocery store.
Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
I’m always daunted by bundt cake recipes as mine tend to dry out in the oven.
This sweet potato recipe has multiple secret weapons to ensure a rich, moist texture.
Adding sweet potato to the cake batter moistens the final product, but this recipe takes it a step further by creating a thick cream cheese swirl that cuts through the middle of each slice.
Sweet Potato Pecan Bread
This delicious, nut-laden sweet potato bread streamlines the preparation process by using canned sweet potatoes and premade pumpkin pie spice mixture.
It’s a dump recipe that is fun to make as a family for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast.
The pumpkin pie spice goes perfectly with sweet potatoes, and the nut-to-bread ratio ensures a nutty crunch in every bite.
Sweet Potato Blondies with Maple Syrup Glaze
These rich, fall-inspired blondies blend sweet potato puree with brown sugar, flour, and baking spices.
They have a soft cake-like texture with the thickness of blondies. I love how the simple maple glaze brings out the cinnamon and ginger in the cake.
I like to pair these blondies with a cup of hot chai.
Sweet potatoes are a delicious and nutritious ingredient to use year-round with these versatile recipes! Check out other recipes on our blog, with everything from Chinese cabbage recipes to breakfast pizza ideas!
47 Sweet and Savory Potato Recipes To Try
From tried and true classics to creative new recipes, check out our favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes. These sweet potato recipes range from side dishes to meals to desserts.
- Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- Melting Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sweet Potato Lasagna
- Sweet Potato Souffle
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Glazed Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potatoes
- Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Spiral Sweet Potato Bake
- Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
- Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Skillet Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Healthy Sweet Potato Gnocchi
- Sweet Potato Fritters with Scallion and Bacon
- Sweet Potato Bread
- Sweet Potato Chowder
- Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
- Sweet Potato Cornbread
- Sweet Potato Muffins
- Sweet Potato Curry
- Sweet Potato Pound Cake
- Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cake
- Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Wedges
- Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars
- Sweet Potato Hash
- Sweet Potato Brownies
- Sweet Potato Lentil Stew
- Sweet Potato Cobbler
- Sweet Potato Chicken Soup
- Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad
- Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Quiche
- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew
- Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
- Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
- Sweet Potato Pecan Bread
- Sweet Potato Blondies with Maple Syrup Glaze
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