How To Saute Sweet Potatoes

how to saute sweet potatoes
how to saute sweet potatoes


Learn how to make perfect sautéed sweet potatoes with this recipe! With simple seasonings like cinnamon and cayenne pepper, these pan-fried sweet potatoes make a delicious vegetarian side dish. Discover tips for cooking time, seasoning variations, and the best oil and pan to use.

Often, when searching for a quick and satisfying vegetable side dish, sweet potatoes come to the rescue. Their versatility allows for endless possibilities in terms of preparation and flavor combinations. Today, we’re diving into my favorite sautéed sweet potatoes recipe, so you can enjoy their deliciousness too!

These stovetop sweet potatoes are the epitome of simplicity and flavor. I seasoned them with a pinch of cinnamon and a hint of cayenne pepper, but you can experiment with your favorite spices. Be sure to check out the Expert Tips section for some seasoning variation recommendations.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes on the Stove

  1. Dice a sweet potato into cubes.
  2. Warm olive, avocado, or coconut oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and seasonings, stirring until coated.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cooked through and slightly crispy.

When making sautéed sweet potatoes, you may wonder whether to peel the potatoes or not. While peeling is preferable for this recipe, the sweet potato skin is edible. If you choose to leave it on, make sure to scrub it clean to remove any dirt.

Sweet potatoes take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to cook on the stove. Remember to stir them frequently to prevent sticking or burning. You may need to add more oil halfway through cooking to ensure they don’t stick to the pan.


Expert Tips

  • Pan type: For sautéed sweet potatoes, use a medium nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Ensure the potatoes are fully coated with enough oil to prevent sticking.
  • Oil type: Coconut oil (unrefined or refined) pairs beautifully with sweet potatoes. Alternatively, opt for extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil. Use approximately 2 tablespoons to coat the entire skillet, adding more during cooking if needed.
  • Cutting sweet potatoes: Cubed sweet potatoes of similar size work best for this recipe. After washing and peeling the sweet potato, cut it in half lengthwise. Slice each half into lengthwise planks, stack them, then cut into long strips and finally cubes. For more cutting tips, visit our guide on How to Cut Sweet Potatoes.
  • Seasoning ideas: Experiment with seasonings such as cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, rosemary, and sage to enhance the flavor of your sweet potatoes.
  • Leftovers: Store sautéed sweet potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. When reheating, warm them in a skillet with a little oil until heated through.

Serving Ideas

Sautéed sweet potatoes complement various dishes such as fish, burgers (both meat and veggie), and eggs. They also make a fantastic base for a breakfast hash topped with fried eggs. Pair them with our Black Bean Beet Burgers, Easy Broccoli Cheese Egg Bake, or Coconut Cod with Fennel and Spinach. Consider substituting pan-cooked sweet potatoes in our Sweet Potato Black Bean Meal Prep Bowls and Arugula Sweet Potato Salad.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

If you’re a fan of this recipe, you’ll love our Loaded Sweet Potato Fries and Oatmeal Raisin Sweet Potato Cookies. Additionally, try our Silver Dollar Sweet Potato Pancakes for a mouthwatering breakfast treat.

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1. Can I use a different type of oil for sautéing sweet potatoes?

Yes, you can use various oils like olive oil or avocado oil instead of coconut oil. Each oil adds its unique flavor profile to the dish.

2. What are some other seasoning options for sautéed sweet potatoes?

Apart from cinnamon and cayenne pepper, you can experiment with spices like cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, or herbs like rosemary and sage to create different flavor combinations.

Enjoy this simple dish!

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