How to Make Sauteed Sweet Potatoes

Crispy sauteed sweet potatoes are crisp-tender, savory, slightly sweet, and garlicky. Just 3 simple ingredients and ready in 20 minutes, they make a healthy (dairy-free and gluten-free) side dish for a busy weeknight or an excellent addition to breakfast burritos, soups, or salads.

– sweet potatoes – extra-virgin olive oil – garlic powder – salt – black pepper

Recipe Ingredients

Wash and peel (peeling isn't necessary and totally optional) potatoes. Dice into ½-inch cubes.

Recipe Instructions

Heal oil over medium heat in a non-stick or cast-iron skillet. Add sweet potatoes to the skillet. Leave them to cook for 5 minutes, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 8-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until the  potatoes are fork tender.

Recipe Instructions

Add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and stir to cook for an additional minute. *Test one piece of potato with a knife before removing from heat to test for doneness.

Recipe Instructions

* Use a non-stick pan or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet to prevent sweet potatoes from sticking to the pan.

Expert Tips

* Let sweet potatoes sit for about 5 minutes when they first hit the pan. This helps them develop a crispy crust while remaining tender on the inside.

Expert Tips


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