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How To Boil Sweet Potatoes | Family Cuisine

How to Boiled Sweet Potatoes: These boiled sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any meal.

Sweet, Tender, Tasty and EASY to do (not to mention affordable)! Plus, shhhhhh, good for you! When you know how to boil sweet potatoes, you’ll have a great intro for MANY terrific recipes starring this perfect, healthy, tasty treat!

Sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces

Why This Recipe Works

  • You probably already have most of these ingredients in your pantry already
  • It is very fast and easy to make
  • Good way to introduce kids to more veggies

Here’s How To Boil Sweet Potatoes

STEP 1. Wash your sweet potatoes and assemble your ingredients

Sweet potatoes and ingredients on cutting board

STEP 3. Peel the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces.

Cubed sweet potato on a cutting board

STEP 5. Put your potatoes in the chicken stock to boil. Let them come to a full rolling boil

boiling chicken stock with sweet potato cubes

STEP 6. Start adding all the other ingredients.

measuring spoon of brown sugar over pot of sweet potatoes

STEP 7. Once they are fully cooked they are ready to serve!

fork piercing sweet potato over large pot of cooked sweet potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Are Yams and Sweet Potatoes the Same Thing?

Yams and sweet potatoes are different. Yams have a skin that looks more like tree bark and are less sweet and more starchy in flavor

Do I Have to Peel the Sweet Potato First?

You do not have to peel the sweet potato first. The peel is edible and has lots of good nutrition like fibre and potassium. However if you do not want to eat the peel it will be important to peel the potato before you cut it because it will be less labor intensive that way.

How Long To Boil Sweet Potatoes?

Just until you can easily stick a fork through the potato. About 10-30 minutes depending on how much you are boiling and how hot your water is.

How To Boil Sweet Potatoes?

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes
  2. Cut into bite size pieces
  3. Put in boiling chicken stock or water
  4. Boil until “fork tender” or for 10-30 minutes depending on amount.

How Long To Boil a Whole Sweet Potato?

15-35 minutes depending on the size of the sweet potato.

How To Boil Sweet Potatoes to Mash?

Just until you can easily stick a fork through the potato. About 10-30 minutes depending on how much you are boiling and how hot your water is.

How To Cube a Sweet Potato?

After peeling the sweet potato, cut it into slices. Once you have your slices you can make two cuts in an “x” shape across each slice.

Can I Freeze Boiled Sweet Potatoes?

Yes! You can! Once the sweet potatoes are boiled and have cooled, place into a freezer safe container. Squeeze out as much air as possible and place into the freezer. Will keep for up to 3 months.

How Long Are Boiled Sweet Potatoes Good For?

  • Once boiled, keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • Do not allow to sit out for more than 2 hours.

How To Reheat Boiled Sweet Potatoes?

Saucepan: Heat over medium heat until heated through. You might need to add some water to help with heating.

What Goes With Boiled Sweet Potatoes?

Generally people like to have some kind of meat, and another green vegetable with sweet potatoes.

Pot roast

Cha Cha chicken


Crockpot green beans

Tips and Tricks for Boiling Sweet Potatoes (make a bulleted list)

  • If you don’t have a vegetable peeler you can use a paring knife or larger knife to peel the potatoes. Just make sure that you cut a flat surface on the potato so that it is steady. Also make sure that you follow the contours of the potato with your knife. This way you get more peel and less of the actual potato part.
  • Make sure that your knives are sharp! This is very important. You are more likely to accidentally cut yourself with a dull knife vs. a sharp on.
  • If you would like to make this recipe totally vegan, you can use an alternative butter, water or vegetable stock rather than chicken stock, and you could use agave nectar rather than honey. Agave nectar also has a lower glycemic index which makes it a healthier alternative if you or someone who might be eating this happens to be diabetic.
  • Get a vegetable peeler that you like. It doesn’t have to be expensive and in fact most peelers are not but it should be sharp and easy to use. Vegetable peelers are a handy gadget to have around and they are small so it doesn’t take up a lot of valuable cabinet space like some kitchen tools.
  • For more information about Yams vs sweet potatoes, check out this article by UC Davis!

PRO TIP: If you want to use the same tablespoon to measure the honey and butter. Use it for the butter first. That way when you go to measure the honey it won’t stick to the tablespoon and will slide right out. You will get the full tablespoon of honey in the pot and it will be easier to clean up.

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