How To Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave

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Delicious perfectly cooked fork tender microwave sweet potatoes. Learn how to steam sweet potato in microwave FAST with this simple method that you will want to follow time and time again.

You will love how fast you can cook a sweet potato in the microwave. It is so fast your microwave will beep by the time you have planned your baked sweet potato toppings.

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Microwave Sweet Potato Recipe

Microwave Sweet Potato

We had not owned a microwave for many, many years. In fact, I am entering my 40th year and the last time I had a microwave I was 22.

I used it reheat things and never saw its potential back then and never thought about using a microwave for steaming vegetables or steaming sweet potatoes.

We had just arrived back in the UK after 13 years living in Portugal and our beautiful Yorkshire cottage had a pretty microwave in the corner.

I had some sweet potatoes in, after doing my first UK shop in many years and thought it was about time that I tried microwave sweet potatoes.

Well, I shocked myself with how quick you can microwave sweet potatoes and I now wanted a microwave back in my kitchen.

When we moved into our house in England, the first purchase was a microwave and after perfecting and improving my microwave sweet potato recipe, I am sharing with you today the finished recipe.

If you love sweet potatoes and would love to microwave them, then this is for you.

Can You Microwave Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, you can. Cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave is amazing and I highly recommend you give it a try and see if you like it as much as we do.

When you cook baked sweet potatoes in the oven, it can be rather time consuming, and you get fed up waiting for it. But sweet potatoes in the microwave are incredibly fast to cook.

Is It Bad To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?

No, its really good to cook a sweet potato in the microwave. There are no extra calories compared to other ways to bake a sweet potato.

Its just a much faster method.

Best Way To Microwave A Sweet Potato?

The best way to microwave a sweet potato is to do some with a microwave steamer.

I have tried many methods with microwave sweet potatoes and find many leave the sweet potato dry or without an even cook.

Plus, I think for many its confusing what you must use to cover a sweet potato.

The steamer basket then ticks all the boxes and cooks the best microwave baked sweet potato for you.

Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave

To steam a sweet potato in the microwave is a simple process. You place your sweet potatoes into a steamer basket and add a little water.

This little bit of water is all you need to steam your sweet potatoes.

The lid then goes onto your steamer basket and the steamer basket goes into the microwave.

Then you have perfectly cooked sweet potatoes.

How To Microwave A Sweet Potato Without Drying It Out?

The steam method also stops your sweet potato from drying out. Most will cook a sweet potato in the microwave with just a paper towel or a plate over it and this is not enough.

By using a steamer basket, the lid of the steamer basket is sealing tight, preventing the sweet potato from drying out.

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Baked Sweet Potato Microwave Ingredients

Baked Sweet Potato Microwave

Potatoes – To cook sweet potato in microwave you will need 1-4 sweet potatoes. You can cook just one or do up to four depending on the size of your microwave steamer basket.

Water – To microwave baked sweet potatoes you will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer basket.

Seasoning – Then for seasoning your sweet potato, I like to keep it simple with just salt and pepper.

Toppings – You can add whatever toppings you would like to your sweet potatoes. I love butter, coleslaw and cheese the most. My other favourite is tuna and sweetcorn with salad cream.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this baked sweet potato microwave recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

As well as your microwave you will need a good steamer basket that will fit in your microwave. We recommend this one.

How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?

microwave sweet potato instructions
  • Liquid. Start by adding a tablespoon of water to the bottom of your steamer basket. This is so that you can perfectly steam your sweet potatoes.
  • Prep. Fork your sweet potatoes so that they can breathe whilst they are being steamed. Then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Load into the steamer basket.
  • Microwave. Then place the lid on your steamer and then load your steamer basket into the microwave. Microwave your sweet potatoes for 7 minutes. Then check on them and do a fork test, if still not tender cook for a further 3-4 minutes and check again.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to microwave a sweet potato and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick dinner.

How Long Do You Microwave A Sweet Potato?

The sweet potato microwave time is JUST 10 minutes. This was for us and our 800W microwave. So if you have a more powerful microwave than us, you could be looking at a 7 minute cook time.

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How To Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave

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How To Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave
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How To Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave

Delicious perfectly cooked fork tender microwave sweet potatoes. Learn how to steam sweet potato in microwave FAST with this simple method that you will want to follow time and time again.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 117kcal


  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Butter optional


  • Place one tablespoon of water in the bottom of your steamer basket.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?
  • Fork your sweet potato so that it can breathe as it cooks.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?
  • Load your sweet potatoes into the steamer basket and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?
  • Place the lid on the steamer and then place in the microwave.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?
  • Microwave for 7-10 minutes depending on your microwave wattage.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?
  • Remove the lid, allow the steam to release, and do a fork test to make sure the sweet potato is fork tender. Then serve with butter and your favourite toppings.
    How To Cook A Sweet Potato In The Microwave?


Steam – Note there is a lot of steam, so allow the steam to go before removing into a dish.
Wattage – The cook time for your baked sweet potatoes will vary depending on your wattage. Our 800w microwave cooked the sweet potatoes in 10 minutes.
Thanks for reading how to microwave a sweet potato on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to serve with your sweet potatoes, do check out our instant pot turkey chilli.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 618mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 24983IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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1 thought on “How To Steam Sweet Potato In Microwave”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe and i just ordered myself one of those steamers you are using as i just had mine in a dish which got so hot the steamer is a great idea, many thanks.


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