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Boiling sweet potatoes is a simple and healthy way to cook them. Here's a breakdown of the process:

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Boiling sweet potatoes is a simple and healthy way to cook them. Here's a breakdown of the process:


  • Sweet potatoes (amount depending on how many you need)
  • Water
  • Optional: Pinch of salt


  1. Wash the sweet potatoes: Rinse the sweet potatoes under cool running water to remove any dirt or debris.

  2. Decide whether to peel or not:

    • You can boil sweet potatoes with the skin on or peeled. Leaving the skin on preserves some nutrients, but the peeled version cooks slightly faster and has a smoother texture.
    • If peeling, use a vegetable peeler and remove only the outer skin.
  3. Cut the sweet potatoes (optional):

    • Boiling whole sweet potatoes takes longer. You can cut them into similar-sized pieces (cubes, wedges, etc.) for faster and more even cooking.
    • The size of the pieces will affect cooking time. Smaller pieces cook faster than larger ones.
  4. Fill a pot with water: Add enough water to a pot to comfortably cover the sweet potatoes.

  5. Add salt (optional): A pinch of salt can enhance the flavor of the sweet potatoes, but this is optional.

  6. Bring water to a boil: Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil.

  7. Add the sweet potatoes: Once the water is boiling, carefully add the sweet potatoes to the pot.

  8. Reduce heat and simmer: Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the sweet potatoes simmer.

  9. Cooking time:

    • Whole sweet potatoes (depending on size): 40-50 minutes
    • Cubed sweet potatoes (1-inch cubes): 12-15 minutes
    • Cubed sweet potatoes (2-inch cubes): 20-25 minutes
  • Cooking time can vary slightly depending on the size and shape of the sweet potatoes.
  1. Test for doneness: Use a fork to pierce through a thick piece of the sweet potato. It should easily slide through when cooked.

  2. Drain the water: Once cooked, drain the water from the pot using a colander.

  3. Serve: You can enjoy your boiled sweet potatoes plain, mashed, or drizzled with olive oil and herbs for added flavor.

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