How to cook parboiled roasted sweet potatoes and why you should be eating them

Sweet potatoes pack a nutritional punch. You should be eating them.


Here’s a good way of eating a sweet potato: boil then bake. Boiling them before you roast them will ensure that your sweet potatoes or crispy like chips on the outside and soft, sweet and buttery on the inside.

Peel, slice and place your sweet potato slices in boiling salted water for 10 minutes.

photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

While your potatoes are boiling, preheat your oven to 450°.

Now is the time to prep your pan. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, Half a teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a healthy grind of lemon pepper for every sweet potato you have. Then add salt-and-pepper to taste.

Prepping the pan. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Add your drained sweet potatoes and mix with the oil and spices in your pen. Add one more teaspoon of oil on top before more salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Coat each of the sweet potato slices generously.

Draining the sweet potatoes. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Spreading the spices. photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
First roast before flipping. photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Then put your potatoes in oven for 15 minutes. Turn halfway through. Because temperatures vary as well as thickness of sweet potatoes, you might need more or less time so keep an eye on them. You should smell a nice aroma coming from the oven as the sweet potatoes roast.

Sweet potatoes in oven. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Second roast. Delicious. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Serve with roast chicken, lamb or fish. For vegetarians these potatoes are a great side with a lentil curry or portobello mushrooms.

What is your favorite way to cook sweet potatoes?



7 thoughts on “How to cook parboiled roasted sweet potatoes and why you should be eating them”

  1. To answer your question, I like to cut sweet potatoes into french fries then pan-fry them in coconut oil. However, my favorite sweet potato is an Asian type that has a purplish skin and pale whitish-green interior – do you happen to know if all varieties of sweet potatoes are nutrient-rich, or just the ones, which are more common at the market?

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  2. Boiled and mashed organic sweet potatoes were among my childrens’ first solid foods. They also like them in chunks as they learn to use a fork. I like mash myself also. I boil cinnamon and use the cooking liquid to cook the sweet potato, blend with a hand mixer right in the pot then stir in ground nutmeg and a dash of ground clove.

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