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Orange, white & purple cooked sweet potatoes cut in pieces
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5 from 9 votes

How to boil sweet potatoes

Learn how to boil sweet potatoes without throwing vitamins and minerals in your sink
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: How to
Cuisine: african, American, anti-inflammatory
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan
Keyword: boiling sweet potatoes, cooking sweet potatoes, how to boil sweet potatoes
Author: Githu


  • A big pot
  • Parchement papar


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • water
  • 1 tsp of salt


  • Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly
  • Put the sweet potatoes in a big pot without cutting them
  • Add water to almost the same level as sweet potatoes. You don't have to cover the sweet potatoes with water
  • Add salt
  • Cover the pot with a parchment paper or banana leaves
  • Place a lid to cover and bring to boil
  • Boil at a moderate high heat for about 20 mins
  • Check the cooking by inserting a sharp thin knife in one sweet potato. If the knife goes inside without any resistance then cut off the heat. If not boil the sweet potatoes again for about 5 mins
  • Once you cut off the heat, let the sweet potatoes cool down before manipulating them
  • Use the cooking water to make vegetable broth.