Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Base Recipe

This is one of our base recipes. We love roasting sweet potatoes at To Taste, but we recognize that they can take a long time to cook. An easy way to speed up the process while still getting that delicious caramelized taste is to cut them into quarters! Roasted sweet potato wedges require little effort and cook in one quarter of the time!

Must-Know Skills

For recipe success, learn how to:

Secure a Cutting Board
Chop Round Foods Safely

Culinary Tips for the Best Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges 

We use weight instead of volume for the sweet potato because sizes can be highly variable. Weigh at the store or use a simple kitchen scale. If your sweet potato is significantly smaller or larger than indicated in the recipe, just adjust the time! Add more time for larger potatoes, and subtract time for smaller ones.

This recipe easily scales up. For each sweet potato used, plan on 1 ½ teaspoons of oil, ¼ teaspoon of spice, and a dash of salt.

For best results when roasting, use our memorable acronym: ROAST WELL

Right Temp

Set your oven to a high cooking temperature to achieve optimal caramelization. In general, anywhere between 400ºF and 500ºF is considered a roasting temperature. 

Oil Generously

Don’t be scared of oil! Healthy oils add nutrition, satiety, and great flavor to roasted vegetables. Make sure every piece is thoroughly coated with oil; it’s better to use a little too much than not enough. Use oils with high smoke points, such as canola or avocado oil. 

Alike Items

If you want to roast an assortment of vegetables at the same time, select ones that are similar and will cook in the same amount of time. Potatoes and carrots are both root vegetables that roast in about the same amount of time.

Skip Pan Liners

For best caramelization and browning, place the oil-coated vegetables directly onto the pan. Although parchment paper and foil make clean-up easier (we get it!), your vegetables won’t be quite as delicious. 

Traditional Sheet Pan

When roasting, be sure to use a traditional sheet pan, with no more than a 1-inch rim along the sides. Deeper dishes cause vegetables to steam rather than roast – not optimal when trying to make crispy veggies! A metal pan also ensures browning.

Wash and Dry

You should always wash fresh produce before eating or cooking, but another important step when roasting is to make sure your vegetables are dry. Water generates steam, and again, we want to avoid steam to ensure the vegetables turn brown and crispy. 

Even Cuts

It is important to make your pieces approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. Small pieces cook faster than large pieces. If your sweet potato is extra wide or larger than suggested in the recipe, you can cut in half, and then into thirds.

Leave Space

Spread the vegetables out on a sheet pan and leave plenty of space around each piece. If you overcrowd the pan, the vegetables will steam. Are you noticing a trend here? Steam is the enemy when trying to create crisp, roasted veggies!

When in doubt, use two pans. Yes, that might mean more dishes to clean, but we promise that it will be worth it!

Let them Cook!

Cooking requires patience. While it can be tempting to pull the vegetables from the oven once they are soft, make sure that they get that nice, brown exterior. For longer cooking vegetables, such as potatoes, you can stir them halfway through the cook time to brown on all sides, but it’s not totally necessary. 

To learn more about how to roast vegetables, check out this article!

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Sweet Potatoes: use any variety – orange, white, or even purple!
  • Canola or Avocado Oil: substitute a lower-quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Spices: use your favorite, and check out our suggestions under recipe variations.

Recipe Variations

You can vary this recipe by changing up the spices or adding herbs. 

Make a sweet variation by adding ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice to the oil.

Make a savory variety by adding a spice mixtures such as curry powder, garam masala, or taco seasoning.

Try out fresh herbs traditionally used for white potatoes, like finely chopped rosemary, to create roasted sweet potato wedges with rosemary. 

As always, use our recipe as a guide, then adjust to YOUR taste!

Equipment Recommendations

For guaranteed recipe success, use the following pieces of equipment:

  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Baking Sheet

Health Benefits of Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Americans love potatoes, but white potatoes are the more popular variety. Why not mix it up with nutritious and delicious sweet potatoes? Eating a variety of colors, like orange from sweet potatoes, is best for optimal nutrition. This recipe features sweet potatoes, healthy cooking oil, and spices.

Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potato is a root vegetable in the morning glory family. Sweet potatoes are a great source of important nutrients, such as beta carotene and anthocyanins which are naturally-occurring phytochemicals. These phytochemicals help with disease prevention. 

Canola or Avocado Oil

Both canola and avocado oil contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also have high smoke points, making them ideal for high-heat cooking methods, such as roasting.

Spices

Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. (1) Additionally, spices contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. (2)

How to Serve Sweet Potatoes 

These roasted sweet potato wedges make a delicious side at almost any meal! Pair with turkey pesto burgers and a green salad for a balanced plate.

Storage Tips

Allow sweet potatoes to cool, then store in an airtight container.

Leftovers will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, but they will definitely lose some crispness as they sit! Reheat in the oven for best texture.

Want more roasted vegetable recipes?

Try out these flavorful favorites!

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Roasted Russet Potatoes Base Recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges Base Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This is one of our base recipes. Whole roasted sweet potatoes can take a long time to cook. These roasted sweet potato wedges require little effort and cook in one quarter of the time!

Course: Side, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4 wedges
Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet potato (~10-12 ounces)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons canola or avocado oil
  • ¼ teaspoon spice(s) of your choice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.

  2. Clean and scrub potatoes well. Do not peel. Cut thin piece off one side of your potato, making a flat side for safest cutting. Lay sweet potato on flat side.

  3. Cut potato in half. Lay potato halves on flat side and cut into halves one more time. If your potato is larger than suggested in the ingredients or is extra wide, cut into thirds.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, spices, and salt. Add potatoes to bowl, and using a spatula or clean hands, toss to evenly coat with oil mixture.

  5. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast 20-25 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown and are easily pierced with a fork. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We use weight instead of volume for the sweet potato because sizes can be highly variable. Weigh at the store or use a simple kitchen scale. If your sweet potato is significantly smaller or larger than indicated in the recipe, just adjust the time! Add more time for larger potatoes, and subtract time for smaller ones.

 

This recipe easily scales up. For each sweet potato used, use 1 ½ teaspoons of oil, ¼ teaspoon of spice, and a dash of salt.

 

 

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