Learn how to boil sweet potatoes. Plus, get ideas for boiled sweet potatoes recipes.

Sweet potatoes are quite a versatile vegetable. Incredibly satisfying with its sweetness and texture, this tuber can wear many hats. When it comes to cooking sweet potatoes, you can bake sweet potatoes in the oven, microwave them, or boil them. The process for boiling sweet potatoes will be the same whether you keep the skins on or not. Boiled sweet potatoes are filling and make a simple side. Here, we give you tips on how to boil sweet potatoes and how to serve them.

How to Boil Sweet Potatoes

There is not much difference between boiling sweet potatoes with the skins on versus peeling them. But you will get a boost of fiber and potassium if you boil and eat the potatoes with the skin on. The skin also adds a subtle texture to each bite. If you're looking for a smoother mash, however, peel the potatoes first before boiling.

To boil about 4 pounds of chopped sweet potatoes (roughly six sweet potatoes) to mash, it will take about 15 to 20 minutes if you start them in cold water. You will need enough water in the pot to cover the sweet potatoes. If you're making a mash, it's best to chop the potatoes instead of boiling them whole. It will save you time.

Here are step-by-step details on how to boil sweet potatoes:

1. Shop for sweet potatoes with smooth skin that is firm when you press it. Avoid any soft spots. Store them in a cool, dry place for up to one week and avoid refrigerating them as they will dry out.

2. Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes under cold water. For a more nutritious mash, leave the skin on. For a smoother one, peel with a vegetable peeler.

3. Cut into eighths and place in a large pot. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes.

4. Boil sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Note it will take less time if you cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces.

5. Drain and return to the pot to make your mash.

Boiled Sweet Potatoes Recipes

It's easy to add butter and a touch of milk to your sweet potatoes and make a simple sweet potato mash. Can't get enough? This recipe for Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancakes has hints of cinnamon, warmth from nutmeg, and added sweetness from the maple syrup.