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Sautéed Sweet Potatoes

Sautéed sweet potatoes are perfectly seasoned, tender sweet potato cubes, sautéed in a skillet for a quick and easy side dish.

Sautéed sweet potatoes, cubed, in a large cast-iron skillet.

🍠 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Sautéed sweet potatoes are simple, yet absolutely delicious. The diced sweet potatoes are lightly seasoned, then sautéed to crisp and tender perfection. They’re a perfect neutral side to accompany any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Once you try them, you’ll never want to cook sweet potatoes any other way!
  • These diced sweet potatoes are super quick and easy to make. Once you’ve peeled and diced the potatoes, they’ll be ready to pair with any main course in roughly 15 minutes.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • The seasonings are totally customizable! You can match the seasonings to the main course you’re preparing for a perfect pairing. Use cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, or chili powder for a little kick of flavor. For a sweet and savory flavor, use brown sugar and cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice. No matter what seasonings you choose, everyone will love these delicious sautéed sweet potatoes!
  • Once you add the diced sweet potatoes into the hot skillet, watch the heat! You want the skins of the potatoes to get lightly brown, but not too quickly. If they get too dark, or if they brown too fast, turn your heat down to low or medium-low.
Sautéed sweet potatoes, cubed, in a large cast-iron skillet.

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Sautéed sweet potatoes, cubed, in a large cast-iron skillet.

Sautéed Sweet Potatoes

Crisp outside, tender inside, and simply seasoned all around. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Recipe Makes: 4 servings


  • running water
  • vegetable scrub brush
  • potato peeler
  • cutting board
  • sharp chef's knife
  • large cast iron skillet (or large non-stick skillet)
  • large wooden spoon


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (approximately 4-6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or avocado oil)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 dash cinnamon


  • Wash 2 medium sweet potatoes under running water, using vegetable scrub brush or hands to remove as much surface dirt as possible. Peel washed sweet potatoes completely.
  • Place peeled sweet potatoes on cutting board. Carefully dice sweet potatoes into ½-inch cubes, keeping cubes as evenly sized as possible. Set diced sweet potatoes aside.
  • Heat large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once pan is warm, add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and swirl or tilt pan to distribute oil across surface. Continue heating skillet until oil is hot and shimmery.
  • Once oil is hot, add diced sweet potatoes to skillet. Sauté sweet potatoes, stirring frequently, until potatoes begin to soften, approximately 10 minutes. Note: if potatoes begin to brown before softening, reduce heat under skillet to medium-low or low as needed. Add oil as needed if potatoes begin to stick or burn.
  • Once potatoes have softened and can be easily pierced with tines of fork, add ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon cumin, and 1 dash cinnamon to skillet. Stir well to combine spices and coat sweet potatoes in spice mixture.
  • Stir potatoes 30 to 60 seconds, then remove skillet from heat. Serve potatoes warm as desired.


  • Alternate Seasonings: Use ½ tablespoon of your favorite seasoning salt or spice blend in place of the spices listed above.
  • Leftovers: Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Reheat on stovetop or in oven until warmed through.

Recipe costs provided are approximate. Actual cost per recipe & serving will vary by location, store, brand, etc. Approximate cost shown does not include costs for any optional ingredients.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 136kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 297mg | Total Carbs: 18g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Net Carbs: 15g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 31mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used. To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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Recipe by Cheryl Malik

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