Savory roasted sweet potatoes are an easy sheet pan side dish. Cubed sweet potatoes are coated in olive oil and savory herbs and roasted in the oven.
These savory roasted sweet potatoes have endless options - they're seasoned with garlic powder and Italian seasoning for a mild, savory flavor. Pair with your favorite main dish, toss into a salad, or add to your next breakfast burrito.
Sweet potatoes are nutrient dense root vegetables. They're high in fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamin A. They are also easy to meal prep and enjoy all week long!
Sweet potatoes make an excellent side dish for a quick weeknight meal or a fancy holiday dinner. These savory roasted sweet potatoes pair well with just about any main dish - beef or pork roast, oven baked chicken, or a holiday ham.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Sweet potatoes - You'll need about 1 ½ pounds of sweet potatoes, or about 2 to 3 medium sweet potatoes. This recipe will also work with red potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, or baby potatoes.
- Olive oil - Can be substituted with your favorite cooking oil.
- Seasoning - Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper add savory flavor to the sweet potatoes. Italian seasoning can be substituted with your favorite dried herbs, like basil, oregano, and thyme.
- Parmesan cheese (optional) - Adds a nice salty, nutty flavor. To keep this dish vegan, omit the parmesan cheese.
Tips and tricks
- Peeling potatoes is optional - Potatoes can be peeled or skin can be left on, this is totally up to personal preference. Leaving the skin on saves prep time and adds a little extra nutrition.
- Test potatoes with a fork - Don't rely on time alone - try piercing one of the larger potato cubes through with a fork. If you're met with little to no resistance, the potatoes are done.
- Try different flavors - Change things up by substituting the Italian seasoning with your favorite seasoning blends. Cajun seasoning (like in my recipe for Cajun sweet potato wedges) or taco seasoning are popular alternatives for a unique flavor.
Frequently asked questions
Leftovers will keep for 3 to 5 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Sweet potatoes won't get overly crispy when baked, but they also shouldn't be soggy. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan or omit the olive oil (it helps crisp up the outside). Also make sure your oven is preheated before baking. The high temperature helps crisp up the outsides, especially if the skins are left on.
Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly grease, and set aside.
- Clean potatoes and optionally peel off skins. Slice into about 1 inch cubes.
- Add cubed potatoes to a bowl. Top with olive oil, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Toss to evenly coat potatoes. Pour potatoes out onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
- Roast potatoes in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until potatoes are evenly browned and can easily be pierced through with a fork. Flip halfway through with a spatula to ensure even browning.
- Remove from oven, optionally top with grated parmesan cheese, and serve immediately.
- To keep this dish vegan, omit parmesan cheese or use a vegan parmesan cheese substitute.
- Sweet potatoes can be substituted with any potatoes you have on hand. I recommend yukon gold or red potatoes.
- Roasted potato leftovers can be kept safely in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days in a tightly sealed container.