Last night, I was in the mood for a sweet potato. But I didn’t want to go through the hassle of baking one in the oven. So, I decided to microwave it instead.
Here’s how you can do the same:
- Start by scrubbing your sweet potato clean. Then, pierce it a few times with a fork.
- Place the potato on a microwave-safe plate and cook it on high for 4-5 minutes or until it’s soft all the way through.
- Allow the potato to cool for a minute or two before cutting it open and enjoying it!
I hope this helps those looking for an easy way to make a delicious sweet potato!
How to select the right sweet potato for microwaving?
The best sweet potatoes for microwaving are small to medium-sized ones. They should be firm, with smooth, unblemished skin. Avoid any bruises, cuts, or blemishes, as these will affect the cooking time.
When selecting a sweet potato, look for one that is as uniform in shape as possible. It will help it to cook evenly and prevent any parts from being overcooked or undercooked.
If you can only find large sweet potatoes, you can still microwave them, but you may need to cut them into smaller pieces to ensure even cooking.
How to properly clean your sweet potato before microwaving
Most people don’t realize that you’re supposed to clean your sweet potato before microwaving it. Here’s a quick and easy way to do it:
- Cut off any bad parts of the sweet potato.
- Wash the sweet potato in warm water, using a scrub brush to remove any dirt or debris.
- Cut the sweet potato into 1-inch pieces.
- Place the sweet potato pieces in a microwave-safe dish and cover them with water.
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked.
- Carefully remove the dish from the microwave and drain the water.
- Serve as desired
The best way to cut your sweet potato for microwaving
If you’re in a hurry and need to cook your sweet potato quickly, microwaving it is the best way. But to get the evenest cook, you need to cut your sweet potato properly. Here’s how:
– Cut the sweet potato half lengthwise, then slice it into half-moon shapes.
– Arrange the sweet potato slices on a microwave-safe plate, making sure they’re not touching each other.
– Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then check on the sweet potatoes. If they’re not cooked through, microwave in 30-second increments until they are.
– Let the sweet potatoes cool for a few minutes before serving.
How to cook your sweet potato in the microwave?
Assuming you have a semi-compliant microwave, the first step is to pierce your sweet potato in several places with a fork. It will allow steam to escape and prevent your spud from exploding. Place the potato on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for 4-5 minutes per side. Once done, let your potato cool for a couple of minutes before handling it. And that’s it! A perfectly cooked sweet potato in just 10 minutes.
What to do with your cooked sweet potato
There are many ways to enjoy sweet potato, whether you bake, fry, or microwave it. Here are some ideas for what to do with your cooked sweet potato:
– top with butter, cinnamon, and sugar for a quick and easy dessert
– stuff with chicken, rice, and vegetables for a hearty and filling meal
– slice into thin wedges and roast in the oven for crispy sweet potato fries
– mash with some milk and salt for a comforting side dish
– cut into cubes and add to a soup or stew for extra flavor and nutrition
Tips and tricks for microwaving sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are versatile and delicious root vegetables that you can cook in various ways. One popular method is microwaving, which can be an easy and convenient way to cook sweet potatoes quickly. However, there are a few things to remember when microwaving sweet potatoes to ensure they come out appropriately cooked. Here are some tips and tricks for microwaving sweet potatoes:
-Cut the sweet potatoes into even-sized pieces before cooking so they will cook evenly.
-Place the sweet potatoes on a microwave-safe plate or dish, and add a little water to the bottom (just enough to cover the bottom of the dish). It will help to keep the sweet potatoes moist while they cook.
-Cook the sweet potatoes on high power for 3-5 minutes per potato (depending on their size). Check them after 3 minutes to see how they are doing, and cook them for an additional minute or two if necessary.
-Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving. It will help to prevent burns.
With these tips in mind, microwaving sweet potatoes can be a quick and easy way to enjoy this delicious root vegetable.
FAQs about microwaving sweet potatoes
How long do I need to cook a sweet potato in the microwave?
The cook time for sweet potato in the microwave will depend on its size. For a small sweet potato, cook it for four minutes on high power. For a medium sweet potato, cook it for five minutes on high power.
For a large sweet potato, cook it for six minutes on high power.
Can I microwave a sweet potato with the skin?
Yes, you can microwave a sweet potato with the skin. Just make sure to scrub the skin clean before cooking it.
Do I need to add water when microwaving a sweet potato?
You don’t need to add water when microwaving a sweet potato. The natural moisture in the sweet potato will be enough to steam it during cooking.
Can I microwave a whole sweet potato?
Yes, you can microwave a whole sweet potato. Make sure to pierce it several times with a fork before cooking it so the steam can escape.
Further reading on microwaving sweet potatoes
When microwaving sweet potatoes, it is essential to cook them on high power for the best results. Depending on the size and number of sweet potatoes, cooking time will vary. For one large sweet potato, cook for five minutes on high power, then turn and cook for three to four minutes. For two small sweet potatoes, cook for three minutes on high power, then turn and cook for another two to three minutes.