Sweet Potatoes Roasted in Coconut Oil

January 19, 2014
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

My all time favorite -- and, I'll insist, the best -- way to serve sweet potatoes. —Gena Hamshaw

  • Makes 6 to 8 cups
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Optional spices (chili, cumin, cinnamon, shredded coconut, etc. -- see below for specific options)
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Toss potatoes with coconut oil, salt, and pepper to taste (I like using a large mixing bowl or a plastic ziplock bag). If you're using extra spices and seasonings, add them to the potatoes now. A few favorite combinations of mine include 1/2 teaspoon each cumin, chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper; 1 teaspoon smoked paprika; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried); or 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, along with 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  3. Spread potatoes onto a large baking sheet. Roast until tender and golden, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once through. If you like, you could sprinkle two tablespoons of shredded coconut onto the potatoes about 12 to 15 minutes before they're cooked through. Allow potatoes to cool a little, and serve.

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Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.