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Purple Sweet Potato Recipe

This Purple Sweet Potato Recipe shows you how to cook the potatoes by baking, boiling, or roasting. These make the perfect healthy side dish for any meal!

Stokes purple sweet potato fully cooked and sliced open on a plate with buter

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What are Purple Sweet Potatoes

There are a couple of different types, and they are sometimes called yams. Stokes are what I usually see here in the US. They are actually grown in the US. Stokes have the purple exterior flesh.

There are other varieties that come from South America and Japan.

The sweet potatoes contain Anthocyanins that give it the purple pigment that’s also found in blackberries, blueberries, and red cabbage.

raw Stokes purple sweet potato on a flat surface

Health Benefits

Typically, for whole foods, the darker and deeper the color, the higher the antioxidant levels. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found consumption could lead to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and reduced risk for heart disease.

They are also a great source of Vitamin C and potassium.

Where Do You Find Them

I don’t typically see them at standard grocery stores. Places like Sprouts and Whole Foods typically have them.

Stokes purple sweet potato fully cooked and sliced open on a plate

Can You Eat the Skin? Do You Have to Peel Them

Yes, you can eat the skin. You don’t have to peel them if you don’t want for something like roasted potatoes or fries.

What Do They Taste Like

They have a rich nutty flavor and super creamy texture. I find these don’t need much salt, as typically necessary for russet potatoes.

Stokes purple sweet potato fully cooked and sliced open on a plate

How to Store Them

Store the potatoes in a cool, dry place. They will usually need to be eaten within 1-2 weeks.

How to Air Fry Them

Air fry them on 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until soft.

How to Bake Them

These usually take longer to bake than standard sweet potatoes. You will usually need longer than an hour, maybe an hour and half depending on size. Bake on 400 degrees.

How to Boil Them

To boil, place the sweet potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover the sweet potatoes. Bring the water to a boil on medium-high heat. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until they are soft. 

a spoonful of fully cooked Stokes purple sweet potato

Ways to Cook and Use Them

Mashed
Roasted (sliced into cubes or circle rings)
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Healthy Sweet Potato Pie

Topping Ideas

  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chives
  • Honey

More Potato Recipes

Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin

Stokes purple sweet potato fully cooked and sliced open on a plate with buter
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Purple Sweet Potato Recipe

This Purple Sweet Potato Recipe shows you how to cook the potatoes by baking, boiling, or roasting. These make the perfect healthy side dish for any meal!
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword purple sweet potato, purple sweet potato recipe
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 sweet potato
Calories 194kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 purple sweet potatoes Mine weighed about 4 ounces each.
  • cooking oil spray I use olive oil.
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil. I use this oil spray bottle from Amazon and spritz both sides and rub the oil in. Optional to sprinkle salt over the sweet potato.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in the air fryer basket. Air fry on 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft. Check if the sweet potatoes are finished by piercing it with a fork to ensure it's soft.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Rub the sweet potatoes with olive oil. I use this oil spray bottle from Amazon and spritz both sides and rub the oil in. Optional to sprinkle salt over the sweet potato. (You can also wrap the potatoes in foil if you wish).
  • Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake for 60-90 minutes or until soft. Check if the sweet potatoes are finished by piercing it with a fork to ensure it's soft. Timing will vary based on the size of the potatoes you have.

Stovetop/Boiling

  • Place a large pot of water on the stove on high heat. Ensure the sweet potatoes will fit in the size of the pot you are using. You may need to trim them down. Use enough water to completely submerge the sweet potatoes.
  • Boil for 30-40 minutes or until they are soft. 
  • Optional: Place them in a bowl of cold water for 5-8 minutes to remove the skin easily.

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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1sweet potato | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g
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Recipe Rating




Christina Keliikoa

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

SO GOOD!!! and simple. I love sweet potatoes, after seeing this purple one I had to try it! I went to 99 ranch to get mine. The cooking time was perfect! It was a healthy, filling, breakfast that I topped off with butter, pepper, and pomegranate seeds (also got these because of Brandi, to use on salads) Thanks for ANOTHER Bomb recipe!

staysnatched

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I love that idea!