The Right Amount Of Time To Microwave A Sweet Potato – Chowhound

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The Right Amount Of Time To Microwave A Sweet Potato

Sweet potato recipes are undeniably delicious; packing rich flavor, a fluffy interior, and delectably crispy skin. However, they can also take a long time to bake in the oven, and you may find yourself — almost an hour later — poking your potato with frustration, finding that it still isn’t tender. But there is a faster way. Microwaving sweet potatoes is a great way to enjoy them without all of the waiting. Plus, it can be a healthier option: According to the National Library of Medicine, shorter cook times can help maintain your sweet potato’s nutrient content.

However, it might be difficult to figure out how long to microwave your sweet potato so that it’s perfectly cooked. After all, while the microwave is a quick and convenient tool, it can also be a bit finicky when trying to achieve an even cook. To be frank, there is no universal cooking time for microwaving your sweet potato. Instead, you should calculate your exact cooking time by weight.

For example, a small sweet potato weighing 6 to 8 ounces should be cooked between two and three minutes per side, and cooked for one-minute intervals afterward until the potato is tender. This final microwave step is essential, regardless of your potato’s size. Medium sweet potatoes, weighing between 9 and 12 ounces, should be cooked for three to four minutes per side; while large sweet potatoes, weighing up to 16 ounces, should be cooked for four or five minutes per side.…Read more by Hilary Wheelan Remley

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