These easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are drizzled with pure maple syrup and savory seasonings, then roasted until they caramelize. The result is a simple side dish that's family friendly and suitable for a weeknight dinner or alongside a special holiday meal.
Maple roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect blend of smoky, salty, savory and sweet.
I happen to love sweet potatoes, don't you? I love grilled sweet potato wedges during the summer and I'm all about Instant Pot mashed sweet potatoes in the colder months. Any side dish that you can make in a multitude of ways is a winner in my book!
They almost always have a place at our Christmas and Thanksgiving table. Because everyone loves them!
And how about this...Our kids refer to these as candy.
If you can pull a vegetable off and have the family thinking it's in the same category as a Snickers (while still being healthy) that's a big-time Mom win.
I'll take the wins where I can get 'em!
But seriously, these little nuggets of roasted sweet potato goodness are divine! I've been known to pop them in my mouth and munch on them like popcorn!
Why I love Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Syrup
What I don't tell my kids is why I love maple roasted sweet potatoes!
I make these little roasted bits of sweet potato goodness because yes, they have vitamins and stuff.
Plus, these cubed sweet potatoes go with everything. Pork tenderloin? Serve them. Burgers for dinner? Yes, please! Thanksgiving turkey? Bring them on!!!
How to make roasted sweet potatoes
Start with your basic, run of the mill sweet potato. The hardest part is peeling the potatoes and if you're really worried about going the extra mile, you can scrub them and cube the sweet potatoes without peeling.
Otherwise, basically you peel sweet potatoes, cube them up and off they go into the oven.
Ingredients in Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This short list of ingredients is one of the reasons I love making this easy side dish.
- sweet potatoes - naturally
- olive oil - to help them get brown and caramelized and not stick to the pan
- dry BBQ seasoning - whatever you'd use on your burgers or pork chops, you can use it here
- pure maple syrup - the real stuff here. A little goes a long way and it is perfection with the sweet potatoes
- salt - just a pinch to round everything out
How to make diced sweet potatoes
First preheat your oven.
Step 1: Prep the sweet potatoes. While you're oven's getting nice and toasty, wash and peel your sweet potatoes. Then, cut them into squares.
To do this, I usually slice them and then cut the slices into cubes.
Add the sweet potatoes to a medium sized bowl. Drizzle the diced sweet potatoes with your choice of dry BBQ seasoning and toss to combine.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
Spread the potatoes on a large sheet pan, taking care not to crowd the pan.
Place in the oven, cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through your cooking time.
Drizzle with maple syrup and a pinch of salt, then transfer to a bowl, where the flavors will all melt.
Now, I'm not a food snob. You know this, right?
But for this recipe use the real maple syrup, not the fake imitation kind. Even Aldi has a good maple syrup these days. It will taste waaaayyy better, I promise.
What dishes work well with maple roasted sweet potatoes?
Why are my roasted sweet potatoes soggy?
Make sure you're not going overboard with the olive oil. The sweet potatoes tend to soak up oil as they cook and too much oil can cause them to be soggy.
Also, make sure you're following the roasting temperature. The high heat helps the sweet potatoes to cook quickly and that's key!
Can I prep my sweet potatoes ahead of time?
Heck, yes! You can wash, peel and dice your potatoes. Just put them in cold water in the fridge to chill out until cooking time!
In fact, this tip works great for weeknight dinners and for holidays when you have lots of dishes to make.
Other roasted sweet potato recipes and sides you'll love...
Additional to roasted sweet potatoes
- To change things up, there are lots of ways to vary your maple sweet potatoes.
- Sprinkle with toasted pecans after baking.
- Add butternut squash to the pan and roast it alongside the sweet potatoes
- Everything is better with bacon - add some crumbled bacon at the end of the cooking time.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon instead of the bbq seasoning
Other Easy Side Dish Recipes
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoon of your favorite dry BBQ seasoning
- 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and dice sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
- Add cubed sweet potatoes to a medium sized bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoon olive oil, tossing to coat. Add 2 teaspoon BBQ seasoning and toss to coat again.
- Spread seasoned sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet, taking care not to crowd the pan. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until just tender, stirring halfway through.
- Drizzle roasted sweet potatoes with maple syrup and sprinkle lightly with a pinch of salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This post was originally published on December 6, 2016 and updated on November 17, 2020.