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By Jennifer Farley eHow


  • Grocery stores and farmer’s markets will often carry an assortment of sweet potato varieties during the fall and winter seasons. These potatoes may vary slightly in appearance and taste but can all be prepared using the same methods.


  • Unless you’re preparing mashed sweet potatoes, peeling is an optional step. As with regular potatoes, the peel on a sweet potato is edible. If you leave the peel on, make sure to wash and scrub the skin thoroughly to remove any dirt. When dicing sweet potatoes, aim for a uniform sized cut for even cooking. The smaller the dice, the faster the cooking time.

Pan frying is an excellent way to add flavor and caramelization to sweet potatoes, especially if you want to incorporate additional aromatics such as onions and spices. For best results, use an oil with a high smoke point such as coconut oil, canola oil or clarified butter.


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Add the diced sweet potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until fork tender and lightly caramelized on all sides.
  • This will take 15 to 20 minutes for a ½-inch dice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • To cut down on the cooking time, you can boil the potatoes for 2 to 3 minutes before frying.