Sunday, January 13, 2013

How long do you cook sweet potatoes and yams?

20 - 30 min.
Yams and sweet potatoes, as well as regular potatoes take about 20 - 30 minutes to steam (when using whole potatoes) .  When I say steam, I'm referring to the potatoes being over boiling water versus in the water itself.
This was a really good question and I thought I should share it because even though it seems simple - which it is, it needed an answer.

This is my favorite pot.  It was one of the first pots I ever owned.  It's the perfect size, versatile and came with a steamer insert, that I use all the time.
3 quart Revere Ware
When I cook yams or sweet potatoes I prefer to steam them, because in my opinion, they get too watery when boiled.

Make sure you have plenty of water in the bottom pot and check it to make sure it doesn't dry out.  Set your timer for 20 minutes and poke it with a knife or skewer.  If the knife goes in easily it's done.  If it doesn't, cook it for 5 - 10 more minutes or until you can pierce it all the way through.

Another option is to bake them in a 350 degree oven for 45 min. to an hour, but steaming is faster.

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10 comments:

  1. im trying to find out how long do I bake yams I boiled themfor 20 minutes now I want to bake withbrown and marshmellows how long should I bake

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    1. I would suggest 350 degrees for 20 - 30 min (yams, butter, brown sugar). Then top with marshmallows and turn up your oven to 400 degrees for another 10 min. Cook until marshmallows are puffy and brown.
      Merry Christmas!!!

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  2. Thanks! I'm cooking up some Moloka'i sweet potatoes today and was considering boiling or roasting them. Glad I found your steaming guidelines! They're in the steamer right now. =)

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    1. Hi Natashalh -YUMMMMMMM I wish I had some Moloka'i sweet potatoe :)

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  3. Thanks, this will be my first time of steaming with an upturned saucer in the bottom of a saucepan! Wanted to steam them whole, like you say. Baked is almost too sweet and boiled too thin somehow. Will have to watch water level tho.

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    1. My grandmother always used the upturned saucer method to steam :) and yes, keep an eye on the water level. Happy Steaming!

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  4. Cut into half inch rounds I steam Japanese sweet potatoes in 10 minutes.

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    1. Hi Alexander,
      Thank you for sharing. Yes, Cutting the potatoes will cut the cooking time in half 10-15 min. depending on how fat the potatoes are. Happy Steaming!

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  5. Have you every tried steaming 5 lbs of sweet potatoes or 5 lbs of regular potatoes using a 5.5 Qt. Stainless Steel Chinese Colander is you steamer basket, 12 quart stockpot with 3 inches of water and use aluminium foil as a cover lid for the stockpot. Setting the kitchen timer for 30 minutes.

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  6. I have not, but I think it will work. Let me know how it turned out.

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