Sautéed Sweet Potatoes

sauteed sweet potatoes

The Spruce


  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 potatoes (4 to 5 servings)

These simple and easy stove-top sautéed sweet potatoes with garlic are a savory, salty, healthier alternative to traditional oil-fried french fries or sweet potato fries. They make for a great side dish to accompany any veggie burger or sandwich for lunch or for a quick and simple dinner side dish. 

These sweet potatoes serve as a side dish with nearly any dinner. They are perfect just as they are with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder for seasoning, or you can try adding a bit of ginger or curry powder to the recipe for a spicy little twist. Use your own favorite store-bought seasoning blend, if you prefer.

If you're not eating vegan, a little dab of good quality butter might be nice on top of these sautéed sweet potatoes, and, if you are eating vegan, try a vegan margarine or butter substitute for extra flavor. 

This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. 


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  • 3 sweet potatoes (or yams)
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional: ginger powder (to taste)
  • Optional: curry powder (to taste)
  • Olive oil (or another good quality cooking oil)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Sautéed Sweet Potatoes
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  2. Slice each of the sweet potatoes into coin-shaped round pieces, approximately-1/2 inch thick. For larger sweet potatoes, you may want to cut these coin shapes in half to make them closer to bite-sized pieces. Try to make sure all of your sweet potatoes are cut to the same width so that they cook relatively evenly. 

    Sweet potato slices
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  3. Heat a thin layer of olive oil or another good quality cooking oil in a large skillet, frying pan or cast iron skillet and place a single layer of sweet potato coin slices in the oil. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt, pepper, garlic, and the optional curry and ginger, if desired.

    sliced sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet
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  4. Allow sweet potatoes to cook until slightly soft, about 3 to 5 minutes, then flip, sprinkling the other side with salt, pepper, garlic, and spices.

    Pan seared sweet potato slices
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  5. Continue cooking your sweet potato slices, adding more oil as needed.

    Sautéed Sweet Potatoes
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  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • Keep your sweet potatoes warm in the oven on low temperature until ready to serve if you're not enjoying them right away.