Maple Sweet Potatoes

Maple sweet potatoes on a plate.

By Mary Reed Morel, MUSC Dietetic Intern

Sweet potatoes are a delicious fall vegetable that can be made into the perfect holiday side dish. Sweet potatoes are nutritious, packing a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese into each serving. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and may promote immune function and gut health. Below is a delicious and easy five-ingredient maple sweet potato recipe for the holidays!


  • Two and a half (2½) pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into one and a half (1½)-inch pieces
  • One-third (⅓ ) cup pure maple syrup
  • Two (2) tablespoons butter, melted
  • One (1) tablespoon lemon juice
  • Half (½) teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Arrange sweet potatoes in an even layer in a 9-by-13 baking dish.
  3. Combine maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
  4. Cover and bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes. Uncover, stir, and cook, stirring every 15 minutes, until tender and starting to brown, about 45 to 50 minutes more.
  5. Serve and Enjoy!