Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

by | Nov 6, 2019 | All, Side Dishes

Oven roasting brings out the sweetness in these Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. These crispy potatoes have a caramelized exterior while staying light and and fluffy on the inside. They are a delicious, easy side dish recipe for nearly any occasion from a weeknight meal to your Thanksgiving table.

Silver plate filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions and garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for easy, versatile side dish recipes.

Salads are great, but sometimes you crave something a little more substantial – but not heavy. Oh, and it needs to be quick to pull together.

Enter these Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions with fresh rosemary. This recipe ticks all the boxes for great side dishes – seasonal, simple and flavorful. Plus cooler autumn evenings are perfect for roasting ALL.THE.VEG.

Dark sheet pan filled with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes and onions

Are roasted sweet potatoes healthy?

Roasting sweet potatoes highlights their inherent sweetness but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good for you! Sweet potatoes are chock full of antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin A. They are also rich in fiber to keep you feeling fuller longer.

This delicious, 4-ingredient, healthy sweet potato recipe is simple enough to add to your weeknight meal planning but fancy enough to earn a spot on your Thanksgiving table. Plus it’s gluten-free and perfect for anyone looking to add more plant-based foods to their diets. 

Dark sheet pan filled with rosemary roasted sweet potatoes and onions. garnished with fresh rosemary and a silver serving spoon.

How to roast sweet potatoes in the oven

Sweet potatoes are tasty no matter how you cook them (hello, sweet potato fries!) but roasting them is one of the easiest ways to prepare them. 

There are a couple tips to remember when you make oven roasted sweet potatoes (or any other roasted vegetable):

  1. You need a hot oven. This recipe calls for 400 degrees and that’s probably the minimum for roasting veggies. The high heat ensures you get a crispy, caramelized exterior and soft, fluffy interior. 
  2. Add your sheet pans to the oven when you preheat it. Placing your prepared sweet potatoes on an already hot pan jumpstarts the cooking process and helps achieve that lovely sear we all crave. 
  3. Cut your potatoes and onions in similar sizes to ensure even roasting. If your potatoes are cubed unevenly, they will be cooked through at different times and some might burn before others are fully cooked. 
  4. Don’t crowd the pan. It’s tempting to try to fit everything on one pan, especially if you’re in charge of dishes, but try to refrain. Crowding the pan with veggies will result in more steaming than roasting because the veggies don’t have as much air circulating around them. Use two sheet pans instead and rotate them halfway through cooking. 

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions on a silver plate with gold spoons for serving.

Can I eat sweet potato skin?

Absolutely! Skin-on potatoes have more texture, so if that doesn’t float your boat, feel free to peel your sweet potatoes before roasting them. 

Do I need to parboil sweet potatoes before roasting?

I usually don’t parboil my sweet potatoes as long as I’ve done a good job of evenly cubing them. The only time I usually parboil sweet potatoes is if I have larger wedges that I want to roast faster. Parboiling them cuts down on the cooking time in the oven. 

A silver plate filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. Gold serveware and fresh rosemary sprigs are nearby.

What kind of onion do you use in this roasted sweet potato recipe – sweet onions or regular onions?

You’ll notice that I specify sweet onions in the ingredient list.

Sweet onions are just what they sound like – an onion with a mild flavor due to a higher sugar content. Popular varieties of sweet onion include Vidalia, Maui and Walla Walla. Regular onions (white, yellow and even red) are typically more pungent in flavor and aroma.

I’ve used both types of onions in this recipe depending on what I have on hand. Though they both results in a tasty side dish, my personal preference is to use sweet onions in this savory roasted sweet potatoes recipe. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand, but definitely try them with sweet onions at least once.

Black sheet pan filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions.

Can I use a different herb or seasoning for these roasted sweet potatoes? 

Sweet potatoes are an ideal canvas for lots of flavors. I love to roast veggies with fresh herbs like the rosemary in this recipe. Not a rosemary fan? Try swapping in thyme or oregano instead. 

Dried spices like cumin and chili powder are also fantastic with roasted sweet potatoes. 

How long do roasted sweet potatoes last?

These potatoes (once roasted) have a max shelf life of about 3-5 days. Make sure you completely cool them to room temperature before covering and storing in the refrigerator.

Lucky for us, these roasted sweet potatoes make excellent leftovers. Gently reheat them in the oven, toss them in a salad for lunch or save them for breakfast on the weekend.

I often use my leftover roasted potatoes and onions as the base of a “hash” along with some sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg and parmesan cheese on top – heavenly!

collage image of rosemary roasted sweet potatoes and onions on silver plates. Garnished with fresh rosemary.

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Yield: Serves 4-6

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Silver plate filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions and garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

This seasonal recipe for Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions with fresh rosemary looks impressive but comes together in minutes. It’s the perfect potato side dish for Thanksgiving or any weeknight meal. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped into similarly sized pieces as potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place two baking sheets in the oven to preheat.
  2. Combine potatoes and onion in a bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle rosemary, salt and pepper on potato mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Divide potato mixture on preheated baking sheets and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, rotating sheets and flipping potatoes and onions halfway through. Depending on the size of your potato and onion pieces, they may cook faster or slower. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  4. Remove from oven and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.


Leftover potatoes and onions make a fantastic breakfast hash!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 portion

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g

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Side dishes don’t get much easier (or versatile) than these 4-ingredient Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions. Each well-seasoned bite has a deliciously caramelized exterior and a soft, creamy interior. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any weeknight meal!

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    This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving! I am always looking for new dishes to make–can’t wait to try this out. Beautiful photos too.

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    Psh. This is TOTALLY a recipe! I’m glad you shared it, because it looks totally amazing, too!

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      Thanks, Karly! I’m totally craving roasted veggies now that there is a hint of fall in the air.

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    Love roasted vegetables, especially sweet potatoes, and especially in the fall! This was so simple, but so good, and the house smelled amazing! Will be putting in the menu rotation, but will also work really well for formal dinners as well. Great recipe!!!!

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      Thanks, Katie. The smell gets me every time, too.

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    This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol. So, thank you! I just started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link:

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    Woo hoo, I found a gluten free easy sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving!! My mom is gluten free so I wanted something she could have too plus I wanted to stay away from the traditional marshmallow laden dish. Cannot wait to try this!

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      Hope your family enjoys it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Not always the biggest fan of rosemary but I loved this and will absolutely make it again! Perfect.

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    I love rosemary, but never considered using it with sweet potatoes. I never considered combining onions with sweet potatoes either. This was absolutely delicious and I will definitely make it again. After posting a photo of my meal, I was asked for the recipe. Since I shared it, I’ve seen many of my friends also sharing recipes from your blog. All look wonderful and I can’t wait to try some others.

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      Thanks for the comment, Pam. So glad you’re finding some fun new recipes here!

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    Can you make this the day before and reheat – say for Thanksgiving? Also, does it travel well if you need to take your dish to your relatives? Thanks!

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      Naturally they will taste best the day they are made, but reheating them on a hot sheet pan in the oven is always an option. I would suggest reheating them wherever you go for your meal rather than taking them preheated as they will steam in a closed container and become softer. Hope that helps!

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      Sweet potatoes are a crowd pleaser around here, and these go quickly whenever I make them for dinner.

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    Made these today, oh my so amazing! Big hit at Thanksgiving dinner! Perfection! So so good! Thank you for such a great recipe!

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      I’m so glad they helped make your Thanksgiving meal a hit. Thanks for letting us know!


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