Yams make for a glorious and very healthy alternative to the boring old baked potato and are filling enough to stand on their own for a light lunch. You can make your yam dish even easier when you simply pop it in the microwave.

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Leave the yam in its skin but wash it, scraping off any dirt with a stiff brush.

Pierce the skin of yam in several places using a small knife or fork.

Wrap the damp yam loosely in a wet paper towel or two, insuring it’s fully covered.

Place the wrapped yam on a microwave-safe plate and zap away. Use 5 minutes on high power as a starting point for medium-sized yams. The time will vary based on your yam’s size and your microwave’s power.

Test for readiness by poking a fork into the yam. It should be soft but not too mushy. If it is not done, cook an additional 30 seconds, then check again. Repeat if needed.


  • After cooking, slice up the yam in thick slabs and sprinkle with generous amounts of curry, cumin and cayenne pepper.

  • For a low-fat and healthier alternative to sour cream, use plain low fat yogurt mixed with some chives.

  • Yams taste wonderful with equally thick slabs of Granny Smith apples.

References and Resources

Meals for You: Basic Microwave Yam