The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

In my family, the Best Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is one that’s served up sweet and salty with a delicious, crunchy streusel topping!

In my family, the Best Sweet Potato Casserole recipe is one that's served up sweet and salty with a delicious, crunchy streusel topping!

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Every family has traditions, and in most cases, you can’t shake things up. Ever.

For instance, Thanksgiving. You are either a plain sweet potato or a mini marshmallows topped sweet potato family. There is no middle ground.

For years, my family was divided. Depending on who hosted Thanksgiving dinner, we either were served gooey, sweet marshmallow sweet potato casserole….or a sweet potato casserole with a little butter and brown sugar.

Those were the only choices. Until now.

Now I host Thanksgiving myself, and it’s my turn to determine how I want to serve my sweet potatoes. And while I love marshmallow topped, and brown sugar…today’s streusel topped sweet potato casserole are hands down, my favorite.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel topping

If you’ve ever been to a Ruth’s Chris restaurant you’ll recognize these potatoes! Sweet and crunchy, with a little salt from the pecans. So perfect. And you can enjoy the private dining in your own home!

One of the best things about these sweet potatoes is that you can have them prepped ahead of time so that you only need to bake them on Thanksgiving. 

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping #thanksgiving #sweetpotatoes

How to make the Best Sweet Potato Casserole recipe

Start by cooking your sweet potatoes. You can bake them in the oven (my preferred method), at 400 degrees F for an hour. Or you can peel and boil potatoes in a large pot of water (for about half an hour). The third way would be to poke them with a fork and microwave the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

Once your potatoes are cooked, combine them in a large bowl with the sugar, salt, vanilla extract, eggs, and melted butter. Using a mixer, beat them for about 4-5 minutes until fluffy and smooth.

Pour this into a 2 qt casserole dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes.

While the potatoes are baking, make your streusel topping. Combine brown sugar with flour, chopped pecans, and melted butter. Stir together with a fork and set aside.

Once your sweet potatoes have cooked, top with streusel (and extra pecans on top if desired) and return to the oven to bake an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.

Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole recipe #thanksgiving

Making the sweet potato casserole ahead of time

There is nothing worse than trying to figure out what goes in the oven, and when. Fortunately, this sweet potato casserole gets it’s “BEST” rating because of the flexibility. 

First, you could bake as written above, if oven space is not an issue.

Or, you could bake the 25 minutes, top with the streusel and refrigerate until the next day. Then you would only need to pop it back into the oven for about 20 minutes.

You could also bake it as directed for entirety and allow to sit on the table for about 30 minutes (covered with foil to keep hot). This gives you time and space to warm up some dinner rolls and get the rest of your food heated and ready.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crunch topping

What you need to make The Best Sweet Potato Casserole recipe- Ruth Chris Steak House Style

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (about 3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes)
  • granulated sugar and brown sugar
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • chopped pecans
  • all-purpose flour
  • 2 qt baking dish

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What to serve with Sweet Potato Casserole

So many dinner ideas pair nicely with these sweet potatoes. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Yield: 12 servings

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole recipe with a crunchy pecan streusel topping!


For the Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the streusel topping:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Cook sweet potatoes in desired manner, until soft. See notes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 2 qt baking dish with nonstick spray (I use coconut oil spray). Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooked sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and melted butter. Beat with an electric mixer for about 4-5 minutes, until fluffy and smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. While baking, prepare streusel topping by combining brown sugar, flour, pecans, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix with a fork and set aside.
  6. Sprinkle the baked sweet potato mixture with streusel and return to oven for about 10-15 minutes until crumble is lightly browned. Serve immediately or cover with foil and serve in 30 minutes.


For the sweet potatoes you can cook them your favorite way. Bake in a 400 degree F oven for one hour. Or pierce with fork and microwave for 15 minutes (or more depending on size). Or peel and boil them for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 72mg Sodium: 226mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 26g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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53 comments on “The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe”

  1. justine

    My favorite side dish for the holidays and this one is just the sweetest style ever, love it!

  2. Wilhelmina Wessel

    I love the crunchy pecan streusel topping in this casserole! So delicious!

  3. Kimberly

    This is sweet potato casserole perfection – yummy!

  4. I made the recipe to test it out prior to making it for Thanksgiving party. Everyone enjoyed them. Will make again!

  5. Charlotte Moore

    Sweet potato casserole is my favorite food of everything on the table. My mother had several restaurants as I grew up. She was well known for her sweet potato souffle as she called it.  She also added crushed pineapple and coconut to her potatoes. She did the pecans, butter, and flour  on top. Oh my, it was dessert to me that I would always eat last. No marshmallows for us unless it is roasted on a stick or just plain. Haha!!

  6. Alli

    I have a huge love for sweet potato casserole and this one is amazing. Love it. 

  7. Sommer

    Really, the best Sweet potatoes! We always have them on our Thanksgiving table.

  8. Christina Ingold

    If I bake them for the hour do they need too be peeled first?

  9. Jocelyn

    I always go right for the sweet potato casserole and stuffing on Thanksgiving day.  That thick layer of streusel is downright amazing!!!

  10. Megan Flowers

    You don’t state how much sugar, brown sugar or vanilla to use. Can you give me the measurements please?

  11. Megan Flowers

    I found it. That was the grocery list. Lol!

  12. Dianne

    Help! Can’t find amounts of ingredients either.

  13. Morgan

    No milk? Other similar recipes have milk in the potatoes.

  14. Ronald Sanders

    My Thanksgiving guests said that this was the best sweet potato casserole that they had EVER eaten! Of course, I shared the recipe with them for future use…

  15. Terri

    This recipe is identical to the Senator Russell sweet potato recipe from the ‘Motherhood and Apple Pie’ cookbook. I have been making this for 20 years.

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  19. Cheryl

    This is sweet potato casserole perfections!! everyone loved them!

  20. Nellie Tracy

    I LOVE a good sweet potato casserole recipe!

  21. Pam

    We love this casserole so much!

  22. April

    I could eat this whole thing. Sooooooo good!

  23. Sabrina

    When I was little I used to just eat the topping part but now I’ve come to enjoy the whole dish. It’s a must have for the holidays!

  24. Steph

    This casserole was so yummy, thanks!

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  32. This was great. Roasting the yams whole in foil for an hour or so depending on the size of your yams gives awesome flavor instead of boiling… The family gobbled this up!!!

  33. Judy

    Do you peel the potatoes after baking?

  34. Amorena Scamardella

    This recipe looks great 🙂 I also noticed there is no milk listed in this recipe…just want to make sure there is no mistake. You do not use milk, correct?

  35. Mary

    How do you suggest this be done so I can make it the day before, to avoid doing most of the work on Thanksgiving?

  36. Kathy

    Please list the amt of sugar, salt, vanilla extract, flour, brown sugar please.

  37. What do you suggest on reheating if you already made it in its entirety? 

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  39. Brienne Luxford

    Do you have to peel the potatoes after baking? Or just mash them up with it on. 

  40. Stephanie

    This is a really delicious recipe no doubt, but this is the first time I made it w/ the pecans & I think I like it better without. That could be tied into my dislike for pecan pie, but 1 cup of chopped pecans is a lot for a 2qt casserole dish. So folks, unless you’re a true nut lover, I would use 1/2 cup or just sprinke them on top of the coating as you wish. If you go in for the full cup, it’s going to taste like you just ate a handful of them with every bite.

  41. Deb

    This absolutely lives up to its name — it’s exactly what everyone at the table called it. Stephanie posted above (on 11/28/2019) that there were too many nuts, but I thought it was perfect. I baked it in a round dish, and it would have better in a rectangular dish so the sweet potatoes were more spread out. I also added about 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon and a pinch of salt to the topping. It is sweet, so could even be a dessert. This will definitely be on the permanent list! Thank you!!

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