Sweet Potato Souffle Recipe [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 17 reviews

Sweet Potato Souffle is a delicious, rich and creamy side dish. Topped with crunchy, oven-roasted pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

Thanksgiving side dishes are probably my favorite part of the holiday, with all the desserts as well. I always make this Sweet Potato Casserole, cheesy Creamed Corn, creamy and fluffy Mashed Potatoes and some simple Sweet Potatoes on the side.

I never skip dessert, and these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are on top of my list, with this amazing Pecan Pie Cheesecake. If you can’t decide which one to make, settle for this Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake, it combines the best of both worlds.

image of baked sweet potato souffle with pecans

Best Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet Potato Souffle is such a tasty and somewhat different side dish that you can make for the holidays. I love that it is something between a sweet potato casserole and a sweet potato pie. I absolutely adore the tender texture, especially when combined with a cinnamon sugar topping and crunchy pecans.

If you are looking to elevate your holiday game, but still stay within the traditional recipes borders, this Sweet Potato Souffle is a great choice. I mean, it sounds fancy, while it’s very easy to make. You can get creative with the toppings and add some marshmallows or keep it simple and just top it with pecans or walnuts.

What is Sweet Potato Souffle?

Sweet Potato Souffle is a Souther dish made with sweet potatoes, sugar, cream, eggs, butter, and self-rising flour. It is very similar to Sweet Potato Casserole, with a slightly different and smoother texture.

picture of sweet potato souffle with crunch pecans on top

Is Sweet Potato Souffle a dessert?

That is the question that I get most. The short answer is that you choose what it is. Sweet Potato Casserole and Sweet Potato Souffle can be considered both, a dessert and a side dish. It all comes down to your own preference and also what ingredients you used, how sweet you prepared the dish. But, they both can be enjoyed as a side dish, which is a great excuse, as they are on the sweeter side.

How long do you bake Sweet Potato Souffle?

Sweet Potato Souffle is usually baked at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour or until puffed. Because every oven is different, I recommend checking on it after about the 50-minute mark. 

What is the difference between Sweet Potato Souffle and Sweet Potato Casserole?

The difference is not huge, however, in my opinion, these are the main factors that make them different:

  • Texture:

Sweet Potato Souffle is supposed to be much puffed, tender and smoother, also hold its shape better. Usually, for the souffle, to get a very smooth texture, the ingredients are added to a blender and processed until smooth and well combined. A hand mixer can be used as well. While sweet potatoes for the casserole are just mashed.

  • Key Ingredient:

A key ingredient in Sweet Potato Souffle that is usually missing in sweet potato casserole is Self Rising Flour. The flour is added to add that airy, puffed texture to the souffle, and bring all the ingredients together, making it easier to scoop or even cut.

  • Toppings:

While Sweet Potato Casseroles are known for all the topping options, when it comes to souffles, they are kept simpler, because the selling point is really the texture. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t improvise and add your favorite toppings.

image of sweet potato souffle topped with pecans on a plate

How to make Homemade Self Rising Flour?

This recipe asks for a small amount of self-rising flour, and I know that many don’t keep it on hand. If you don’t want to buy an entire bag, here is how you can make your own very quickly at home.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients until fully combined. Store or use in recipes.

Can you make Sweet Potato Souffle in advance?

Yes, you can. You can assemble it 24 hours in advance, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and bake when ready. Also, you can bake it, let it fully cool, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. Cover with foil and warm it up in the oven before serving.

picture of sweet potato souffle with pecans on a silver plate

How to store Sweet Potato Souffle?

Refrigerate the souffle in shallow airtight containers or resealable plastic bags, if kept in the baking dish, cover tightly with plastic food wrap. Properly stored, it will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.


  • First, assemble the souffle and make sure it’s not warm.
  • Skip the pecan and cinnamon sugar topping, those can be added right before baking.
  • Lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the souffle in the dish, then wrap tightly and in many layers over the top rim and around the baking dish or the container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months for best results.
  • Thaw overnight before baking.


  • First, cool souffle to room temperature.
  • After that, lay a sheet of plastic wrap or aluminum foil directly on top of the souffle in the dish, then wrap tightly and in many layers over the top rim and around the baking dish or the container.
  • Also, individual servings or leftovers can be added to freezer-safe ziplock bags.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months for best results.
  • Thaw overnight before heating up in the oven or the microwave.

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5 from 17 reviews

Sweet Potato Souffle

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 550 Carbohydrates: 56 Protein: 7 Fat: 34 Saturated Fat: 15 Cholesterol: 132 Sodium: 279 Potassium: 700 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 21 Vitamin A: 25020 Vitamin C: 4.4 Calcium: 104 Iron: 1.8
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Sweet potato dish is always on the menu for Thanksgiving Day.  This looks really delicious and something different for us to try out.  



This is by far my favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. Its been a family tradition for so many years now. So good!!


Amber Myers

I will love this! I'm all about sweet potatoes. These photos are making me drool. I need to make this for sure.



I've never tried a Sweet Potato Souffle. This recipe looks amazing though, and would be perfect to add to our Thanksgiving menu. 



That looks so good! This is exactly the kind of thing I love to serve for dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I need to make this.


Melissa Chapman

You are right about Thanksgiving the side dishes are always the best part.This souffle is a great side dish and i love the pecan topping. I hope I can make it for this fall season.


Sarah Bailey

It is honestly amazing the things you can make with sweet potato! I am loving the idea of a souffle made with it as well - how cool! I'll have to give this a whirl for the next time we have people coming over.


Glenda Cates

I don't care for Sweet Potatoes but my husband does so he could eat this and just let me have all the Pecans on top of it. As I love all kinds of nuts.


Jeanette E.

This looks amazing! I just showed it to my kids too and we have everything to make it today + have it for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!


Nancy L.

Oh! Wow! This looks delicious, Catalina! I can't wait to try this recipe in place of our usual sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. The crunchy topping sounds soooo good!



I've never had anything like this, but it sounds delicious. I love the difference in textures and the topping. This would be great during the holidays!


Tabitha Blue

Okay, this looks amazing!!!! Yum. I think I'd really like the texture too. Going to save this for the holidays!


Kimberly Conover Dickerson

I pinned this as soon as I saw the words "Sweet Potato Souffle." It's one of my faves! My mom makes this (similar recipe) about once a year and it's oh so good.


Terri Steffes

I think this would make a wonderful side dish for my Thanksgiving table. I have three different meals to go to and this would work at all three.


Dennis Littley

Your Sweet Potato Souffle looks delicious. I wouldn't wait for Thanksgiving to make it though! Why wait?



I love me some sweet potatoes! I've never heard of Sweet Potato Souffle, that is such an interesting recipe!


Jenn Mitchell

This looks like it would be so delicious. I have never made a souffle like this before with sweet potato.



I don’t eat meat, so Thanksgiving is all about the sides for me. This sounds amazing! I know it’ll be just the right amount of sweet.



I’m very excited to make this recipe for Thanksgiving. Quick question for the cinnamon sugar it says 1/4 sugar  1/2 tsp cinnamon  Is the sugar a cup, Tbs, Tsp? 


cup, sorry updating now


Darci Laws

How many cups of mashed sweet potato’s  do you use?


I am sorry, not sure exactly in cups, but I specified how many lbs of potatoes I used.


Might be too late of a reply since thanksgiving is over but I made this today and I used 4 sweet potatoes of various sizes. 



If I don't have self rising flour do I need to add baking powder and I feel so how much?


Please check the blog post, I explain exactly how to make your own, hope it helps.



I made this today for a side dish for our Thanksgiving dinner. I tweaked it just a little when it came to the cinnamon sugar mixture and pecans. I couldn’t decide wether to use brown sugar or white so I used both and a used a whole bag of pecans because I love them so much! My mom makes something similar that she’s always called a soufflé, hers is more dense whereas this was light and fluffy. The whole house smelled amazing and it was DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the recipe 



I need this in my life! When the holidays roll around, I make every possible sweet potato dish I can. I have to try this!



That looks insanely delicious! I love the pecans, and there are a lot of them! I'll bookmark this for next Thanksgiving!


the pecans add such a nice crunch!


Liz Mays

Oh this is looking like a real comfort dish. I could definitely go for some of that warm sweet potato flavor.


its so good!



That looks amazing. I want to give this a try soon. I think I may try it out for my holiday party I'm hosting.


it will be a hit!



Wow, this is taking sweet potato casserole to a whole new level. I need to make this for my next holiday!! Yum!


It will be great for Christmas!



That almost looks as bad for you as pecan pie! But it is potatoes, so it must be better for you!



This looks absolutely delicious. I am the only one in my household that likes sweet potatoes so I will have this all to myself. And then there will be leftovers. Yum!



This is my absolute favorite side dish of all the ones that are happening during the holidays! It’s just the crunch of those pecans mix with the sweet potatoes!



I love everything about how this sounds!! Perfect for a holiday meal!


Indeed, its great for any occasion!


Annemarie LeBlanc

Honestly, I haven't had sweet potato souffle before. Now I think I should! This dish looks divine! I love your tip of how to make my own self rising flour too. Thanks for the recipe. I will try this on the weekend.



I made this for Thanksgiving and will make again for Christmas! It is the best sweet potato souffle, everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!


Its a favorite around here too!



I see that 1 stick of butter is melted and added to the soufflé but I’m not sure how much melted butter goes on top of the cinnamon sugar and nuts.


3 tablespoons!


Kathryn Ann Stewart-McDonald

oh, Wonderous delicacy, divine and delicious, sweet and savory. infinitely excellent, full flavored and fluffy, heavenly and healthy, destined to a reserved spot on every dining table. oh yeah, very good.



Has anyone tried to make this without the pecans and just the cinnamon and butter on top?


Kamela Dolinova

Does this still work nicely in individual ramekins? I'd love to do this with that kind of presentation. Thanks!


Yessss! This will be great :) bake them for about 25-30 minutes :)


Joyce Anne Cochran

Please send me the recipe


sorry, but this is the recipe, how can I help you?



Have you substituted cans of yams in syrup before? I need to use them up and looks like this might work but I might reduce the sugar with the syrup in the can. Thoughts?


Yes, it will work, but please reduce the sugar in the recipe as it will be too sweet.


Adrienne Kaminsky

I used the topping on my sweet potato pie this year and brought it to a whole new level! Thank you!


Glad you loved it! As a topping on a pie sounds super delicious as well!



My entire household, family loves this dish! Sweet Potatoes Soufflé!! You will get the 5 stars for making it! My time is Christmas when I would roll my sleeves up and make the best that I can Sweet Potatoes Scouffl’e! What a smile and a relaxed atmosphere it makes too! ( if you know what I mean)


Thank you!



I had to learn and learn fast how to make this dish! I am married a southern country man! So, I did learn, because when would get invited to his family members’ house that would be the dish!! My family loves it! So now let’s go to my house for holidays! Start learning, just get in your kitchen test taste, stir, mix, and follow directions receipes! I love surprising myself and watching my family smile around the kitchen table!


Hi Jean, this is the spirit! Please check out our other recipes to try, you can learn a lot more))) we have plenty to pick from, and please also watch the video tutorial as they help with the steps. Thanks for the review!


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