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Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Sweet Potato Pie is creamy, lightly spiced with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and so easy to make! Similar to pumpkin but with a more delicate flavor, this one is a Southern family favorite!

Lots of people will claim to be either sweet potato pie lovers or pumpkin pie lovers. I love both! Along with pecan pie. And chocolate pie. Ok, just PIE.

A slice of Southern sweet potato pie with a bite taken out and a fork on the white plate.

Listen, I'm not biased when I tell you that my mother makes the best sweet potato pie. Better than the famous Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie!

Of course, when I called Mama to ask for her recipe she said, "Well, I don't really measure anything I just mix it up." So I had to run through her estimates a couple of times to come up with an actual version of the recipe to share.

This Southern Sweet Potato Pie recipe hits everything you want—it's not too sweet and not too custardy, but just the right mix of sweet potatoes, sugar, butter and egg to meld into a creamy, perfect blend for pie.

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How to make Southern sweet potato pie

  1. Start by peeling a large sweet potato, or two smaller ones, cut into pieces and boil about twenty minutes or until very tender.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, pre-bake the pie crust just a bit so it's slightly brown.
    **Cook's Tip: This keeps the crust from becoming soggy from the filling. My easy pie crust recipe is perfect for this pie!
  3. When the potatoes are tender, drain and toss right back into the same pot you used for boiling. Then mash with a potato masher and add ½ stick of unsalted butter (¼ cup).
  4. Mix the butter into the sweet potato until the butter is completely melted and incorporated. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour into the pie shell and bake on a covered cookie sheet for 35-40 minutes at 350, or until center is set.


A fork holding a bite of sweet potato pie and whipped cream.

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Yield: 8

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Overhead view of half a sweet potato pie in a white plate.

Sweet potato pie is an old-fashioned Southern dessert that's economical and easy to make and quite delicious.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato, (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 egg, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup half and half or milk or evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prebake pie crust until slightly brown. Allow crust to cool.
  2. Peel and cube potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are very tender.
  3. Drain potatoes and add back to pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or fork. Add butter and blend with hand mixer until melted and incorporated into potatoes.
  4. Add egg, sugars, milk, spices, flour, salt, and vanilla. Mix until creamy and well blended. Pour into pie crust.
  5. Bake 30-40 minutes or until center is set and not jiggly. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

Update Notes: This post for Southern Sweet Potato Pie was originally published November 20, 2013, and on March 17, 2021, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

Tonia Locklear

Sunday 19th of December 2021

I've tried many sweet potato pies but this one is one of my favorites...thanks for sharing 😀

Lucy Brewer

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Thank you so much! It's definitely my favorite!

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