• Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Sauce

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    Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Sauce
    Prep: 15 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    This is a delicious healthy grilled side or main dish. In Korea, this is commonly served by street vendors, especially during the bitter winter. I enjoy it just as much during the summer. In Korea they dip the sweet potato into the sauce. I typically just split the sweet potato like a regular baked potato, and spoon the sauce over it. The tangy sauce really complements the sweetness of the potato. Something healthy to try and enjoy this grilling season!


    • 4 medium sweet potatoes (each 4 to 5 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches wide)
    • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 5 tablespoons sake or dry sherry
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 scallions, both white and green
    • parts, trimmed and minced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


    1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
    2. Scrub the potato skins and blot dry with paper towels.
    3. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate. Place the sweet potatoes on the hot grate and grill, turning often with tongs, until very well browned and squeezably soft, 30 to 50 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Combine the soy sauce, sake, sugar, scallions, garlic, and sesame seeds in a small bowl and whisk until blended and the sugar is dissolved. Spoon the sauce into 4 small bowls or ramekins.
    5. Serve the sweet potatoes with bowls of sauce. To eat out of hand, simply dip the potatoes in the sauce and eat away. To serve as a side dish, cut open the potatoes and spoon the sauce over them.

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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      Nancy Miyasaki
      This is such a delicious side that I often prefer it to the main course!
      • Rocquie
        I love sweet potatoes and I love sesame. I don't know why I have never thought of combining them, but this sounds absolutely delicious. I'll definitely be making these.
        • John Spottiswood
          John Spottiswood
          I hope you like them Rocquie. I thought they were delicious.
        • Libby
          Thanks for the recipe. I love sweet potatoes and the sauce sounds very good. I'll be trying this one tonight.
          • John Spottiswood
            John Spottiswood
            Hope you enjoy these as much as we did, Libby.


          • Lynn Grant
            Lynn Grant
            Sounds really good. I'll be trying it soon!
            • sheila
              Hi John. Thank u for sharing another great recipe. I love sweet potatoes/yams. The yams are so bright orange here which gives a beautiful presentation on a plate. I really have cut down on salt intake so for myself would use low sodium soy. Cheers!

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