Looking for an easy veggie side with very little prep, but lots of taste? Try this baked Japanese sweet potato recipe! Sweet potatoes are cooked until tender and topped with a super flavourful infused butter. Seriously good!
You probably know I love to share different veggie recipes here on Girl Heart Food, like this kohlrabi stir fry recipe, and today’s recipe is no exception!
When we came across Japanese sweet potato a little while back, I grabbed some right away.
Upon cooking and enjoying, I wondered where this veggie was all my life.
Dramatic, I know, but this bad boy is seriously yummy.
Now, it’s a regular veggie in our pantry. Once you try it, I’m sure it will be for you too!
What is Japanese Sweet Potato? What Does It Taste Like?
Japanese sweet potatoes or Japanese yams are purple on the outside with a golden hue inside (when baked).
They’re a little sweeter than a regular sweet potato and are seriously delicious!
You can prepare Japanese sweet potatoes much like you would a regular sweet potato. So, chances are, if you enjoy a regular sweet potato you’re gonna enjoy these too!
How to Prepare and Cook
Like any baked potato recipe, ensure that your potatoes are scrubbed clean and any dirt/debris or odd bits are removed before baking.
Place potatoes on a lined baking sheet (if you want easier clean up). Then, prick some holes in each sweet potato (to help with cooking). Into the oven they go!
Potatoes are done when they’re tender and when a knife easily goes through the centre of the potato when inserted.
Tip: Potatoes can vary in size. Therefore, cook time will vary. Simply bake until they are cooked through. It helps to have potatoes that are roughly the same size.
Once potatoes are ready (and easy to handle), cut in half lengthwise. Isn’t that interior colour beautiful?
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Can I Eat Sweet Potato Skin?
As mentioned above, before baking just ensure that the potatoes are scrubbed clean and any dirt/debris or odd bits are removed.
What is Compound Butter?
Of course, you can enjoy these sweet potatoes as they are. However, I like to take things up a notch with compound butter.
Compound butter is simply butter that has been infused with other flavours — in this case, cilantro, green onion and a touch of cayenne powder.
To make flavoured butter, start with softened butter (store-bought or make your own butter) and blend in your other ingredients. You can use a little food processor for this or just a spoon — whatever you have on hand or prefer, really!
If you don’t want to mess around with making compound butter, no worries! Just top this sweet potato with regular ol’ butter (and maybe a pinch of salt) and you’re good to go!
Garnishes & Serving Suggestions
Other delicious garnish options here are sesame seeds, sliced chili pepper, and a drizzle of your favourite hot sauce.
I could legit enjoy this baked Japanese sweet potato as is for lunch, but if you want to make things more substantial for dinner, enjoy with:
- Side salad
- Bowl of soup, like spicy red lentil & kale
- Sandwich, like this veggie sandwich
- Crispy fish burger
- Baked arctic char with honey soy marinade
More Root Vegetable Recipes
Hope you love this Japanese sweet potato recipe as much as we do!
If you make this baked sweet potato, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed it!
Baked Japanese Sweet Potato (with flavoured butter)
- 4 Japanese sweet potatoes (each about 10 to 12 ounces or about 2.5 pounds in total)
- ¼ cup butter , softened to room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1.5 tablespoons sliced green onion
- 1.5 tablespoons cilantro
- Sesame seeds
- Chili pepper , sliced
- Hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Meanwhile, scrub the potatoes clean and place on an aluminum foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Prick potatoes with a knife to make some holes.
- Bake about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender when prodded all the way through the centre with a knife.Note: Cook time will vary, depending on the size of your potatoes. For the size I used, cook time was about 50 minutes.
- Carefully remove potatoes from the baking sheet and cut in half when cool enough to handle. Serve with infused butter and garnish with other toppings (if desired). Enjoy!
- Blend all ingredients together until incorporated. Serve over baked potato.
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.