8 Tasty Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes To Try Today

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Are you looking for easy-to-make Japanese sweet potato recipes? You’ll find straightforward instructions and eight delicious recipes to enjoy their delightful flavors to the fullest!

4 Japanese sweet potato recipes

If you haven’t cooked Japanese sweet potato yet, you’re missing out on the delicious flavors! This versatile vegetable will delight your taste buds whether you bake them or add them to soups.

In this guide, you will learn how to cook Japanese sweet potatoes, different cooking methods, and easy-to-make recipes you can try immediately!

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What is Japanese Sweet Potato?

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Japanese sweet potatoes, satsumaimo in Japanese, are magenta and have white flesh inside. The standard size is about 300g to 400g, available year-round, but the best season is fall to winter.

Japanese sweet potatoes are loved for their chestnut-like flavor, creamy texture, and nutty undertones. Their natural sweetness makes them perfect for baking and creating delicious desserts.

Compared to other types of sweet potatoes, such as orange sweet potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes tend to be sweeter and creamer. Despite that, Japanese sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in various savory dishes. From crispy tempura and flavorful miso soup to refreshing salads and comforting simmered dishes.

It’s worth noting that Japanese sweet potatoes differ from Japanese yams, as they have a non-sticky and non-slimy texture.

Health Benefits

A image of Japanese sweet potato with text

Japanese sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables and contain numerous health benefits, which makes them a valuable addition to your diet!

  • Promotes digestive health: Japanese sweet potatoes are excellent for promoting digestive health, thanks to their high dietary fiber content. The fiber found in sweet potatoes helps maintain a healthy digestive system, encourages regular bowel movements, and contributes to overall well-being.
  • Lower blood pressure: Japanese sweet potatoes, similar to other potato varieties, are rich in potassium. Potassium has the important function of flushing out excess sodium from the body. This makes it effective in reducing swelling and lowering blood pressure.
  • Immune support: Japanese sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin C. They contain about ten times more vitamin C than apples, and the vitamin C in sweet potatoes remains stable even after cooking. This vitamin C helps boost the immune system, aiding the body’s defense against illnesses and infections.

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How To Cook Japanese Sweet Potatoes

3 Japanese sweet potato dishes.

Japanese sweet potatoes are versatile and can be cooked in various ways in Japanese cuisine. Here are some basic cooking methods to try:

  • Baking: Wrap sweet potatoes with aluminum foil and bake for 45-60 minutes. This is a tasty traditional Japanese dessert.
  • Roasting: Cut sweet potatoes into chunks/wedges. Toss with oil, salt, and seasonings. Roast for 25-30 minutes.
  • Grilling: Slice sweet potatoes, brush with oil, and grill for 4-5 minutes per side. Ideal for accompaniments or vegetable skewers.
  • Frying: Cut sweet potatoes into small pieces. Fry until golden and crispy. Enjoy as a tasty snack or side dish.
  • Boiling or Steaming: Peel and cut sweet potatoes into pieces. Boil or steam until tender. Use it for a salad or a mash.
  • Stewing: Cut sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Simmer in soup until tender. Serve as a comforting dish or side.

8 Flavorful Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes

6 Japanese sweet potato dishes.

Let’s dive into some delicious and easy Japanese sweet potato recipes! I hope you’ll find your favorite among them!

  1. Yaki Imo (Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes)
  2. Japanese Sweet Potato Tempura
  3. Daigaku Imo
  4. Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Fries
  5. Creamy Japanese Sweet Potato Soup
  6. Japanese Sweet Potato Miso Soup (Satsumaimo Recipe)
  7. Japanese Sweet Potato Rice (Satsumaimo Gohan)
  8. Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato Recipe

1. Yaki Imo (Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes)

Baked Japanese sweet potatoes.

This recipe is a traditional Japanese dessert and the best way to savor Japanese sweet potatoes’ natural sweetness and creamy texture. During Japan’s fall and winter seasons, you might come across street vendors selling deliciously roasted yaki imo (grilled sweet potatoes).

Yaki Imo (Japanese Sweet Potato Recipe)
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yaki imo, roasted Japanese sweet potato

2. Japanese Sweet Potato Tempura

Japanese sweet potato tempura.

Tempura is an iconic Japanese dish, and sweet potato is a popular ingredient. The combination of its crispy exterior and fluffy interior is worth experiencing.

Sweet Potato Tempura
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Learn how to make delicious Sweet Potato Tempura using only three ingredients! Tempura is one of the most iconic Japanese dishes and is easy to make. I'm sure your whole family will love it!
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sweet potato tempura on a plate.

3. Daigaku Imo (Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes)

Daigaku imo, Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes

This Daigaku imo is a popular snack in Japan. Fried sweet potatoes are coated in a delightful soy sauce and sugar mixture and topped with black sesame seeds.

Daigaku Imo (Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes)
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This Daigaku Imo is a beloved Japanese treat with deep-fried pieces of sweet potato covered in a candy coating, making it the perfect snack for your sweet tooth!
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daigaku imo served in a bowl.

4. Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

Japanese sweet potato fries.

These fries are incredibly easy to make. Fry sticks of Japanese sweet potato in olive oil until golden and crispy. Finish them off with a pinch of sea salt for a delicious touch.

Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Fries
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Looking for a perfect side dish that's crispy, flavorful, and easy to make? These Japanese Sweet Potato Fries are just what you need! With this simple recipe, you can savor these delicious potatoes' natural sweetness!
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Japanese sweet potato fries served on a plate with a bowl of ketchup.

5. Creamy Japanese Sweet Potato Soup

Creamy Japanese sweet potato soup.

You’ll love this Japanese sweet potato soup if you enjoy simple yet comforting creamy soups!

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If you love a comforting bowl of soup that's both delicious and easy to make, try this Japanese sweet potato soup recipe! With its creamy texture and natural sweetness, this soup is the perfect choice for a satisfying meal!
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Japanese sweet potato soup served in a bowl.

6. Japanese Sweet Potato Miso Soup (Satsumaimo Recipe)

Japanese sweet potato miso soup.

The natural sweetness of Japanese sweet potato complements the savory notes of miso paste. It’s a truly flavorful and satisfying combination!

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Try this delicious and hearty bowl of Japanese sweet potato miso soup! Made with savory miso paste and tender sweet potatoes, this soup will surely satisfy and nourish you!
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Japanese sweet potato miso soup in a serving bowl.

7. Japanese Sweet Potato Rice (Satsumaimo Gohan)

Japanese sweet potato rice onigiri rice balls.

This recipe is our family’s favorite rice dish featuring fluffy Japanese rice and creamy sweet potato. It becomes even more delicious when transformed into onigiri rice balls!

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Try this tasty Japanese sweet potato rice made with short-grain white rice. The soft, fluffy texture of the rice, combined with the sweetness of the satsumaimo, makes it perfect for any meal or even as a satisfying snack!
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Japanese sweet potato rice served on a rice bowl.

8. Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato Recipe

Mashed Japanese sweet potato recipe.
Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato Recipe
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Are you looking for a healthy and delicious side dish? You will love this Mashed Japanese Sweet Potato recipe! With its creamy texture and classic taste, that is sure to please your taste buds!
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Mashed Japanese sweet potatoes served on a plate.

Where To Buy Japanese Sweet Potatoes

If you live in the US, Japanese sweet potatoes are widely available at Japanese grocery stores such as Mitsuwa Marketplace, local Asian grocery stores, Whole Foods Market, or well-stocked grocery stores.

How to Store Japanese Sweet Potatoes

  • Room temperature: Japanese sweet potato is best stored at room temperature in a dry and dark place for about one month.
  • Refrigerate: Once you cut it, it’s best to wrap it in plastic and store it in the refrigerator. It stays fresh for about 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: You can also freeze it. Cut it into your desired size pieces, then place them in a Ziploc bag. When using, there’s no need to thaw before cooking, and you can directly cook them from frozen.

FAQ

Do you eat the skin of Japanese sweet potatoes?


Yes, the smooth skin of Japanese sweet potatoes is edible and contains a nutritional value that you may want to consider eating along with the flesh.

How do you eat Japanese sweet potatoes?

You can eat it by baking, roasting, grilling, frying, boiling, steaming, and stewing. Many Japanese people love these simple baked sweet potatoes called Yaki imo.

Why are Japanese sweet potatoes so good?

Japanese sweet potatoes are known for their natural sweetness, creamy texture, and unique flavor. They are versatile and can be enjoyed in various dishes, making them a favorite among many Japanese people.

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