Soy Glazed Sweet Potatoes

These take moments to ready for the oven and a little over an hour to bake until lacquered and perhaps blackened in places. If you don't eat them all in the first sitting, reheat them in a nonstick skillet and they'll caramelize a bit. In fact, they're even more delicious the second time around. This is a good recipe for the moist-fleshed Garnets and Jewels, which can use the tempering of sesame and soy.

By / Photography By Heather Gill | December 15, 2010


Heat the oven to 400ยบ. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters or halves. Place in a baking dish roomy enough to hold them in a single layer.

Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the sesame seeds, to make a sauce. Brush it over the sweet potatoes, then cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake until nearly tender, 50 minutes to an hour. Remove the foil, baste the sweet potatoes with their juices, and return to the oven until the liquid has reduced to a glaze and the potatoes are fully tender.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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  • 3 large sweet potatoes, either the dry or moist-fleshed types
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon black and/or white sesame seeds, toasted
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