Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Side DishGrillGluten-FreeVegetarian

Slices of sweet potatoes grilled and slathered with a cilantro-lime dressing.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever tried grilling sweet potatoes? It’s quick and easy. You just peel the sweet potatoes, slice them into 1/4-inch slices, paint them with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt, and place on a hot grill.

To serve, you want to slather them with some sort of vinaigrette—olive oil to keep them from tasting too dry, and an acid like lime juice or lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.

We played around a bit with this recipe, after thinking we had “discovered” the wonderful combination of lime, cilantro, and sweet potatoes, only to find out many others have made a similar discovery. It’s a great combination!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

You can substitute lemon juice for the lime, lime is better but lemon juice will work. And you can substitute parsley for the cilantro, especially if you are one for whom cilantro tastes like soap.

Otherwise stick with the cilantro, in our opinion, it just works better here than the parsley. We’ve also tried adding some minced garlic to the dressing, but I prefer it without it.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (including tender stems)
  • 1 teaspoon of lime zest or lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Method

1 Prepare the grill, prep the sweet potatoes: Prepare your grill for hot, direct heat.

While the grill is heating up, peel the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise, or on a diagonal, into 1/4 inch-thick pieces.

Coat the sweet potato slices with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with Kosher salt.

2 Make cilantro lime dressing: Combine all of the dressing ingredients into a small bowl.

3 Grill the sweet potatoes: Once the grill is hot, lay the sweet potato pieces down onto the grill grates. Cover the grill and cook until each side gets some grill marks, between 3-6 minutes for each side, depending on how hot your grill is.

4 Toss with dressing: Toss the sweet potatoes in a bowl with the dressing and serve hot.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. BDC

    Thank you for sharing this recipe Elise…I will never cook a sweet potato any other way going forward; this was the most amazing sweet potato dish I have ever tested period! All these years cooking on the grill and never knew about this…we were just dumbfounded on the flavors of this simple dish…nothing short of spectacular.

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  2. Lynnt850

    Just awesome! The dressing added a wonderful dimension to the sweet Potato.

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  3. Denisse

    Made this today, and it was the perfect side dish!

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  4. Jenna

    Tasted wonderful! We cut ours a little thick so they took a bit longer and “drizzled/brushed” instead of “tossed” with the dressing. Still fabulous. Will definitely make again

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  5. Dave C

    delish. high heat on an oiled grill is key. keep flipping, as it will start to char quickly.

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