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.

A favorite from the archives, first published July 2012

Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 Tbsp 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 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 and President of Simply Recipes. A blogging pioneer, 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. In 2012 Elise was named "one of America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food" by The Daily Meal. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Carmichael, California.

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

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  • James

    Needed the oven for another dish, so this was my first attempt of grilling sweet potatoes. I used fresh parsley instead of cilantro, and “basted” the sauce on after the potatoes were cooked and returned them to the grill for a short period to caramelize the coating. Very pleasing appearance with the grill marks and fresh herbs.

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  • Judy

    I made these for the first time tonight and I loved them! I let them cook a little bit too long so will watch that the next time but they were still good. I see making these often this summer when I have no desire to use the over and heat up the house!

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  • Kelly

    I made these for Easter dinner this year they were a huge hit! Even my husband said, “I don’t normally like sweet potatoes, but I can’t stop eating these!” Thanks for the great recipe!

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  • Stephanie Gamez

    Wow!! This was melt in your mouth amazing!!

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  • Constance Williamson

    Hi please tell me if I could use the grill function in my toaster oven to make this thank you very much I don’t have an outside grill or any other kind of Grill except the oven or my toaster oven and I prefer to use the toaster oven if possible

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