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Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe: Simple and Delicious Side Dish

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Scrumptious homemade Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilling sweet potatoes is a tasty way to add some excitement to your meals. You can make delicious grilled sweet potatoes with just a few simple ingredients. Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, they are perfect for any barbecue or family dinner.

With easy steps to follow, you’ll soon have perfectly cooked sweet potatoes. They go great with your favorite spices and are a hit with everyone. Try out different seasonings to make the recipe your own, and enjoy the rich, smoky flavor that comes from grilling.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make the best grilled sweet potatoes, you need some simple ingredients. Here’s a list to get you started.

Main Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes: 2-3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • Olive Oil: 2-3 tablespoons
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper: ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Paprika: 1 teaspoon

Possible Substitutes

  • Instead of olive oil, you can use coconut oil, avocado oil, or even melted butter.
  • Salt: Sea salt or Himalayan salt can be used instead of regular table salt.
  • Pepper: Ground white pepper or cayenne pepper for a spicier kick.
  • Garlic Powder: Fresh minced garlic or granulated garlic.
  • Paprika: Smoked paprika for a richer flavor or chili powder for a bit of heat.

Optional Additions

  • Rosemary: Fresh or dried, for a burst of herbal flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warmth and sweetness.
  • Parmesan Cheese: For a cheesy twist.

Mix and match these ingredients to suit your taste. Happy grilling!


  1. Prep and Clean
    Wash the sweet potatoes. Peel them if you like, or leave the skins on for added texture.

  2. Slice the Potatoes
    Cut the sweet potatoes into rounds about 1/2 inch thick.

  3. Preheat the Grill
    Preheat your grill to medium-high (around 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).

  4. Boil the Potatoes (optional)
    Boil the cut potatoes for about 5 minutes until they can be pierced with a knife, but still firm.

  5. Season the Potatoes
    Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add olive oil, salt, and any spices you like. Suggestions: garlic salt, smoked paprika, cumin, or cayenne pepper. Tip: Toss the slices to ensure they are evenly coated.

  6. Grill the Potatoes
    Place the slices directly on the grill grates. Grill each side for about 5 minutes or until they have nice dark grill marks and are tender.

  7. Add Finishing Touches
    Once off the grill, you can add fresh herbs like chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice for extra flavor.

  8. Serve
    Serve your grilled sweet potatoes hot. Enjoy them as a side dish or a tasty snack!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Sweetness Twist: Add a sprinkle of brown sugar or drizzle maple syrup over the grilled sweet potatoes for a sweet touch.

Spicy Kick: Toss the sweet potato slices with a bit of chili powder or cayenne pepper before grilling for some heat.

Herb Infusion: Mix in chopped rosemary or thyme with your olive oil for a fragrant herb twist.

Citrus Zing: Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the potatoes after grilling for a bright, tangy flavor.

Different Cuts:

  • Wedges: Cut potatoes into larger wedges for a chunkier bite.
  • Discs: Slice into thin discs for quicker cooking and crispy edges.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Dipping Delight: Serve with a side of garlic aioli, spicy mayo, or yogurt dip.
  • Salad Boost: Add grilled sweet potato slices to a fresh green salad.
  • Taco Topping: Use them as a filling in veggie tacos topped with avocado and salsa.
  • Breakfast Side: Pair with scrambled eggs and avocado for a hearty breakfast.
  • BBQ Buddy: Serve alongside grilled meats or veggies at a barbecue.

Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and sauces to create your perfect grilled sweet potato dish!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.