A White Sweet Potato Recipe with Maple, Butter + Sesame

Grilled sweet potatoes with butter, maple and sesame.

These white sweet potatoes are slowly cooked over charcoal with butter and maple. I then grill them over the fire to give them a bit of smokiness and later finish them with a good sprinkling of sesame seeds. BUTTER and MAPLE, need I say more?

Try this recipe out the next time you fire up the grill.

White vs Orange

What’s the difference between white sweet potatoes and orange ones? White sweet potatoes are a little less sweet than the orange variety and have a crumbly-like texture. The orange variety is generally fluffier and makes a nicer mash while the white variety is great for grilling and roasting.

I used butter in this recipe but you could replace the butter with olive oil to make a nice vegan alternative.  You can also substitute orange sweet potatoes in this if you can’t find the white variety. 


Grilled sweet potatoes with butter, maple and sesame.

White Sweet Potatoes with Maple + Sesame

This is a recipe for grilled white sweet potatoes with butter, maple and sesame. Super easy, vegetarian and definitely not boring.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Cost: $5


  • Charcoal grill
  • tin foil
  • grill brush


  • 2 white sweet potatoes large
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper


  • Wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into thick wedges as shown in the picture. Add the butter, maple and season generously with salt and pepper. Wrap with a double layer of tin foil.
    Sweet potatoes cut with butter and maple
  • Cook the sweet potatoes over medium heat for about 25-30 minutes or until soft when poked with a knife.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the tin foil and save the butter that's left over to finish the sweet potatoes later. Grill over high heat until nicely coloured on both sides (about 5-10 minutes).
    Sweet potatoes grilled
  • Brush the finished sweet potatoes with the leftover butter/maple and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds. Share on a big plate. Enjoy
    Grilled sweet potatoes with butter, maple and sesame.
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