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Spicy Sesame Sweet Potato Bowl

Spicy Sesame Sweet Potato Bowl

I love the flavors of this spicy sesame sweet potato bowl. It's quick, full of flavor, and can be whipped up with ingredients you have in your cupboard.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 347kcal


  • Small pan
  • Skillet


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter optional
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil for frying
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger freshly minced
  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups water or stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Sliced avocado
  • Chili threads or crushed red pepper
  • Sesame seeds
  • A drizzle of sesame oil optional


Prepare the Rice:

  • In a small pan, combine the rice, water, butter (if using), and salt. Bring to a boil and stir once. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 5-10 minutes before removing the lid.

Start the Aromatics:

  • Heat the neutral cooking oil over medium heat in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 45 seconds until fragrant.

Cook the Sweet Potato:

  • Add the diced sweet potato to the skillet and cook, stirring regularly, for 8-10 minutes until the sweet potato begins to soften and caramelize around the edges.
  • Add the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, honey, and sesame oil and stir to coat with the sauce.
  • Add the water and scrape up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes until the sweet potato softens. Season again to taste with salt and pepper.

To Serve:

  • Divide the rice between bowls and spoon the broth and sweet potatoes on top. Arrange avocado and chili threads on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy!


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 992mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 5mg
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