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30-Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Do you love sweet potatoes?

Meee tooooo.

And as of recently, I love roasted sweet potatoes with sesame oil, cilantro, tahini, and sesame seeds drizzled all over the place. Hello awesomest, randomest, most fancy-feeling-easy-snack-turned-dinner.

Sesame oil is a new thing in my life, and here's the thing about it - you don't need much of it to give your food a really strong, really nutty richness and, uhh, sesame, flavor. It's just so very delicious. I am slowing learning, though, that you shouldn't really use sesame oil in cooking that involves high heat. Woops? Ignore past mistakes, please. I'm learning to be a real adult foodie one slow day at a time.

Sesame oil tastes the best when just a few drops or drizzles are added to something that's already cooked. And I'm in a phase where I LOVE the taste of sesame oil. I probably should have been doing this for years, but using it to finish off the flavor of a recipe rather than using it as a cooking oil has just completely rocked my world.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes topped with tahini, sesame oil, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

So with all these new sesame oil feelings, Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes came into being. Tossed with regular cooking oil and chili before roasting and drizzled with that luscious sesame oil at the end.

And tahini, because it's creamy and really unique tasting and perfect with sweet potatoes. (Tahini haters please take note - normally I don't like tahini at all, but this just works. Have faith.)

And flecks of sesame seeds and cilantro, because pretty food tastes better.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

One last comment which is -> we are picking up our sweet pup at the end of this week when we come home from California! And yes, okay, fine, she's a mostly grown up dog, but I'm going to call her a pup for at least a month and we'll all just have to deal with that. Bringing her to home is now a matter of days, or hours, depending on how creepy you are when it comes to counting down to major life events. And I'm never creepy like that ever ever ever.

Part one of impending dog ownership: I am dying of excitement. I could squeeze my eyes shut and squeal happiness for all the remaining hours until we pick her up.

Part two of impending dog ownership: I am majorly lacking knowledge of what kinds of things we need to buy. We have, oh, let's see: NOTHING. Zero dog items except, like, an old towel. I mean, where do we even go? PetSmart? PetCo? Garage sales of families and friends? I hate to be the person who always crowd-sources valuable life knowledge from you guys, buuuut I'm willing to be that person for the sake of our new pup.

If you know of any must-haves for new dog parents, TALK TO ME PLEASE.

I'll make you virtual Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes in exchange?


Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes topped with tahini, sesame oil, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
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Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes baked on a sheet pan.

30 Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 as a side 1x


30-Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes - healthy, vibrant, and super easy to make! Topped with tahini, sesame oil, cilantro, and sesame seeds.


  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper for spiciness
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes with the vegetable oil, chili powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring gently every 5-10 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to 400 degrees and roast for another 5-10 minutes until the sweet potatoes are turning golden brown. Continue to stir the sweet potato pieces as needed to prevent over-browning. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  3. On a separate platter or directly on the baking sheet, drizzle the sweet potatoes with the sesame oil and tahini. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Add a handful of cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: roasted sweet potatoes, sweet potato recipe, sweet potato wedges

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    These potatoes sound amazing!

    Just took stock of the “dog essentials I have on hand: leash, collar/harness, food bowl, a couple of water bowls, coat (this was a bad winter in DC), food, small treats for awarding good behavior, a few toys (my Quid LOVES the stuffed animal variety), a microfiber towel for drying off after walks in the rain. a small fleece blanket for sleeping on, rolling up in, dog bed. Hope this helps.
    Love you blog!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    Congrats on getting your pup! We just adopted our sweet little gal last December and her absolute favourite is this antler chew thingy–I definitely recommend them. They’re a little on the pricy side, but I’m happy to shell out for something natural than have her chew on those plastic bones. She also loves these sweet potato jerky treats (just dehydrated sweet potato slices) we’ve been getting at Costco.

    Love this beautiful recipe too. I’m a sesame oil lover for sure–especially the hot-toasted kind with a bit of chili.

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      Sweet potatoes are the only vegetable my wife can get me to eat so I’ll have to show her this. And then she’ll say something like…..oh nevermind, she reads this blog and the comments and I don’t want to get into trouble. Not today. Not just before vacation.

      I think you need a Kong Wobbler Treat Dispenser. You’ll love it! Promise.

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    CONGRATS!! I’m soooo happy for you Lindsay!!!! We’re the proud parents of a Boston Terrier named Dallas whom we spoil rotten… like a bag of potatoes rotten! LOL! Our go to store is PetSmart hands down. It’s like the home depot for pets. You’ll go CRAZY with amount of STUFF for pets ANDDDDD she’s a girl!!! She MUST have bows and girlie toys. Then there’s the name. … have fun…it’s just the beginning. :))

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    Do you dilute the tahini with anything to make it more pourable, It looks thinner than out of the jar in the pictures. Can’t wait to try this, it looks yummy.

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      Good question – mine is always pretty runny like that in the jar even when I stir it up. This is just drizzled on straight out of the jar. I think my brand is called Kronos. I don’t keep it in the fridge which keeps it more as a liquid rather than a super thick paste.

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    Mmm, that looks delicious. No vital dog information I’m afraid, but I’m sure you will do fine. So exciting though, we’d all be squealing if a dog was coming our way. I shall look forward to hearing all about her. CJ xx

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    That recipe looks fantastic! In terms of dog essentials, this isn’t really an item, but obedience training is a sanity saver, and I can recommend Angela at the Maplewood PetSmart, she is so great!

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    Yum…these sweet potatoes look awesome! Congrats on the pup. We got ours in October and we still call her our puppy, even though she’s not. When we picked her up, we had a collar, a leash, and one toy. It wasn’t long though before she was so spoiled and had more things than a toddler. Good luck. You are going to have so much fun!!

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    Congrats on your new addition! I adopted a one-year old dog about 3 years ago. My only advice would be not to go too crazy on buying stuff until you get to know her a little. For instance, I bought my dog 2 dog beds before I realized this dog is going to devour every dog bed she gets and I needed to come up with another solution. (By the way, old sheets and blankets are a great alternative for dogs who eat their dog beds!) I also bought three different types of pricey harness/leash contraptions before I found the one that worked for her. Wish I had left the tags on 🙂

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      This is really good advice especially for people like us (read: me) who like to buy all the things. Thanks Allyson!

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I LOVE sweet potatoes. And I LOVE puppies/dogs! We adopted a grown up dog about a year ago (but I still treat her like a puppy anyway) and we had NOTHING when we started. We went to the pet store (with grandma) and came home with tons of treats and unnecessary accessories.

    The absolute essentials for starting out: crate (this is essential until she is 100% housebroken, and even if she is housebroken, she may not transition all that well); leash and collar; some type of treat for training (they make really small ones that are good because you will want to spoil her); the food she is CURRENTLY eating (you can slowly transition her to something else, but you cannot switch her food all at once); food/water bowls; doggie poo bags (if you have to pick up poo). Those are the only absolute necessities.

    Other things that are nice to have: Portable little hand sanitizers to attach to leash (for after you have to pick up poo); brush (depending on breed); bells (you can train her to ring bells when she has to potty); toys/bones (nothing that makes noise or has stuffing/filling); dog bed.

    Having a dog is soooo much fun! Best of luck!

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    We have a pet carrier made of vinyl that is more enclosing than a wire crate. I can’t even remember how old it is, so I’d guess thirty years. Every dog or cat that came into our house spent some time in there. Dogs love their safe enclosed spaces and although it’s useful for housebreaking, I’ve found that they all want to hang out in there for comfort. (Mental comfort.) Put your towel in there and then let your relationship grow naturally. You can’t buy anything more important to the dog than your affection.

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    My advice is to skip Persmart and Petco and find your nearest Chuck and Don’s. They are locally owned and will be FAR more helpful and willing to answer any and all questions you have. I love the store in Mahtomedi. Everyone there is incredibly helpful and some of the employees even know my dog by name which makes it fun to bring her there. That said I have been to other locations over the years and always had a good experience.

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    I have to try this recipe!

    Please don’t dress the dog up. It takes away their dignity.

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    I wish I had pet advice to offer you just for the virtual Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes in exchange. Sadly, my life has been pup free thus far.
    Good luck with the new addition to the fam & thanks for the recipe! 😀

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    These sesame roasted sweet potatoes look really yummy. I love using sesame oil so I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe at home. Also, congrats on the new pup. I agree with the other comment about giving the puppy lots of affection. They can never get enough of petting and cuddling.

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    These look great! I just roasted up some sweet potatoes and kale sprouts. They in no way looked like these and were just tossed in salt and olive oil, but Im a pretty basic (read: lazy) person. I do think I have some sesame oil in my pantry though…

    Congrats on the new pup!

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    This recipe looks incredibly yummy!

    We still call our (approximately) 12 year-old, Pippin, a puppy! Hopeful thinking–and it works, since she doesn’t look her age at all. We got her as a rescue 5 years ago and we’ve never looked back.

    Lots of good suggestions already. Dog beds with a small, washable throw/blanket are cuddly for them, though the dog will end up in your bed, most likely ;^). Use a halter for walking instead of tugging on the neck, and ours always wears a lightweight collar with ID, in addition. Depending on your weather, you might want a fleece and a raincoat. But you’ll have to try them on her, so don’t get them yet. Toys–you’ll have to see what her interests are. Treats, well–be careful not to overdo it, as we have! I say the less ingredients in the treat, the better. Freeze-dried or dried meat or fish are great. You could make your own, if you have a dehydrator! Try to stay away from any food/treats NOT sourced in North America. Be careful of wheat or other grain-based food. Dogs don’t need grains so much, and it’s often used as filler.

    Do some research on the best diet for her. As someone already mentioned, you must change a diet gradually, and it may take a little time to find the right fit. There are so many differing opinions about this, so do some research, talk to people–hopefully get objective info. We feed our dog raw food, but it’s not for everyone. We happen to find it works well and our dog is very healthy. (Vancouver BC is the raw dog/cat food capital of the world, I think–the trend may have started here.) Google BARF (bones and raw food) for more info.

    Good luck with everything! I’m looking forward to the cool photos of your new little furpal, which are sure to follow!

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    Making this on Tuesday! If my daughter still lived in MN. I’d send her over with a crate, collar, leash, 2 stainless bowls, and a bunch of toys and treats! She lives in Indiana now, sorry. oh! a pooper scooper and bags (we use grocery or vegetable or newspaper) to pick up poop on walks.

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    Oh my! Those photos are breathtaking 🙂
    Sweet potatoes happen to be my favorite food, and I adore them roasted and dipped in tahini sauce. Or roasted and served in a buddha bowl with greens, grains, beans, and tahini sauce. Mmmm!!!

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    This looks so delicious! Hooray for sesame oil!! It’s so true, a little goes a long way to adding some amazing depth and flavor to dishes.

    Congrats on your puppy and don’t worry too much about what you need. As others have said, start with the basics and you’ll be fine. Good luck!!

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    I think that some quality toys are really helpful when trying to work from home with a puppy. The kong toy is amazing for puppies. You put a treat or a little peanut butter inside and they are instantly entertained. I also cycled our puppies toys so only two were out at a time. Much like I now do with my toddlers…
    I think most important things to have ready are food/water bowls, bed, crate, harness, leash, training treats, dental bones and a few toys.