Enjoy a snack or dessert with no artificial sweeteners! The Japanese sweet potato has been a popular snack in Japan eaten plain or sweet.

Satsumaimo is now an integral part of Japanese culture and traditions, and an essential component of the typical Japanese New Year’s dish called “Kuri Kinton“ (mashed sweet potatoes and chestnuts). The dish symbolizes wealth and good fortune. Japanese food trucks also serve satsumaimo as the stone-baked sweet potato treat “ishi-yaki-imo” all throughout the fall season. Much like ice cream trucks in the USA, these Satsumaimo vending food trucks play a specific music to let the locals know that hot and delicious Japanese sweet potato is being served!

Cooking Tips:

Japanese people like to mix sweet and salty (many people sprinkle salts on watermelon, etc.). This recipe is no exception. A hint of soy sauce is the secret ingredient to give this sweet treat the bit of kick it needs.

Of course, you can boil the sweet potato instead of using the microwave if you prefer.

These honey butter Japanese sweet potatoes make a great side addition for a fall meal. Check out some other ideas for Japanese veggie dishes that won’t fail to wow your guests.

Honey Butter Japanese Sweet Potato

Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese


  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Black Sesame Seeds


  1. Wrap the sweet potato in cling wrap and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Cut into 1.5 inch thick strips.
  2. Melt butter on a pan, and cook the sweet potato over medium heat.
  3. When the potatoes are soft, add the honey.
  4. Add water and soy sauce to the pan. Mix well together. Top it off with sesame seeds.