These candied Japanese sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy snack! They’re simply made in a pan and are made gluten-free, dairy-free and without white sugar.

A bowl of candied Japanese sweet potatoes ready to be enjoyed.

I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy Japanese sweet potatoes! They’re perfect as fries, hashbrowns, and even candied! This is not American style candied sweet potatoes that you’d see at Thanksgiving with marshmallows on top… this is sauteed sweet potato cooked in coconut sugar for a caramelized texture that you’re going to love!

Serve this as a fun healthy snack, or even as a dessert for a healthy and simple treat with extra fiber and nutrients. 

Why you’ll love this Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes

  • A new way to enjoy potatoes! I love Japanese sweet potatoes so many ways, and this is a great new way to try!
  • Great addition to a meal or as a snack or even dessert.  These candied Japanese sweet potatoes are great on their own as a snack or dessert or could be added to a protein to make a meal!

The Ingredients for Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes

  • Japanese Sweet Potato. You can use orange sweet potatoes, but it will be more sweet and less starchy.
  • Avocado Oil.
  • Coconut Sugar and Coconut Aminos. This makes the sugar mixture sauce to coat and caramelize the sweet potato.
  • Cinnamon and Salt.

How to make Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes

  • Step one. Chop the sweet potatoes. 
  • Step Two. Toast the coconut sugar and then add coconut aminos to the pan.
  • Step Three. Add the sweet potato and saute in the sugar mixture.
  • Step Four. Top with flakey salt and enjoy!

Step by step photos of making the candied Japanese sweet potatoes.

Tips & Tricks

  • Add more toppings. You can also add black sesame seeds and honey! 
  • Eat the sweet potatoes fresh. These are definitely best fresh while they’re still crisp and the sugar is freshly caramelized. 

Can you use orange sweet potatoes? 

You can use orange sweet potato if that’s all you have, but they’re more sweet and less starchy so they won’t come out quite the same.

Where do you buy Japanese sweet potatoes?

You can find these at stores like Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, Whole Foods, and more! They have a purple skin and white flesh.


A fork taking a candied Japanese sweet potato out of the serving bowl.

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Candied Japanese Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Unbound Wellness
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These candied Japanese sweet potatoes are the perfect healthy snack! They’re simply made in a pan and are made gluten-free, dairy-free and without white sugar.


  • 1 large Japanese sweet potato, scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus flakey salt on top)


  1. Chop the sweet potato into quarter pieces, about 1” in size. Set aside.
  2. Using a large pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the coconut sugar and allow to lightly toast for about a minute. Add the coconut aminos and combine with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. The liquid should be bubbly. 
  3. Add the sweet potato and toss to coat in the sugar mixture. Cover for 5 minutes, lightly tossing the pan to move the sweet potatoes every minute or so. Remove the lid, toss well, and cover for another 5 minutes, lightly tossing as you did before.
  4. Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the sweet potato is tender and the outside is caramelized.
  5. Serve the sweet potato topped with flakey salt to serve.


All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

Recipe adapted from okonomi kitchen.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Global


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 238
  • Fat: 10.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.1g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Protein: 1.6g