Hawaii Sweet Potato Recipe

Hawaiian sweet potatoes
sweeten any meal.

sweet potato recipe

A sweet potato recipe is a staple with any Hawaiian meal or luau. There are a number of different baked sweet potato recipes available. This one is very easy to prepare and you can add any extras that may suit your taste. Sweet potato adapts well to many different additions so definitely experiment.

While sweet potatoes are usually considered winter or holiday fare on the mainland, they are a constant side dish (and well deserved) on the Hawaiian Islands. Consider using this dish or one of its variations for your next family gathering. If your house is anything like mine, you'll find that it is one of the first to go.


Sweet potatoes, 3 medium sized
Butter, 1/4 cup
Hawaiian salt (or kosher salt)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash sweet potatoes and place on baking sheet pans.
  • Bake potatoes for 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush potatoes with butter.
  • Cut into bite sized pieces and place in a small serving dish, dot with butter and a sprinkle of Hawaiian salt (or kosher salt).
  • If you prefer, you can mash the potatoes and add butter with a splash of milk. You can also peel them if you prefer.

Be sure to consider using Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes. They have a vibrant purple color and are inter-changable with any recipe you have. They look very festive on the table and are often a kids favorite simply for the uniqueness of them.

You can find them baked, broiled, mashed, boiled and fried. You will be hard pressed to find a luau, family meal or pot luck that doesn't have them.

Some great variations can include marshmallows, honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. They also work well with more savory items like bacon, prosciutto or ham.

Hawaiian sweet potatoes are wonderful in any sweet (yes, even with the American marshmallow) or savory dish. Get creative and you will find many wonderful ways to prepare and enjoy them. They will quickly become a family favorite. Even if you're not in Hawaii.

photo credit thebittenword/flickr

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