Spicy Sweet-Potato Sticks

Recipe: Spicy Sweet-Potato Sticks


  • 3 x Large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tb Vegetable oil
  • 3 tb Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c Water (or as needed)
  • 3 tb Honey
  • Salt White pepper Ground ginger Ground cardamom Ground cloves
  • The potatoes should weigh a total of about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds


  1. Pare the sweet potatoes and cut into short sticks about 1/4″ thick (if you have a food processor with a disk designed for french fries, use that).
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat; don’t let the fat brown.
  3. Add the potato sticks and toss to coat; season with salt, white pepper, about 1/4 ts each of ginger, cardamom, and a small pinch of cloves.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water, adjust the heat to medium-low, and cook, tossing often, but gently, for about 5 minutes, adding drops of water if needed to prevent sticking.
  5. Add the honey and continue to toss-cook until the sticks are just tender and nicely glazed, perhaps 3 minutes.
  6. Check the seasonings and serve promptly.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: snack

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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