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"A Night In Tunisia" grilled sweet potato wedges

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Quick grilled sweet potato wedges with chili-lime sauce; easy enough for a quick weeknight side yet fancy enough for Sunday dinner.

grilled sweet potato wedges on a plate topped with chili lime sauce

If cooked correctly you get sweet and creamy spuds on the inside with a slightly crisp exterior. The charred flavor goes perfectly with the sweet-heat from the sauce. I use harissa dry spice which is a fiery and smoky, North African spice blend common in places like Tunisia and Morocco. Harissa is normally a paste, which you want to avoid for this recipe. If the dry version isn't available, just use your favorite chili powder. These don't last long in my house.

Ingredients For Sweet Potato Wedges

Short ingredient list, but big bold flavor

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Fresh Lime Juice & zest
  • Harissa chili spice
  • Maple Syrup
  • Olive Oil
  • Cilantro

How To Make Grilled Sweet Potatoes

This is a simple and short recipe. Cook time is right at 30 minutes and the recipe is low involvement. You can cook these on a traditional outdoor grill or indoors on the stovetop using a cast-iron grill pan.

Step 1: Cut the sweet potatoes into wedges by halving them and then cutting each half into four equal-sized wedges. Arrange the sweet potato wedges on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season the sweet potato wedges with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Place sweet potatoes into the preheated oven (425 degrees F)  and roast until the potatoes about 20 minutes. 

Step 3: Grill pre-cooked wedges on high heat for 2 minutes per side

Step 4: Mix sauce together and brush on the wedges. Serve immediatelygrilled sweet potato wedges on a plate topped with chili lime sauce

Serving Suggestions

Top the wedges with cilantro and enjoy. I typically enjoy these as a side to dishes like:

Instant Pot Jerk Chicken

Instant Pot Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Pan-Roasted Jerk Chicken

Nigerian Beef Suya Skewers

Smoked and Fried Whole Cornish Hen

Smoked Trout w/ Fennel Rub

Grilled Sweet Potatoes Cooking Tips

  • Cut the sweet potatoes into large wedges then wash them with cold water
  • The key to these grilled wedges is pre-cooking the sweet potatoes. 
  • If using an outdoor grill, preheat the grill grates to get them sufficiently hot before placing the wedges down. Also, wipe them down using paper towel dabbed with oil. This will prevent the wedges from sticking and also net pretty grill marks
  • If using an indoor stovetop grill spray with non-stick cooking spray first
  • Cutting the sweet potatoes into rounds is actually easier to cook as far as avoiding burnt edges, but wedges rule for overall results

Grilled Sweet Potatoes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Pre-cooking Necessary?

No, but it will save you a bunch of time, so I recommend it. Starting from scratch on the grill nets great results, but I only suggest it if you have serious time available.

What's the best pre-cooking method?

There are multiple pre-cooking options, from boiling to microwave, but I find roasting the best option for optimal flavor and texture. Microwave is faster but results in a mushy texture and too much char flavor. Boiling ain't much better. You get a little bit more flavor, but the texture is still too soft and lacking any crispiness. I find that roasting intensifies the natural sweetness of the potato wedges. It has the additional benefit of pulling out the surface moisture which helps get that easy, good charring.

For similar recipes, try these:

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Duck Fat Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Black Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Eggplant with Cuban Mojo Sauce

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grilled sweet potato wedges on a plate topped with chili lime sauce

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Bold, flavorful sweet potato spuds that come together in less than 30 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: BBQ, Modern Soul Food
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • Juice from 1 medium lime
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon Harissa spice mix or chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425º F. Cut the sweet potatoes in half and then cut each half into four equal sized wedges. Arrange the sweet potato wedges on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season the sweet potato wedges with salt and pepper.
  • Place sweet potatoes into the preheated oven and roast until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to medium or place a cast-iron stovetop grill pan over medium heat.
  • Grill until golden brown on all sides about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter;
  • Mix together salt, pepper, lime juice, zest, maple syrup, and chili powder; add oil to the mixture slowly and mix well. Brush mixture on sweet potatoes, garnish with fresh cilantro, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Cut the sweet potatoes into large wedges then wash them with cold water
  • The key to these grilled wedges is pre-cooking the sweet potatoes. 
  • If using an outdoor grill, preheat the grill grates to get them sufficiently hot before placing the wedges down. Also, wipe them down using paper towel dabbed with oil. This will prevent the wedges from sticking and also net pretty grill marks
  • If using an indoor stovetop grill spray with non-stick cooking spray first
  • Cutting the sweet potatoes into rounds is actually easier to cook as far as avoiding burnt edges, but wedges rule for overall results

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6195IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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