Japanese sweet potatoes simmered with lemon. A simple yet light, sweet and delicious side dish or snack to enjoy while they’re in season!

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Simmered Lemon Sweet Potatoes (さつまいものレモン煮)

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 (300g) Japanese sweet potat
  • 3 tbsp (36g) cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22ml) lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250ml) water


  1. Wash the sweet potato and then slice into 1 cm width rounds. Place in a bowl with water and soak for 5 minutes. Drain water.
  2. Place the potatoes in a pan making sure not to overlap them. Add water, sugar, lemon juice and salt. Cover with a otoshibuta. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until you can pierce a toothpick through.
  3. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Serve and enjoy!


  • Helpful Equipment: yukihira pan, otoshibuta (droplid)
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. These sweet potatoes were delicious and pretty simple to make. My 16-year-old (who can be a picky eater) said they were the most delicious sweet potatoes he has had! They made the perfect side dish alongside crispy tofu and roasted broccoli.

  2. Another simple recipe that’s easy and delicious! I made this tonight and it was a perfect side dish. I put about 1/2 tsp of salt since I didn’t see a note about how much.