Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes

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5 from 6 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes

This Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes recipe will melt in your mouth! These Seasoned Sweet Potatoes have just the right amount of sweet, heat and crunch to make them the perfect side that your whole family will love.

Sweet Potatoes with nuts scattered around.

Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes are a recipe that everyone will love due to that sweet with a hint of spice. With the rich amber maple flavor, crunch from the pecans, and spice from the cayenne, these Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a great side dish. For more sweet potato ideas and recipes check out this link!


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • Easy Ingredients: All really need for this recipe is sweet potatoes, pecans, maple syrup, and some seasonings!
  • Adaptable: If there is someone who has a nut allergy or you simply do not like nuts, you can omit the pecans and the seasoned sweet potatoes will be just as tasty.
  • Perfect Side Dish: These roasted sweet potatoes spicy makes for a delicious side dish to accompany any dish from chicken to steak.
Roasted Spicy sweet potaotes

Ingredient Notes

  • Sweet Potatoes: You will need 2 1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes which is equal to about 5-6 average sized sweet potatoes (it will obviously vary with size).
  • Maple Syrup: 100 % maple syrup is needed for this but you could also sub for honey to agave if you do not have any maple syrup.
  • Pecans: This recipe calls for a cup of chopped pecans.
Sweet Potatoes, limes, butter and spices.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes

These are the basic steps for making Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

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Cutting the sweet potatoes, chopping the nuts for the spicy sweet potatoes.

STEP 1: MAKING THE GLAZED PECANS

In a saucepan, combine chopped pecans, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and half of the maple syrup. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture is bubbling. Then spread onto a lined baking sheet and top with lime zest, allow to cool.

STEP 2: PREP THE POTATOES

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel and cut up sweet potatoes. Toss chopped sweet potato cubes in a large mixing bowl with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. Roast for 20-30 minutes in 425 degree oven on a foil lined sheet pan.

STEP 3: MAKE THE GLAZE FOR SWEET POTATOES

While sweet potatoes are cooking in the oven make the glaze by combining butter, the rest of the maple syrup, and salt in a small saucepan until the mixture starts to foam.

Melting the butter, laying out the potatoes and the seasoning and nuts for roasting.

STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

Once potatoes are done coat in the maple butter glaze and then top will the candied chopped pecans.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can prep this recipe ahead of time by pre-chopping the potatoes. you could make this the night prior and reheat in the oven, however it will not be as good as it is when this dish is served immediately after.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store any leftovers you may have in an air tight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze this recipe, prepare as normal allow to cool and store in an airtight container or freezer bag.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat in the oven in a baking dish or sheet pan at 400 degrees f for 10-15 minutes if from the fridge or 30-40 minutes from out of the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TO PUT ON SWEET POTATOES?

Many herbs and spices work on sweet potatoes, from sweet to spicy to savory. This vegetable made into sweet potato wedges is so versatile.

WHAT IS THE SEASON FOR SWEET POTATOES?

Peak sweet potato season occurs from August to November.

CAN EAT SWEET POTATO SKIN?

You can absolutely eat the skin of a sweet potato, just be sure to wash and scrub throughly.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS?

They have a very similar flavor and texture, however sweet potatoes are slightly higher in nutrients and fiber.

Close up of sweet potatoes.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for to make for a dish recipe to bring along go family holiday dinner to get together. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split between two baking sheets.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: You could alternatively cook your seasoned roasted sweet potatoes in an air fryer for faster cook time, cook in air fryer at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until soft and then add the glaze and put back in the air fryer for another 5-7 minutes.
  • Nut Allergy: You can omit the pecans in this recipe and it will still come out just as delicious!
  • Add Extra Heat: To add more spice if you desire, top with red pepper flakes.

What to Serve with Roasted Sweet Spicy Potatoes

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5 from 6 votes

Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
This Roasted Sweet Spicy Potatoes recipe will melt in your mouth! These Seasoned Sweet Potatoes make for the perfect side dish.
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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ Lbs Fresh Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne
  • ½ Cup Real Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Lime zest for Garnish

Instructions

  • Stir chopped pecans, cayenne, ½ tsp salt, ¼ cup maple syrup and several grinds of pepper in a small saucepan. Cook over med/high heat stirring occasionally until bubbly (about 3-5 minuts) Spread across a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with lime zest. Allow to cool.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and chop them into thin wedges. If your sweet potatoes are small you can cut them into quarters and then eighths if they are bigger they may need cut more.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Toss cut sweet potatoes with onions, olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Mix until evenly coated and spread on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until tender and beginning to brown.
  • While the sweet potatoes are baking in a small saucepan combine butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, and ½ tsp salt. Heat over medium heat until mixture begins foaming and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Drizzle maple mixture over baked potatoes and stir to coat, then drizzle lime juice across the top.
  • Bake for another 8-10 minutes or until dark golden brown.
  • Spread pecans evenly across the top of the roasted sweet potatoes and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for to make for a dish recipe to bring along go family holiday dinner to get together. Just increase the ingredients proportionately and split between two baking sheets.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: You could alternatively cook your seasoned roasted sweet potatoes in an air fryer for faster cook time, cook in air fryer at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until soft and then add the glaze and put back in the air fryer for another 5-7 minutes.
  • Nut Allergy: You can omit the pecans in this recipe and it will still come out just as delicious!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 20275IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple syrup, pecans, potatoes, roasted potatoes, Spicy, sweet and savory, sweet and spicy

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4 thoughts on “Roasted Spicy Sweet Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    This side dish is packed full of flavor. I tried it last weekend, and it was a hit, so I’m keeping this recipe. Highly recommended!

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