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Updated: Feb 24, 2022

Japanese candied sweet potatoes are a very popular traditional treat called DAIGAKUIMO in Japanese.

When autumn is here, I'm always craving sweet potatoes. Who's with me??

If you want to enjoy something different than roasted sweet potatoes, candied sweet potatoes are great option to try.

It's vegan, so everyone can enjoy them with some tea.

Make a batch and bring it to a gathering!



<Yield> 3 servings

<Prep time> 5 minutes

<Cook time> 10 minutes


10.5oz (300g) Japanese sweet potatoes


2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons Mirin

1 teaspoon Soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar


black sesame seed (I love to sprinkle on a lot!)


1. Wash the sweet potatoes to remove the dirt. Cut into large chunks and soak them in water for 5 minutes to remove the starch. Drain the water and steam or microwave the potatoes at 600w for 3 minutes. In a bowl, mix together the ingredients listed under the <sauce> above.

2. Wipe off the excess moisture from the sweet potatoes. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Shallow fry them for 3-4 minutes on both side or until you get a crunchy crust on every surface. Remove from heat.

3. Wipe off the excess oil with a kitchen towel. Add the sauce into the pan and heat it up over medium heat to caramelize the sauce, it should take approximately 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with a generous amount of toasted sesame seeds. Now it's ready to enjoy!

<Miwa’s tips>

・Wipe off the excess moisture completely before you start to shallow fry the sweet potatoes to prevent the oil from splattering.

・The sauce burns easily, so keep stirring them with a spatula.

・Toasted sesame seeds are not optional! It will elevate the flavor. It's a must have in my opinion! haha

<Storage time>

Store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

<Did you try this recipe??>

Let me know by tagging me on Instagram

I love to see your creations!

<MIWA’s recommendations♡>

- First E-cookbooks are now available! I hope this will be helpful and enjoyable in your kitchen^^

-Please check out beautiful Japanese tableware to decorate your table! Use my code MIWA to get 5% off from your purchase!

-If you need very sharp quality knife, I highly recommend this handmade Japanese knife made by 80 years old Japanese maker!


2020/10/15 MIWA

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