Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes

Discover the unique flavor and vibrant color of mashed purple sweet potatoes. This recipe transforms a simple tuber into a delightful and nutritious dish that's both visually appealing and delicious.
Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
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- 1 ½ lb purple sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup cream (or milk)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)
- Toasted sesame seeds and cilantro (to serve)


Step 1 - Prepping the Potatoes

Begin by peeling the purple sweet potatoes and cutting them into large cubes.

Step 2 - Starting the Boil

Place the cubes in a medium-sized pot, covering them with cold water.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender.

Step 3 - Butter and Oil Blend

In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat until browned, then mix in the sesame oil.

Step 4 - Retaining the Flavor

Reserve a scoop of the potato cooking water, then drain the potatoes.

Step 5 - Creating the Mash: Mixing and Mashing

Add most of the brown butter (saving some for garnish), milk, and salt to the potatoes, mashing them until creamy. Gradually stir in the reserved cooking water for extra creaminess.

Step 6 - Final Touches: Garnishing and Serving

Serve with the remaining brown butter drizzled on top and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

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Where Can I Buy Purple Sweet Potato?

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What are Purple Sweet Potatoes?

Purple sweet potatoes are a variety of sweet potato with vibrant purple flesh. They come in different types, including Okinawan, Stokes, and Molokai purple sweet potatoes, all perfect for making purple sweet potato mash. Unlike some purple potatoes with white flesh (called red sweet potatoes), these have a flashy purple color throughout​​.

What do Purple Sweet Potatoes Taste Like?

Purple sweet potatoes taste similar to the more common orange variety. They are sweet and starchy, with both the skin and the inside being edible. Their taste profile blends well with a variety of flavors, making them versatile for different recipes​

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