Crispy Smashed Yams

Many times I look at the vegetables and let them tell me what to do with them. This is exactly what I did with the  Japanese yams that I bought in the Korean supermarket (They were organic, small and cute so I had to), I let them tell me.  The more experience you have in the kitchen the more intuitive you’ll be in your cookings.

Crispy Smashed Yams

Healthy and delicious side dish or snack. The recipe works with potatoes as well. Boil the potatoes until tender before you roast them.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Vegan
Keyword: Healthy, Plant-Based
Servings: 4
Author: Shelly
Cost: 2


  • 4 - 6 small Japanese yams or sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • Preserved lemons or lemon or lime zest
  • Coarse salt
  • Sesame oil
  • Tamari or soy sauce
  • Half lime
  • Scallion - sliced for garnish


  • Put the yams in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Put the saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook until the yams are tender.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Peel and slice the onion. Chop the preserved lemons finely or zest the lemon or lime.
  • Place the yams on the baking tray, put a spatula over each yam and smash it. Sprinkle over the onions, preserved lemons or zest the lemon and salt. Drizzle a little bit sesame oil and tamari, and put the tray in the middle rack of the oven.
  • Roast until the onions are crispy and the yams' skin is golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Place the smashed yams on a plate, squeeze lime juice over, garnish with scallion and serve immediately.

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