Friday, February 15, 2013

Kofukiimo (こふきいも), Japanese Salty-Sweet Potatoes

This is one of THE easiest recipes ever - it's a different (and delicious!) way to prepare potatoes instead of the same old mashed or roasted potatoes. Best of all, it's super quick and easy! The soy sauce lends saltiness, the sugar a bit of sweetness, and the butter brings everything together wonderfully, giving the potatoes a perfect texture. 

I like to make these as a side dish with "American" meals like meatloaf, or Japanese yōshoku meals like korokke or tonkatsu. Try them with your next "meat & potatoes" meal! 

Kofukiimo (こふきいも), Japanese Salty-Sweet Potatoes
adapted from NHK

4 potatoes, peeled & quartered
1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Boil the potatoes until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce and sugar in a pan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the drained potatoes and cook until the soy sauce mixture reduces.

Add the butter and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


  1. I think I'll try these right now!

  2. geez Julia i get lost on this blog lol....everything sounds and looks wonderful...I think I asked a question about another recipe now can't find it which is my fault lol but love your recipes keep postin girl I did see the "trashy" foods and I am right there with ya! Thanks again

    1. Hi, Vicki! You asked about the tomatoes in the chicken & andouille jambalaya - I just responded over on that post. I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes, and that you also know just HOW GOOD trashy foods are :)

  3. Wow these are so good! And so easy to make. Had them with the hanbaagu, it was so great to have a kind of Japanese meal to make easily for my half-Japanese family :) Looking forward to trying out more recipes...