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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes (15 min)

Feature these hasselback sweet potatoes in the star supporting role at your next BBQ or gathering. A great shortcut makes them quick and easy to make. And the topping takes them from plain to special.

Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potato topped with maple pecan glaze on a cutting board

You can grill or roast these potatoes for an hour. Or take the shortcut in this recipe and pre-cook them in the microwave for 4-6 minutes for  total cooking time of 15 minutes. 


To me, there’s no contest. It’s hard to tell the difference in taste. The shortcut not only takes way less time, but it also makes cutting the sweet potatoes (to “hasselback” them) a snap. If you’ve ever cut through sweet potatoes with a knife, you know what I mean.

There are two reasons to love hasselback sweet potatoes.

  • The first is to show off. They make for a great presentation with very little effort.
  • The second is the taste factor – the topping you choose covers every bite, amping up the flavor. We’ve provided 4 topping options to drizzle over your potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are super healthy. Yes, a bit carb-y and the glaze adds calories, but you can easily see the other benefits (source: live science) so you can feel less guilty if you’re so inclined 🙂 They are also rich in antioxidants. These values are for one medium sweet potato (130 g). As an aside, sweet potatoes are more nutritious than yams.

  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 23 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Vitamin A: 120% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin C: 30% of the DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

Try serving these easy sweet potatoes with a Perfect Steak, Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings, Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Wings, Cedar Planked Chicken or Grilled Pork Chops.

Tailor To Your Taste

The recipe provides four different toppings to choose from, but feel free to experiment with your favorite seasonings.

  • Maple Pecan: butter, maple syrup, rosemary or thyme, nutmeg or cinnamon – and chopped pecans. A sprinkle of orange zest might be a great addition. (This one is adapted from Amazing Ribs). 
  • Garlic Butter Herb:  butter, garlic, chopped herbs (e.g. chives, thyme, rosemary, sage), lemon juice.
  • Pesto Parmesan: Classic Pesto, olive oil, Parmesan cheese.
  • Honey Dijon:  Honey, Dijon, butter, rosemary, chili flakes


  • Microwave the sweet potatoes first for easy cutting and a way shorter time on the grill (or in the oven).
  • Skip the grilling in the last step altogether. You won’t have the nice char on the outside, but they’ll still be good. Alternatively (or if you don’t have a grill), broil the potatoes in the oven with the glaze in the last step for a few minutes.

Make Ahead

  • The sweet potatoes and topping can be prepared well ahead. About 5-10 minutes before serving, brush with the topping and grill (or broil).
  • Or make the full recipe and warm in the microwave for a 60-90 seconds before serving.

Love sweet potatoes?

Here are a few other easy sweet potato recipes you might like. Or love.

How to make Hasselback Sweet Potatoes in 15 minutes

Sweet Potato on table
Start with 2 larger or 4 smaller sweet potatoes
microwaved Sweet Potato hasselbacked
Pierce in several places with a knife, then microwave the potatoes for 4-6 minutes. Slice most of the way through (not all the way!)
maple pecan glaze in a measuring cup
Make the Maple Pecan (or other) topping
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potato on cutting board
Glaze with half the topping (not including nuts), grill on top and sides (if you like). Drizzle remaining topping on.

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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes (15 min)

Feature these hasselback sweet potatoes in the star supporting role at your next BBQ or gathering. A great shortcut makes them quick and easy to make. And the topping takes them from plain to special. 
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Cheryl


  • 2 large-ish (or 4 smaller) sweet potatoes, scrubbed

Maple Pecan Topping

  • 4 tablespoon butter half a stick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or thyme
  • pinch nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped pecans

Optional toppings (instead of maple pecan)

  • 2. Garlic Butter Herb 4 Tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon minced or grated garlic, 2 Tablespoons finely chopped herbs (e.g. chives, thyme, rosemary), 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3. Pesto Parmesan 4 Tablespoons homemade pesto (or store bought), 1 tablespoon olive oil. Use grated Parmesan cheese as garnish.
  • 4. Spicy Honey Dijon 3 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup), 1 Tablespoon Dijon, 2 Tablespoons butter, 1 Tablespoon rosemary finely chopped, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes


  • PREHEAT GRILL to medium high (425-450F) Note 1
  • PREPARE SWEET POTATOES: Pierce sweet potatoes with knife in a few places to allow steam to escape. Microwave on high 4 minutes (for small potatoes) and 6 minutes (for larger potatoes) or until tender. Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal slits on each potato 1/3 inches apart, leaving 1/2 inch at the bottom uncut. DO NOT cut all the way through.
  • MAKE TOPPING OF YOUR CHOICE (choose one option): Combine all ingredients for topping in a small bowl (except nuts if using). If topping you choose includes butter, microwave for 20 seconds. Brush half of topping over potatoes, including in between each slit. Reserve the rest for later, adding nuts at this point if your topping includes them).
  • GRILL SWEET POTATOES: Note 1. Grill sweet potatoes for 3-4 minutes, slit side down, until char marks form. If desired, grill on both sides as well, carefully turning with tongs. No need to grill the bottom. Transfer potatoes to plate. Brush on remaining topping. Garnish with parsley, nuts or other garnish if desired. Larger potatoes can be cut in half or thirds before serving.


  1. No grill? Add half the topping, broil sweet potatoes on pan lined with foil (for easy clean up), slit side up, 8-10 inches from the oven heat source for about 3 minutes or until some char forms. The brush on the remaining topping and nuts if using. Shortcut: Alternatively, brush on the topping and serve (no grilling, no broiling). 
  2. Make Ahead:
    • The pre-cooking of the sweet potatoes and topping can be prepared well ahead.  Just brush with the topping and grill for 5-10 minutes before serving. 
    • Or make the full recipe and warm in the microwave for a 60-90 seconds before serving. 
Nutrition values are estimates using the maple pecan topping. 


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 16386IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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This hasselback sweet potato recipe, originally published in 2018, has been updated with additional information and image edits. 


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