Japanese Sweet Potato Rice

It is sweet potato season and I love it! One of my favourite ways to use up sweet potato is inside this warm and comforting rice dish. It's really easy to make and creates a great side for any entree. I used a rice cooker here but you can use whatever method you usually cook your rice.



  1. Place rice in a medium pot or your rice cooker. Pour in water, then lay diced sweet potatoes on top.
  2. If you're using a rice cooker, turn it on and wait until it's done. If using a pot, cover it with a lid, then heat on medium. When water begins to simmer, let cook for 11 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to rest for 15 minutes without removing the lid.
  3. Use a big spoon to mix and fluff the rice. To serve, sprinkle with a dash of salt and sesame seeds.

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October 30, 20180 found this helpful

I think I will try this as I always have lots of rice and just love sweet potatoes but never thought of putting the two together.
I do have a question (probably dumb) - why short grain rice?

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November 1, 20180 found this helpful

Hi Betty! Short grain rice is stickier and works well for this Japanese recipe in particular, but you can use any rice. I like short grain because it holds well together. If you use a longer grain, it won't stick to the sweet potato :)

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