Recipe: Ginger Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Black Pepper Honey and Baby Arugula

November 20, 2020
Ginger Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Black Pepper Honey and Baby Arugula


Sweet potato is a healthy and delicious starchy vegetable. JJ Layton, executive chef at BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, shares a sweet potato recipe that’s low in sodium and full of flavor. 


  • 6 each - Medium sweet potatoes
  • 12 sprays - Nonstick pan spray
  • 2 Tablespoon - Salt-free seasoning (your preference)
  • 1 “Thumb” - Ginger, fresh (approximately the size of a cherry) 
  • 1 each - Medium onion
  • 1/2 cup - Water
  • 2 cups - Baby arugula 
  • 1/4 cup - Clover honey 
  • 1 teaspoon - Black pepper, fresh ground if possible


  • Heat a backyard grill or cast-iron grill pan over medium heat for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, (until 450 degrees)
  • Wash and split sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. 
  • Spray cut side of potatoes with nonstick pan spray and sprinkle on salt-free seasoning.
  • Place the potatoes, cut side down on the grill and mark for 1-2 minutes. Then rotate 90 degrees and mark for another 1-2 minutes. You are looking to “cross-hatch” the sweet potatoes. This will help to add a layer of flavor as the sugars in the potato caramelize. 
  • Remove the potatoes from the grill and transfer to a 9 by 13 baking dish. 
  • Slice the ginger into coins (no need to peel) and slice the onion into 1/4-inch slices. These are used to perfume the sweet potatoes and will not be eaten at the end of the dish. 
  • Place the ginger and onion on top of the sweet potatoes and add 1/2 cup water to the dish. 
  • Tightly wrap with tin foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until the sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix the honey with the black pepper.
  • Top the sweet potatoes with the arugula and drizzle the black pepper honey on top. 

Yield: 12 1/2 sweet potato portions. 

Per serving

  • Calories: 134  
  • Carbs: 29.5 gm  
  • Protein: 2.1 gm  
  • Fat: 1.1 gm  
  • Sodium: 64 mg  

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