Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Star Anise, Ginger, and Lime

updated May 2, 2019
Sweet Potatoes with Star Anise, Ginger, and Lime
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As Sara Kate just reminded us, one doesn’t really need a recipe to roast vegetables. A simple drizzle of olive oil and salt are quite sufficient … but sometimes a few inspired additions turn into a recipe worth sharing. We think sweet potatoes roasted with star anise, ginger, and lime is one of those.

Sweet, licorice-y star anise doesn’t usually appear in everyday cooking, so it lends a distinctive and unexpected note to roasted sweet potatoes. The star casing actually contains more flavor than the seeds, so use the whole pod, crushing it finely with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Along with ginger and lime, it turns simple roasted potatoes into something sweet, aromatic, and pleasantly piquant.

Sweet Potatoes with Star Anise, Ginger, and Lime

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 1 pound

    sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1

    star anise, finely crushed

  • 1

    (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, finely grated

  • 1

    lime, zested and juiced

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  3. Roast for 10 minutes, then shake or flip the potatoes over. Continue roasting for 10 minutes or until tender and slightly browned.

  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Variation: There's a nice depth of flavor that comes from roasting all of the ingredients together, but those who really love ginger and lime might enjoy this variation. Instead of adding the ginger, lime zest and juice to the olive oil mixture, toss them with the potatoes after roasting for a hotter and zestier flavor.

(Image: Emily Ho)