Minatamis na Kamote made easy in the oven! Golden and tender with a citrusy sweet syrup, this sweet potato recipe is a delicious snack or dessert.
Japanese sweet potatoes were on sale at the 99 Ranch Market in Austin last weekend, and they looked nice and freshly-dug; I couldn’t resist stocking up on a few pounds.
I cooked the tubers into minatamis na kamote today so I can reshoot the photos on this post and of course, to enjoy as a dessert after I go through the pork bbq G is grilling right now as I type. Delicious Saturday at the Kawaling Pinoy headquarters for sure. 🙂
I am only updating the photos and adding a few cooking tips, but the recipe remains the same. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?
What is Minatamis na Kamote
Minatamis na kamote is a Filipino delicacy made of sweet potatoes stewed until tender and creamy in sweet sugar syrup. It can be eaten hot and fresh from the pan or nice and cold from the fridge.
While it’s usually enjoyed on its own as a midday snack or after-meal dessert, it’s also common to serve the dish with shaved ice and milk (kamote con hielo) or as an ingredient in the classic Filipino treat, halo-halo.
How to Make Sweet Potato in Syrup
Although Filipino sweet potato in syrup is traditionally cooked on the stovetop, I prefer to do mine in the oven. I simply pack the cubed tubers in a baking dish, top them with a dollop of butter, a generous amount of brown sugar, and a drizzle of orange juice and throw everything in the oven until tender and nicely caramelized with the resulting sweet syrup.
Not only do the sweet potatoes require less tending this way, but they also keep their shape better than on the stove. The added orange juice provides a little bit of liquid for the sweet potatoes to cook in and gives a hint of citrus to the sweet glaze.
Make sure to cut the kamote in uniform size to ensure even cooking. Wrap the pan tightly with aluminum foil to keep in the heat. No need to stir during baking!
You can use any type of sweet potatoes for the recipe, but I highly suggest the Japanese yams which have a creamy texture and are not fibrous.
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you 🙂
Looking for more delicious dessert recipes? Check out my Nilupak recipe! Made of kamoteng kahoy, evaporated milk, butter, and LOTS of cheese, it’s creamy and delicious!
Minatamis na Kamote
- 2 pounds (about 4 large pieces) Japanese sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- In a baking dish, arrange sweet potatoes in a single layer.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar and dot with butter.
- Drizzle with orange juice.
- Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake in a 375 F oven for about 40 to 50 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
- Remove from oven and gently toss to coat with glaze. Serve hot or cold.