Spicy Lime Sweet Potato Mash



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Peel, cube and boil the sweet potatoes. Since we’re going to mash them, we can chop them into a smaller cubes, speeding up the cooking process. Fifteen to twenty minutes should work.

The best way to distribute the spices and zest into the potatoes is via the compound butter method. Compound butter is super simple–so simple I feel a little silly that it’s something I only recently started doing.

Take the two tablespoons of butter and add to it the remaining ingredients. Bring together into a paste…a buttery, spicy, savory paste.

When the potatoes are drained, add all of the compound butter and mash. No other ingredients are required. If you’d like to garnish, use a little extra lime zest or a lime slice or two so your guests know what to expect. Cilantro wouldn’t be wrong here, but I do appreciate the subtlety and low notes of the ground coriander instead. I feel it allows the brightness of the lime to shine without competition.

One variation that I’d like to experiment with is substituting coconut butter in place of traditional butter. Coconut should meld nicely with this flavor profile. If you elect coconut butter in lieu of the regular stuff, give it a shot and let us all know how it goes!


  • 3 Medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 TBSP butter, room temperature (sub coconut oil for non-dairy option)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 ground cayenne pepper


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  1. posted by Brenda on January 9, 2013

    That looks delicious! Coconut oil goes really well with sweet potatoes, I’ve had to sub it out for butter. I’m not a huge fan of coconut oil in everything, but the flavor compliments sweet potatoes really well.

  2. posted by PopularPaleo on January 11, 2013

    Thanks! I agree with you on the coconut oil… There is a coconut oil spread that sells as a “butter,” which I have a hunch would be a pretty tasty dairy-free substitute. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

  3. posted by Michelle on March 24, 2013

    Wondering if this can be a “make ahead” dish? Have you tried it yet with coconut butter and where would if find it? Does Whole Foods carry it? Thanks!

  4. posted by aurxdoc05 on November 8, 2013

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am not a fan of sweet potatoes in general, but have really been trying to work them into my diet. I loved this recipe (as did the rest of my sweet potato-hating family). My only regret was not doubling or tripling the recipe the first time I made it. I fixed that this time…with a triple batch!

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