Soy-Braised Sweet Potatoes

Soy-Braised Sweet Potatoes

Called Gogoma Jorim in Korean, this is a classic example of Korean braising.  Jorim means "to boil down," and encompasses a wide style of braised stovetop dishes.  


  • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Dice the peeled sweet potatoes into ½-inch cubes. 
  2. In a wide heavy saucepan, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar.  Stir and cook for 30 seconds, or until aromatic and well-integrated.  Add the sweet potatoes to the pan.  Top with enough water to fall just under the top of the sweet potatoes. 
  3. Simmer, uncovered, until the sweet potatoes have softened, about 15 minutes.  
  4. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with the sesame seeds. 
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