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Perfect Baked Korean Sweet Potatoes (Gungoguma 군고구마)

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which has been shown to promote healthy digestion; and, as such, they can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In addition, sweet potatoes have significant amounts of a particular type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which has been linked to reduced risk of heart disease.

Sweet potatoes are a staple in Korean cuisine, but they can get a bit boring and dry if you eat them plain. If you want to ensure that your sweet potatoes are a bit more interesting, try adding some salt, or try baking them in the oven.

KOREAN SWEET POTATOES (Gungoguma) are great as snack, side dish, and main dish. If you are in Korea, you should get to try a few varieties of it. They are made from sweet potatoes (as a result of the temperature difference between Korea and other countries) and they are sweet and delicious. There are many different variety of it, such as sweet potato, yam, quinoa, and barley. Let’s see some pictures of their deliciousness!

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Try these wonderfully cooked Korean sweet potatoes with crispy purple exterior that are sweet, soft, and fluffy on the inside. It’s caramelized and roasted till soft, with a delicious chestnut taste!

Baked Korean sweet potatoes are a quick and tasty snack that may be enjoyed all year, but particularly in the autumn and winter. It’s roasted until the interior is soft and caramelized, with a crispy skin on the exterior.

Korean sweet potato baked until golden brown and caramelized split in half to reveal golden yellow color inside.

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Korean sweet potatoes, known as goguma (), are a nutritious and tasty food popular across the country. They’re sweet, filling, and packed with nutritious carbs to keep you satisfied for hours.

They’re so popular in Korea that street sellers sell them, and they’ve even been turned into cakes, biscuits, chips, and bread!

Korean sweet potato varieties include:

Bam goguma (Chestnut sweet potatoes): When roasted, they have a chestnut taste and become a bright, yellow hue. The meat is a little denser and drier. The skin is delicious and has a reddish, purple color that crisps up when cooked.

Hand holding a roasted Korean sweet potato baked until soft and fluffy.

Mul goguma (Water sweet potatoes): Compared to chestnut sweet potatoes, water sweet potatoes have a greater water content, thus its name. They have a reddish, purple skin with a golden yellow flesh, but they are smaller.

Baked Korean sweet potatoes also called gungoguma 군고구마 on a white plate.

Benefits

  • Both the skin and the flesh contain a lot of fiber.
  • B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, selenium, and calcium are among the vitamins and minerals present.
  • It will keep you full for many hours.
  • Carbohydrates that are good for you.

Where can I get them?

They may be found in most Asian grocery shops as well as Korean grocery stores. Japanese sweet potatoes, Asian sweet potatoes, and Korean yam are all names for the same thing.

Look for ones with clear, blemish-free skin that is firm to the touch.

Sweet potatoes from Korea vs. sweet potatoes from the United States

Korean sweet potatoes next to American sweet potatoes.

The brilliant orange flesh and high water content of American sweet potatoes make them ideal for casseroles and mashed sweet potatoes.

On the other hand, depending on the type, the Korean variant has a yellow or light white flesh with a thicker, drier texture. Though they’re both excellent for baking and roasting, I prefer the Korean type since it’s sweeter.

Try my roasted sweet potato dish from the United States!

perfect baked sweet potato cut open to reveal fluffy inside with a pad of butter

Korean Sweet Potatoes: How to Bake Them

Korean sweet potatoes being poked with a fork before roasting.

  1. After washing and drying the sweet potatoes, pierce 5 to 6 holes each potato with a fork. This will aid in the venting of steam throughout the baking process.
  1. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the breadth of the sweet potatoes, on a baking rack coated with parchment paper at 400 degrees F.

Roasted Korean sweet potatoes (Gungoguma 군고구마) with wrinkled purple skin.

  1. When they’re nice and fluffy, they’re done. To verify whether the sweet potatoes are fork tender, stab them with a fork or toothpick. When the skin is taken from the oven, it should begin to wrinkle and readily detach from the flesh.

Hand holding a roasted Korean sweet potato baked until soft and fluffy.

Other ways to appreciate them

Korean caramelized sweet potatoes garnished with black sesame seeds

  • Bread made with sweet potatoes
  • Strips of dried sweet potato
  • Sweet potato cakes, biscuits, and chips
  • Pizza with sweet potatoes

Hand holding a perfectly baked Korean sweet potato with golden, caramelized inside and crisp purple skin.

FAQ

What distinguishes Korean sweet potatoes from American sweet potatoes?

The brilliant orange flesh and high water content of American sweet potatoes make them ideal for casseroles and mashed sweet potatoes.

The Korean type, on the other hand, has a yellow or light white flesh with a thicker, drier texture that varies according on the variety. These are sweeter in my opinion, but they’re both excellent for baking and roasting.

What are the advantages of Korean sweet potatoes in terms of health?

Both the skin and the meat are high in fiber, and they’re packed with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, selenium, and calcium.

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Korean sweet potatoes baked until soft and fluffy with crispy purple skin.

Korean Sweet Potatoes Baked to Perfection

Try these wonderfully cooked Korean sweet potatoes with crispy purple exterior that are sweet, soft, and fluffy on the inside. It’s caramelized and roasted till soft, with a delicious chestnut taste!

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the sweet potatoes and poke a few holes in them with a fork to enable them to breathe. See also Note 1.

  • Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the thickness of the sweet potatoes, until soft and fork tender. Check for doneness using a toothpick or fork. There should be no skepticism. See also Note 2.

  • Once cool enough to handle, remove from the oven and serve. Skin that is wrinkled and readily separated is ideal. Enjoy!

Notes on the Recipe

  1. Per sweet potato, poke 4 to 6 holes.
  2. There’s no need to preheat the oven beforehand. Once the sweet potatoes have been prepared, place them in the oven.
  3. Leftovers may be kept in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  4. Freeze for up to a month in the freezer.

Nutrition

130 calories | 30 grams of carbohydrates | 2 grams of protein | 1 gram of fat | 1 gram of saturated fat | 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat | 1 gram of monounsaturated fat | Sodium: 83 milligrams | Potassium: 508 milligrams | Fiber: 5 grams | Sugar: 6 grams | Vitamin A: 21375IU | Vitamin C: 4 milligrams | Calcium: 45 milligrams | Iron: 1 milligram

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*Nutritional data is an approximation based on internet calculators.

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