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Jerk Yam with Strawberry Salad

Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
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Why we love it:

Jerk marinade might have a long-ish list of ingredients but the instructions are simply: blend. Add a Tablespoon of rum for some real fun and use up any soft herbs you have in the fridge - from basil to cilantro, to parsley or even tarragon.


  • 112 pounds Yam (look for 1 per portion)
  • 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided, plus a drizzle)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
  • 1 bunch Cilantro (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 12 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 14 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • 12 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 Limes (zest and juice)
  • 12 Red Onion (divided)
  • 4 cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 pint Strawberries
  • 4 Tablespoons Salad Dressing (balsamic is classic but use your fave)

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. YAMS

    Wash yams and poke all over with a fork. Rub with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place in a casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until mostly soft when pierced with a paring knife.

  • 3. SAUCE

    Meanwhile make marinade. Set aside a small handful of cilantro for garnish. Place all other sauce ingredients in a blender (ideally) or food processor. For 4 servings, that is: 1 teaspoon ground allspice, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ a habanero (reserve ½ for garnish), ½ teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and the rest of the cilantro. Zest and juice the limes. Add a ¼ of the red onion, slice and reserve the other ¼ for the salad. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and blend until it’s finely chopped but still with texture.

  • 4. SALAD

    Wash and dry spinach as needed. Dice berries and add. Add sliced red onion (if worried about the red onion soak in cold water for 15 minutes). Toss with dressing to taste.

  • 5. BROIL

    When yams are mostly soft, remove from oven and turn it to high broil.

    Slice the top of each yam down the center, slice across that. Squeeze the edges gently top open it up and mash the insides a bit with a fork. Pour marinade generously over the tops, sprinkle with kosher salt and dot with butter. Broil on upper rack for 6 - 8 minutes or until charred on the edges.

  • 6. SERVING

    Garnish with habanero rounds if brave! Serve with salad.

Check out our new features!


    most mid-range white fish will be great in this marinade - we have a Jerk Fish version, look it up!
  • RUM:
    kick it up a notch with a Tablespoon of rum in the marinade
    use basil, parsley, or a combination
  • ONION:
    shallot is great too
    use jalapeño or serrano to reduce the heat, even try adding only part of a chile

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

Make the jerk marinade/sauce

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