Spicy Sweet Potato Fritter Recipe

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The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes blends beautifully with a spicy kick in this sweet potato fritter recipe. The fritters are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And, the best part is you will only need 5 ingredients and less than one hour to make them! Serve sweet potato fritters with zesty yogurt sauce for a great appetizer that everyone will love.

sweet potato fritters on a plate with dip

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🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • Sweet potato fritters are a healthy and delicious appetizer or side dish.
  • They are so easy to make, and you can make them ahead of time!
a picture of the ingredients for sweet potato fritters: hot sauce, yogurt, shredded sweet potatoes, egg, flour, spicy seasoning, cinnamon

Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.

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🛒Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Large Eggs
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Olive Oil
  • Chili garlic sauce or sriracha sauce
  • Greek Yogurt

🥄Equipment

How to make this sweet potato fritters recipe

Prepare the ingredients: shred the potatoes, whisk the egg in a small bowl, and measure the flour, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, yogurt, and hot sauce.

The ingredients in a mixing bowl

STEP 1: Place the shredded sweet potatoes, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, flour, and egg into a large mixing bowl.

STEP 2: Use a wooden spoon to mix all of the ingredients together.

Shredded sweet potatoes in a bowl

sweet potato fritters in a pan starting to cook

STEP 3: Add just enough oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the fritter batter and form it into patties about 1 3/4 inch to 2 inches in size and add them to the hot oil in the pan.

STEP 4: Cook the fritters in the hot pan until they become golden brown (approximately 3 minutes). Flip them over and cook for 3 minutes longer. Once they are cooked transfer the fritters from the pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

sweet potato fritters in a pan cooking
spicy yogurt sauce in a small bowl

STEP 5: In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and hot sauce together. Serve the fritters with the spicy yogurt sauce on the side for dipping.

Ingredient notes & substitutions

The complete list of ingredients to make this recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.

Sweet Potatoes are the star of this sweet potato fritters recipe, but they can be replaced with another sweet-tasting vegetable such as butternut squash, or similar-tasting root vegetables, such as yams.

Olive Oil. Since the fritters are not deep-fried, olive oil works great in this recipe. It can be replaced with an equal amount of coconut oil, avocado oil, or your favorite cooking oil.

Greek Yogurt. Plain greek yogurt is similar in taste and texture to sour cream and can easily be replaced one-for-one with sour cream.

Flour. Substitute the whole wheat flour with an equal amount of white all-purpose flour or almond flour or rice flour for a gluten-free version.

Make fritters ahead and refrigerate

Mix the sweet potato fritters batter following the instructions in the recipe card. Store the uncooked fritters in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a day.

To cook the fritters, remove them from the refrigerator 15 to 20 minutes before cooking, and form the sweet potato mixture into patties. Follow the cooking instructions on the recipe card.

Make ahead and freeze

Follow the instructions on the recipe card. Once the fritters are formed, place the uncooked sweet potato fritters on a baking sheet and into the freezer. Once the fritters are frozen, place them in a freezer container or freezer bag and store them for up to three months.

Thaw the fritters in the refrigerator overnight and cook them according to the instructions on the recipe card.

overhead view of sweet potato fritters

How to store and reheat leftovers

Store leftover sweet potato fritters in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Freeze leftover fritters by placing the leftovers on a baking sheet and into the freezer. Once they are frozen place them in a plastic bag for up to 3 months.

Thaw frozen fritters in the refrigerator overnight or reheat them from frozen.

Reheat leftover fritters in the oven at 350 or in a skillet with a little bit of oil.

How to serve sweet potato fritters

Serve sweet potato fritters garnished with any combination of the following: a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper, chopped green onion, or chopped fresh cilantro.

Spicy sweet potato fritters taste great with an assortment of appetizers such as Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Healthy Charcuterie Board, Zucchini Roll-Ups, Veggie Lover’s Pizza Won Ton Cups.

These fritters are also a perfect side dish when they are served with Apple Cider Pulled Pork, Slow Roasted Pork with Apple Puree, Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork with Homemade Sauceor Orange Cranberry Chicken.

They also taste great for breakfast with turkey sausage and scrambled eggs or a breakfast casserole.

Recipe variations

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Fritters. Add 1/2 cup of roughly mashed black beans to the shredded sweet potato mixture.

Add Citrus. Stir in a teaspoon of orange, lime or lemon zest for refreshing fritters.

Sweet and Spicy Sauce. Stir in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of maple syrup or honey when mixing up the sauce.

💡Tips

  • To avoid soggy fritters, make sure the oil is hot by sticking a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles appear around the spoon, the oil is ready.
  • Keep cooked fritters warm by placing them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a 200-degree oven.
Can you make fried sweet potato fritters in an air fryer?

Yes, you can. Arrange the uncooked fritters in a single layer in an air fryer basket or tray, brush them with a little bit of olive or avocado oil, and cook them for 10 minutes at 400 degrees in the air fryer.

Can I make sweet potato fritters without eggs?

Yes, you can use flax or chia eggs (1 tablespoon seeds: 3 tablespoons water). Please note that the texture and flavor may vary slightly.

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sweet potato fritters on a plate with dip

Spicy Sweet Potato Fritters

The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes blends beautifully a hint of heat in these sweet potato fritters.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato fritter recipe, sweet potato fritters
Servings: 12 Fritters
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Anne
Scale this Recipe 12 Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes about 2 to 3
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Asian chili garlic sauce

Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients: shred the potatoes, whisk the egg in a small bowl, and measure the flour, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
  • Place the shredded sweet potatoes, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, eggs and flour into a large mixing bowl and mix everything together.
  • Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the fritter batter and form it into patties that are about 1 3/4 to 2 inches in size.
  • Add just enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. Depending on the size of the skillet, this could be 1 to 2 tablespoons.
  • Once the oil is hot (it will shimmer once it’s hot enough), place the fritters into the hot oil in the pan spaced far enough apart so that they don’t touch each other.
  • Cook the fritters in the hot oil until they become golden brown on one side(approximately 3 minutes). Flip them over and cook for 3 minutes longer.
  • Transfer the cooked fritters to a plate lined with paper towels or parchment paper.
  • Mix the yogurt and hot sauce together, and serve the fritters with the spicy yogurt sauce on the side.

Notes

RECIPE TIPS
Keep the fritters hot by placing them onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven at 200 degrees until they are ready to serve.
To avoid soggy sweet potato fritters, make sure the oil is hot enough to cook the fritters quickly.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Garnish the sweet potato fritters with any combination of sea salt and black pepper, chopped green onion or chopped fresh cilantro.
Serve as a side dish with pork, chicken or beef.
 
See the article above for recipe tips, variations, and more!

Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter w/a tablespoon of sauce | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5423IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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