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Last Updated on 23/03/2020 by Adina

 

Simple fried sweet potato recipe, a vegan sweet potato side dish recipe to accompany almost any dinner you can think of.

 

FRYING SWEET POTATOES

 

skillet fried sweet potatoes

 

Frying sweet potatoes is simple, healthy and always delicious! These fried sweet potato recipe makes a super quick side dish for chicken, fish or meat. Together with a salad, the fried sweet potatoes would also make a delicious and filling vegetarian meal.

I fell in love with sweet potatoes a long time ago. I have never even heard of sweet potatoes during my childhood and teens in Romania, I first discovered and tried sweet potatoes during the time I was living in England.

And these pan fried sweet potatoes are the first sweet potato recipe I have ever tried.

I wanted something simple that would let me taste the sweet potatoes in their full glory, so to say, for the first time. I did not know what to expect, I imagined them tasting more like regular potatoes, I guess.

After that first fried sweet potato recipe I did not look back. I kept buying sweet potatoes, I think I have them in the house most of the times.

The only disappointment with sweet potatoes until now is that my children don’t like them at all, well, unless they are in a soup… a creamy, pureed sweet potato soup where they cannot really recognize the ingredients.

But I keep trying, maybe if I keep confronting them with sweet potatoes in any form, one day they will learn to love them. 🙂

 

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SPICES FOR SKILLET SWEET POTATOES

This pan fried sweet potato recipe is very basic. Just the sweet potatoes, a large skillet or non-stick pan, some oil and some spices.

I usually take olive oil or canola oil to fry the potatoes.

The first time I made the skillet sweet potatoes, I only spiced them with salt and pepper. So, if that is all you have, don’t worry about it, the pan fried sweet potatoes will still be absolutely delicious.

However, spices help to make things even more interesting. The following are just suggestions for seasoning pan fried sweet potatoes (or oven roasted sweet potatoes), use whatever you happen to have and like.

My standard spice combinations for pan fried sweet potatoes are:

You can always add a sprinkle of brown sugar to the sweet potatoes, I don’t normally do it, but when I do, it tastes nice.

Ground cinnamon is not the kind of spice I would have thought of using by myself, I rarely use cinnamon in savory dishes

and when I use it, it is more for Moroccan recipes, like this Moroccan chicken stew.

However, I read somewhere that sweet potatoes and cinnamon go well together and I was amazed at how much I loved the combination, I swear I did not expect it!!! You should definitely try it!

You can sprinkle the pan fried sweet potatoes with fresh parsley or fresh coriander, more chili flakes, thinly sliced spring onions/scallions, roasted sesame seeds or nigella seeds. Za’atar or sumac would also make an interesting and delicious change.

 

pan fried sweet potatoes

 

HOW TO PAN FRY SWEET POTATOES

Frying sweet potatoes in the pan is super easy.

The pan:

Use a large non-stick pan, Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes or cast iron skillet, Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes, about 30 cm/ 12 inches diameter.

Preferably, use a thick bottomed pan, when I make the sweet potatoes in a thick bottomed pan they remain golden, when using a thinner bottomed pan, they are getting browner. Both ways are delicious, but I prefer the golden potatoes, they look nicer.

Make sure that the sweet potato slices fit in the pan in a single layer. This way they will get nice and crispy on the outside. If the pan is overcrowded, they will rather stew instead of being fried.

This fried sweet potato recipe serves two people. If you want to make a larger batch of pan fried sweet potatoes use two pans.

Frying sweet potatoes step by step:

  • Quarter the sweet potato. Cut the quarters into slices, about 4 – 5 mm/ 0.15 – 0.19 inches. Add the spices and stir well to coat.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or cast iron skillet. Add the sweet potato slices in a single layer.
  • Pan fry the sweet potatoes, turning them regularly, for about 15 minutes, depending on how thick they are. Start checking after about 12 minutes, the sweet potato slices should be golden brown, crispy on the outside and really soft on the inside.
  • Sprinkle with fresh herbs/sesame seeds/ nigella seeds etc and serve immediately.

 

how to make pan fried sweet potatoes

 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH PAN FRIED SWEET POTATOES

First of all I would like to say that even if these pan fried sweet potatoes are intended to be side dish, they would still make a wonderful main meal for one. In this case all you need is a salad, like a green salad with yogurt dressing, vegetable salad etc.

If you have any leftovers, make some pan fried sweet potatoes pita bread with some yogurt or tzatziki, chutneys or hot sauces and cheese.

And here are some ideas of what you could serve with pan fried sweet potatoes:

Baked Panko Chicken Breast

Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Honey

Turmeric Chicken Legs with a Garlic Honey Glaze

Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower Balls with Cheese

Vegetable and Chickpea Meatballs

 

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PIN IT FOR LATER!

 

frying sweet potatoe in the pan

 

bowl of pan fried sweet potatoes

Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes – Sweet Potato Side Dish

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Simple pan fried sweet potatoes, a vegan sweet potato side dish recipe to accompany almost any dinner you can think of.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, about 200 -250 g/ 7 – 8.8 oz
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika powder OR ground cinnamon to taste (See note 1 and 2)
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parley/sesame seeds /nigella seeds to sprinkle on top

Instructions

Quarter the sweet potato. Cut the quarters into slices, about 4 - 5 mm/ 0.15 - 0.19 inches. Add the spices and stir well to coat.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or cast iron skillet. Add the sweet potato slices in a single layer.

Fry the sweet potatoes over medium heat, turning them every few minutes, for about 15 minutes, depending on how thick they are. Start checking after about 12 minutes, the sweet potato slices should be golden brown, crispy on the outside and really soft on the inside.

Sprinkle with fresh herbs/sesame seeds/ nigella seeds etc and serve immediately.

Notes

Note 1: If using cinnamon, add it to taste.

Note 2: Read the blog post for more seasoning ideas.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1/2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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angiesrecipes 06/04/2019 - 15:14

Looks like a side dish for growups :-)) I am not surprised that your kids don’t enjoy them. As a kid I didn’t really like them, but now I LOVE them.

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priya 08/04/2019 - 10:22

Simply delicious.. I love pan fried potatoes,sweet potatoes and yam.. I sometimes add a bit of garlic 🙂

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 09/04/2019 - 14:40

Sweet potatoes are always a favorite in our house. This is a delicious and simple side dish that’s perfect for everyday dinners.

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Jim Reed 06/01/2020 - 04:09

I cube them about an inch, and fry at 250 degrees in 1/2 stick of butter. Salt, pepper, and granulated garlic (or powder) each turn. 20 minutes, turn, 20 minutes, turn, 20 minutes. Been eating these instead of regular potatoes for breakfast for years.

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Adina 06/01/2020 - 11:04

Sounds delicious! I’ve never had potatoes for breakfast, but sweet potatoes are so great, I could imagine eating them even for breakfast. 🙂

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