Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes

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Shallow fried sweet potato

Shallow fried sweet potato

Sweet Potatoes are my favourites…..delicious and nutritious. I have shared quite a few of my favourite sweet potato dishes or desserts. It is one root vegetable that is always available in my house.

Recently my friend served me pan fried sweet potato slices when I visited her. They tasted absolutely delicious even though it was just plain fried. I had never cooked that way before and didn’t realize that it can be so good. It’s soft, creamy and sweet. It has become my most recent indulgence.

She was still frying them when I visited her. Oh…she is a very patient lady. She fried them under quite low fire and she just stood in front of the pan, turning the pieces every now and then. The cooked potato pieces looked very beautiful…evenly coloured. You know what I’m going to say next. I have never been a patient cook. I want everything fast. I didn’t use such a low fire and definitely didn’t turn as many times as hers. I only turned once! I left them to fry while doing other things. Of course I remember to come back to check! They still tasted very delicious though.

Well, you don’t need a recipe for this. It’s really very simple. Here’s how I did it.

Ingredients
3 potatoes (peeled and sliced)
oil

Sweet potato slices

Sweet potato slices

Frying sweet pottao slices

Frying sweet potato slices

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Place the potato pieces into the pan in single layer and fry them under medium heat. When they are browned on the underside, turn them over and fry until golden. Dish them up onto a plate. Let them cool down for a while before eating to avoid sore throat.

These potato slices are very delicious. I love the natural sweetness. You can eat them alone or together with roasted meat and a salad. Of course you can sprinkle some spices and salt over them if you like.

Do you like sweet potatoes? How do you like it cooked? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other sweet potato recipes that you may be interested in:
Sweet Potato Jam
Sweet Potato Balls For Dessert
Sweet Potato Tortoise-shaped Chinese Dessert (Angku)
Sweet Potato Donuts
Popular Malaysian Dessert (Bubur Cha Cha)
Sweet Potato Cake
Healthy, Humble, Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Sweet Potato Jam Pudding

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Sook  on January 18th, 2010

Oh we used to make these during holidays in Korea! Love these! Totally forgot about it! Thanks for reminding me! I have a sweet potato so I’ll have to make these tomorrow. :)

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@Sook - I’m eyeing at the packet of sweet potatoes on my shelf. Going to make this again today. I really like it. Have fun cooking yours and eating them!

anncoo  on January 18th, 2010

Yes, sweet potatoes are our family favourites too, I remember my friends from Malaysia used 年糕, sliced it and sandwich with sweet potatoes. Now we have the sweet potatoes imported from Japan too~ very sweet and I wonder how the Japanese cooked this into sweet potatoes cake ~ really spongy.

Sushma Mallya  on January 18th, 2010

Looks crispy and nice way to use sweet potatoes…

Divina  on January 18th, 2010

I love sweet potatoes. This one is really good. I should try this soon when they’re in season.

penny aka jeroxie  on January 18th, 2010

I like sweet potato chips and I sprinkle salt all over it…

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@anncoo - Yes, we used to snadwich nian gao with seet potato and yam slices. They are really good. But it’s quite a lot of work. Need to make nian gao first. Have to wait for my next srtong craving :D I haven’t tried the Japanese sweet potatoes yet. Wonder how it tastes like. Hope I can get to try it when I go back for holiday. I’m actually so thankful that I can get sweet potatoes here…but only one type..happy still :)

@Sushma Mallya - Yes, it does taste a little crispy on the outside when freshly cooked and soft on the inside. I really like it.

@Divina - Oh, do sweet potatoes have season? I didn’t know that. It’s found here all the time. I was too small to remember when my parents planted them. My poor agriculture knowledge! :P

@Penny aka jeroxie - I haven’t tried sweet potato chips yet. Sounds very delicious. Will try that one day.

3hungrytummies  on January 18th, 2010

I love this with Chinese new year cake! You are such a sweet potato lover! :)

noobcook  on January 18th, 2010

I like simple recipes like this - sweet potato is already so tasty on its own so don’t need other flavourings! =)

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@3hungrytummies - I am :D I can just eat sweet potatoes for lunch or dinner, nothing else!They are just so good. When I have nian gao, I’ll fry it with sweet potatoes…yum! Oh…should try to do that for Chinese New Year.

@noobcook - Totally agree with you that it is so good on its own that you don’t need extra flavouring.

Trissa  on January 18th, 2010

I used to eat sweet potato all the time when I was a kid - I dont know why I stopped when they are such a gorgeous food! Thanks for reminding me Mary - I will try your recipe soon.

rebecca  on January 18th, 2010

oh yummy and simple

cheah  on January 18th, 2010

These are my hubby’s favourite. It’s common here and we can just buy them from the hawker stalls. By the way, are sweet potatoes available in your area the whole year round and are they expensive?

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@Trissa - For me, I think I ate so much that it’s in the system now. Wonder whether I smell like a potato :D

@Rebecca - Thank you very much.

@Cheah - We are not that lucky here cos we have to cook ourselves if we want to eat. There’s nowhere to buy them. I also prefer to cook them myself cos I use olive oil and do not reuse the oil, unlike the hawkers. Yes, sweet potatoes are available here the whole year round. Just wonder whether they are imported.

tasteofbeirut  on January 18th, 2010

I actually have some sweet potatoes in my pantry and had been wondering how I was going to fix them! Thanks for a great idea!

Mimi  on January 18th, 2010

I love sweet potatoes, but Mr. Mimi doesn’t and the kids are on the fence. The beauty of this recipe is that I could make just enough for me.
Mimi

Anna  on January 18th, 2010

I love sweet potato, its delicious and guilty free. Yours looks lovely.

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - Enjoy cooking and eating :P I’m cooking this again tomorrow.

@Mimi - You are very lucku…no one to fight over with you :D

@Anna - When I eat too much I just console myself that it’s a healthy vegetable and good for the bowels :P

Kitchen Butterfly  on January 18th, 2010

Love sweet potatoes….and my sis also lives in Aberdeen. I’ll ask her where you can get plantains. There’s a huge African community there, sure Tesco’s and Asda (the large ones at least) must stock them. Take care

Janice  on January 18th, 2010

what a simple and delicious side dish.

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free  on January 18th, 2010

I love sweet potatoes, too! I couldn’t agree more - they’re delicious and nutritious and can be used in so many ways. My husband never uses a low flame either. With him, everything goes on high and gets cooked super fast. I am the slow one in our household. :)

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on January 18th, 2010

Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite vegetables, I especially like them in Thai curries.

peachkins  on January 18th, 2010

we love fried sweet potato but we put brown sugar while frying. try it sometime,its really good..

Mary  on January 18th, 2010

@Kitchen Butterfly - So far I have not seen in Asda or Tesco. Maybe I should go and look it out at African shops…hope I can find. Hope to hear from you where to get that. Thanks so much for helping to ask.

@Janice - It is, but I always enjoy eating it just like that.

@Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free - Wow….how on earth do both of you share the kitchen? That’s amazing! I can never stay in the kitchen if my hubby’s ever preparing any food (as if he does :D ) He’s so slow and he’s quite a perfectionist. I guess that’s what opposite attracts :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I can imagine the beautiful flavour and taste of the curry….yum.

@Peachkins - Adding brown sugar? I must try that. I can imagine the extra sweetness and flavour. Thanks very much for sharing.

Roti n Rice  on January 18th, 2010

I like sweet potatoes too! They are so tasty just on their own.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on January 18th, 2010

My mom used to make these sweet potatoes and I absolutely loved them!

Blackswan  on January 18th, 2010

This is good, I shall try making this on a lazy afternoon :)

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on January 18th, 2010

I make regular pan-fried potatoes all the time and haven’t done the pan-fried sweet potatoes yet - what a great idea, will be trying soon!

the lacquer spoon  on January 18th, 2010

Mary, this is my family dish too! We also cook sweet potato tempura, but the batterless is healthier and less filling, isn’t it?

Jeannie  on January 19th, 2010

I love sweet potatoes with nian gou too:D Will be buying nian gou for Chinese New Year and fry it with sweet potatoes and yam.

Ellie  on January 19th, 2010

Great snack!! I like :)

Michael Chin  on January 19th, 2010

My wife often makes this and is the favourite food in our family - everyone loves it !

Kookie  on January 19th, 2010

This is a favorite afternoon snack back home too but with a little twist. We would coat the sliced sweet potatoes with brown sugar before frying them. This way you get that nice caramelization on the surface. It’s not the healthiest version but it’s delicious too :-)

Mary  on January 19th, 2010

@Roti n Rice - Exactly, they are!

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - We grew up eating a lot of boiled ones but these pan fried ones are just so good. So glad to learn from my friend.

@Blackswan - I’ve yet to try making more of these and keeping them in the fridge. Then warm up in the oven before eating. Hope they will still taste as good.

@Natasha - 5 Star Foodie - I haven’t tried with potatoes. I should try yours too :D

@the lacquer spoon - Oh yes, I remember my mom used to cook the sweet potato tempura too. The batter was sweet. It was very delicious too.

@Jeannie - We are not so lucky here…..no where to buy nian gao :( Have to make ourselves if we want to eat that. Have to try that one day. Ate before…absolutely delicious…yum. Now you really make me miss home!

@Ellie - Agree…great for parties too.

@Michael Chin - You are sure a lucky man! Next time you should cook :P

@Kookie - I must try your recipe next time…coat it with brown sugar. I’m sure it’s very delicious. It’s ok to break rules sometimes :P

Kate/Kajal  on January 19th, 2010

These look delicious, i think i would like to sprinkle some paprika n have it :)

Mary  on January 19th, 2010

@Kate/Kajal - Sounds delicious with paprika. Maybe I can sprinkle with curry powder too. Would love to experiment with more ingredients :)

Thas  on January 19th, 2010

I love sweet potatoes and these pan fried sweet potatoes look delicious. There is an award waiting for you in my blog, please accept that.

Lori  on January 20th, 2010

What a tasty way to have sweet potatoes. They look great. I wonder what they would taste like using virgin coconut oil for frying. I may try it.

kristy  on January 21st, 2010

As always, simple & delicious in any way! Best to fry with ‘nian gao’.

Mary  on January 21st, 2010

@Thas - Thanks very much for the award, Thas. Appreciate very much. I have added it to my side bar.

@Lori - I’m sure it would taste even better with coconut oil. I love coconut. It always add extra beautiful flavour to food.

@Kristy - Will have to fry with nian gao one day….mmmm…miss that. Have to make nian gao first.

joylicious  on January 22nd, 2010

Holy Moly Mary!! You post faster than I can read!!! I loooove sweet potatoes, I was actually craving for some last night. I will be trying this one this weekend :)

Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@Joylicious - Oooops! When you don’t have time to read, just drool over the photos :D Well, I just loooove sweet potatoes, too. We really should be neighbours :D

darjher777  on March 16th, 2012

Sweet Potatoes are the best. They are absolutely from Heaven above. I have been eating one every day and have lost about 10 pounds in a week. They are loaded with fiber. My favorite way to fry them is with olive oil and onions. They complement one another perfectly. Put a little salsa on them and wrap them in a corn tortilla. Words just can’t express the gratitude your body will FEEL. Not to mention, they will FILL you up. The best carbohydrate under the sun!

darjher777  on March 16th, 2012

By the way, virgin Coconut oil is a real treat too.

Mary  on March 16th, 2012

@darjher777 - Thanks very much for dropping by and for your lovely comment! I am so excited to know that you lost 10 lbs through eating sweet potatoes….wow! I have to tell my friends this piece of good news :D Thanks very much for sharing with me new ways of cooking sweet potatoes. I must try frying it with oil and onions. Sounds very delicious. I love the virgin coconut oil too. It smells so good when frying vegetables.

darjher777  on March 16th, 2012

You are very welcome Mary. I couldn’t believe it myself when I stepped on the scale. Nothing else seem to be working for me. I was told by my doctor, that because of my age and going through the change of life, that there was nothing I could do about it. So I desperately watched the scale climb upwards, while the tears went downwards. I prayed about my weight, hormones, metabolism. I just started eating them and the weight started falling off. I Googled it and learned that sweet potatoes can absolutely help because of the amount of fiber. Not to mention they are loaded with antioxidants. So I’m just paying it forward, and thanking the good Lord above. P.S.: I don’t always fry them, sometimes I just nuke them in the microwave for 5 minutes and add a little milk and cinnamon:)

dandk  on July 17th, 2012

We love sweet potatoes no matter how they are cooked. Our favorites are oven fried or deepfried and dipped in ranch dressing. The other favorite is sliced on a buttered cookie sheet with sliced white potatoes, asparagus and onions. Mix them and stir them as they bake and the flavor of all mixrd together is undescribable!

Tonight we are going to try pan frying them with sweet vidala onions in half and half butter and olive oil.

Mary  on July 17th, 2012

@dandk - Thanks very much for visiting and for sharing. Love to know how you eat your sweet potatoes. Sounds very delicious. I would love to try baking with other vegetables new time :D

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