Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

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Looking for a perfect side dish that’s crispy, flavorful, and easy to make? These Japanese Sweet Potato Fries are just what you need! With this simple recipe, you can savor the natural sweetness of these delicious potatoes!

Japanese sweet potato fries served on a plate with bowl of ketchup.

These Japanese sweet potato fries require only three ingredients and minimal effort. Cut the sweet potatoes into equal sizes, pan-fry until golden brown and crispy, and sprinkle with salt to taste. These fries are not only a tasty snack or side dish but also a healthier alternative to regular potatoes. Try them today and satisfy your cravings in the most delicious way possible!

About this recipe

  • Crispy fries using Japanese sweet potatoes
  • Simple recipe with three ingredients
  • Enjoy the naturally sweet flavor
  • Flavor variations

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for Japanese sweet potato fries.
  • Japanese sweet potatoes: See below.
  • Oil: I use olive oil for this recipe, but you can use vegetable oil, canola oil, or any oil.
  • Salt: I prefer sea salt, but any salt will work.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Japanese sweet potatoes.

Japanese sweet potatoes, also known as satsumaimo, are easily distinguished by their burgundy skin and yellowish-white flesh. They are typically firmer and starchier than orange sweet potatoes, which makes them an excellent choice for roasting, grilling, or using in soups and stews, as they hold their shape well during cooking.

Japanese sweet potatoes are versatile and commonly used in sweet and savory dishes in Japanese cooking. Some popular dishes are sweet potato tempura, yaki imo (roasted sweet potato), daigaku imo, and baked treats.

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through how to make it!

Step 1

Slices of Japanese sweet potatoes on a cutting board.

Cut the sweet potato into equal size sticks and place them in a large bowl.

Japanese sweet potato sticks are soaked in a bowl of water.

Add enough water to cover the sweet potatoes and soak for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Japanese sweet potato sticks are placed on a paper towel.

Drain and remove excess water from the sweet potatoes with a paper towel.

Step 3

Pan-fry Japanese sweet potato sticks.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sweet potatoes and deep fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Step 4

Pan-fry Japanese sweet potato sticks.

Flip the sweet potatoes over to ensure that both sides become crunchy.

Step 5

Pan-fried Japanese sweet potato sticks are on a sheet pan.

Transfer the fried sweet potatoes to a sheet pan with a rack to drain excess oil.

Serve

Japanese sweet potato fries served on a plate with bowl of ketchup.

Serve the Japanese sweet potato fries on a plate and sprinkle salt to your taste. Pair them with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce for added flavor.

Enjoy the satisfying crunch and natural sweetness!

Helpful Tips

  • The Japanese sweet potato skins are edible and contain valuable nutrients, just like other varieties of sweet potatoes. Therefore, I recommend consuming sweet potatoes with the skin on. However, if you do not enjoy the skin’s texture, peel it off.
  • Soaking sweet potatoes can not only help to remove the bitterness but also help to prevent the color from changing or darkening.

Variations

Japanese sweet potato fries.

You can experiment with different flavor variations, such as adding spices or herbs to create a unique twist on this simple dish!

  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Curry powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried thyme

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Japanese sweet potato fries.

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Chef JA Cooks is a Japanese food blog that shares simple and healthy Japanese home cooking recipes, including vegan and vegetarian. From traditional Japanese recipes to modern recipes with step-by-step instructions.

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Japanese sweet potato fries served on a plate with a bowl of ketchup.

Crispy Japanese Sweet Potato Fries

5 from 6 votes
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Looking for a perfect side dish that's crispy, flavorful, and easy to make? These Japanese Sweet Potato Fries are just what you need! With this simple recipe, you can savor these delicious potatoes' natural sweetness!

Equipment

  • 1 Frying pan 26cm (10 inch)

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium-sized Japanese Sweet Potato, 180g
  • Oil , for pan frying
  • A little Salt

Instructions

  • Preparation: Cut the sweet potato into sticks and place them in a medium-sized bowl. Add enough water to cover the sweet potatoes and soak for 5 minutes.
  • Drain: Drain and remove any excess water from the sweet potatoes with a paper towel.
  • Pan-frying: Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sweet potatoes and pan fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Pan-frying the other side: Flip the sweet potatoes over to ensure that both sides become crunchy. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil.
  • Season: Serve in a bowl and sprinkle salt on top to your taste.

Notes

  • The Japanese sweet potato skins are edible and contain valuable nutrients, just like other varieties of sweet potatoes. Therefore, I recommend consuming sweet potatoes with the skin on. However, if you do not enjoy the skin’s texture, peel it off.
  • Soaking sweet potatoes can not only help to remove the bitterness but also help to prevent the color from changing or darkening.
  • See Variations for a different flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese sweet potato fries
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