Sweet Potato Cakes are not only super easy to make but taste out-of-this-world good! Simply mix mashed sweet potatoes with a few simple pantry ingredients and pan fry. Sweet potato patties are great to serve at breakfast topped with eggs or serve as a side dish for dinner.
Sweet potato cakes are a delicious healthy comfort food.
They're SO easy to make and are endlessly adaptable.
If you like them spicy, add more chilli. If you have loads of herbs, throw them in. You could even spice them with a bit of paprika or cumin.
Whether you call them patties or cakes, they make a filling lunch or a tasty dinner alongside a salad, and you could top them with a poached egg for brunch.
If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for meal prep, you must make these simple sweet potato patties. Whip up a batch and stash them in the fridge for the week.
They can be eaten for any meal or even as a snack.
For breakfast, top them with a fried egg or some pea puree, or serve them along with your favorite proteins for dinner.
They’ll last 4 days in the fridge and can be frozen to use for meals at a later time.
This post was first published May 17, 2016, and republished with new images, text, and video on June 23, 2021.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Kids love them! The naturally sweet flavor in these potatoes is perfect for serving kids a healthy potato cake that they will eat again and again.
It’s budget-friendly. Along with sweet potatoes, all you’ll need is a few simple ingredients for them to come together.
They have a great texture. These sweet potato patties have a tender and soft texture on the inside while being deliciously crunchy on the outside.
Make a double batch. You can increase the recipe to make a double or triple batch to freeze for later saving you time in the kitchen.
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes - You can boil, bake, steam or pressure cook sweet potatoes to mash for this recipe.
- Scallions & Garlic - Infuse garlic and mild onion flavor throughout.
- Chopped Parsley - Adds a fresh garden taste and specs of green color.
- Red Chili - Gives them a kick of spice. This can be completely omitted.
- Breadcrumbs & Flour - Add bulk to the potato cakes and help them stay together. Go for gluten-free versions if required.
- Olive Oil - Used to pan-fry the potato cakes on each side.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper - Gently flavor the sweet potato cakes.
Step By Step Tutorial
Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and method.
Cook the sweet potato. Bake, boil, steam, or pressure cook. the sweet potatoes until soft, then mash to a puree. You can use a manual masher, fork, immersion blender, or food processor. It purees quickly and easily.
Mix the sweet potato cakes. Place the mashed sweet potato into a large bowl and mix well with the spring onions, garlic, parsley, and minced chili. Add enough breadcrumbs to make the sweet potato less sticky. The amount will depend on the moisture of your mash.
Form the sweet potato cakes. Roll the sweet potato “dough” into large balls then pat down into cake shapes and dust each one with flour.
Cook the sweet potato cakes. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil starts to get shiny, add sweet potato cakes cook for a few minutes until golden on one side, flip gently and fry until the other side is golden brown.
Each side will take 3-5 minutes depending on the size of the patty. Once fully cooked, serve immediately or cool and store.
When forming your sweet potato cakes, form them all the same size and thickness so they cook evenly.
When pan-frying, make sure you do not overcrowd the pan to prevent them from steaming. You may have to cook them in batches, adding more oil each time.
The amount of flour and breadcrumbs needed depends on how much moisture is in your mashed sweet potatoes. You want the patty dough to be thick but not watery.
Makes a great side dish for dinner along with these hearty Portobello Mushroom Steaks.
BAKE: Don’t want to pan fry the sweet potato cakes? Spray them with oil, then bake them on a baking sheet at 400F/200C for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway.
Give the patties a sweet twist by replacing the savory seasonings with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Make curry sweet potato patties by mixing in your favorite dried curry seasoning. Or go for a Middle Eastern twist with a Baharat spice blend.
Add some of your favorite shredded cheese for a cheesy sweet potato cake.
To Make Gluten-Free: To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs. Be sure to check all other ingredients, just in case.
To Make It Vegan: This recipe does not contain any non-vegan ingredients in the sweet potato cakes making it suitable for a vegan lifestyle.
Storing: If not serving immediately, store cooled sweet potato cakes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat on a skillet over medium-low heat or pop them in your air fryer.
Freezing: To freeze, wrap cooked and cooled sweet potato cakes in plastic wrap then transfer to a sealed airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating and serving.
Yes! You can absolutely experiment with omitting the flour for more breadcrumbs for a slightly different texture.
Absolutely. Feel free to use your favorite potato along with the methods in this recipe.
When it comes to nutritional value, some say that boiling sweet potatoes help keep their moisture better however, it does not affect the integrity of the sweet potato patties either way.
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Sweet Potato Cakes
For the sweet potato cakes
- 2 cups (550g) mashed sweet potatoes or 3 medium-sized sweet potatoes peeled, steamed and mashed
- 2 spring onions chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon chopped red chilli or to taste
- 1 cup (100g) breadcrumbs
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (plain flour0
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
To serve (optional)
- Pea puree
- Bake, steam, boil, microwave or pressure cook the sweet potatoes until soft, then mash or puree.
- Place the mashed sweet potato into a large bowl and mix well with the spring onions, garlic, parsley and chilli.
- Add enough breadcrumbs to make the sweet potato less sticky. The amount will depend on the moisture of your mash.
- Roll into 4 large balls then pat down into cake shapes and dust each one with flour. Store in the fridge until ready to cook (can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated).
- To cook the sweet potato cakes, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat until golden, flip gently and fry until the other side is golden.
- If desired, top with a fried egg and some pea puree.
- When forming your sweet potato cakes, form them all the same size and thickness so they cook evenly.
- When pan-frying, make sure you do not overcrowd the pan to prevent them from steaming. You may have to cook them in batches, adding more oil each time.
- The amount of flour and breadcrumbs needed depends on how much moisture is in your mashed sweet potatoes. You want the patty dough to be thick but not watery.
- Don’t want to pan fry the sweet potato cakes? Spray them with oil, then bake them on a baking sheet at 400F/200C for 20-25 minutes flipping halfway.
- Give them a sweet twist by replacing the savory seasonings with cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Make curry sweet potato cakes by mixing in your favorite dried curry seasoning.
- Add some of your favorite shredded cheese for a cheesy sweet potato cake.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.