These sweet potato fritters with thyme are the perfect comfort food fall recipe. The sweet potato is flavoured with thyme and parsley, and makes for a cosy lunch or dinner. A vegan and low histamine recipe.
My sweet potato fritters were inspired by the butternut squash fritters by With Spice, but with lots of swaps and substitutions to make them suitable for a low histamine diet.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Fun and decadent. They are kind of scruffy and messy and bits break off between your fingers while you eat them (yes, I totally use my fingers!), and that's all part of their charm.
- Healthy. Lots of sweet potato in these ones! It has a lovely sweetness, and the thyme and parsley enhances the flavour so well.
- Best texture. Personally I think the magic of fritters is the crispy bits around the edges with the more soft and sumptuous middle. And the colour of these fritters is pretty special too.
Fritters don't involve too many ingredients, and these use many pantry staples. The main ingredients you will need are:
- Sweet potato: the main ingredient of the fritters. Grate and then wring out the liquid to make your recipe!
- Spelt flour: used in place of regular plain flour to make it more suitable for a low histamine diet. I always use the Dove's Farm wholegrain spelt flour.
- Thyme and parsley: to provide lots of herby flavour. You can just use thyme alone if you prefer.
- Garlic: use fresh if you can. I use one clove, but increase if you like more of a flavour kick.
- White onion: for flavour. If not low histamine, then you could use regular yellow onion or green onion too.
- Egg yolk: acts as a binder to bring the fritters together.
- Baking powder: works to 'puff up' (as my mum says) the fritters a little.
Make sure to see the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and quantities!
Step by step instructions
Fritters are very easy to make, with the main time spent grating the sweet potato and then frying.
Grate the sweet potato. This is the most time-consuming aspect of the prep, but very worth it! Then place in the centre of a clean tea towel.
Draw the sides up of the tea towel and then wring as much liquid as you can out of the sweet potato. I am always surprised as to how much potato contains! Do over the sink of course . . .
Fry the onion for 4-5 minutes until softened, and then add to a bowl with the other ingredients (except the olive oil or coconut oil used for frying). Stir very (very, very) thoroughly until combined and sticky. If it's not sticky enough then add another egg yolk.
Heat olive oil or coconut oil in a pan and drop a shred of sweet potato into the oil. Once it starts to lightly sizzle you can start frying the fritters. Take a small handful of mixture and form into a ball or patty shape. Then place carefully in the pan and press down with a spatula. Fry for 4-5 minutes, then (carefully!) flip and fry the other side. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
Once made, place each fritter on kitchen towel on a plate to absorb excess oil. I usually fry three fritters at a time.
Recipe tips for perfect fritters
- My number one tip is to remember that fritters don't have to look perfect! So don't worry if they are different sizes and shapes, or even if they fall into two - I suspect we all get one that won't hold together.
- These are fritters use grated sweet potato, and have more liquid than you may expect. Wring out as much of the liquid as possible. Definitely don't skip this step!
- Stir the mixture very, very, very thoroughly. You want to ensure the flour and egg mixture is combined throughout the sweet potato.
- Add another egg yolk if the mixture isn't sticky enough.
- Don't make them too thick or they won't cook through in the middle.
- Make sure the oil is hot enough so there is a bit of a sizzle when frying.
How to serve
I tend to be quite simple with my sides for fritters. A green salad is always nice, or you may like to try out some of these more hearty ones for a more substantial dinner.
You could also add grilled chicken, or perhaps some baked cod on the side too.
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Sweet potato fritters
- Place the grated sweet potato in a clean towel. Pull up the corners and squeeze as much liquid out as you can. Set aside (I place kitchen towel on a plate and set on there to allow any further liquid to be absorbed).
- Fry the onion in olive oil until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
- Add the flour, baking powder, egg yolks, thyme leaves and salt and pepper (if using) in a bowl and stir to combine. Then add the grated sweet potato and onion. Stir very (very, very!) thoroughly. If it seems too dry and not sticky enough then add another egg yolk.
- Heat olive oil or coconut oil in a pan and drop a shred of sweet potato into the oil. Once it starts to lightly sizzle you can start frying the fritters. Take a small handful of mixture and form into a ball or patty shape. Then place carefully in the pan and press down with a spatula. Fry for 4-5 minutes, then (carefully!) flip and fry the other side. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
- Wring as much liquid as you can out of the sweet potato
- Add another egg yolk if the mixture isn't sticky enough
- Ensure that you stir the mixture very throughly before frying
- Don't make the fritters too thick or they won't cook in the middle
- I haven't tried it, but if spelt flour isn't an option for you, then oat flour should work
- spelt scores 0 but has a ? as a liberator and note stating 'Prefer old varieties. Modern ATI-varieties modified by cultivation are often not well tolerated'
- garlic, which scores 1.
- baking powder isn't on the SIGHI list.