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Sweet potato fritters

These sweet potato fritters are the perfect combination of cosy, crispy and softly sweet vegetables with a hint of herbs. Makes 8 fritters.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 8 fritters
Author: Claire


  • 1 lb sweet potato grated
  • ¼ cup spelt flour
  • ¼ cup white onion diced
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon thyme leaves diced, more to taste
  • ½ tablespoon parsley diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced or finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + more for frying or use coconut oil
  • salt and pepper (optional)


  • 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
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • 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.