These simple and delicious 2-ingredient sweet potato fritters are a perfect choice when you want a bite of something crispy and savory but still need to get your veggies in!
These 2-ingredient sweet potato fritters are so easy to make and were inspired by my extremely bare fridge! Simply combine grated sweet potato and egg in a hot frying pan and you have a satisfying patty to add as a side dish or base to your next meal.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Simple and easy: you don’t need any special equipment or years of cooking experience to make these. All you need is a sweet potato, egg, box grater, and frying pan, and you’ll have delicious fritters in 20 minutes!
- Cost and time effective: with only two ingredients, this recipe couldn’t be cheaper or quicker. Next time you’re hosting people, try these topped with a little sour cream and potato chips instead of an expensive cheese platter or time-consuming appetizer. Making these is the definition of working smarter, not harder!
- Healthy: Made with just sweet potato and egg, these are simple and delicious–they almost taste like hash browns!
- Sweet potato: You can substitute a regular potato, but I think sweet potatoes provide the best flavor.
- Egg: I always use large eggs, but any size works. If your mixture doesn’t seem wet enough (the egg should be well-incorporated into the potato), try adding another egg.
- Spices: I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but you can use whichever you prefer!
- Oil for frying: Alternatively, you could can use a nonstick cooking spray.
How to make:
- Shred: using the largest hole side of a box grater or the shredding attachment of a food processor, shred the sweet potato
- Bind: add the egg to the shredded sweet potato, allowing it to bind the pieces together.
- Flavor: add your preferred seasonings to the mixture.
- Fry: using just a little oil or a spritz of cooking spray, coat the bottom of a frying pan to avoid sticking. Once your pan is hot, add in the potato-egg mixture in the shape of pancakes, flipping once so that both sides are crispy.
- Serve: serve with sour cream, salsa, ketchup, or whatever else your heart desires!
No! You can try this same technique with other firm vegetables like regular potatoes, zucchini, carrots or turnips.
Yes, I recommend peeling them. If you like, you can scrub the skin well and keep the skin on before grating and making the fritters.
Try mixing up the vegetable base of the fritters–combining zucchini and sweet potato, for example. You can also add other spices as needed.
To avoid this, make sure your pan is pretty hot before adding your mixture in, and try to keep it in a tight patty once in the pan. Alternatively you can add an extra egg white or whole egg if your fritters seem a bit loose.
2-ingredient Sweet Potato Fritters
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled about 7-8 oz
- 1 large egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil for greasing the pan
- optional seasonings: garlic powder onion powder, smoked paprika, paprika, chili powder, basil, oregano, herbs de provence. I used ½ teaspoon garlic powder and dashes of smoked paprika and chili powder.
- Shred 1 ¾ to 2 cups of sweet potato using a box grater or in a food processor with the shredding attachment. In a medium bowl, add the egg to the sweet potato and whisk until combined. Add seasonings to taste.
- Preheat your skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1/2 teaspoon or so of oil to the pan—you don’t need a lot. Using a spoon or a quarter cup measure, add about ¼ cup of the sweet potato mixture into the pan at a time. Mixture will be very loose and may fall apart in the pan—that’s okay. Use your spatula to nudge all the sweet potato scraps into a neat pile and press down on the top with the back of the spatula to flatten. Let cook about 2-3 minutes before flipping. If the patty starts to fall apart when you try to flip it, cook it longer. The bottom should be sturdy enough to slide the spatula underneath. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, but don’t overcrowd the pan—I only cooked three at a time in my largest frying pan.