This delicious, crispy yam recipe is a healthier version of typically fried yet delicious yam fries! Made in three different ways- original, suya-spiced and chilli-lime flavour, you will probably never eat another meal without baked yam fries again!
Let’s talk yam
Yam is a delicious tuber eaten in almost every part of the African continent. It is starchy and typically eaten boiled, fried or roasted. Yam is packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals and contains properties that can aid digestion, reduce inflammation, keep a steady blood pressure among other benefits.
Deep fried yam is eaten as a street food in many parts of the African continent. We decided to create a crispy baked version for those of you who want to watch your oil intake but still get the same delicious flavour and crunchiness from the traditionally deep-fried version.
Our 3 Versions
- Original- classic baked yam fries with no extra seasoning
- Suya Yam Fries- spicy yam fries with West-African peanut-based suya spice mix
- Chilli Lime Fries- we took it to East Africa with this commonly used street food spice combo- chilli, salt and lime.
Tips for using yam
- Sometimes yam can brown quickly after cutting depending on how old it is. Combat this by soaking in water immediately after cutting.
- Choose a tuber of yam that is fresh and not too old to ensure it is crispy
- You can use yellow or white yam. We used white.
Baked Yam Fries
- 2 cups yam
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Salt to taste
- Preheat your oven to 180*C.
- Cut roughly 2 cups in size of a tuber of yam and peel the skin off.
- Slice into fry-like shapes.
- Sprinkle your yam fries with with salt to taste and 1 tbsp coconut oil.
- Lay on a baking tray lined with foil or greaseproof paper and place i the oven to bake for 25 minutes flipping halfway through.
- For your suya flavoured version, sprinkle suya powder on fries after cooking making sure to coat evenly.
- For your chilli lime flavour, sprinkle chilli powder and rated lime rind over your fries and coat evenly