Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes are savory pancakes that can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper, depending on what other foods you serve with them! Grated sweet potatoes and onions are mixed with eggs, flour, orange juice and zest and spiced with cardamom. Sweet Potato Pancakes are topped with a dollop of sour cream and applesauce, just like potato pancakes (latkes) are served. Of course you can use whatever you like for toppings, too!

The Recipe

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Serves 6
A savory side dish that would well accompany meat or poultry. Grated sweet potato and onions are mixed with eggs, flour, orange juice and cardamom.
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  1. 4 cups coarsely grated sweet potatoes or yams
  2. 1/2 cup grated onion
  3. 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
  4. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon orange zest
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon cardamom
  7. Dash black pepper
  8. 4 eggs, beaten
  9. Oil for frying
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet until it is very hot.
  3. Use a spoon to form thin pancakes, patting the batter down.
  4. Fry on both sides until brown, adding small amounts of additional oil, as needed.
  5. Serve hot with toppings.
  1. Suggested Toppings: applesauce, sour cream
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Additional Information

The sweet potatoes or yams may be grated on a box cutter or by a food processor. All ingredients are combined in a bowl and mixed well before spooning the batter into a skillet (I used a griddle).

The Sweet Potato Pancakes are smoothed down so that they are of a consistent thickness. Cook on one side until lightly browned.

Flip the pancakes to the other side and cook until nicely browned. Serve hot with desired toppings.

Cardamom and Sweet Potatoes

I really enjoy the flavor of cardamom, a spice which is made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom is often used in Indian, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian cuisines. If you’ve had chai tea, you’ve probably had cardamom, which is usually a component of chai tea. Cardamom is also in the blend of spices that make up garam masala, which is used extensively in Indian cooking. Cardamom has a fragrant aroma of lemon and mint.

Medicinally cardamom contains elements that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and increases the movement of food through the intestines. It’s used as a flavoring and a basis for medicinal preparations for indigestion.

Sweet potatoes contain some great nutrients such as beta carotene, Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating nutrients. Beta carotene is a strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is a well-known antioxidant and eating a diet rich in beta carotene is an excellent health recommendation.

These two ingredients in Sweet Potato Pancakes are definitely healthy to eat!

Parting Comments

Did you catch my other recipes containing sweet potatoes? If not, check out these recipes: Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Patties, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas, and Sweet Potato Casserole.

I’ll be featuring another recipe made with cardamom soon so watch for Cardamom Banana Muffins.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Sweet Potato Pancakes – A Savory Side Dish — 52 Comments

  1. I like this idea?? gotta try it! I make something similar but with herbs. Ps found u at Happiness is homemade link party?

  2. Hi Mary, If you like sweet potatoes I think you’ll like this! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. As a veggie and fan of sweet potatoes, these appeal to me – visiting from Sunday Food Link up.

  4. Hi Shaheen, I’m a fan of sweet potatoes too! I hope you enjoy this recipe! Thanks for visiting. Blessings, Janet

  5. I’ve never thought of making sweet potato pancakes before. Thank you for sharing your recipe and for joining the Family Joy link party!

  6. Hi Samantha, I hope you enjoy the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes! It’s my pleasure to link up with the Family Joy Link Party! Blessings, Janet

  7. I’m liking this recipe! I bet the sweet and savory tastes wonderful, and this sounds like a fun way to change up the usual pancakes. ?

  8. These look amazing, Janet! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  9. Hi CJ, I hope you enjoy this recipe – it’s great with applesauce and a dollop of sour cream! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  10. I’ve never made latkes, but have wanted to. I’m a big sweet potato fan, so I think I’ll go straight to these and skip the traditional ones. Thanks for the great idea. Found you at Let’s Get Real party.

  11. Hi Northern Girl, If you like sweet potatoes, I think you’ll really enjoy the sweet potato pancakes. I really like them served with sour cream and applesauce as latkes are usually served. Thanks for you kind comments and for your visit! Blessings, Janet

  12. Hi Gina, Thanks for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the sweet potato pancakes! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  13. Yummy! I know what I am fix’n for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing at SYC!

  14. I love this recipe. Sweet potatoes are a staple around here and will be trying these.

  15. Thank you for linking up with Share the Love blog party. Hope to see you next week. http://homecookingrecipebox.blogspot.com/

  16. You always have such amazing recipes posted – just pinned this one! Thanks for sharing this at #HappinessIsHomemade this week, love it!

  17. I love potato pancakes, but I have never used sweet potatoes. Sounds good.
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday,

  18. Hi Katie, I so appreciate your kind comments! Thanks for pinning the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes, too! Blessings, Janet

  19. Oh yum! I make a potato pancake, but have never thought of making a sweet potato one. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. These look delish and I love the spices you’ve added! I think I could persuade a few people I know to like sweet potato with these!

    Thanks for bringing this by Fiesta Friday!


  21. My boyfriend loves sweet potatoes so I’m always on the lookout for recipes that use it. Thanks for sharing this at Fiesta Friday #117!

  22. Potato pancakes using sweet potatoes…who’d have thought? Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party!
    Blessings, Leigh

  23. Hi Jann, Sweet potato pancakes are great with sour cream and applesauce, just like a potato latke. I hope you like them! Thanks for hosting SYC! Blessings, Janet

  24. Hi Mollie, You mean there are actually people out there that don’t like sweet potatoes? Seriously, I hope you like the recipe – the spices are great in this recipe! Thanks for hosting, too! Blessings, Janet

  25. Hi Scarlett, I hope your boyfriend enjoys the Sweet Potato Pancakes! Thanks for your kind comments and your visit today! Blessings, Janet

  26. Hi Leigh, I don’t know who thought of it but I’m glad they did because they sure are yummy! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  27. I love sweet potatoes but have never had them prepared this way! I can’t wait to give it a try! We will be featuring this recipe on You Link It, We Make It tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up and have a great day! Kim – knockitoffkim.com

  28. And of course, I *knew* you’d bring this by to Throwback Thursday, too!! I’m hosting both Fiesta Friday and Throwback THursday this week, so I’m a bit discombobulated!! ?


  29. Hi Mollie, Sounds like you have a lot on your plate this week! (Sounds like a foodie said that! LOL) Hang in there – you’ll get it done! See you at Throwback Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  30. Hi Kim, Thanks so much for featuring the Sweet Potato Pancakes recipe this week! I really appreciate it! Thank you for hosting You Link It, We Make It! Blessings, Janet

  31. I have never even bought a sweet potato. I think that needs to change.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  32. Hi Carol, I’ve just always been around sweet potatoes – living in NC where they grow! Hope you do buy one (or more) and try this recipe! Thanks for your comments and for your visit! Blessings, Janet

  33. Love it! These look perfect and I cant to try them!!!I’m pinning the recipe now! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at mustlovehome.com for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for May!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

  34. Hi Christine, Thanks for pinning the recipe and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for hosting Wonderful Wednesday! Blessings, Janet

  35. This looks like such a yummy recipe and I’ve never made pancakes with sweet potatoes. I am pinning this for sure. Thank youJanet for sharing with us over at Sweet Inspiration.

  36. Hi Mary, Thanks for pinning the recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes – I hope you get a chance to make them soon and that you enjoy them! Thanks for your kind comments and for visiting! Blessings, Janet

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