Easy Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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These pan-fried sweet potatoes are so easy to make and taste amazing! Everyone will love these browned tender sweet potato slices!

Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes

There are so many way to make sweet potatoes – you can boil them, bake them, mash them and even cook sweet potatoes in a microwave.  Check out my growing sweet potato recipes collection for more inspiration! However, for some reason, when thinking of ways to make sweet potatoes, simple pan-frying method often gets overlooked. If you haven’t tried cooking sweet potato slices on a frying pan, you are in for a treat!

Sauteed Sweet Potatoes

Just like my simple sauteed boneless skinless chicken thighs, good old-fashioned pan-frying in a little oil always produces great results!

Sweet Potato Slices On A Frying Pan

To make sauteed sweet potatoes, just heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add sliced sweet potatoes and cook on medium-high heat, stirring every 2 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are nicely browned and fully cooked and tender.  At the end, sprinkle with chili powder or your favorite seasonings.  So yummy!

Sweet Potatoes Pan Fried Recipe

These pan-fried sweet potatoes are amazing for breakfast with eggs!  Here’s a scrumptious breakfast idea for you: fried sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs and sliced avocado.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Easy Fried Sweet Potato Slices

Just like with any type of sauteing, one important thing to remember is to not crowd the frying pan.  Use one sliced sweet potato per large 12-inch non-stick frying pan.  If you want to cook more sweet potatoes, you will have to cook them in batches or use two frying pans over two burners at the same time.

If you have a large family and want to pan-fry a lot of things at once, consider getting an electric griddle.  Another awesome thing I love about my griddle is that it maintains a constant temperature so food never burns on it!

Fried Sweet Potatoes

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Easy Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes

These pan-fried sweet potatoes are so easy to make and taste amazing! Perfect for breakfast or as a side dish!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American



  • Peel the sweet potato and cut into thin slices.
  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sweet potato slices to the frying pan. Cook, stirring every 2 minutes, for 10 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are browned and cooked through.
  • Sprinkle sweet potato slices with chili powder and stir to coat. Cook for another minute, then remove from heat and serve.


If you double the recipe, just use 2 frying pans over 2 burners with 1 sweet potato in each pan, so the sweet potato slices are not crowded.
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  1. After you fry the sweet potatoes until they are carmalized, dot them with butter and sprinkle with sugar-almost a dessert!!

  2. Have you ever tried freezing these? I’m trying to come up with easy things to grab out of the freezer for breakfast, since some mornings are really busy but I still need to feed my family! These could be such an easy and healthy addition if I could make them in advance and just heat them up in the morning to serve with some sausage/eggs, etc.

  3. 5 stars
    Toss 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium frying pan . . . once it is melted . . . add a couple tablespoons of olive oil . . . then 3 tablespoons of honey . . . and a medium sliced and peeled sweet potato. About halfway thru the cooking . . . sprinkle in 2 teaspoons of minced garlic . . . being careful the pan is not hot enough to burn the garlic. Stir until done . . . serve and ENJOY. Laughingly I call it my Italian sweet potato fry . . .

  4. 5 stars
    Why does everyone feel the need to sweeten sweet potatoes? They are great as is, if you want to dress them up cook in butter rather than oil.

  5. 5 stars
    I’m going to try doing 2 in a wok. It’s my go-to for frying large quantities and the parabolic shape helps with even cooking.

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