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Sweet Potato Pancakes (Asian Style)

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I often cook sweet potatoes for my family at least once a week, whether it’s a savoury dish , a dessert or a snack. Sometimes I put some peeled cubes in my curry dish, sometimes we just have it steamed or boiled. Its natural sweetness is really an enjoyment to brighten up our mood. Ever thought of making some Asian style sweet potato pancakes for tea time? The high percentage of sweet content helps produce silky smooth pancakes with a very delicate texture, and a subtle ginger aroma submerged. You’ll find it’s even better if drizzle some honey on top when it’s served hot.

Sweet Potato Pancakes (Printable recipe)
By Christine's Recipes
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: 8 to 10 pieces

  • 300 gm red sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 75 gm plain flour / all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 80 ml milk
  • 400 ml water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar, optional
  • salt, to taste
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  • Cook the diced sweet potato in a microwave oven on high heat, for about 7 to 8 minutes until tender. (Remark: cooking time will be slightly different depending on the power of microwave ovens and the size of sweet potato cubes.)
  • Transfer the sweet potato into a large mixing bowl. Mash into a paste with a potato masher.
  • Add ginger powder and milk. Sift in one-third of flour and pour one-third of water. Combine well. Then fold in the rest of flour and water alternately. Lightly combine until you get a very smooth and runny batter. Season with sugar and salt. Press through a sieve to get the batter smoother.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brush with some vegetable oil. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter on the frying pan and cook both sides until lightly brown. Repeat this step with the remaining batter. Serve hot with honey.
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  • As every sweet potato contains different amount of water, adjust the amount of water added to the batter. The batter should be smooth and runny, not too thick.
  • Sweet potato has natural sweetness. You might not need to add any sugar into the batter, and just drizzle a bit of honey when served. Sweet potato and honey are perfect partners.
  • You can replace the milk with water.
  • This recipe calls for a very high percentage of sweet potato that helps produce very soft and smooth pancakes.


  1. Yes, sweet potato pancake for tea time, especially beautiful as these! The last one I enjoyed was with sticky rice flour.

  2. there's a local cafe in town that makes pancakes colored like this - now I know how they do it! Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. Looks delicious! I will definitely try this :)

  4. Excellent recipe Christine! Would love to try it as soon as I can find sweet potatoes here.

  5. is it a must to put in ginger powder?

  6. I have very limited ideas in cooking sweet potatoes. Sounds a brilliant idea to use it for pancakes. Definitely a perfect choice for teatime! ;)

  7. I love this, going to book mark it for the weekend:D Yours are so round and uniform in size, amazing!

  8. I make sweet potato purees, rice, and baked sticks all the time, but this looks like a superb change of pace. It almost reminds me of a thin scallion pancake (and those are the absolute best). Thanks for the recipe!

  9. this looks sooo good. Hmm... Think I can even use purple sweet potato to make purple ones! thanks for sharing!!!

  10. beautiful and simple! I am making these!

  11. No egg added to this pancake Kah?? With egg would it be more fluffy???pls advise Christine, tks

  12. @Lee kok ewe:
    This recipe produces a different texture from the traditional, fluffy pancakes. It's more like the chinese scallion pancakes.
    You can tweak this recipe to suit your liking of course.

  13. I usually add sweet potatoes to plain rice porridge and other times, roast them as a side to pair with roasted/baked salmon or chicken.

  14. I like sweet potatoes and eat it often too. But never thought of it in a pancake. Would love to make one day. Maybe share with friends. Thanks very much for sharing.