Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Balls Recipe -
  • READY IN 35 mins

Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Balls

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"Cooked, mashed sweet potatoes are molded around brown sugar and coconut, rolled in sesame seeds and deep fried in this unique snack."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a mixing bowl, knead together potatoes, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, salt and water to form a stiff dough. In a separate bowl, combine coconut and brown sugar. Form potato dough into small balls; make a well in the center and fill with coconut mixture; close up hole and reshape balls. Roll in sesame seeds, then in remaining cornstarch.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer or deep, heavy-bottomed pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Fry balls in oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Reviews More Reviews

Nov 25, 2005

As stated by other reviewers - i have to mix a lot of flour in with these to form a dough and then i had a really hard time stuffing them. I ended up mixing the coconut and brown sugar with the dough and used a minimarshmallow to form the ball around. Turned out really good - I was also thinking pineapple or bananna pieces would make a good center.

Jan 06, 2004

I made these last Thanksgiving. They are very good. I did mix the brown sugar and coconut in with the sweet potatoes to save time and added pecans, didn't roll in cornstarch, also drizzled lightly with heated maple syrup. Thanks for submitting.


7 Ratings

Oct 09, 2005

These were very good. But like another reviewer said, it was hopeless to get that goop to form into balls without adding flour & even then it was difficult. Next time we will put it in a deep dish & layer the potato mash & then some of the coconut & suger & then potato again. Top with a bit more of the sugar mix & bake a bit to melt it. The sesame seeds can be overpowering in flavour so will use only a little. They sure tasted good though.

Jan 05, 2004

My husband loved these; I thought they were just OK. I had a hard time "stuffing" the sweet potato balls--they ended up huge by the time I was finished! Also, the balls came out super greasy even though I have a timed deep fryer with a temperature gauge. I did add some sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to the mashed sweet potatoes, which was yummy.

Jun 02, 2005

Extremely disappointing. Maybe I shouldn't have boiled the sweet potato because it was wet and mushy after cooking and mashing and there was no way I was going to be able to shape it around the coconut and brown sugar. I had to mix all of the first 6 ingredients together and add a lot of flour to be able to make anything that was firm enough to even resemble balls. They weren't too bad after frying, (they looked like little donut holes) but the inside was still mushy potato. I would rather have had donuts.


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  • Calories
  • 623 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.1 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 49.2 g
  • 76%
  • Fiber
  • 7.3 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 6.1 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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