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African Yam – Fried Puna Yam

African Yam (fried puna Yam) – Deep-fried to a crispy, golden brown exterior while remaining tender inside, known for its delicious taste and crunchy texture. This recipe is a delicious twist on the traditional fried yams I grew up with.

Fried Puna Yam

African Yam (fried puna Yam)

African yam used in this recipe is different from orange-fleshed Sweet potatoes in the United States. Though they are both root crops, they are different species and have different backgrounds and uses.

The African yam is native to Africa and some parts of Asia. It is also referred to as puna yam or true yam. They have dark brown rough skin with off-white flesh and come in different varieties.

Yams are starchy tubers (starchier and drier than sweet potatoes). They have an almost black bark-like skin with white to off-white flesh and come in many varieties. They can be as small as regular potatoes and grow to about five feet long.

African yam can also be used for pounded yam, yam porridge, boiled yam, and much more.

Fried Yam

In the recent past, a fast-food chain came up with this brilliant idea of coating the Yams with a batter made with spicy egg and flour mixture, and they called it ”Yamarita”. Such a cool name. I have to say that the outcome is amazing!

What you’ll love about Fried Yam 

  • Irresistible Crispy Texture
  • Delicious Flavor
  • Versatile snack
  • Simple preparation
  • Pairs well with various dips and sauces
  • Gluten-free option

How to make Fried African Yam

  • Peel and cut the yam
  • Season very well
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan
  • Fry the seasoned yam until golden brown and crispy
  • Drain excess oil and serve with dipping sauces like ketchup, hot sauce, or spicy pepper sauce.
  • Enjoy the dish immediately while it’s still hot and crispy.

Where to buy African Yams

If you live outside Africa like the united states, the best place to find African yams will be the ethnic market or online stores.

Fried Puna Yam

This is an excellent recipe to try if you are looking for something different from the traditional fried yams. It is best enjoyed when dipped in the African all-purpose sauce and can be served alongside grilled chicken, steak, or grilled fish.

Other African Yam recipes you might want to try:

African Yam – Fried Puna Yam

delicious crispy coated fries made from African yam. This is a simple dish, but it results in fantastic eating.

4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: African
Keyword: homemade, yam
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 1 pound Yam Puna
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Egg large
  • 1 tsp cayenne or to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Water
  • 1/4 Garlic powder
  • 1/4 Curry powder
  • 1/4 Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Thyme
  • 1/4 Salt
  • 1/2 tsp bouillon powder optional


  • Peel the yam and cut into rectangles about one inch wide and half-inch thick. Rinse and drain
  • Put the yams inside a pot, add water about the level of the Yam. Season with salt also and let it cook for about 7 minutes.
  • Drain the excess water and transfer the yams to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain again and set aside.
  • Crack the eggs in a bowl, add the Cayenne Pepper (optional) and salt to taste. Whisk together set that aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the Flour, Garlic powder, Curry powder, Thyme, Black Pepper and bouillon and mix together.
  • Dip the yam (one at a time) in the egg and Flour mixture respectively making sure the yam is well coated.
  • Preheat the oil over a medium to high heat and place the coated yams inside fry the Yam turning halfway between until golden brown.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce or eat as is. ENJOY!


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 991mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 4th of January 2020

Hi Lola, I just tried this and I really enjoyed it. I didn't use all the ingredients in the recipe and I still got good results. And as I love fried egg, I fried the remaining egg mix and enjoyed it with my fried yam! Thank you!


Saturday 31st of August 2019

I tried this for the first time and I got an excellent result. Thank you so much for the video