Savory Caribbean-Inspired Sweet Potato Cakes


This recipe is inspired by fried buttercup squash patties that I had at the best Caribbean restaurant in town! Enjoy the complex and satisfying mix of garlic and chili pepper, with just a tinge of sweetness. These are great for appetizers, a light lunch with salad, or even for brunch! The sweet potatoes can be replaced with a winter squash, such as buttercup. Serve them warm, plain, or topped with maple syrup or a fruit chutney.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
33 mins
Total Time:
53 mins
4 servings


  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile, seeded and finely chopped

  • 3 green onions with tops, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon allspice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup canola oil


  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a pan, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are easily pierced with fork, about 10 minutes. Drain, place the potatoes in a mixing bowl, and mash.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the jalapeno pepper, green onions, and garlic. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir the vegetables, brown sugar, and allspice into the mashed sweet potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Form the sweet potato mixture into 12 slightly flattened cakes about 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter using your hands or large spoons. Place on a plate.

  4. Heat 1/4 cup canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place the sweet potato cakes in the skillet, four at a time, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on each side, 6 to 8 minutes. Add more oil if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

289 Calories
18g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 530mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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