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Ghanaian Fried Yam Recipe

Ghanaian Fried Yam Recipe

Fried yam is a simple, crunchy Ghanaian dish, and is the perfect side dish for turkey or chicken wings. The crunchy fried yam is made using the type of African yam known as “Puna”, with a clever, proven cooking method that guarantees crunchy yam pieces, and they STAY crunchy for ages!  Fried yam has an unctuous, crunchy mouthfeel you will be obsessed with! 


Spoiler alert: Yummilicious!


Let us begin!






  • Slice the yam, peel off the skin, then cut into batons, fries, or dice into cubes.


  • Cut into a bowl of cold water to avoid discoloration of the yam if exposed to air.


  • Wash then soak the cut yam in cold water for at least 30 minutes. If you don't have time to soak the yam, move to the next step immediately.


  • Drain the yam, and season with salt


  • Place a deep pot on the stove on medium heat. Add vegetable oil into the pot, and heat.


  • When oil is slightly heated, add in the yam, then carefully add some water bit by bit.


  • Fry yam slowly till the inside is tender and the outside crispy.


  • Use a slotted spoon to pack the fried yams out of the oil and put on a paper towel covered plate.