Magical Daigaku-imo (Deep-Fried & Caramelized Sweet Potatoes)

Magical Daigaku-imo (Deep-Fried & Caramelized Sweet Potatoes)

These are super easy and quick and don't require any fancy tricks.
Make it for your kids and see for yourself.


Sweet potato, large
3 tablespoons
Roasted sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon
Vegetable oil
3 tablespoons


1. Rinse the sweet potatoes well, then roughly chop into pieces. Soak in water for about 10 minutes. I recommend cutting with pointed ends since the tips will turn out crispy.
2. Put 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in a frying pan, sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar, well drained and dried pieces of sweet potato, cover and stir-fry over medium heat.
3. When the oil starts to loudly crackle and pop, reduce to low heat, and deep fry for about 10 minutes. Once a skewer can be inserted through the potatoes, coat in melted sugar while continuing to stir-fry.
4. Once the surface of the potatoes reaches an even crispness, transfer to a dish and generously sprinkle sesame seeds and serve. The excess oil will remain in the pan and not on the potatoes, making this a healthy dish!
5. One trick in stocking your sweet potatoes: Store sweet potatoes that still have dirt on them in a lidded Styrofoam box. Don't put them in the fridge.
6. Cookpad users "Bochiko-mama" and "Funikko" substituted honey for sugar.

Story Behind this Recipe

This recipe was given to me by a friend. When I told it to a co-worker, after using it several times, she told me how easy and delicious it was and asked me why I didn't post the recipe here.