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Sweet Potato Cakes with Lime and Avocado

A beautiful little recipe, as suited for a sprightly lunch as for a leisurely weekend breakfast.

Photo Credit: Emma Lee

Sweet Potato Cakes with Lime and Avocado

Main ingredient

Sweet Potato

Pairs well with

Poached eggs

Cook time

10 Minutes

Serving size



  • 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes, Peeled and Coarsley Grated (about 4 cups/600 g)
  • 1 Small Red Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
  • 1-inch (2.5 cm) Piece Fresh Ginger Root, Peeled and Finely Grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Rice Flour
  • 2 Red Chiles, 1 Finely Chopped and 1 Finely Sliced
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Large Handful of Cilantro Leaves, Roughly Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons 90 (ml) Olive Oil or Coconut Butter, Melted
  • 2 Ripe Avocados, Halved and Pitted
  • 2 Limes, 1 Juiced and 1 Quarted

Quick Tip

Make it in a 9-inch frying pan if you don't have the mini versions, and divide into quarters to serve. You can fold three lightly beaten eggs into the sweet potato mixture, though those cakes will be frittata-esque in style, or balance a poached egg on top (with the avocado, of course, and some hot sauce).

Recipe Preparation

  1. Using a colander held under a cool tap, rinse the grated sweet potatoes until the water runs mostly clear. Squeeze the rinsed gratings in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water, then transfer them into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, rice flour, cornstarch, the chopped chile, salt and pepper to taste, about 1 tablespoon of the cilantro and 2 tablespoons of the oil, and mix everything well.
  3. Divide the remaining oil between 1 1/2 x 6-inch (4 x 15 cm) cast-iron or heavy-bottomed frying pans-or a 9-inch (23 cm) pan to make a large cake-and place over high heat. Add one quarter of the potato mixture to each pan, or all of it to the large pan (it should sizzle loudly) and flatten firmly with a spatula. Reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Cook each cake for 3 to 5 minutes (perhaps slightly longer for the larger version), then run a palette knife or spatula around the edge, transfer each cake out on to a flat plate, then slide back into its pan the other way up. (Don't attempt to flip these unless you're a black belt.) Return to the heat for about 3 minutes more until the underside is nicely browned.
  5. Scoop the avocados out of their skins with a spoon and mash roughly with a little lime juice, the remaining cilantro, sliced chile and seasoning to taste. Serve each hot sweet potato cake with the avocado mixture spooned on top and lime quarters to squeeze over.
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