Crispy Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fritters

Dive into the crunch and flavor of these homemade crispy shrimp and sweet potato fritters, a delightful twist on the traditional Ukoy. This recipe combines the sweetness of shrimp with the earthy tones of sweet potato and the freshness of bean sprouts, all wrapped up in a golden, crispy batter. Perfect for snacks, appetizers, or a unique side dish, these fritters are sure to be a hit.


  • 1 cup small shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and black pepper.
    • Add the cold water and egg to the dry ingredients. Whisk until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Combine the Fritter Ingredients:
    • To the batter, add the cleaned shrimp, shredded sweet potato, bean sprouts, chopped green onions, and minced garlic. Stir well to ensure all ingredients are evenly coated with the batter.
  3. Heat the Oil:
    • In a deep frying pan or skillet, heat enough oil over medium-high heat to deep fry the fritters. The oil is ready when a small amount of batter dropped into it sizzles and rises to the surface.
  4. Fry the Fritters:
    • Carefully spoon portions of the mixture into the hot oil, flattening them slightly to form patties. Do not overcrowd the pan to maintain the oil’s temperature and ensure even cooking.
    • Fry each fritter until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Adjust the heat as necessary to prevent burning.
  5. Drain and Serve:
    • Once cooked, remove the fritters from the oil and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.
    • Serve hot, accompanied by a dipping sauce of your choice, such as a vinegar garlic dip or sweet chili sauce.

Enjoy your homemade Crispy Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fritters, a savory and satisfying treat that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends.

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