Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

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Christina Ross
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If you’re searching for a delightful twist on the classic Swiss potato dish, look no further than Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti. This dish combines the earthy sweetness of sweet potatoes with the irresistible crispy texture of a traditional rösti. It’s a perfect side dish or even a standalone meal for brunch or dinner. Follow this simple recipe to create a mouthwatering crispy sweet potato rösti that will leave everyone at the table craving for more.

NameCrispy Sweet Potato Rösti
CuisineFusion (Swiss-inspired)
Prep Time15 minutes
Cooking Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings4 servings

What the heck is a Rösti?

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

It’s basically a big latke-type potato pancake that is fried until super crispy and then cut into wedges. This is a basic recipe, which calls for only grated sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper; but onions, scallions, garlic, herbs, etc. would be delicious flavor additions.

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

The flipping technique might sound a bit tricky, but it’s actually fairly easy. You just need a plate that fits snuggly into a 10-inch skillet, as shown above. I think the hardest part of the process is patiently waiting for the potatoes to reach crispy perfection – which takes about 25 minutes…

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

… but is definitely worth the wait! Sweet potatoes take a while to crisp up, but the end result is delightful.

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

I paired the rösti with my Pear Arugula Salad with Dates and Parmesan, and it was a lovely crispy addition.

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

The perfect bite:

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti

I loved the simplicity of this rösti paired with the fresh salad. It would also be a great addition to brunch or dinner.

Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional, for added flavor)
  • Fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme) for garnish
  • about 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups packed coarsely grated sweet potato (from about 2 medium-sized potatoes, skin-on)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Grate the Sweet Potatoes

Start by grating the peeled sweet potatoes using the large holes of a box grater. You want thin, even shreds for the best texture.

Squeeze Out Excess Moisture

Place the grated sweet potatoes in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible. This step is crucial for achieving a crispy rösti.

Combine Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated sweet potatoes, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, and paprika if you’re using it. Mix everything together until well combined.

Heat Butter and Oil

In a large skillet (preferably non-stick), heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Allow the butter to melt and coat the bottom of the skillet evenly.

Press the Sweet Potato Mixture

Once the skillet is hot, add the sweet potato mixture. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to press the mixture down firmly, creating a flat, even pancake shape. Press it down firmly to help it hold together.

Cook Until Crispy

Cook the rösti on medium-high heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is golden and crispy. You can periodically lift the edge with a spatula to check the color.

Flip the Rösti

Carefully place a large plate or a lid over the skillet. Hold it firmly and flip the skillet upside down, so the rösti lands on the plate. If needed, add a little more butter or oil to the skillet before sliding the rösti back into the pan to cook the other side. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes or until the second side is also golden and crispy.


Once both sides are crispy and the sweet potatoes are cooked through, transfer the crispy sweet potato rösti to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh herbs, like rosemary or thyme, for added flavor and presentation.

Slice and Enjoy

Slice the rösti into wedges or squares and serve immediately while it’s still hot and crispy.

This Crispy Sweet Potato Rösti is a delightful combination of crispy and tender, sweet and savory. It makes a fantastic side dish for a variety of meals, or you can enjoy it as a satisfying main course. Give this recipe a try, and you’ll have a new favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes!

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories : 210 calories
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated: Fat 4g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars 6g Protein: 2g

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