fried yam and plantain in a basket.
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Fried Yam (Dundun) and Fried Plantain

Fried yam or fried yam chips is one of Nigeria's popular street snack. This recipe is popularly paired with fried plantain and fried sauce. It is very easy to make and super delicious.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: Fried Plantain, Fried yam, How to fry plantain, how to fry yam
Servings: 4
Author: Ajoke


Ingredients for fried yam and plantain

  • A tuber of yam or less depending on the size of the people you are catering for
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Plantain
  • Water

Ingredients for the fried sauce

  • 3-4 medium size tomatoes sliced
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup palm oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp ground crayfish


How to fry plantain.

  • You can use the same oil you used for frying the yam to fry the plantain. heat oil till hot (I recommend you fry the plantain before frying the yam)
  • using a sharp knife, cut both ends of the plantain, make an incision on the skin from top to bottom and peel the plantain.
  • Slice the plantain diagonally to about half an inch.
  • Season with salt if you want, I hardly do this
  • Carefully add sliced plantain to the hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown
  • Remove plantain from the hot oil and drain on a kitchen towel. reserve to serve with fried yam

How to Fry yam

  • Peel and cut yam into half, slice the halved yam into thin slices about 10-15mm thickness
  • Rinse yam till water runs clean. Add enough water to cover and add salt to taste
  • Place a frying pan on medium-high heat, add enough oil and heat till hot
  • Carefully drop sliced yams to hot oil (please be careful with hot oil and reduce the heat
  • After about 2 minutes, add a little bit of water to the yam being fried, it would foam on top, don’t worry it will settle down in minutes.
  • The trick at achieving a soft fried yam is by adding water to the oil, as odd as this sound it is the best way to do it. If you have seen where the Iya onidundun as they are called fry their yams, you would know that at intervals, they add salted water to the frying yam. This is what makes it tasty and soft.
  • The yam will soak up the water and the oil will remain for subsequent use.
    Pay attention to the yam if you don’t want to be left with golden dry yam
    Do a fork test on some of the sliced yams and if the fork pierces through, then it is ready to be taken out of the oil.
  • Repeat this process till you have exhausted the yam
  • Drain yam on kitchen towel

How to make the fried sauce (My special sauce)

  • Place a pan on medium heat, add palm oil and allow to heat for about 3-4 minutes
  • Add chopped tomatoes and onions
  • Followed by cayenne pepper if using, leave to cook for about 10 minutes
  • Add bouillon cube and salt to taste, then add ground the crayfish. Stir to combine
  • Continue to cook till palm oil floats on top of the sauce
  • Plate up your fried yam and enjoy
  • If you want the street vibe to continue, serve on an old newspaper, cover it up and open after a minute or two.