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How To Freeze Yam

Have you ever wondered how to preserve yam at home for long? Here is a quick guide on how to freeze yam in simple steps without compromising its taste and quality. This method is for African yam but it can also be used to freeze sweet potatoes as well.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African, American, Nigerian
Keyword: how to freeze yam, how to preserve yam
Servings: 4
Author: Ajoke


  • 1 tuber of yam


  • Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper and fill a bowl with water and set it aside
  • Slice and peel the yam in circular shapes or strips if you would be frying it. Drop the peeled yam in the bowl of water to stop discoloration. Repeat this process until you have exhausted the tubers of yams you intend to preserve.
  • Rinse the yam until clean and clear of debris then transfer to a colander to drain water.

Method 1

  • If you would be flash freezing, arrange the peeled yam on the prepared lined baking sheet in a single layer. Place it in the freezer and freeze for up to 2 hours, afterwards, transfer the frozen yam into a Ziploc bag and return to the freezer. Freeze for 6 months to 1 year.

Method 2

  • Transfer the cleaned and drained yam into a large Ziploc bag, make sure it is not overcrowded, and don't stack it as well. Close the Ziploc bag making sure to remove excess air as much as possible. Place the yam in the freezer flat if possible and freeze for 6 months to 1 year.


Do I need to thaw the yam before cooking
No, there is no need to defrost frozen yam before cooking or frying. You can cook it directly from frozen without affecting its taste and quality.