Kamote Cue. If you have never tried this fried Filipino snack you are missing out! Kamote cue is a simple snack that you will fall head-over-heels for and want to eat every chance you can!
What is Kamote Cue?
Crispy, fried, salty, sweet, and soft there is nothing quite as unique or flavorful as Kamote Cue! This classic Filipino snack is pure nostalgia for me and you are sure to love it, too! Kamote cue is made with fresh sweet potatoes that are fried with brown sugar to caramelize them.
The potato slices are usually served on skewers of three or four, but they are so good you will want to eat a dozen!
What Makes Kamote Cue so Great!?
For so many Filipinos this snack is like a bite of home. This is one of the most common street snacks in all of the Philippines, so eating this takes a lot of people back home. This is a delicious and simple snack from my culture that I am so excited to share with you!
Easy to Make!
There are no complicated methods or special equipment needed for this snack! It has only three ingredients and is so easy to put together. The steps are simple and easy to follow so you can enjoy a sweet snack in no time! This is a great indulgence for those late-night munchies or after-work binging!
Vegan and Allergen Friendly!
Vegans, vegetarians, and allergy sufferers, this is your snack! The three simple ingredients do not contain dairy, meat, wheat, nuts, or other common allergens so this is the perfect snack for any diet!
Crispy, Crunchy Favorite!
This is not your average sweet potato dish! No matter your age or feelings about sweet potatoes Kamote Cue will win you over! It has crunch and layers of sweetness you would not believe. Kids and adults agree that this simple snack is irresistible!
Ingredients for Kamote Cue
- Sweet Potatoes particularly Japanese Sweet Potatoes- You can choose your favorite variety of sweet potatoes to use in this recipe. Japanese sweet potatoes are the most common in the United States. They are yellow on the outside, but purple inside. These sweet potatoes might seem like the only choice in sweet potatoes but there are some really great overlooked options in your local grocer’s produce department. Just don’t use Yams or any orange flesh potatoes you find in the stores since their flesh is soft and will crumble when fried.
- Brown Sugar-Brown sugar is the key to the delicious crunchy and sweet exterior of this tasty snack food. Either light or dark brown sugar will work for this recipe, but light brown sugar has a more neutral and mild flavor.
- Vegetable Oil/ Canola Oil-Vegetable oil is used to fry these sweet spuds. It has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor so it is the perfect choice for frying. If vegetable oil is unavailable canola oil is an excellent second choice. Safflower oil and grapeseed oil will also work.
- Wash sweet potatoes and peel them using a knife or peeler.
- Slice into ½ inch thick. Set aside.
- Heat oil over medium heat. Carefully drop camote or sweet potato slices into the hot oil.
- Fry until the Kamote Cue is fork tender. As shown in the picture.
- Set the sweet potatoes to the side of the pan and add the brown sugar. Let the sugar melt.
- Move the pieces around the pan using a spoon to coat them with the caramel.
- Remove from oil and allow to cool a little bit.
- Skewer 3-4 pieces on individual bamboo sticks. Serve and enjoy.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Be very careful when working with hot sugar and oil. The only burn worse than an oil burner is a sugar burn! Add the potatoes slowly and try to avoid splashing.
- If you have a spider or metal spoon, that is a great choice of tool for this oil.
- Allow the sweet potatoes a moment or two to cool on a wire rack before skewering. This ensures the caramel on the outside of the potato is nice and set up.
- DO NOT DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS! The sticky sugar will get stuck to the paper towel, so opt for a wire rack to cool these spuds.
What to Serve with Kamote Cue?
This snack is made to grab on the run. You can enjoy Kamote Cue on its own or as a side dish to an epic meal! The skewers make this dish great for parties or eating in the kitchen while you work on bigger meals!
The bold sweet flavor of these potatoes screams out for some rice, beans, or even flatbread.
How to Store and Reheat Kamote Cue
This dish is not the easiest to store and reheat, but it can be done! Allow the potatoes to cool completely then transfer them to an airtight container. Store Kamote Cue in the refrigerator for up to four days.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper then placing a wire rack on top of that. If you have not already, take the potatoes off the skewers. Arrange the potatoes carefully on top of the wire rack and bake for ten minutes. Check the potatoes to see if they are warm, and optionally return them to the oven for up to ten more minutes.
Is Kamote Cue Good for You?
Sweet potatoes are an excellent addition to any well-balanced diet and lifestyle. They have a wealth of vitamins and nutrients. Sweet potatoes tend to be high in nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and more. The fry oil and sugar in the recipe add fat, but if you are living an otherwise healthy lifestyle allowing yourself this treat is not a problem! You might even get some vitamins from the potatoes!
Does Camote Cue Have Breading?
No, the delicious crispiness on the outside of these sweet potatoes is from caramelized brown sugar and nothing else!
What is the English of Kamote Cue?
This is called Skewered Sweet Potato in English.
Is Kamote and Sweet Potato the same?
Yes they are! Kamote is the Tagalog word for Sweet Potato.
What is Kamote Rich in?
Kamote is is very rich in good fiber. It helps in digestion.
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- 1 lb Japanese Sweet Potatoes slice into half inch
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- Wash and peel Japanese Sweet potatoes and cut them into half-inch slices
- Heat oil over medium heat and add the sliced sweet potatoes. Cook until fork tender.
- Push the sweet potatoes to the side of the pan and add in the sugar.
- Let the sugar melt and move the sliced potatoes around the pan using a wooden spoon or spatula, letting the melted sugar coat the sweet potatoes.
- Remove the potatoes from the oil and let them cool and skewer three to five pieces of sweet potatoes in bamboo skewers.