Yamarita is a delicious Nigerian dish made from Yam that are coated in a spiced batter and then fried until crispy.

Here’s a simple recipe for Yamarita:



Avatar photoLaila Yetunde
Nigerian Yamarita Recipe.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Nigerian


  • Fryer


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 large yams peeled and cut into thick rectangular strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  • In a bowl, mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. This is your batter mix.
    1 teaspoon garlic powder , 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon thyme, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a deep pot to about 350°F (175°C).
    Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Dip each yam strip into the beaten eggs, making sure it's well coated.
  • Coat the egg-dipped yam strip with the batter mix, ensuring it's evenly covered
    2 large yams, 2 eggs, beaten
  • Carefully place the coated yam strip into the hot oil. You can fry a few at a time, depending on the size of your fryer or pot. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes per side
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried yamarita from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining yam strips.
  • Serve the yamarita hot, with your choice of dipping sauce or accompaniment. Tomato sauce, ketchup, or a spicy pepper sauce are popular options
  • Enjoy your crispy and flavorful yamarita!


Note: Yamarita is often served as a snack or appetizer, and you can adjust the spices and seasonings to your taste. Make sure the yam strips are thick enough to hold their shape during frying.
Remember to exercise caution while working with hot oil, and be sure to follow proper safety guidelines.
Keyword Yamarita
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