Sweet potato is good as it is, but making it into a ball might make it an even better snack. Just make sure the potatoes stick!

Sweet Potato Balls

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 1 small Sweet Potato (about 6 oz)
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Cut sweet potato into dice-sized cubes. Soak them in water for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Drain and dry sweet potatoes. In a small bowl, mix sweet potatoes and brown sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add flour and mix until it gets sticky. Add small amount of water to increase the stickiness if the potatoes don’t stick together.
  4. Divide the potatoes into half and make two bowls.
  5. Line the bottom of the bamboo steamer basket with parchment paper. Place potato balls on top.
  6. Place the steamer into the wok (or a pan or a pot that fits the steamer) and observe how deep it sits. Remove the steamer and add water to the wok until the water is just below where the steamer sits.
  7. Bring the water to a simmer on medium heat, do not let it boil.
  8. Place the bamboo steamer in the wok with the lid on. Let the steaming water cook the potato balls, for about 10 minutes.