ojojo ( Yam Fritters)

Ojojo is a “finger food” popular among the Yorubas and ethnic groups in the western part of Nigeria. Authentic ojojo is made with water yam and the process is a little different. This recipe is for those abroad who do not have access to water yam. I have used sweet potatoes as a substitute and it tasted amazing (if I can say so myself :)). You can eat Ojojo with pretty much anything you eat Akara with, it can also be enjoyed on it’s own as a snack. Enjoy!


  • 1 medium water yam tuber ( or 4 large size sweet potatoes)
  • 1 medium size onion (chopped)
  • 2- 3 fresh chillis (sonbo or rodo) (chopped)
  • Salt –  to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour (skip if using water yam)
  • 2 large eggs
  • oil for frying


  • Cut and clean yam tuber, grate using a hand held grater
  • Remove any excess water from the grated yam by (squeezing out excess fluid) (Skip step if using water yam)
  • Add in egg, salt, onion, pepper and flour to the grated yam
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly
  • Set oil on medium heat, once the oil is hot enough, add in the yam paste bits at a time.
  • Fry on each side for 3 minutes or until golden brown.


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By |April 28th, 2011|23 Comments


  1. ANA GOREE December 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Is there any other yam recipes.

  2. Anthonia May 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Do we scoop the batter into d oil with hand or a spoon. Thanks so much for dis

  3. Nanya February 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I just tried this recipe with sweet potatoes….Delicious!!!

  4. Abiodun December 22, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I tried grating the water yam with the hand held grater, it wasn’t smooth, what is your advice on this.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      that is weird. how big are the holes on your grater?

  5. juliet December 4, 2015 at 5:37 am - Reply

    i dont understand d recipe, pls explain better

  6. Dr. Velonda May 28, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    WOW, what a great blog!
    Here in Detroit, Michigan; we have been able to find the authentic African Yam. I am excited to pass this on to others. As a nutritionist, foodie and cookbook author (Beyond Candied Yams & Sweet Potato Pie) I am always looking for new sweet potato and authentic yam recipes. Thanks!

  7. Carolyn March 18, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Please can i use the normal yam for this recipe.
    I will love to try this. thanks a mil

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      you can substitute regular yam, the taste will be different but it works.

  8. wunmi July 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    OK boss

  9. wunmi July 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Ijebu own’s ojojo & dat where I come 4rm dis is a different method I guess I will try it

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t say Ijepu owns Ojojo by any stretch.. Ikokore I would agree, but, lots of Yoruba tribes can lay claim to ojojo. This is definitely a non traditional recipe.

  10. Julie June 8, 2014 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve nt tried this though but want to that right away just that I don’t know what cilantro is,pls help here cos I wanna try this dish

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      The cilantro is optional, feel free to skip it.

  11. Adesewa Adeola March 29, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I am an expectant mum who was craving ojojo, came on here and found the recipe. I used water yam and it was fantastic. I’ve made it 3 times in the last 2 weeks (ojojo overload, I know). Thanks for the amzing tips and recipes on this site, god bless you

  12. Name July 17, 2012 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Lol. Am nt hearing d pdt 4 d 1st tym, but i think ds method will b prefer beta 2 d one i knw. I hv a project on it nw 2 c hw acceptabu it wil b. Kudos 2u

  13. Exponent July 17, 2012 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Lol. Am nt hearing d pdt 4 d 1st tym, but i think ds method will b prefer beta 2 d one i knw. I hv a project on it nw 2 c hw acceptabu it wil b. Kudos 2u

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