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The Best Candied Yams

Loaded with buttery, cinnamon spiced goodness, this easy recipe for The Best Candied Yams is a classic side dish that pairs well with all Holiday meals.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied sweetpotatoes, how to make candied yams, sweet potatoes recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 234kcal



  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot. Cover with two inches of cold water, and add a pinch of salt.
    Bring to a high simmer over high heat, and then reduce the heat to simmer gently for 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft on the edges and firm in the center.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the remaining water from the sweet potatoes.
  • In a large skillet, stir together the reserved cooking liquid, the butter, the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
    Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  • Add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and stir well. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 to 10 more minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fully cooked and the sauce has reduced.
    Turn off the heat and season with salt to taste.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Cooking time will vary depending on the potatoes. Older potatoes cook faster than fresher ones, and the size of the rounds will also affect the cooking time.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 21687IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg