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casserole dish of candied yams

Delicious Candied Yams Recipe

These candied yams are deliciously sweet, and oven-baked to perfection for the perfect Fall and Winter side dish recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 287kcal


  • 2 pounds peeled and thickly sliced yams or sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Add the yams or sweet potatoes to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Put the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium-size pan or pot and heat over low heat while whisking until the butter is melted and the mixture is combined.
  • Pour the butter-brown sugar mixture over top of the yams or sweet potatoes in the bowl and thoroughly mix until coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 13x9 casserole or a similar sized baking dish and cover in foil or a lid.
  • Bake in the oven at 375° for 45, remove from the oven, stir and place back in the oven for another 45 minutes or until the yams or sweet potatoes are very tender.


Chef Notes:
Make-Ahead: You can make these up to 1 hour ahead of time. Keep covered and warm before serving.
How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These do not freeze all that well.
How to Reheat: Place the desired amount into a small casserole dish and cover with foil. Bake in the oven at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until warm. You can also heat in the microwave until warm.
Feel free to use any color sweet potato or yam for this recipe.
You may also add ½ teaspoon of ground ginger and ground cloves to the mix.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 16094IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg