Sweet Candied Yams Recipe: A Comfort Food Side Dish to Celebrate by Donna John

Sweet Candied Yams Recipe: A Comfort Food Side Dish to Celebrate

On Thanksgiving, comfort food is the name of the game! Topping the list are macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, vegetable casseroles, gravy, sweet tea and candied yams. And while it's not the healthiest, it is delicious, down-home food.

I grew up eating candied sweet potatoes, which led to more research. Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? As it turns out, nope, they're not. Yams have a dark brown skin and the flesh is starchy. Sweet potatoes have a reddish skin, softer flesh and are sweeter. Both are tasty, but different.

This easy vegetarian candied yams recipe has only six ingredients and is the perfect side dish for chicken, pork or beef. You could use sweet potatoes for this recipe if you can't find yams. Be sure not to overcook the yams when they're boiled so they stay together and have texture. This gluten-free yam recipe is low in sodium and would be perfect with that Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham or a weeknight dinner in any month during the year.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


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Recipe Notes

  • You could use sweet potatoes instead of yams.
  • If you like marshmallows on your yams or sweet potatoes, add some on top at the very end of cooking time to melt.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the yams into a saucepan with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until yams are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking water. Put the yams into a casserole dish in a single layer. 
  2. Put 3/4 cup of the reserved water, brown sugar and vanilla into a bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar. 
  3. Sprinkle the yams with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the sugar mixture over the yams. Cover the top of the yams with the pats of butter. 
  4. Bake in a 400-degree F oven for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let the yams cool about 5 minutes before serving (sauce will thicken as they cool). 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 276

Total Fat: 15.6g

Saturated Fat: 9.8g

Cholesterol: 41mg

Sodium: 118mg

Total Carbohydrate: 33.5g

Dietary Fiber: 4.2g

Total Sugars: 5.9g

Protein: 1.7g

Vitamin D: 11mcg

Calcium: 24mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 822mg

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I’m definitely a fan of yams anytime of the year, even though they’re definitely holiday food too.
Elisa Schmitz
So delicious, Donna John , thanks for sharing. I'm with you on trying recipes and foods from all over the world!

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