How to Make Candied Yams

Once your friends and family taste this easy, from-scratch, candied yam recipe, they'll be asking how to make candied yams as delicious as yours. With less sugar and butter than most standard preparations, this recipe lets the natural sweetness of the yams take center stage. You won't have to feel the least bit of guilt if you can't resist a second helping. Not cloyingly sugary, but just-right sweet, this toned-down recipe for candied yams makes a much more healthful dish for you and your family to enjoy, yet it tastes so amazing you might never want to make those high-fat, high-sugar, candied yam recipes again. At a mere 185 calories per serving, this nutritious recipe is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and even calcium and iron, but your family will love it just because it tastes good. Most candied yam recipes require oven baking, but this one is cooked entirely on the stove-top. If you can't find yams, the golden type of sweet potato will work nicely.
-Hi, I'm Miranda with, and today, I'm gonna show you how to make classic candy sweet potatoes. Now, this is the classic made from srap sweet potato dish. It's super easy and best of all, it can be all cooked on the top of the stove. So, I have all ingredients all laid out here. We're gonna start with 6 medium size sweet potatoes or yam. It's about 2 pounds. These are scrubbed, but we're leaving the skin on. We also have a half a teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of water, 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine. I'm using butter here. We also have 1/3 of a cup of packed brown sugar. So, we're gonna begin by putting our sweet potatoes in this large pot over here with just enough water to cover, and you'll notice my water is not boiling yet. That comes now. So we're gonna cover. So, we're gonna bring this to a boil, then we're gonna reduce it to low. Put the cover on, and let it simmer for 20 to 25 minutes until tender. Okay, our sweet potatoes cooked for about 20 minutes. They are nice and tender. I let them cool a little bit after they have drained, and now we're gonna slip the skins off, and that's really as easy as it sounds. You can just literally like make a little indent, you know, with you thumb and then look at that, they just peel right off. Okay, so this sweet potato is all naked out of its skin. So, I'm just going to cut it in half lengthwise. It's really hot to feel the middle, so be careful. Flip it over on the cut side. Then, I just gonna cut little half moons. Like a half an inch thick. So, just little, like half-inch thick slices, and I'm just gonna continue with the rest until they are all done, and then we'll come right back. Okay, so our sweet potatoes have been peeled and sliced into these nice little half inch moons. Now, the next step is we're just gonna put these to the side. I have this 10-inch skillet over here, and I'm going to add the remaining ingredients. So, I have it on like a low to medium heat. You wanna make sure it's not too hot. We don't want out butter to burn and then the water, just mixing these all in together, brown sugar, and our salt. So, we're gonna mix these all together until it becomes bubbly and smooth. We're making our glaze right now. So, I'm just gonna let this melt, heat up, and we'll come back in about a minute when the glaze is already in set. So, the last step is to add in our already cooked sweet potatoes. So be careful because this glaze is hot. So, slowly notch this in. They are gonna be the happiest sweet potatoes you've ever meet, and we're just gonna give them a little toast so that everything has a chance to get nice and glazed. So, look how beautiful and glazed and hot and ready to serve this classic candy sweet potatoes are. How easy was that, so super tasty. We made it from scratch. We did all in the stove top. We're done. That's how you it. It's time to enjoy this classic candy sweet potatoes. Thanks for watching and for more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 6   medium sweet potatoes or yams (2 pounds)

  • 1/3  cup packed brown sugar

  • 3   tablespoons butter or margarine

  • 3   tablespoons water

  • 1/2  teaspoon salt

Step By Step

Scrub sweet potatoes, but do not peel. Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Slip off skins. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add potatoes. Gently stir until glazed and hot.

Candied yams go well with almost any main course and don't have to be saved for special occasions. The natural sweetness in a yam or sweet potato along with the addition of a touch of brown sugar, makes most kids happy to gobble this dish up. And because this recipe is so easy to prepare, taking only about 15 minutes of prep time, you'll want to make these candied yams often.
If you want to know how to make candied yams that are also diet-friendly, this is one of the best ways to prepare them. A slight reduction in fat and sugar doesn't compromise the look, taste or texture of the dish. You won't miss the gooey marshmallows or sugared pecans found in some recipes, because this glaze bathes each yam slice with a glistening, sweet coating.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 185, Fat, total (g) 6, sat. fat (g) 11, carb. (g) 34, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 4859, vit. C (mg) 13, sodium (mg) 260, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 1, Fruit () 1, Starch () 1, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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