Side Dishes

Southern Candied Yams

Posted: September 10

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

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It’s just not Thanksgiving without a side of candied yams, especially in the South. Southern Candied Yams are a one-pot, stove-top dish that just needs a little time and patience to come together perfectly. The glaze is full of lovely fall flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, that make the yams taste out of this world. Scoop up some comfort this holiday season with Southern Candied Yams.


2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds.
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


Step 1

In a medium pot over medium-high heat on the stove-top, combine the sweet potatoes with the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, vanilla, butter, and frozen orange juice.

Step 2

Stir the sweet potatoes until coated in the butter and sugar mixture fully.

Step 3

Let the mixture come to a boil.

Step 4

Cover and then let the sweet potatoes simmer until the yams are tender, about 50 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the lid and set the stove-top heat to medium.

Step 6

Let the mixture come to a boil.

Step 7

Stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until the mixture reduces and the syrup coats the yams.

Step 8

Remove the pot containing the candied yams from the stove and serve.

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