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Candied Yams

Candied Yams are a classic side dish that is always welcomed during the holidays.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Servings: 8
Calories: 426kcal


  • 4 pounds ruby sweet potatoes (yams) Ruby or garnet yams, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 8 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract not imitation
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Place the peeled and cut sweet potatoes in a large stock pot or dutch oven and cover with a couple inches of cold water.
  • Bring to a boil and add 1 tsp salt.
  • Boil for 5-10 minutes, or until you can pierce with a fork, but they aren’t fully cooked or mushy.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a saute pan, add butter, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger, as well as orange juice, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, and bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Once boiling, stir well, then add the sweet potatoes, stirring to coat with the sauce.
  • Continue to boil until the sauce reduces to a thick, syrup consistency (about 10 minutes)
  • Serve hot.


Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 32623IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg