Easy classic candied yams recipe – delicious candied yams with butter, sugar, yams, and vanilla!
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Candied Canned Yams Recipe
This is the easiest way to candy yams – it is quick and simple, and can be used as a base to make your own spin on candied yams!
This recipe uses canned yams, but you can also use pre-cooked sweet potatoes that are soft to the touch but not so soft they fall apart.
We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
How To Make Candied Yams
This recipe is meant to be a base – so you can customize it with your own herbs and seasonings! This side dish is naturally sweet, but tastes great with spicy additions like cayenne or aleppo pepper, smoked paprika, or fresh herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary.
Yams mix well with walnuts, pecans, macademia nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, and pistachios!
Candied Yams With Pecans
To make this dish with a perfect, delicious crunch, add 1/2 cup chopped pecans to dish and toss – it is fantastic!
Candied Yams With Marshmallows
For an extra sweet topping, top with marshmallows before baking.
- Prep your dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
- Assemble yams and topping. Add yams to baking dish. Top with pats of softened butter. Sprinkle sugar, salt, and vanilla (and any other spices or herbs you might be using) around pan.
- Bake. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes. Give dish a quick stir to evenly toss in sugar and butter. Continue to bake until yams are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Tips To Perfect Candied Yams & FAQs
Add crunch. If you want some crunch to this dish, you can mix in pecans, oats, a little flour to make a “crisp” topping, walnuts, or even amaretti cookies!
Add spice. We love this sweet yam dish with a bit of a kick – try adding a dash of cayenne pepper, or some smoked paprika for a smoky but not spicy kick.
Yams are done when the sides and tops have browned slightly.
You can store candied yams in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Yams can be frozen for up to four months.
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Easy Candied Yams Recipe
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Easy Candied Yams recipe - delicious candied yams with butter, sugar, yams, and vanilla!
- 2 lb canned yams in syrup, drained
- 4 oz butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
- Add yams to baking dish.
- Top with pats of softened butter.
- Sprinkle sugar, salt, and vanilla (and any other spices or herbs you might be using) around pan.
- Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes. Give dish a quick stir to evenly toss in sugar and butter.
- Continue to bake until yams are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 41mgSodium 497mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 6gSugar 14gProtein 2g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.