Southern Candied Yam Recipe

Southern Candied Yam Recipe | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

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These southern candied yams by Smokin’ & Grillin with AB are the perfect side dish for any celebration. They are coated with a thick and sweet sauce that everyone will surely enjoy. For this recipe, the sweet potatoes are cooked on the stovetop and not in the oven. These are super easy to make and don’t require a lot of ingredients, perfect for this holiday season. Watch the video below and try these mouthwatering yams now.



  • 2lb of sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 orange (juiced)


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Step 1:

Peel and slice the sweet potatoes to the same thickness. Place them in a bowl.

Step 2:

Add 1 stick of butter to a deep pot and let it melt. Add 3/4 cup of brown sugar and mix with the butter. Next, add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Mix until the butter is completely melted.

Step 3:

Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup of white sugar to the pot. Give it a good stir until it becomes thick and smooth.

Southern Candied Yam Recipe Ingredients
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Step 4:

Squeeze 1 orange and add the juice to the mixture. Give it a good stir until well incorporated.

Step 5:

Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the pot. Mix until everything is coated with the sauce. Let it come to a simmer, then mix it again.

Southern Candied Yam Recipe Instructions
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Step 6:

Place the lid on the pot. It’s better to use a lid with a vent, but if you don’t have just slightly tilt it to let the steam come out. Let it steam for about 8 minutes.

Step 7:

Give it a good mix and let it cook for another 10 minutes at super low with the lid. Use a toothpick to check if the sweet potatoes are already cooked. Once done, transfer the sweet potatoes to a baking tray.

Step 8:

Let the sauce cook for another 25 minutes until it’s thick.

Step 9:

Pour the sauce right on top of the sweet potatoes. Serve and enjoy!



Southern Candied Yam Recipe

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