Easy Candied Yams (sweet potatoes) are a quick way to serve up this popular side dish this holiday season with no peeling and slicing potatoes required! If you can open a can of sweet potatoes, you can get this dish made! In fact, it is so easy that you may want to serve it all year, and not just for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner menus. If you do have a bit more time, I also have a Candied Yams recipe made with fresh sweet potatoes that is delicious!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Yams: Look for a 40-ounce can of cut yams or sweet potatoes. They can be in water or in syrup since you will drain them before using.
Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar provides the sweetness and a hint of caramel flavor to the side dish.
Butter: Pieces of unsalted butter are evenly distributed over the tops of the yams to help create the syrupy glaze. It also gives the dish some richness. If using salted butter, you may want to lessen the amount of salt in the recipe.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: For the most flavor, make homemade pumpkin pie spice to add to the yams.
Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes
Are they yams or are they sweet potatoes? When shopping for yams, you will more than likely be buying sweet potatoes. In fact, the two are very different and yams are not very common in the United States. Yams have rough dark skin and the flesh is starchy and white, not sweet at all! In fact, a true yam tastes more like a white russet potato than a sweet potato. When I am buying sweet potatoes (sometimes mislabeled as yams) at the grocery store, I am looking for the orange inside. For all practical purposes, the terms are interchangeable in many traditional American recipes. But, if you do get your hands on yams, this recipe will taste a bit different.
How To Store Candied Yams
To store candied yams, first, let them cool completely. Next, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat them in the oven or in the microwave.
Can I Freeze Candied Yams?
Sure, you can freeze candied yams, but it may affect the texture when reheated. To freeze, let the dish cool completely. Then, store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 2-3 months. When ready to enjoy, let them thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Easy Candied Yams
- 1 can (40 ounces) cut yams or sweet potatoes, drained
- 1 cup (200 g) light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup (½ stick / 57 g) unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- To an 8×8-inch baking dish, add yams or sweet potatoes. Sprinkle brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt over the top.
- Evenly top with butter pieces.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until bubbly and the syrup is thick, stirring halfway through baking. Serve immediately.
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
I can't believe these came from a can! This is such an easy (and inexpensive) way to dress up yams this holiday season!
I really liked these candied yams! So easy to make, and perfect for the holidays. I would have no problem serving these to guests.
I am very satisfied with these yams! They are extremely tender and have a pleasant sweetness to them.
If you like yams, you'll love them! They're sweet, soft, and almost caramel-y!
These were super yummy and so so easy to make! I love that for the holidays!