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Southern Candied Yams (Old Fashioned Soul Food Recipe)

A rich and flavorful southern-style candied yam recipe made with chopped sweet potatoes cooked in a sweet, buttery syrup until tender and glazed. This is an authentic soul food candied sweet potato recipe that you will find yourself making for every holiday and Sunday dinner!
4.63 from 94 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern US
Servings 10 servings
Calories 349 kcal




  • Preheat your oven to 375°F. Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and set it aside.
  • Wash, peel, and slice the sweet potatoes into ½-inch thick rounds. Place the sweet potatoes in the buttered baking dish and set them aside.
  • Heat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter melts. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the sweet potatoes and use a wooden spoon or your hands to stir the sweet potatoes and make sure each potato slice is coated in the syrup. Cover the pan with foil and bake the yams in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the foil from the pan, carefully spoon some of the cooking syrup over the yams, and continue cooking the yams, uncovered, for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork and the cooking liquid is syrupy.
  • Allow the candied yams to cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy!



  • Do not cook the butter and sugar mixture to the point where the sugar dissolves. This will cause the syrup to harden like candy and you will not be able to pour it over the sweet potatoes. Only heat the butter and sugar mixture until the butter melts.
  • Leftover candied yams can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat yams in the microwave or oven.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 65.6gProtein: 2.2gFat: 9.5gSaturated Fat: 5.9gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 196mgPotassium: 1128mgFiber: 5.9gSugar: 27.8gCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Keyword candied sweet potatoes, candied yams, soul food recipes, southern candied sweet potatoes, southern yams, thanksgiving side dishes
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