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southern style candied yams in a baking dish
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Southern Style Candied Yams

Make Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes (or Candied Yams) with this tried & tested Black family recipe. Uses less than 10 ingredients and easy.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10


  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Baking Liquid

  • ½ cup butter salted
  • ½ cup orange juice pulp free
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Prepare the potatoes

  • Add the sweet potatoes (whole with the skin on) to a pot large enough to fully submerge them in water
  • Fill the pot with water, cover it, and bring to a boil
  • Boil the sweet potatoes until they can be easily pierced with a fork
  • Submerge the tender sweet potatoes in cold water to cool them off quickly/save time

Make the candied yams

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Use a butter knife to cut the rough top and bottom part of the sweet potatoes off
  • Gently scrape the potatoes to remove the skin.
  • Slice the potatoes into ½ inch discs
  • Lay the discs in a flat layer in a 9x13 baking dish
  • Add the baking liquid ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat until the butter is melted. Stir the liquid.
  • Top the sweet potatoes with sugar, then cinnamon and nutmeg (this should be as evenly distributed as possible)
  • Pour the melted baking liquid over the sweet potatoes
  • Bake on 350 for 45 minutes uncovered