Florence Mama's Candied Yams


This candied yams recipe makes a great holiday side dish. And if you want to learn how to make candied yams for the first time, this easy recipe is a great one to try!

Florence Mama’s Candied Yams
Photo: Squire Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
8 to 10 serving plus leftovers


  • 3 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise in 1/4-inch-thick rounds

  • 1 orange, thinly sliced into rounds

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter*

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In an ungreased 2-quart baking dish place sweet potato slices, overlapping slightly and covering the dish. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then add the orange slices. Pour the mixture over the potatoes, covering the entire surface.

  2. Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake 40 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove foil and bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until the top is golden brown. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings plus leftovers.


If you like, you can reduce butter in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

309 Calories
15g Fat
42g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 309
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8.3mg 42%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 432mg 9%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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