Candied Yams

Candied Yams Recipe

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Marjorie Harper


This recipe was given to me by an Alabama friend years ago. No Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is complete at our house without these candied yams. I like the convenience of cooking them on the stovetop or in an electric frying pan so the oven is available for other foods.


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15 Min
1 Hr
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6 medium
yams or sweet potatoes
1/3 c
dark karo syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 c
1/4 lb

How to Make Candied Yams


  • 1Cook the unpeeled yams in boiing water for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until you can peel them. Cut in half lengthwise.
  • 2Melt butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and water together in a large, heavy skillet. Lay yams cut side down in this syrup and cook on low heat turning occasionally and basting occasionally so yams can candy on both sides.
  • 3Keep heat low so they do not scorch. Cook slowly until yams are tender and syrup flavor has permeated the yams. Takes abaout 30-45 minutes depending on how much you precooked your yams.

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About Candied Yams

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern

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