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Candied Yams are tender, buttery, tangy, and sweet with a delicious brown sugar glaze. This simple Thanksgiving side dish is quick and easy to prepare. |

Candied Yams

  • Author: Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Candied Yams are tender, buttery, tangy, and sweet with a delicious brown sugar citrus glaze. This easy and simple Thanksgiving side dish is quick to prepare making it the perfect stress-free side.


  • 5 medium yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (up to 1 cup for traditional very sweet candied yams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pecans, chopped (optional, for serving)
  • fresh rosemary (optional, for serving)


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole pan with some oil or butter.
  2. Arrange the sliced yams in the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, about 1 minute. Add orange juice, orange zest, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir well until smooth. Bring the sauce to a boil then turn the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour the sauce over the yams and toss well to coat.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Then, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking for another 30-35 minutes until tender. Baste with the sauce occasionally during baking.
  6. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with chopped pecans and fresh rosemary on top, if desired.


How to store: Store leftover candied yams in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How to reheat: Reheat leftover candied yams by roasting in a 350F preheated oven for about 10 minutes until warmed through, or in a 350F air fryer for 5 minutes until warm.

How to freeze: Spread leftover candied yams on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer them into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat your desired serving size straight out of the freezer by sautéing until heated through and crisped up. You can also bake it from frozen, microwave, or air fry.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: candied yams, candied sweet potatoes, brown sugar glazed yams, sweet potato side dish