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Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 6
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This candied sweet potato recipe is a true classic. Whether you're cooking for the family or looking for a traditional side for the holidays, this dish comes together on the stovetop with a few pantry staples. And because there's no baking or roasting required for these boiled sweet potatoes, you don’t even need to pull out the vegetable peeler for this recipe—the skins will slip right off as the sweet potatoes cool. Candied sweet potatoes are a sweet twist for a side dish that's versatile enough for Thanksgiving and everyday meals.
Updated Nov 9, 2020


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1
    Scrub sweet potatoes, but do not peel. Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly. Slip off skins. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • 2
    Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly. Add potatoes. Gently stir until glazed and hot.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Contrary to popular belief, yams aren’t grown or sold in the U.S. What you’ll find in the grocery stores are different varieties of sweet potatoes. The deep orange or nearly red-fleshed varieties are very moist and sweet, perfect for this brown sugar-sweetened side dish.
  • tip 2
    Boiling the potatoes in their jackets makes removing them a cinch—no veggie peeler required.
  • tip 3
    Easily layer up the flavor by substituting orange, apple cider, or cranberry juice for the water.
  • tip 4
    Make pineapple sweet potatoes by omitting the 3 tablespoons water and adding an 8-ounce can of crushed pineapple in syrup, undrained.


185 Calories, 6 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 34 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
260 mg
16 mg
Total Carbohydrate
34 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Their brilliantly hued orange flesh is a key to sweet potatoes’ goodness. This candied yams recipe requires just 15 minutes of prep, no peeling and just a little bit of stovetop watching. And if you’re wondering about the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. While some grocers may label the long, red-skinned variety of sweet potatoes as yams, they’re just another variety of sweet potato. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires produce labeled as “yams” to also include the term “sweet potato.”
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