Recipe: Southern Baked Candied Yams


Let me start by saying, these are not my mama’s southern baked candied yams, but dang it, they come really close! She old school and doesn’t measure anything, so it’s taken me a few years to get this together. Give them a try and let me know in the comments what you think!

Baked Southern Candied Yams

Southern Baked Candied Yams

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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potatoes, yams
Servings: 4 people


  • 3 medium yams
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • 1 stick (8tbsp) butter (diced)


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Peel and slice yams into 1/2 inch discs.
  • Rinse yams and add to a medium pot. Add water and cover top of yams.
  • Boil potatoes for about 15 minutes. Scoop out yams and place into a buttered 9x9 or 9x13 baking dish.
  • On top of the yams, add butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground clove, salt, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Take candied yams out of oven and carefully stir around to allow seasonings to mingle. Recover and bake for another 10 minutes. Insert a fork to ensure potatoes are done.
  • Wait 10 minutes before serving.
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