Easy Stove Top Candied Yams made with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. You’ll love this traditional recipe!
These homemade candied yams are to die for, friends! They’re rich, sticky, sweet and best of all, you cook them on the stove top or in an electric skillet, which frees up oven space. If you’re looking for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish, you don’t want to miss this easy recipe for candied yams!
If you’re a regular reader, you know how much I love sharing old family recipes that belonged to my mom and grandma. Well, this time, I’m doing something slightly different! I’m sharing an easy recipe for my mother in law’s candied yams.
Usually, we have mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole with marshmallows for our Thanksgiving side dishes. The kids are partial to the casserole because they like to scrape the marshmallows off the top and eat them first. Personally, I prefer the lighter mashed sweet potatoes.
So the Hubs suggested we have the candied yams, instead. He remembers his mom making them every year, and he even had the recipe memorized. It’s a super simple recipe, and you only need four ingredients in addition to the yams.
And let me just say that this is definitely NOT a low calorie recipe for yams! These babies are smothered in butter and brown sugar and seasoned with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. But, since Thanksgiving only comes once a year, we’re good, right? Besides, they taste absolutely incredible!
Like I said, these candied yams are very easy to make. Just brown the yams in the butter and top with brown sugar and spices.
While the yams are cooking, keep basting them with that awesome sauce until they’re done. Easy peasy! You can also add more butter if you want a thinner sauce or more sauce. It’s totally up to you!
The Hub’s mom used to cook the yams in an electric skillet, but we made these on the stove. Either way is fine, and you can save the oven space for the turkey. Because it’s not Thanksgiving without the turkey right?
Looking for More Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes?
- Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon
- Baked Acorn Squash
- Homemade Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce
Recipe for Easy Stove Top Candied Yams
Homemade easy stove top candied yams cook in a rich sauce made with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. This recipe makes a delicious side dish for Thanksgiving and any holiday!
- 4 large yams
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Wash, peel and slice yams into 3/4-inch slices
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat
Place yam slices in a single layer in skillet, and cook for 10 minutes per side
Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together, and sprinkle over yams
Reduce heat to medium, and let simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, basting frequently, or until yams are soft, but firm
You can add more butter as the yams cook, if needed to make a thinner sauce
Yams can be sliced anywhere from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch
I hope you enjoy this recipe for easy stove top candied yams as much as we do!
Happy Fall, Y’all!
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