Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes


Traditional sweet potato recipe. It is usually served as a side dish.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup butter

  • 6 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add sweet potatoes, and stir to coat. Sprinkle sugar mixture over the sweet potatoes, and stir. Cover skillet, and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, or until the sauce is dark and the potatoes are candied. They should be tender, but a little hard around the edges.

  3. Stir in vanilla, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
12g Fat
70g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 54g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 338mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.