Classic Candied Sweet Potatoes


This sweet potato with brown sugar recipe is a classic that my grandmother serves each year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's very simple, yet each time I make it, people rave and ask for the recipe. Embarrassingly simple and quite delicious!

close up view of Candied Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins


  • 6 yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place a steamer basket in a large pot and bring 2 inches of water to a boil. Place whole sweet potatoes in the steamer basket and cover. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.

  3. Peel and slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  4. Melt brown sugar, butter, water, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the sauce is bubbly and sugar is dissolved, pour over the potatoes.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, occasionally basting the potatoes with the brown sugar sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
12g Fat
47g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 415mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 19mg 96%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 503mg 11%

* 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.

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