Sure, everyone knows orange-fleshed sweet potatoes aren't really yams, but it makes for a shorter name. I'm not a huge sweet side dish person, but I make an exception for these candied yams that use lemon instead of orange juice as a sweetener.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Yams:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Stir salt into 2 quarts cold water in a large pot. Transfer sweet potato pieces to pot and place over high heat; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are not quite tender but still cooked, 5 to 7 minutes. Use the tip of a knife to test for doneness. Drain.

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  • Place brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and pinch of salt in a skillet. Place over medium-high heat, stirring until glaze ingredients melt and start bubbling. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken up, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • Transfer drained sweet potatoes to skillet. Raise heat to high and cook and stir until potatoes are coated with glaze and very tender, and glaze has thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to serving dish; garnish with chopped nuts.

Chef's Note:

If you're using fine salt instead of kosher salt, use about 5 teaspoons fine salt instead of 3 tablespoons of kosher salt.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 69.6g 22% DV; fat 6.3g 10% DV; cholesterol 15.3mg 5% DV; sodium 2293.9mg 92% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2017
I made it and my mom asked me if had found my grandma's recipe somewhere. And from unpeeled potato to the table was just under 30 minutes Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2019
This was easy and tasty. also not too sweet. It was OK. Not sure I would make it again though. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2017
I made it and my mom asked me if had found my grandma's recipe somewhere. And from unpeeled potato to the table was just under 30 minutes Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2017
OMG!! Loved this! I'm the original "a recipe is just a guideline cook". The only thing I did was use canned sweet potato pieces, discarding the light syrup. It's what I had on hand. Anyway, I downsized the measurements for the sauce ingredients but didn't change them. This was SO good with a pork shoulder roast (the Cuban-Style Roast Pork recipe on this site - also a WINNER!) and some sautéed asparagus. Both recipes went into my favorites file. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2017
Pistachios compliment it perfectly Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2017
Served his at FriendsGiving and everyone liked them. But I agree with another reviewer that it was too much lemon juice. I ll try it again using half the amount. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2016
I made this for Christmas dinner. It was amazing! I'm giving 4 stars because when I make it again I will probably reduce the amount of lemon juice it was a little more tart than I would have liked. That said this has a really fresh taste which is nice because sweet potatoes can often be too rich.? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
I skipped the nuts. I will make it again. It was very tasty. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2017
Love this recipe. Only thing I would change is the lemon juice. The next time I ll use less and add a little at a time. My nieces also loved it. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2017
Oh my wow! Loved the flavors!!! I didn't find this recipe until after I had baked my sweet potatoes... So I made the glaze and spooned it over the cut pieces and then baked them for a while to help the flavors bake into the potatoes. Tasted like my Nana's with a flair! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2017
Used Meyer lemons instead of regular lemons for less tartness and a bit of the orange flavor. Made this for Thanksgiving everyone loved it. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/03/2019
This was easy and tasty. also not too sweet. It was OK. Not sure I would make it again though. Read More