Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes


Learn how to make sweet potatoes the Southern way with this traditional recipe. These candied sweet potatoes are usually served as a side dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 6 large sweet potatoes

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

  2. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes.

  3. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; pour over potatoes and stir until well-combined. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are "candied" and tender, about 1 hour. The sauce will darken as it cooks.

  4. Stir in vanilla just before serving. Serve hot.

    close up view of Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
    Faith N

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
8g Fat
79g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 771mg 16%

* 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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