Yam Recipes

Holiday side dishes and more! Find more everyday ways to use yams in your recipes.

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Air-Fried Purple Yam Fries with Sour Cream Sriracha Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
Purple yams are tossed in sriracha salt and olive oil then air-fried until crispy. A simple combination of cool sour cream and sriracha complements the sweet yam. The procedure for cooking yams in an air fryer is different than cooking potatoes.

Easy and Delicious Purple Yam (Ube) Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
A simple recipe for purple yam cookies. These taste awesome! They're very soft and cake-like in texture. These are dome-shaped once they bake. You can flatten them as desired. This is a flexible recipe. You can add a teaspoon (or more) of baking soda instead of baking powder if you want a thinner cookie. I think you can top these with some white chocolate chips after baking.

Golden Yam Brownies

Rating: 4.54 stars
Better have several copies of this recipe on hand when you serve them! These moist, flavorful, delicious brownies are simply out of this world, possibly heaven.

Roasted Yams

Rating: 4.49 stars
Roasted, thinly sliced yams or potato of your choice, quickly adds a yummy side-dish to your meal. Best when served with chicken, steak, or a mild fish.

Ube Panna Cotta

Rating: 5 stars
Ube is purple yam, a popular sweet treat in the Philippines that's made into jam, cookies, and more. Here I've taken ube and made a delicate panna cotta that not only tastes divine, but is shockingly gorgeous thanks to its natural purple hue!

Candied Yams

Rating: 4.53 stars
This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite! Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used.

Baked Yam Fries with Dip

Rating: 4.37 stars
This is my answer to the oh-so-yummy but very fattening deep-fried yam fries.

Puerto Rican Mondongo

Rating: 4.5 stars
This simple, nourishing stew of tripe and vegetables is found in innumerable variations throughout Latin America and around the Caribbean. On the islands of Aruba and Curaçao, it is known as sopi mondongo. Cooking Puerto Rican food is a bit similar to Island and Spain cuisine; it has a distinctive flavor combined with foreign influences using native seasonings and ingredients. Serve in deep bowls with white rice and avocados.

Grilled Yams

Rating: 4.41 stars
My husband never liked yams until I served them to him this way. The yams create their own glaze on the grill. You can add more herbs and spices to suit your own taste.

Hot Ube Pandesal (Filipino Purple Yam Bread Rolls)

What I'm sharing here is my version of the hot pandesal we ate for breakfast as kids and even for merienda (snack time), with hot chocolate or warm milk. I love food with ube flavor thus incorporating it with my favorite breakfast bread. I know there are many pan de sal recipes online but hope you give this a try and let me know what you think. Thank you! Serve hot with or without spread/butter of your choice. For leftovers, warm in a toaster oven before serving for better taste.

Slow-Roasted Winter Vegetables

This is a mixture my husband came up with using what we had on hand in the fall, and it became a favorite. The first effort for these slow-roasted vegetables was on the BBQ, but it works just as well in the oven. Tastes even better re-heated, and makes great addition to soups and pot pies.

Candied Yam Cupcakes

Rating: 4.62 stars
A great use for all those leftover yams you'll have this season!

Inspiration and Ideas

Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams

Yams are tubers, sweet potatoes are root vegetables—and you're almost certainly eating orange sweet potatoes in North America.

Chef John's Candied Yams

Rating: Unrated
See how to make this top-rated holiday side dish.

Instant Pot® Shepherd's Pie with Potatoes and Yams

Rating: 4.7 stars

Instant Pot® recipe. This is a semi non-traditional shepherd's pie loaded with tons of hidden veggies for those veggie-hating toddlers.