Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

For years my mom made canned yams and baked them with marshmallows on top. This was my first experience with fresh yams and I became a convert (no more canned for me!!!) It of course is a great side dish to turkey on Thanksgiving.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 yams (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 14 cup margarine
  • 34-1 12 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 14 cup water
  • 1 lemon, juice of (approx. 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Melt 1/2 of the margarine in a large pan.
  2. Add the yams, sugar, salt, vanilla and water.
  3. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender.
  4. Stir in the rest of the margarine, nutmeg and lemon juice.
  5. Cook 10 minutes without the lid.
Most Helpful

This was good since I was in a hurry to make a yam dish for Christmas today. I left out the lemon as well (since it didn't seem to be popular in other reviews) and did 1 c of brown sugar. This is a bit juicy/saucy for me, the way it came out. But the flavor was good. Next time I think I'll put in only 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. I also added 1 tsp of cinnamon, but I'd probably only do 1/2 tsp of that next time as well. I threw marshmallows on top as well. Overall it was a hit, so I'll probably use it again since it's quick! Thanks for sharing.

mrsheston December 25, 2009

Quote from my husband, best yams he ever had. Instead of thin slices he wanted chunks so thats what we did and instead of white sugar we did light brown sugar. Added 1 tsp of cinnamon with the nutmeg and then put the yams in a 13" X 9" glass dish and poured red hot cinnamon candy and marshmellows on the top, baked at 350 for 20 minutes till candy melted & marshmellows browned. This is a definite for the holidays from now on. Thanks so much Kellie

Shaysula November 26, 2009

This was awesome! I made it tonight and the only changes I had were I used brown sugar instead of white and left out the vanilla, lemon juice and nutmeg. Once the yams were cooked I mashed them in the pot and then added the rest of the margarine. So good! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

vivaglam5 September 08, 2009