Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Incorporate just a couple of these simple luau recipes as this caramelized sweet potatoes into your Hawaiian luau menu and you'll delight (and dare we say, surprise?) your guests with your culinary skills and dazzle them with your knowledge of authentic Hawaiian food. It'll be almost as good as being there. Found online and adapted. Posted for ZWT7.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 sweet potatoes (or equivalent amount of canned yams, rinsed)
  • 14 cup butter (or more, see note)
  • 12 cup brown sugar (or more, see note)
  • 12 cup water
  • 14 cup shredded coconut (roasted if you prefere)


  1. Boil 30 minutes potatoes or until tender.
  2. Let cool and then peel and cut into 1-inch thick slices.
  3. Place butter in a large saucepan or skillet and melt.
  4. Stir in sugar and water and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Lower heat and add potatoes.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes, tossing lightly to coat.
  7. Sprinkle with coconut before serving.
  8. Note: I reduced the amount of butter and sugar. Original quantities: 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup brown sugar.
Most Helpful

Sweet potatoes loved by my family. I didn't use coconut from personal preference. Made for Az swap.

Lavender Lynn December 10, 2013

I found that I was running a little late with dinner preparation and did not precook the potatoes. They were peeled and cubed and then cooked in the brown sugar sauce. I used unsweetened coconut that was lightly toasted. These were a very nice compliment to ham and steamed broccoli. Made for Aussie Swap.

PaulaG April 12, 2013

Great sweet potatoes!! I cooked mine in the microwave instead of boiling and then followed the recipe. I did leave off the coconut and they were still very good. Made for 123Hits.

AZPARZYCH December 04, 2011