Mississippi Candied Yams

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

These are the best candied yams I have ever eaten!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs fresh orange-fleshed yams, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced 1/4
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced with peel and seeded
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 14 lb unsalted butter
  • 14 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 14 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine sugar, butter, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in small sauce pan and heat gently to boiling, stirring frequently.
  2. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Arrange sliced yams and lemon slices in large baking dish as one layer, or slightly overlapping.
  4. Pour syrup mixture over yams.
  5. Bake at 325:F. for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, basting thoroughly every 15-20 minutes with syrup from baking pan.
  6. Turn yams occasionally.
  7. When done, yams should be tender when pierced with point of sharp knife and syrup has been almost completely absorbed and thickened.
  8. This dish may be prepared early in the day, covered lightly and reheated in oven or microwave.


Most Helpful

These were very yummy!!! The sauce didn't quite thicken up as much as I would have like, maybe I had too much sauce and not enough yams!! They were the best yam recipe I have tried!

kitina April 02, 2002

The lemon in this yam recipe adds a delicious change to the usual yam dish. I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about it. This recipe has been requested from me from several people who dined with us.

Dee1 November 27, 2001

This is my go-to recipe! I make it for Easter, Christmas, and any other time of year! I love the lemon slices on top - they add a lot of flavour, and it makes it looks beautiful.

Jessica Swaine April 03, 2010

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