Caramelized Sweet Potatoes with Coconut

"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."
photo by Artandkitchen photo by Artandkitchen
photo by Artandkitchen
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photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
photo by Baby Kato photo by Baby Kato
Ready In:
1hr 20mins


  • 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)


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

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  1. Lavender Lynn
    Sweet potatoes loved by my family. I didn't use coconut from personal preference. Made for Az swap.
  2. PaulaG
    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.
    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.
  4. Baby Kato
    This was a very tasty dish awalde. The sweet potatoes just melted in our mouths, beautiful texture and very sweet. Next time I make this and I will make it again, I will use less brown sugar (personal preference only) Very tropical tasting, comforting and satisfying. Thanks so much for sharing, made for the Witchin Kitchen - ZWT7


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