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Make Crock Pot Candied Yams this holiday to save oven space. The slow cooker cooks the candied yams and keeps them warm while serving.

Candied Yams in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon
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Easy Slow Cooker Candied Yams Recipe:

We love making candied yams for an easy holiday side dish. Making them in the slow cooker makes this side even easier. Take your Fresh Sweet potatoes and toss in brown sugar, butter and more to create a crowd favorite side dish.

You will be amazing how little prep time is needed to make this side dish. We love that the crockpot does all the for you. The sweet potatoes cook tender and with amazing sweet flavor.

These yams are perfect for the holidays, but we have even made them through out the year. These easy instructions will allow you to have more family time.

See Yams vs Sweet potatoes.

Candied Yams in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon

Why you will Love this Recipe:

  • Amazing Flavor – You will love the soft texture, amazing flavor and how easy they are to make.
  • Better than Canned Sweet Potatoes – They taste so much better than canned yams. Skip the store bought and make them in your slow cooker in 2-3 hours.
  • Easy to Serve – By keeping the candied yams in the slow cooker. It allows to easily serve them straight from the slow cooker. The stay warm and delicious throughout your dinner.

Ingredients:

  • Medium Sized Yams, peeled & chopped
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Salted Butter
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg

How to Make Crock Pot Candied Yams:

  • Step 1 – Add Yams – Place yams into the slow cooker
  • Step 2 – Combine Ingredients – In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. 
  • Step 3 – Season Yams – Sprinkle over the yams. 
  • Step 4 – Top with Butter – Slice the butter and place slices over the yams. Butter and brown sugar is the perfect combination.
  • Step 5 – Cover and Cook – Now cover the slow cooker, and set on low.
  • Step 6 – Cook on Low – Let the candied yams cook 3 hours.
  • Step 7 – Stir – Be sure to stir halfway in the slow cooking process.
  • Step 8 – Serve – Serve and enjoy

How Long will they Stay Warm:

If your slow cooker has a warm function, I would switch it to warm while serving. The crockpot candied yams will stay warm for up to 2 hours without falling apart.

Candied Yams in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon

How to Prepare Sweet Potatoes:

Picking out sweet potatoes is easy to do. I try to get sweet potatoes that are about the same size so they will be easy to slice. Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler and then slice into chunks.

Candied Yams on a plate

Can I Make in the Oven?

Yes, you can still make this classic side dish in the oven. Prepare the yams as indicated on the recipe card then place in a casserole dish. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

If your yams are fork tender at the end of cooking time, then they are finished cooking. This sweet potato recipes are just as delicious in the oven.

Candied Yams on a plate

Candied Yams Crock Pot Recipe Tips:

  • Cutting Yams – When cutting the yams, make sure to slice them about the same size. This allows them to cook evenly.
  • Stirring – After the yams are finished cooking, gently stir the mixture with a spoon. Making sure that you do not break the yams up.
  • Cooking Candied Yams – We recommend cooking the candied yams on low for 3 hours. But you can cook on high for about an hour. Just check to see if done by poking with a fork.
Candied Yams on a plate

Variation Ideas:

  • Sweetness – Feel free to reduce the sugar if you prefer them to be not as sweet.
  • Mini Marshmallows – At the end of cooking time, feel free top the mixture with mini marshmallows. This makes the perfect Thanksgiving side dish with roasted turkey.
  • Flavor – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. You can easily add in a teaspoons vanilla extract, orange juice, or maple syrup. Honey or molasses can also be substituted for the brown sugar.
  • Pecans – Add chopped pecans for added crunch and flavoring.
Candied Yams in a plate

What is the difference between Yams and Sweet Potatoes?

Candied yams recipes and sweet potatoes are different and they taste different. Sweet Potatoes are sweeter and have a creamier texture. Yams have a starchier texture very close to a white potato.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers:

If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container and place in the fridge. These candied yams will last about 4 days if stored properly.

When you are ready to serve, reheat the candied sweet potatoes on the stove top.

Can I Freeze Candied Yams?

Yes, you can freeze Candied Yams. Place the candied yams in a freezer safe container. These candied yams will last about 3 months if stored properly.

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Crock Pot Candied Yams

5 from 2 votes
Make Crock Pot Candied Yams this holiday to save oven space. The slow cooker cooks the candied yams and keeps them warm while serving.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 614

Ingredients

  • 7-8 medium sized yams peeled & chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Place  yams into the slow cooker
  • In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Sprinkle over the yams.
  • Slice the butter and place slices over the yams.
  • Now cover the slow cooker, and set on low.
  • Let the candied yams cook 3 hours.
  • Be sure to stir halfway in the cooking process.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 614kcal, Carbohydrates 123g, Protein 6g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 30mg, Sodium 274mg, Potassium 3031mg, Fiber 15g, Sugar 22g, Vitamin A 858IU, Vitamin C 63mg, Calcium 86mg, Iron 2mg

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