Recipes Using Yams

sliced sweet potato
Despite the confusion yams vs. sweet potatoes, most of these root vegetables found at the grocery are in fact sweet potatoes. These tasty vegetables can be used in many sweet and savory dishes. The yam is more easily found in ethnic markets and is often used in African and Asian dishes. In general, they can be substituted without much change to the recipe.

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
August 13, 2010


  • 3 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 lbs. yams, cooked, drained and mashed
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup pecans
  • 6 Tbsp. melted butter


Beat eggs, brown sugar, orange peel, salt and nutmeg. Add yams, milk, pecans and butter. Pour into a slightly oiled casserole dish and bake 50 minutes at 350 degrees F. Top with pecans or marshmallows, if desired, for the last 15 minutes or baking.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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April 15, 2005

For a little twist on an old favorite we bake our yams like potatoes. Be sure to either wrap them in foil or put them on a baking pan because the juices will drip and caramelize on your oven (not a fun mess to clean.) I like mine with a little butter, DH likes them plain, and DD likes to cut them in half length wise, sprinkle with brown sugar, add a few marshmallows and broil. A nice plus with this is you can fit them along side all the other dishes in the oven or do them early in the day and microwave them before serving (just like a potato.)

By Christine

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
October 15, 2009

Yams have a sweeter flavor than Sweet Potatoes so it's your choice which to use.



After shredding the sweet potatoes squeeze out the excess moisture and place in a large bowl. Add eggs, green onions, flour and salt and mix well.


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Spoon heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture in to the skillet and flatten with a spatula.

Cook until golden, about 4 minutes, turn and cook until golden on other side. Remove and drain on clean cloth towel or paper towel and repeat the same with remaining batter.

By Deeli from Richland, WA


Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
November 13, 2009

Here's a nice sweet potato or yam variation for Thanksgiving and Christmas :-)




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix cranberry sauce and juices in a bowl. Mix corn syrup and melted butter in another bowl.

Place one layer of sweet potatoes or yams in a large shallow baking dish. Spoon a small amount of the cranberry mixture over the sweet potatoes or yams and spoon some of the butter mixture over the cranberry mixture.

Continue the same layering process so that even the last layer is topped with the two mixtures.

Bake covered for 20 minutes and then bake an additional 5 minutes uncovered.

By Deeli from Richland, WA


March 11, 2010

It's healthy and nutritious and tasty,can be served with rice, bread or naan.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
April 27, 2009

Yummy every day or holiday dish. Cook yams in water to cover in saucepan until almost tender. Peel and slice. Drain and slice chestnuts. Peel, core and slice apples.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
January 13, 2009

Arrange apricots over yams in 2 qt. casserole dish. Use apricot juice and enough water to make 1 cup juice.


Put in saucepan and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir over low heat until mixture thickens.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
September 10, 2008

Peel and cook yams until tender. In a saucepan, combine rest of ingredients. Bring just to a boil. Pour over yams in a baking dish. Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees F.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
November 5, 2007

Boil yams until tender. Peel and mash or beat with electric blender. Stir in melted butter, sugar, nutmeg, lemon peel and egg yolks. Cool slightly and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.


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February 27, 2007

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.


Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
October 5, 2006

Peel sweet potatoes, boil and mash. Add hot milk, sugar, and 3 Tbsp. butter. Then add black walnuts and a pinch of salt. . .


January 30, 2006

Brown pork chops in butter over medium heat. Place pork chops in 13x9 baking pan. Combine yams, pineapple, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt; mix well.


April 6, 2020

Purple yams are cooked, mashed, sweetened, and further reduced to a paste. Then chilled and served as a topping. It is delicious on top of the cold dessert halo-halo or even slices of cake.

Ube (Purple Yam) Paste on bread

August 22, 2013

Canned yams have many uses in the kitchen, from casseroles, to cakes, and more. This page contains recipes using canned yams.

A strainer with canned yams.

November 12, 2011

Candied yams are a wonderful sweet treat that many families enjoy during the holiday season. This page contains candied yam recipes.

Candied Yam Recipes, Plate of Candied Yams

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