Maple-Glazed Yams Recipe

Maple glazed yams

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
182 Calories
4g Fat
35g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 182
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 3g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Simple and delicious, these maple-glazed yams are perfect for a fall holiday or as an easy side dish for a weeknight meal. The maple really brings out the yam's natural sweetness and great flavor.


  • 2 pounds yams or sweet potatoes
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: white pepper or fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 375 F.

    Ingredients for maple glazed yams
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  2. Add the lemon juice to a mixing bowl with a quart of cold water.

    Add lemons
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  3. Peel the yams and cut into 2-inch chunks. Toss them in the lemon-water mixture as you work to prevent discoloration.

    Cut into chunks
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  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and add the maple syrup, stirring to combine. Remove from heat.

    Melt butter
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  5. Drain the yams, but don’t rinse. Add to a mixing bowl and pour in the butter-maple mixture, salt, and pepper. Toss with a spatula to combine.

    Drain yams
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  6. Line a baking pan with foil or silicone baking mat. Spread the yams on the pan until evenly spaced.

    Line baking pan
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  7. Bake until fork tender, about 25 minutes.

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  8. Transfer to a serving bowl and pour over the extra butter/maple mixture from the baking pan.

    Transfer to serving bowl
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  9. Serve hot or at room temperature and enjoy!

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