Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Glazed Sweet Potatoes. Gary Conner / Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Sweet potatoes are cooked in the skillet with brown sugar and butter, along with other seasonings. This is one of my favorite ways to cook sweet potatoes, and it is especially good with ham or for a holiday meal.

This is a very simple recipe with few ingredient,  and it's a nice change from a rich casserole, a sweet potato and marshallow dish, or something more complicated. If you like to keep preparation simple, this is an excellent choice. If you want to jazz the dish up a bit, see the variation ideas below the recipe instructions.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, light or dark
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, sliced, and cooked*

How to Make It

  1. In a heavy skillet, combine brown sugar, water, butter, and salt. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the brown sugar mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes, turning frequently to keep them from scorching.

Serves 4.

*Peel the sweet potatoes and cut in 1/2- to 1-inch thick slices. Place the sweet potato slices in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 12 minutes, or until just tender.

Alternatively, the sweet potatoes may be baked.


  • Add 1/2 cup of toasted pecan halves.
  • Replace the water with apple cider or apple juice.
  • Replace the water with orange juice and add orange zest, if desired.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, or simmer the sweet potatoes with a cinnamon stick.
  • Margarine may be used instead of butter.