Tropical Candied Yams

A wonderful mix of tangy and sweet; these yams are buttery, rich, and definitely enjoyable!

I’m participating in the 2021 Black History Virtual Potluck. A collaborative menu of recipes contributed by 40+Black bloggers from around the globe in honor of Black History Month. See a sampling of some of the amazing participant recipes down below.

I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented bloggers and foodies-I am so excited to share this with you!!

Watch me make Tropical Candied Yams here

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What a great way to make candied yams that’s so far from the traditional! Top with your favorite nuts and this side dish is complete. Perfect for the holidays…anytime!!

tropical candied yam ingredients

How to cook the yams

You can ensure your yams are tender a couple of different ways…1.) by cooking them in batches or 2.) by using a pan that has a really large circumference. Each slice will need the same amount of cook time to ensure each one is tender. Also, make sure the slices are the same size in thickness. Don’t forget to flip each piece once you notice they’re starting to get a bit tender.


The specifics about Tropical Candied Yams

I used crushed pineapple for this recipe but diced pineapple could work well too, especially if you enjoy more of a burst of pineapple flavor. I used an assortment of jumbo raisins here because I wanted them to shine through and bring their own specific texture. You can also use a smaller assortment, regular raisins, golden raisins, or other dried fruits!

Cooking with butter

Be sure to start out with low heat here, you don’t want the butter to burn. It’s important to note that the butter will be on the stove for quite a while cooking the yams so just keep that in mind when thinking of your temperature. This is a slow and steady process, reducing the liquid at the right heat, in the end, will result in a smooth consistency, devoid of any separating butter.

Picture this…a rich and buttery candied yam with the tropical tang of pineapple and the sweetness of brown sugar and dried raisins, tender and juicy inside…that is what this recipe embodies.

Enjoy these Tropical Candied Yams!!!

tropical candied yams

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tropical candied yams

Tropical Candied Yams

  • Author: Handy Chef
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A wonderful mix of tangy and sweet; these yams are buttery, rich, and definitely enjoyable!



3 large yams (about 2 lbs)

½ cup butter

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup jumbo raisins

1/3 cup crushed pineapple

¾ cup pineapple juice

1 ½ cups water

¼ cup pecans, toasted

¼ tsp allspice

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cinnamon

sprinkle of salt for balance


  1. Melt butter in a large pan.
  2. Slice and cook yams evenly in the pan on medium heat, be sure sure to flip and rotate slices so they all get the same amount of cooking time. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Add brown sugar, water, pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, raisins, and spices to the pan. Cook this uncovered until yams are tender and the liquid has reduced and thickened.
  4. Top with toasted pecans, chop or slice if you wish.
  1. Sharon says:

    Great participation. Recipe is Devine.

  2. […] Tropical Candied Yams | Handy Chef […]

  3. Sharon says:

    On my list for the holidays and Sunday Supper.

  4. Timi says:

    Looks delicious ; will definitely try recipe.


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