One easy way to make candied yams is to boil and slice fresh yams, then cook them in a skillet with brown sugar, butter and a marshmallow topping. Alternatively, you can make candied yams in an oven using canned yams.
As of 2015, a good location for finding recipes for candied yams is the Betty Crocker website. The site offers numerous recipes, many of which are made using Betty Crocker products.
The Food Network website has a recipe for making candied yams from scratch at home. This easy recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare and serves four. It averages 5 stars on the site's user rating scale.
A diabetes-friendly candied yams recipe exists, and ingredients include 6 medium yams, raisins, spices, brown sugar and a sugar substitute, according to Diabetic Connect. Water and margarine are needed as well. Recommended spices include cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
Yams are native plants of Africa and Asia and belong to the Dioscoreaceae family of roots and tubers. There are more than 600 varieties of yams, and 95 percent of them grow in Africa. These starchy vegetables are often confused with sweet potatoes in the United States.
Rachael Ray has several recipes available for candied yams such as maple-orange sweet potatoes and Steve's mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Yams and sweet potatoes can be used interchangeably in these recipes.
A recipe for spinach and yam soup involves combining canned yams with chopped vegetables, broth and milk. A yam dessert recipe calls for canned yams, sugar, spices, cream and marshmallows.