Melting Sweet Potatoes

5 from 23 votes

Melting Sweet Potatoes are a lighter version of candied sweet potatoes! They are "just right" in the sweet department without losing the caramelization!

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Get ready for Melting sweet potatoes (candied sweet potatoes better-balanced cousin)! That’s right – this lighter version of candied sweet potatoes literally melts and dissolves in your mouth without giving you a toothache to boot! What makes them so melty? It’s the butter and “just right” amount of maple syrup mixed with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes that comes out when roasted. They’re soft, caramelized, candied potatoes that you can feel good about serving!

Large serving dish with melting sweet potatoes and pecans on the side

There’s something about sweet potatoes that just makes them so comforting, especially around the holidays. They’re like a hug in a bowl. And this recipe for melting sweet potatoes is the perfect way to celebrate their cozy goodness. The best part is that they’re not too sweet, with a delicious caramelized finish and pecans for crunch. Candied sweet potatoes are, without a doubt, a fall staple, but they can often be heavy and cloying. These melting sweet potatoes are a lighter version that still has that delicious caramelized finish sans the sugar rush! So if you’re looking for a lighter version of candied sweet potatoes, this is the recipe for you!

Why You’ll Love These “Just Right” Candied Sweet Potatoes

  • Not cloyingly sweet. Candied sweet potatoes are often coated in an obscene amount of sugar syrup, which can be cloying and overwhelming. After half a medallion, you’re often left feeling, well, meh. But not with these “just right” candied sweet potatoes! They’re coated in a light glaze of butter and maple syrup, which gives them a delicious caramelized finish without being too sweet.
  • They literally melt in your mouth. These potatoes are so soft and tender that they literally melt in your mouth! You’ll have a hard time not eating the entire batch in one sitting.
  • Perfect side dish for the holiday season. Whether you’re serving them up for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas, or any other holiday gathering, these potatoes will be a hit! They’re the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and they’ll go with just about anything. So if you’re looking for a new side dish to add to your holiday repertoire, look no further than these melting sweet potatoes!
  • The oven does 80% of the work! I mean, who can complain about that? Simply toss the potatoes in the glaze, roast them in the oven, and you’re done! No need to stand over a hot stove and babysit them. The oven does all the work for you!

Ingredients To make MELTING candied sweet potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes: Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds about 1 inch in thickness. There’s no need to peel them.
  • Butter: The sweet potato slices are tossed in melted butter to be roasted. Butter adds a delicious richness, but any oil can be used.
  • Seasonings: Cinnamon and salt. Nutmeg also works well.
  • Broth: Add broth to the pan during roasting so that the sweet potatoes don’t dry out. Try to use homemade vegetable stock or low-sodium vegetable broth so the potatoes don’t come out salty, but you can also use chicken broth or homemade chicken stock here as well.
  • Maple syrup: This adds an earthy natural sweetness to the potatoes and makes them caramelize as they cook.
  • Pecans: Finish the dish with chopped pecans for a crunchy texture. Walnuts could also be used.
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how to make melting sweet potatoes

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into rounds and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  2. Toss in the melted butter and seasonings and bake.
  3. Halfway through cooking, flip over and add the maple syrup and broth.
  4. Finish cooking until the sweet potatoes are literally melting and fork tender.
4 image collage to show how to roast the sweet potatoes

Tips for caramelizing sweet potatoes

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into even thicknesses. Each round should be around an inch thick. Make them as even as you can so that they cook through at the same time.
  2. Crank up that oven. Definitely make sure it’s preheated, but more importantly, make sure to roast them at the suggested 450°F because we want to blast them with enough heat to get them roasted and caramelized, aka candied.
  3. Use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. This will make the candied sweet potatoes easy to remove once they are cooked. If you don’t, you will need to remove them from the pan as soon as they come out of the oven, so they don’t stick as the maple syrup cools and hardens.
  4. Make them vegan. These melting potatoes are vegetarian, but you can make them plant-based easily by swapping the butter for a vegan butter or coconut oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to peel the sweet potatoes?

I prefer not to peel the sweet potatoes, I just give them a good wash to remove any loose dirt. The skins get so crisp and delicious, adding another layer to these candied sweet potatoes! That being said, if you prefer, you can peel them before slicing them into rounds.

Can you make candied sweet potatoes ahead of time?

This is a great make-ahead sweet potato dish. Once cooked, transfer to a container and let cool before covering and placing in the fridge. They will keep well for 2 to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven, covered with foil, at 360°F for 15 to 20 minutes until warmed through.

What do you serve with them?

These melting sweet potatoes are great to serve with your Thanksgiving dinner. Serve them with other favorites like…
Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Stuffing
Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Cranberry Orange Sauce
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Serving spoon serving the melting sweet potatoes to a small plate

These melting candied sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for your family dinner! They’re a delicious balance of sweet and savory, without being overpoweringly sweet. So you’re looking for a new side dish to add to your holiday repertoire, look no further than these amazing melting sweet potatoes!

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This Melting Sweet Potatoes recipe was originally published on November 16, 2017. The recipe has been slightly modified to add vegetable broth and the post now includes updated step-by-step photos.

Melting Sweet Potatoes

Melting Sweet Potatoes are a lighter version of candied sweet potatoes! They are "just right" in the sweet department without losing the caramelization!
5 from 23 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 305
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the sweet potatoes on the prepared sheet pan, add the melted butter, salt and cinnamon. Toss to coat, and then spread the sweet potatoes on the pan in a single layer, not touching.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Then flip the potatoes, drizzle the maple syrup and vegetable broth on top, and return to the oven for 20 more minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are caramelized and the maple syrup is reduced and bubbly.
  • Transfer the sweet potatoes to a platter and drizzle the sauce from the pan on top. Sprinkle pecans, and serve immediately.


Storage: Once cooled, place the sweet potatoes in an air-tight container in the fridge, they will keep well for 2 to 3 days and can be reheated in the oven at 360F, covered with foil, to warm through.
Tip: Make sure to use parchment paper for easy removal of the sweet potatoes. Otherwise, you will need to remove them from the pan as soon as they come out of the oven, so they don’t stick.


Calories: 305kcal, Carbohydrates: 46.8g, Protein: 4.1g, Fat: 12.5g, Saturated Fat: 4.3g, Cholesterol: 15.3mg, Sodium: 158.9mg, Fiber: 4.4g, Sugar: 17.5g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Side Dish

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  1. Did the recipe as written with exception of maple syrup. Too keep dish more savory, I ground Italian seasoning over the potatoes before the last time in the oven. Rave reviews.

  2. I tried this recipe with a family who isn’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes and they fell in love!! Will be making it again for Christmas!

  3. Excellent recipe and just the right amount of sweetness. Easy to make and it’ll be my first time I serve it for our Thanksgiving dinner.

  4. It was the night before TG and since my sweet potatoes are never too exciting I thought I’d skip them this year. Until I saw Yumna’s easy peasy recipe and I thought ok I’ll give them a try. These were simple and although the pecans are yet not on, I tasted them and oh they’re delish!!

  5. I have sweet potatoes at least once a week and this is very much of an upgrade over my usual salt and ground pepper addition. I swap butter with olive oil which goes well with sweet potatoes.