Melting Sweet Potatoes

5 from 19 votes

These Melting Sweet Potatoes are a must Thanksgiving side dish. The edges are slightly crunchy and the insides are super tender, caramelized & candy-like!

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Get ready for Melting sweet potatoes! That’s right – sweet potatoes that literally melt and dissolve in your mouth! What makes them so melty? It’s the butter and maple syrup mixed with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes that comes out when roasted. They’re soft, caramelized and candy-like – perfect for Thanksgiving!

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

For a change in your usual sweet potato side dish, try these melting sweet potatoes. Because they slowly roast and get bubbly in the oven, they are simply irresistible!

Ingredients & substitutions

  • 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 low sodium vegetable broth so the potatoes don’t come out salty, but you can also use chicken broth.
  • Maple syrup: This adds an earthy natural sweetness to the potatoes and makes them caramelized 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 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 to for roasting sweet potatoes

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into even thickness. 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.
  3. Use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. This will make the 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?

We prefer not to peel the sweet potatoes, we just give them a good wash to remove and loose dirt. The skins get so crisp and delicious! If you prefer, you can peel them before slicing them into rounds.

Can you make them ahead of time?

This is a great make ahead side for Thanksgiving. 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
Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Cranberry Orange Sauce
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Serving spoon serving the melting sweet potatoes to a small plate

Sweet potatoes are a must-side dish for Thanksgiving. This year, impress your guests with this melting delicious take on sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect recipe for the holiday season!

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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

These Melting Sweet Potatoes are a must Thanksgiving side dish. The edges are slightly crunchy and the insides are super tender, caramelized & candy-like!
5 from 19 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 305
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins



  • 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.


Recipe: This recipe is inspired by the Food Network.
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.

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

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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.