Easy Yam Recipes

This really is a YAM! Not a sweet potato.
This really is a YAM! Not a sweet potato.

Quick 'n Easy Yam Recipe

This quick and simple yam recipe will help you to prepare a delicious yam side dish for any meal. Often seen on holiday dinner tables, yam is especially tasty served alongside turkey or even ham.

Ingredients:

Yams

Butter

Honey (optional)

Directions:

Wash the outside of the yams. Using a sharp knife, cut an "X" in the top of each one, scoring it to allow steam to escape while cooking.

Put the yams in the microwave on a microwave-safe dish or tray. "Nuke" them until they are soft when lightly squeeze. Be careful. They are hot! The four yams in the photos took approximately 12 minutes to cook in the microwave.

Remove them from the microwave and allow to cool until they can be easily handled.

Slice each yam in half, lengthwise.

Scoop the soft insides out and put in a baking casserole dish. Mash them and top with a hearty pat of butter. If the yams are not as sweet as you would like, drizzle with a little bit of honey and mix through. Refrigerate until close to dinnertime. Place the casserole dish in the microwave and heat the yam until piping hot. Serve.


What exactly ARE yams?

Yams are a highly-nutritious vegetable in the tuber family. They are grown in Africa, Latin America, Asia and some Pacific Islands and are totally unrelated to sweet potatoes, though many people use their names interchangeably.

Both yams and sweet potatoes are served as delicious side dishes or can be integrated into scrumptious desserts.

Enjoyed for its sweet taste, yams are also extremely good for you. They contain phytoestrogens, which help in the production of estrogen and progesterone. Because of this, yam can be helpful to women during menopause. Additionally, they are rich in vitamin B1, B6, C, potassium and fiber.*

*EveryNutritient--Health Benefits of Yams

Score the Yams with a Knife
Score the Yams with a Knife
Bake, Slice then Scoop
Bake, Slice then Scoop
Mash the Yam. Top with Butter.
Mash the Yam. Top with Butter.
Yam Casserole
Yam Casserole | Source

Another Great Yam Recipe

Yam Casserole with Marshmallows

This recipe is so good, it could easily pass for a dessert!

  • 3 c. mashed, cooked yams*
  • 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. mini-marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 T. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream

Mix sugar, salt, spice, butter, cream with the mashed yams, blending well. Combine half the marshmallows with yams. Turn the mixture into greased baking dish. Top it with the remaining mini-marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until mixture is fluffy and marshmallow lightly browned.

*Tip: use the Quick 'n Easy Yam Recipe above to cook and mash the yams. It's faster.

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have some in the house right now and will microwave them as you suggested. I like the idea of adding cinnamon to the yams! Voted up and useful.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Wish I'd had this hub for a reference when I made candied yams for Thanksgiving This year. I totally forgot the cinnamon! That's what happens when you only make a dish once a year... The rest of the year, I like to nuke a yam instead of a potato. With a little butter, it tastes just as good and is a LOT healthier! ;D


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Ever since I started to make yams this easy microwave way, we've had yams a lot more often. It almost fixes itself!


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Candied yams. My mother in law used to make those. They were so good. Thanks for stopping by, JamaGene.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I have never eaten yams! This sounds so easy, I am definitely going to try it, thanks for the great idea! cheers nell


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

What a beautifully put together hub that's visually interesting and full of great information. Vote up, etc. Thanks!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Sinea, what you call "Yam Casserole with Marshmallows" is what I've always known as "Candied Yams". Definitely a case of "potato...pototto". lol! ;D


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Nell Rose, you've got to try them! They are sweeter than carrots and have loads of nutrients in them.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks TheDirtFarmer for your votes up! I appreciate your wonderful commentary.


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RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

Oh, wow. Tasty and healthy! Great hub.


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

This sounds delicious and quick to make (my favorite type of recipe, with a short, short list of ingredients!)I knew yams were good for you but did not realize how nutrition packed they really were so thanks for educating me on their benefits.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks so much RVDaniels.

Oh, and JamaGenee, my mother in law's candied yams were made with orange juice and prunes, I think...maybe a little honey. That's why I didn't get it the first time. :)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love yams. They are especially good with marshmallows on top...Thank you..


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks DonnaCosmato and Always Exploring. Enjoy!


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samiaali 5 years ago

Hi Sinea Pies, Very nice recipe! I love yams. Thank you! :)


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thank you Samiaali. I love yams, too!


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The-BestMouseTrap 5 years ago from The heartland, USA

I'm only following you because I absolutely positively love yams. I call them sweet potatos:)-just kidding. I have made different every year, because I can never find a recipe I really love. But, I am going to try the marshmello deal, I never thought of using cream. Thanks for sharing your best recipes.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

You are so funny! Thanks for the lighthearted comment and the follow, too. :)


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

I love yams and will have them more often now that I know those great benefits. They were 28 cents a pound a couple weeks back, wish I had bought a winter supply! Thanks.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

28 cents a pound! That's a great buy. Thanks for stopping by, Pollyannalana


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I share your love of yams and eat them baked with some greens and a salsa topping when I am in the mood for a sweet and savory comfort food. I also have a chocolate cake recipe that replaces flour with mashed sweet potato. It has a very nice texture, it is healthier and absolutely delicious! I see many comments and enthusiasm for your yam recipes; maybe we should start a yam club!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Claudia. That chocolate cake recipe sounds really interesting. I'll bet it tastes great.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Thanks! Here is the link if you like to take a look at it:

http://hubpages.com/food/flourlesschocolatecake...


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks Claudia. I will check it out right now.


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I love yams. I have been toying with the idea of making huge batch of mashed yams and freezing in smaller containers.

Very well done hub! Great graphics, great content!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Yams my favorite. Looks like good recipes.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

GmaGoldie, thanks! This is SO easy to do and it tastes great. I haven't done it myself but I imagine it will freeze fine.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks moonlake. Isn't it nice that yams taste good and are good for you, too?


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

These are great recipes -- yams are like a prepackaged microwave dish, only they're all natural. I'll need to try the delicious marshmallow casserole. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks, alocsin, for the Vote UP and useful. These recipes really are good, and easy.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Yams are so good to eat, and so good for us, that they are a double treat!

BTW, for those who cannot consume cow milk products, the cream in the recipe can be replaced by almond milk and the butter with the unflavored (or flavored) coconut oil. Yum stuff, either way! :)


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Great tip, RTalloni. Thanks!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Sinea Pies, I am not big into recipes, but I do love Yams, especially candied yams. Voted up across and will share.

I do love RTalloni's ideas on almond milk and coconut oil, and will try it.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

a good share for the up coming holiday thank you for making it look and read easy :) Frank


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Thanks for the microwave tip. That one is certainly useful. Yams, like sweet potatoes,k are soo good.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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