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Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Lime


Dress up sweet potatoes with a flavorful brown sugar glaze. The sweetness of this extra-tasty side dish is balanced by a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, November 2008


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned reduced-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add sweet potatoes; cook, stirring once, until beginning to brown, 2 minutes.

  2. Add broth, packed brown sugar, and fresh lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until crisp-tender, 10 minutes. Uncover, and cook over medium-high until sweet potatoes are tender and liquid is syrupy, 7 to 9 minutes more (there should be only a small amount of liquid remaining).

  3. Remove skillet from heat; add butter, and swirl skillet until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • tinybikebell
    24 NOV, 2011
    DELICIOUS! truly a new favorite in my family. love the spice, the tangy lime - all of it! Thank you :)
  • addiebear
    22 DEC, 2010
    This may be the best sweet potato recipe yet! Thank you!
  • krod07
    10 APR, 2009
    Made this for Thanksgiving - phenomenal! My family wanted to cut back on sugar so we did this instead of the marshmallow-covered usual. Served with roasted duck, wild rice, stuffed mushrooms, duck gravy and fresh cranberry sauce. Thank you for this recipe!!