What to do with yams

Tips and easy ideas to inspire you to cook and eat yams.

  • Yams are a yummy addition to a roast; use them instead of potatoes or kumara.

  • Try yam mash; it's nice with grilled meat like lamb cutlets.

  • A yam cooked for 40-50 seconds in the microwave makes a good snack for toddlers.

  • Sliced yams are great in stir-fries, especially if still slightly crisp.

  • Lightly cooked and sliced with a lemon or lime vinaigrette, yams make a great salad base.

  • Yams have a natural sweetness which works well with ginger, orange or sweet-and-sour type sauces.

  • Yams are delicious drizzled with manuka honey and roasted in the oven until soft and caramelised.

  • Roast yams with red onions and pumpkin and toss through pasta for a quick delicious dinner.

  • Grate yams and use raw in salads – try yam and carrot with a lemony dressing.

  • Lightly cook yams in the microwave, then stir-fry with sliced almonds and freshly grated ginger.
First published: Jul 2007

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