Baked Ghanaian Yams with Caramelized Onions

I had a bit of Ghanaian yams left so I came up with this baked yams with caramelized onions recipe to use up the yams. It turned out so well that I had to share. I made this as a side dish for pan-fried salmon but it’ll probably go really well with baked red snapper or white fish. You can also have this as a vegetarian main dish with fresh salad on the side.

How to Make Baked Ghanaian Yams with Caramelized Onions

You’ll need a small Ghanaian yam (also called white yam) for this recipe. You can get Ghanaian yams from a store that carries African groceries. If you can’t find Ghanaian yams, you can use Jamaican yellow yams or russet potatoes as a substitute. Remove the skin of the yam and slice the yam width-wise into ½ inch thick pieces.

Wash the sliced yams and place them in a bowl. Cover the yams with warm water and let sit for 30 minutes to remove some of the starchiness; if you’re using potatoes, you can omit this step as potatoes aren’t as starchy as yams. Slice one large red onion width-wise into rings. Melt 1/4 a stick of butter in a frying pan. Add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme to the butter and cook on low-medium heat until the butter turns brown, about 3 minutes.

Pour the brown butter into a small bowl, then place the onion slices in the frying pan, leaving the butter residue in the pan. Add salt (to taste) and caramelize the onions on low-medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a cooking spoon. Drain the water from the yams, add ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of the brown butter to the yams and mix well.

Place the yams on a greased baking pan and bake on each side for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C) or until the yams are golden brown on each side. Pour the baked yams into the frying pan with the caramelized onions. Pour the rest of the brown butter onto the yams and mix everything together. Place the frying pan in the oven and bake the yams and caramelized onions for 5 minutes or until everything is baked to your liking. Enjoy!

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Baked Ghanaian Yams with Caramelized Onions

Baked Ghanaian yams with caramelized onions is an easy to make side dish that you can serve with fish or meat. The dish can also be eaten on its own as a vegetarian main dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: African
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Mavis K.

Ingredients

  • 1 small or medium Ghanaian yam
  • 1 large red onion (sliced into rings)
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt (plus more to taste)

Instructions

  • Remove the yam skin, slice the yam width-wise into ½ inch thick pieces and wash them under running water.
  • Place the yams in a bowl, add warm water to cover the yams and let it rest for 30 minutes to reduce some of the starchiness.
  • Place the butter in a frying pan, add the minced garlic, black pepper, and fresh thyme to the butter and cook on low-medium heat until the butter is browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat and pour the butter mixture into a small bowl.
  • Place the onion slices in the frying pan, leaving the butter residue in the pan. Add salt to taste and caramelize the onions on low-medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the yams, add salt and 1 tablespoon of the brown butter to the yams and mix everything together.
  • Oil a baking pan, place the yams on the pan and bake on each side for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C) or until the yams are golden brown on each side.
  • Scoop the baked yams onto the frying pan with the caramelized onions. Pour the rest of the brown butter onto the yams and combine everything together. Place the frying pan in the oven for 5 minutes or until everything is heated to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 1815mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 45.6mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

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