Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes: A side dish that can be served cut in half, cubed or made to use in a casserole or baby food!

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes with Butter, Cinnamon and Sugar

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

After visiting a local steak house for lunch the other day, and ordering a side salad a sweet potato, (great light lunch combo by the way) I fell in love all over again with sweet potatoes.

I had forgotten how easy they are to bake in the oven as a side dish and knew my boys would love to have them added to the mix for weeknight dinners.

But if I’m making a weeknight dinner, you better believe I want to save time. So when I decided to experiment with cooking sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, I was so excited to cut the time in half and STILL have delicious, fluffy sweet potatoes!

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in a Pressure Cooker

It really is as easy as you think!

With or Without Steamer Basket

Since I have an Instant Pot for a pressure cooker, I use the steamer basket that I bought to go with it. However, if you want to cook them without the steamer basket, you can use the trivet that came with yours if you have one, or something similar.

TIP: It’s best to have something inside like the steamer basket or trivet to elevate the potatoes, so they don’t sit on the bottom of the pot. You want them to evenly steam.

Small Sweet Potatoes

I recommend grabbing small sweet potatoes from the grocery store, because the bigger they are, the harder time you’re going to have trying to cram them into the pressure cooker.

4 raw sweet potatoes to cook - how to cook in a pressure cooker
Small Sweet Potatoes


That’s it! That’s all you’ll need. Two ingredients.

  • water
  • sweet potatoes

Pressure Cook on HIGH for 20 Minutes

You can find the full recipe card below to print/pin for your future reference, but I wanted to share tips/photos along the way in case you like to follow along closely like I do when browsing recipes online!

Add 1 cup of water to the inside of the stainless steel pot of your Instant Pot (or pressure cooker).

Steamer Basket: If you’re using a steamer basket, place the 4 washed potatoes inside of the basket and lower into the Instant Pot.

Trivet: If using a trivet, place it in the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the washed potatoes on top of the trivet.

How to cook sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot
Place raw sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot

Place and secure the lid on to the pressure cooker, adjust the steam release handle to “sealing” and select to pressure on “high” and set the timer to cook for 20 minutes.

Natural Release

When the timer reaches “0”, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure. (This took 10 more minutes for me.)

When the float valve lowers, it is safe to remove the lid and serve the potatoes how you wish!

Cooked Sweet Potatoes in an Instant Pot
Cooked Sweet Potatoes

Safely Remove from Instant Pot

The sweet potatoes will be HOT so use tongs or my favorite heat resistant gloves to remove them from the Instant Pot, and when handling to cut in half!

Cooked Sweet Potatoes on a white plate
Cooked, fluffy sweet potatoes

Toppings for Sweet Potatoes

If you want to serve your sweet potatoes by cutting them in half and topping with your favorite toppings here are a few of our favorite topping ideas:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • marshmallows or marshmallow topping
  • salt/pepper
Sweet Potatoes with Butter on a white plate
Sweet Potato with Butter
Sweet Potato with Cinnamon and Sugar
Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Now, if you prefer mashed sweet potatoes, you can definitely keep things quick by using the Instant Pot or pressure cooker too!

  • Wash, peel and cube your sweet potatoes in to about 1-in cubes.
  • Add one cup of water
  • Place cubed potatoes in a steamer basket or right inside the pot with the water.
  • Seal, and pressure cook on high for 10 minutes.
  • This time, manually release the pressure. (CAREFUL WITH THE STEAM.)
  • Drain your potatoes and transfer them to a large mixing bowl.
  • Mash the sweet potatoes with a hand mixer or potato masher, along with butter (I like to use about 3-4 Tbsp), cinnamon and brown sugar to taste (maybe a little salt if not using salted butter) unless you’re planning on using the mashed Instant Pot sweet potatoes for a sweet potato casserole, or one of our favorite ways to use them in Sweet Potato Casserole Bread Pudding or Sweet Potato/Butternut Squash Pancakes

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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Jessica Burgess
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes: A side dish that can be served cut in half with butter and sugar, cubed or made to use in a casserole or baby food!Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes: A side dish that can be served cut in half, cubed or made to use in a casserole or baby food!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Natural Release 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 potatoes
Calories 447 kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 4 Small Sweet Potatoes Washed
  • 1 cup water


  • Add one cup of water to Instant pot
  • Put potatoes in steamer basket or on trivet.
  • Set to "pressure cook" on high and set timer for 20 minutes. (May take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure. May need to pressure longer if using LARGE potatoes, however, large potatoes wouldn't fit in my pressure cooker.)
  • When the timer is up, allow to natural release. (This can take about 10 minutes)
  • When the float valve goes down, safely remove the lid.
  • Sprinkle with butter and cinnamon/sugar if desired!



Be careful using large sweet potatoes, as they may not fit in the Instant Pot well and may take longer to cook.


Serving: 1potatoCalories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 105gProtein: 8gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 299mgPotassium: 1752mgFiber: 16gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 73772IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 3mg
Keyword mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole, sweet potato in the instant pot, sweet potatoes in the instnat pot
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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

  1. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    My kind of recipe…super easy and super delicious!

    1. Jessica says:

      Totally agree!! Thank you Stephanie!

  2. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Instant Pot potatoes are the best! Thanks for all the tips!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes they are!! Life-changing!

  3. Sarah Skaggs says:

    5 stars
    I love sweet potatoes, and this recipe was great! So easy!

    1. Jessica says:

      Excellent! I’m so glad to hear it, thank you!

  4. ND says:

    5 stars
    OH my, Jessica, you have won me over with this recipe. Now that I know how easy it is to make them in instant pot, I am going to use this on repeat!

    1. Jessica says:

      Haha!! Yay! I’m so glad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lauren Kelly says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I made these last night and can’t believe how easy this was to make in the IP!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you Lauren!! I couldn’t agree more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Billye says:

    5 stars
    The sweet potatoes were wonderful! My family enjoyed them with cinnamon and butter! Will make them often! I served them with oven baked pork chops, green beans and slices of tomato with shredded mozzarella on top.

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi there! Oh good!!! I’m so glad that you liked them. What you had for dinner sound delicious! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the 5-star review!

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