Cooking sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is the absolute easiest and quickest way to get fluffy, tender, and perfectly cooked sweet potatoes.
Why This Recipe Is So Good!
- They are so easy to cook in a pressure cooker – just set it and forget it!
- The timings are easy to adjust for larger potatoes.
- Great for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
How to Make It
It’s so quick and easy to cook sweet potatoes in your electric pressure cooker!
- Prick the potatoes all over, place on the trivet and pour in water.
- Cook on high pressure 18-22 m (18 for medium, 22 for large). 10 m manual release
It’s as easy as that! You get perfect results every single time!
Are sweet potatoes healthy?
Sweet potatoes are a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet! They are super high in fiber, Vitamin C, B5, B3, B6, mangnesium and copper, as well as containing antioxidants! They contain about the same amount of carbs as white potatoes but are lower on the glycemic index.
I love serving my instant pot sweet potatoes with a little salt, pepper and honey and serve with a fresh salad. Simplicity always wins with me! You can top these potatoes with your favorite baked potato toppings; cheese, beans, chili or tuna
Can I eat sweet potatoes on a specific diet?
The good news is, is that you can enjoy these delicious sweet potatoes if you are on any of the following diets:
- Vegetarian / Vegan
- High fiber
- See this guide which outlines how the size of the sweet potato affects the cooking time.
- Be sure to prick the sweet potatoes before adding to the pressure cooker.
- Use your trivet in the Instant Pot.
Be sure to check out these other sweet potato recipes!
- Instant Pot Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Soup
- Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Crockpot Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Whole30 Loaded Sweet Potato Fries (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)
- Sweet Potato Salad
- 1 cup water
- 4 medium sweet potatoes approximately 5-7 ounces each
- running water
- vegetable scrub brush optional, or paper towels
- Instant Pot or similar pressure cooker
- Instant Pot trivet
- Wash sweet potatoes under running water, scrubbing with vegetable brush or paper towels to remove any surface dirt.
- Carefully poke each sweet potato with tines of fork, creating ¼-inch deep vent holes over entire surface of each potato.
- Pour water into bottom of Instant Pot, then fit trivet inside Instant Pot. Place sweet potatoes on trivet, stacking potatoes as needed to fit.
- Secure lid on Instant Pot with vent in Sealing position. Set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 18 minutes (see Notes for alternate cook times). Instant Pot will pressurize and then cook time will begin.
- Once 18-minute cook time has finished, Natural Release pressure for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, immediately Quick Release any remaining pressure, then carefully remove Instant Pot lid.
- Use tongs to transfer sweet potatoes to serving plates. Slice sweet potatoes down center of each, then use fork to fluff insides of potatoes. Dress as desired and serve warm.
- You must poke holes in the potatoes with a fork before you cook them! These ventilation holes allow steam to escape from the potatoes and will keep the potatoes from exploding in the Instant Pot.
- Cook times and results will vary based on the number of potatoes you’re cooking, the size of your potatoes, and the size of your Instant Pot.
Suggested Cook Times
- For small (3-5 ounces each) sweet potatoes, set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 16 minutes.
- For medium (5-7 ounces each) sweet potatoes, set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 18 minutes.
- For large (8-10 ounces each) sweet potatoes, set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 22 minutes.
- For extra-large (10+ ounces each) sweet potatoes, set Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 25 minutes.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.