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Easy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The easiest and BEST way to cook perfect sweet potatoes every time! Tender, fluffy, soft, creamy, and packed with that sweet buttery flavor we all want in a sweet potato. You will never cook sweet potatoes any other way! These Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes take half as much time as baking them in the oven, which is such a time saver. Here is everything you need to know about how to pressure cook sweet potatoes.



For Pressure Cooking

  • 4 medium-small sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

For Serving

  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chives


  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes clean and poke holes all over each potato for easy venting.
  2. Place the trivet that came with your Instant Pot into the bottom of the pot. Lay the sweet potatoes in a single layer on top of the trivet.  
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Secure and lock the lid and make sure the valve is set to the “sealing” position. 
  4. Set the Instant Pot in manual mode to “pressure cook” for 15-25 minutes or longer depending on the size of your sweet potatoes. See the notes section below for varied cooking times.  It will take about 7-8 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure before it starts cooking. 
  5. Let the pressure naturally release. This takes about 8-10 minutes. If you are in a hurry then you can do a “quick release” about 10 minutes after the instant pot is done cooking.
  6. Once the pressure is fully released, remove the potatoes (I used tongs since the potatoes were hot).
  7. Let them cool for 2-5 minute or so then just slice them down the middle, add a pat of butter and sprinkle with some chives. So Good!!!


Recipe Tips

  • Select sweet potatoes that are all similar in size so they cook evenly. This took me a few extra minutes in the produce section of my grocery store but was well worth it.
  • Know the size of your Instant Pot. I have a 6 Quart (standard size) Instant Pot that fits about 4 medium-size potatoes.
  • Poke holes all over each potato for easier venting while they cook.
  • Use the trivet that comes with your Instant Pot to place the potatoes on. This will prevent the bottoms of the potatoes from burning while they cook.
  • Use 1 cup of water to help the potatoes cook. I prefer room temperature water but cold water also works.
  • Let the potatoes rest for a few minutes after cooking before slicing them open. They will continue to cook for a few minutes after cooking, so letting them rest for 5 extra minutes makes them super soft and crazy fluffy and creamy.

Cooking times for sweet potatoes:

  1. Small sweet potatoes (6-8 ounces) – 12-15 minutes at high pressure
  2. Medium size sweet potatoes (8-12 ounces) – 18-22 minutes at high pressure
  3. Larger sweet potatoes (12-16 ounces) – 25-27 minutes at high pressure

Favorite toppings for sweet potatoes

  1. Butter (of course!)
  2. Chives and parsley
  3. Sour cream or greek yogurt
  4. Veggie loaded – steamed broccoli, corn, bell peppers
  5. Pack on the protein – black beans, roasted chickpeas, Fried egg. YUMMY!
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sweet potato recipes, instant pot potato recipes, easy sweet potatoes