How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

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Easy Vegan Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes– how to cook the perfect creamy sweet potatoes in half of the time it takes to bake or roast them. Follow this simple guide to get consistent instant pot sweet potatoes every time – plus recipes on how to use them!

Some of my favorite Sweet Potato Recipes are Twiced Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Streusel or my Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls.

sweet potatoes cooked in a instant pot on a plate with butter and a fork

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Lately, sweet potatoes have been my jam. I think I’ve had them twice a week for like a month. I’ve made them in a variety of ways to change up the flavor profile. I’ve stuffed them. Spiralized them. Chopped them and put them in a filling. You name it, I’ve done it. As we head into the “fall season” I know all the rage will be sweet potatoes. It is every year, they are a great fall vegetable. 

One of my biggest peet peeves about sweet potatoes is the cooking process. Wah Wah. They take forever to make in the oven. So usually my go to cooking methods are either the microwave or the instant pot. It’s a lot faster and I get a consistent result each time, which is key!

raw sweet potatoes lined up on a board

How to make Instant Sweet Potatoes?

The first step to this process is to rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes then pierce them with a fork or knife. After all, you always wanna start with clean produce. From there, just follow these simple steps and you’re on your way to perfectly cooked sweet potatoes.

  1. Place instant pot steaming rack on the bottom of the instant pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of cold water.
  3. Place whole sweet potatoes on the rack, layering if they don’t all fit in a single layer. Close the lid and set the steam release valve to be closed. Next, set instant pot to pressure cooker mode.
  4. Pressure cook them on HIGH based on their size.
    1. Small – 18 minutes
    2. Medium – 25 minutes
    3. Large/XL Long – 35 minutes
  5. Once time is done, do a 10 minute Natural Release.
  6. Serve.

So why are there different cook times? Well, I’ve found that there’s not a one set time. Sweet Potatoes come in a variety of sizes, so it makes sense that with those varying sizes there will also be varying cook times. 

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Tips for the Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

  1. Get the same size sweet potatoes, this will ensure all the sweet potatoes are done at the same time.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork or knife before cooking. The holes will allow the steam cook the sweet potatoes thoroughly.
  3. Allow at least 10 minutes for a natural release. This really aids to fully cooked fluffy sweet potatoes because of the extra steaming!

Now that you have this base recipe you can add anything you want to these sweet potatoes. You can turn them into mashed sweet potatoes or add a variety of flavors to it. These are great for meal prep – cook earlier in the week and top with whatever you want through the week! 

Here are some of my favorite ways to stuff sweet potatoes, although truth be told my husband cook eat these with just butter, brown sugar and cinnamon! Happy Instant Potting, and let me know how these turn out and what you do with them.

Bon Appetit friends!

What to serve with Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes?

close up photo of instant pot sweet potato cut in half with butter

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How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Vegan, Instant Pot, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Side Dishes, Vegetables
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Easy Vegan Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes- how to cook the perfect creamy sweet potatoes in half of the time it takes to bake or roast them. 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 46 whole sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes well.
  2. Pierce each sweet potato a few times with a fork or knife.
  3. Place instant pot steaming rack on the bottom of the instant pot.
  4. Add 1 cup of cold water.
  5. Place whole sweet potatoes on the rack, layering if they don’t all fit in a single layer. Close the lid and set the steam release valve to be closed. Next, set instant pot to pressure cooker mode.
  6. Pressure cook them on HIGH based on their size.
    1. Small – 18 minutes
    2. Medium – 25 minutes
    3. Large/XL Long – 35 minutes
  7. Once time is done, do a 10 minute Natural Release.
  8. Serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 sweet potato
  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 72 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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