The BEST Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Quick + Easy) 

Split open sweet potato on grey plate with pats of butter and fork.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes cook up quicker than in the oven and they’re deliciously fluffy and creamy every time! Learn how to make the BEST sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker in just about 30 minutes! 

I love using my Instant Pot for side dishes like rice, quinoa, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and farro since the process is basically hands free, leaving you time to prepare the rest of your meal. 

So today I’m back with another Instant Pot side dish recipe for your arsenal – sweet potatoes. 

Is it Better to Steam or Bake Sweet Potatoes? 

I’ll often overlook sweet potatoes as a side dish since they take so long to cook in the oven. Admittedly, I’m not much of a planner, so when I’m throwing something together for lunch or dinner, it’s often last minute. 

That’s why these Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are such a lifesaver. They cook up in just 30 minutes. And I think they’re 10x better than in the oven because their texture just becomes so creamy & delicious in the pressure cooker. 

These Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are perfect for meal prep. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to five days. Use a microwave to reheat and top with your favorite toppings.

Hosting a party? Create a Baked Potato Bar. It’s a fun and festive way to feed a crowd, and the topping possibilities are endless. You can cook up to 8 sweet potatoes at once in your Instant Pot.

Sweet potatoes in instant pot.

Do Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes Cook the Same in the Instant Pot? 

  • I love making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot. And the process for making sweet potatoes is very much the same. The cook time will depend on the size of your potatoes. 

How Do You Use the Trivet in the Instant Pot? 

  • Simply place the trivet in your pot and add 1 cup of water. When you add your sweet potatoes, they should be above the height of the water. This prevents them from becoming soggy or waterlogged. 

How Long Does it Take to Steam Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot? 

The amount of time it takes for your sweet potatoes to cook will depend on their size. Because of that, if you are cooking multiple potatoes, be sure to look for ones that are roughly the same size and weight. 

I’ve provided both a scale guide and a measurement guide (in case you don’t own a kitchen scale): 

  • Small Potatoes (2” or less in diameter/ 8 oz. or less) – 20 minutes
  • Medium Potatoes (2-3” in diameter / 9-15 oz.) – 30-35 minutes
  • Large Potatoes (3-4” in diameter / 16 oz. and up ) – 45-50 minutes

The most difficult part of making sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is timing them correctly. Just like you would do in the oven, you’ll want to check them after their cook time. If they pierce easily with a fork, they are done. If not, reseal the Instant Pot and cook for 2 minutes longer with natural pressure release.

Sweet potatoes in instant pot.

As with all Instant Pot recipes, be sure to take into account the time it will take for the pressure to build and release in the Instant Pot. For these Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, it will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build and 10 minutes for the pressure to release. That will make your total cook time for a small sweet potato right around 40 minutes. 

Timesaver: Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Cut in Half

  • If you’d like to reduce the cook time of large potatoes in the Instant Pot, you can cut them in half to shorten their cook time. Slice them in half lengthwise and place them cut side up on the trivet. Cook time will be half of what it would normally be based on the cooking chart above.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot: 

  • Add water and a trivet (or steamer basket) to the Instant Pot. You only need a cup of water. Be sure that the potatoes are not touching the water.
  • Be sure your potatoes are all the same size. Varying sizes mean varying cooking times. Be sure that your sweet potatoes are all about the same size, and use my cooking chart below to time things correctly.
  • Pierce the potatoes. Piercing each potato with a fork 5 times ensures that they won’t explode during cooking and that steam will escape.
  • Natural pressure release for 10 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure. 

Timesaver: Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Cubed

  • You can cube sweet potatoes to shorten their cook time in the Instant Pot. Cut them into 1” cubes and add them to a steamer basket. Add 1 cup water and cook for 8 minutes at HIGH pressure. Quick release the pressure when cook time is up. 

Cubed sweet potatoes are delicious when used to top these Chickpea Buddha Bowls, or easily mashed with a bit of butter and milk or cream for Mashed Sweet Potatoes. 

Cubes of sweet potato in instant pot.

What to Serve with Sweet Potatoes: 

Sweet Potato Recipes:

Instant Pot Recipes

Split open sweet potato on grey plate with pats of butter and fork.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes cook up quicker than in the oven and they’re deliciously fluffy and creamy every time! Learn how to make the BEST sweet potatoes in the pressure cooker in just about 30 minutes! 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Time for Pressure to Build & Release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup water and trivet or steamer basket to Instant Pot.
  • Pierce each potato five times with a fork and place on trivet. Be sure potatoes are not touching water.
  • Set for MANUAL, HIGH pressure for 20-50 minutes depending on potato size (see notes below). It will take the pressure cooker 7-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, before releasing any remaining pressure and opening the lid.

Notes

  • Small Potatoes (2” or less in diameter/ 8 oz. or less) – 20 minutes
  • Medium Potatoes (2-3” in diameter / 9-15 oz.) – 30-35 minutes
  • Large Potatoes (3-4” in diameter / 16 oz. and up ) – 45-50 minutes
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Equipment

Instant Pot
Trivet

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 142IU

You can also make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with Crispy Skins in a similar way! Or try these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Split open sweet potato on grey plate with pats of butter and fork next to instant pot.

2 comments

  1. Sam

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a new sweet potato recipe for the holiday season, this could be it!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      They’re so easy Sam!

      Reply

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