These ultra soft and silky Instant Pot sweet potatoes can be made in minutes. They’re the perfect addition to any meal, as a side dish, or used to make all kinds of other dishes and desserts.
Sweet potatoes are a super versatile and nutritious vegetables, so you’re going to love the ease of making them in the Instant Pot. If you’re looking for a side dish, or maybe a healthier alternative to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are a perfect option.
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This recipe is super simple! It only requires sweet potatoes, water, and salt & pepper. You can also add extra toppings, just like you would with a traditional baked potato.
I absolutely love serving sweet potatoes with BBQ shredded pork, avocado, onions, and sour cream. Yum!
You can also grab some toppings to dress them with, depending on how you’re eating them. We like to make them both savory and sweet. Here are some options:
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Brown sugar
- Sour cream
- Ranch dressing
- Bacon bits
How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
To make Instant Pot sweet potatoes, first wash your sweet potatoes well, removing as much dirt and flaky skin as possible.
Take out your trivet and place it into your Instant Pot. You can also use a steamer basket, if you don’t have a trivet. Add water into the bottom of the pot and place your potatoes onto the trivet. One cup of water for a 6 qt. pot. If you have an 8 qt pot, you can add 1.5 cups of water.
Put on and lock the lid of your Instant Pot. Then set the vent to sealing.
The cooking time varies slightly depending on the size of your sweet potatoes. We recommend 12 minutes for medium sized sweet potatoes and around 14 minutes for larger potatoes, as it will take longer to steam them if they’re larger. You don’t need to add extra time if you add more potatoes to the pot.
Once the time is up, do a natural pressure release for ten minutes. Then release the remaining pressure and you’re done!
These potatoes make an amazing side dish, and can be topped with pretty much anything! Butter is a go-to, but you can also make them sweet with cinnamon and sugar or brown sugar. Try this BBQ pulled chicken or brisket to turn it into a full meal.
Why Use An Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot drastically cuts down the cooking time for cuts of meat that usually have to cook slowly for a long time in order to become tender. And there are many accessories you can use with it to cook in lots of different styles. It’s one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy.
The Instant Pot is an incredible tool in the kitchen for making dishes that usually take a long time. If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. You can also read up on how to use it, in case you’re not sure if it’s for you.
Tips and Tricks
If you don’t have your own trivet yet, you should definitely invest in one as they are super useful for instant pot meals and steaming. But you can also use several different things to make a homemade trivet for the time being.
Anything that fits inside your Instant Pot, provides support for what you’re cooking, and is oven safe will work. Some people use a glass or ceramic bowl turned upside-down for a make shift trivet.
How to Store Leftovers
Any leftover sweet potatoes should be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container or fully sealed in plastic wrap. To freeze for up to 3 months, wrap the potatoes individually. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cup water
- butter and salt for garnish
- Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes.
- Close and lock the lid. Turn the vent to sealing. Set the timer for 12 minutes for medium potatoes (15 minutes for larger potatoes).
- When the time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then you can release any remaining pressure.
- Serve with butter and salt, or other toppings as you desire.
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