Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

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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.

» Also try Instant Pot Baked Potatoes and Instant Pot Baby Potatoes, simple side dishes when cooked in the Instant Pot.

Cooked sweet potatoes on a plate

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.

Click to see a step-by-step instruction video.

Ingredients Needed

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!

stuffed sweet potatoes

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:

  • Butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Chives
  • 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.

Raw sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot

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 is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. If you don’t have one, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot and the many accessories you can buy for it.

Instant Pot Duo Plus
Cooked sweet potatoes on a plate

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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Cooked sweet potatoes on a plate

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

These ultra soft and silky instant pot sweet potatoes can be made in minutes. They're the perfect addition to any meal, the warm sweetness lends itself to many dinners and even desserts!

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.90 from 29 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressurize Time 10 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 194 kcal



  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • butter and salt for garnish


  • Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes.
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and pour in water. Place the potatoes on the trivet.
  • 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.


Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 127mgPotassium: 762mgFiber: 7gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 32063IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Sweet Potato
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