Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes – Perfect Every Time!

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes might be your new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. They’re ready in about 30 minutes (including pressure release!) and they come out silky smooth every time.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes might be your new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. They're ready in about 30 minutes (including pressure release!) and they come out silky smooth every time. Get the method on!

When I was doing Whole30, I ate a lot of sweet potatoes. I mean, A LOT. Roasted, in a hash, sweet potato toast, mashed, pureed, noodled, baked, turned into chips, basically any way I could.

They’re more or less the only type of carbohydrate you can have besides fruit and regular potatoes, but for the most part, I prefer sweet potatoes to regular potatoes.

I had to get creative to keep from getting bored, and I also had to find quick and easy ways to prepare them so I didn’t have a reason to fall off the Whole30 wagon.

Enter the Instant Pot, one of my favorite Whole30 tools. It makes the most perfect sweet potatoes.

I’ll admit, I sometimes resort to the microwave to cook sweet potatoes. Stab them with a fork, wrap them in paper towel, and they’re ready in about 5 minutes. However, that method does tend to dry them out, whereas the Instant Pot will not.

This is definitely my new go-to method, and I think it’s going to be yours, too.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes might be your new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. They're ready in about 30 minutes (including pressure release!) and they come out silky smooth every time. Get the method on!

I have a killer recipe coming up Wednesday that uses mashed Instant Pot sweet potatoes – it’s perfect for Thanksgiving and you guys are going to love it.

Ben doesn’t even really like sweet potatoes too much, and he said they were the best he ever had! In the meantime, we’re starting with the basics, just like we did last week with how to cook delicata squash and following up with those insanely good vegetarian tacos using the squash.

Tip: Buy a good brush to scrub the outside of your potatoes. I love this one – it has soft and firm bristles and it’s dishwasher safe. I also love the way it fits in your hand.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes might be your new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. They're ready in about 30 minutes (including pressure release!) and they come out silky smooth every time. Get the method on!

Now you’ll know how to make perfectly velvety Instant Pot sweet potatoes, that you eat just the way they are (I like topping them with a little cinnamon and butter), or that you can dress up.

You can make stuffed sweet potatoes, or you can scoop out the filling and mash it for any assortment of fun mashes (I like to add chili powder!) or stuff like handheld sweet potato casserolesweet potato bread pudding, or twice baked sweet potatoes.

You can also make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes in a similar way!

I can’t wait to hear from you – what are you going to do with these Instant Pot sweet potatoes?

Get the Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe!


Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes - Perfect Every Time!

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes - Perfect Every Time!

Yield: 4-6 sweet potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes might be your new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. They're ready in about 30 minutes (including pressure release!) and they come out silky smooth every time.


  • 4-6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  • Steamer basket


  1. Scrub skin of sweet potatoes with a brush until clean. Pour water into Instant Pot. Place steamer basket (the one that comes with the Instant Pot works great) in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place sweet potatoes on top of/inside steamer basket.
  2. Secure the lid and turn valve to seal.
  3. Use the manual mode of Instant Pot and set to pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow pressure to “release naturally” (You do this by doing nothing after the cooking time goes off - the Instant Pot will automatically go to Warm and pressure will slowly release naturally) - takes about 10 minutes.
  5. Once the pressure valve lowers, remove lid and serve immediately.
  6. You can also store in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.


Serving size: 1/2 of 1 medium sweet potato

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 32mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Protein: 2g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Verdict: This will probably be the only way I make sweet potatoes from here on out!
Husband’s take: He doesn’t love them plain but he loves when I dress them up!
Changes I would make: None are necessary. If you have humongous sweet potatoes, you might need to increase cooking time slightly.
Difficulty: Ridiculously easy!

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  1. This may be a dumb questions but do I need to poke holes in them with a fork using this method? Never cooked sweet potatoes in the instant pot. but whenever I cook regular potatoes this way I poke them.

  2. What is the “Pot” c a pressure cooker?

  3. Looking very delicious and very healthy. I will definitely try this recipe and I will definitely let you know. Thank you for sharing this post.

  4. I just found your recipe this evening as I bought a few sweet potatoes to make…for my dogs… :) One of them has chylothorax, and needs a low fat diet and sweet potatoes are a good addition for him. So… love my IP, in fact have used it today for boiled eggs and shredded chicken. I had a huge sweet potato, and put it in for 15 minutes. After it had started, I read the reviews and thought I wouldn’t have a good result because the potato was big and I didn’t think I gave it enough time. So I let it go for 35 minutes on natural release, and when I took it out, it was PERFECT! So.., one strategy is to go for the 15 minutes, and let it release longer the larger the sweet potato. This is a wonderful way to get creamy sweet potatoes with almost no effort.. thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  5. I had 3 larger sized sweet potatoes and I used this recipe but increased the time to 18 minutes. They were cooked perfect. I took the skins off, added some maple syrup, cinnamon and butter and then blended them to smooth them out. My picky 7.5 year old twins both loved them! Love that we have leftovers too!

    Rating: 4.5
  6. Tried 2 sets of sweet potatoes in the instapot. The first one I used the egg tray. Cooked perfectly, although I forgot to take them out until they had been sitting for 30 minutes after cooking. 2nd set, a little bigger, used the steamer on top of the tray. This did not work well. Even more time and they were still hard on the inside. So, I think the egg tray is your best bet!My sweet potatoes are going into sweet potato biscuits. YUM

    Rating: 4.5
  7. Thanks for the recipe, Rachel. We just had them at Easter dinner. My Mom was impressed (and she thinks she might need a pressure cooker herself, now). Excellent and easy. 

    Rating: 5
  8. I dont have the steamer basket. Is there an alternative way?

  9. This worked beautifully! I cooked four small sweet potatoes and two medium regular potatoes in my instant pot following your instructions and they came out perfect! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  10. I was ready to cook my sweet potatoes, pot of water ready, peeler in hand when I thought “I bet the IP would be great for these.” I searched the internet and found this recipe…..dumped out the water and put away the peeler. I cooked 6 of what I would call small sweet potatoes with 15 min at pressure and natural release and they turned out great. I had two sweet potatoes that were 2-3x the size of the ones I cooked Those are probably the size people are having problems with.

    Rating: 5
  11. These came out great! I made 5 smallish potatoes, added a pinch of salt to a Tblsp of butter with a Tblsp of maple syrup and put under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Talk about yummy! Next time I’ll add some cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 4
  12. I just bought an Instant Pot, and used the suggestion offered here for one very large sweet potato.  I set it for 20 minutes and it took forever.  I pressed “manual”, set time to 20 minutes, and it took longer than that????  Not sure I understand this pot.

  13. I have two large ones. How long should I cook them?

  14. I just got my instant pot and this is the first thing I made since we bake sweet potatoes a few times each week. I had two medium to large sweet potatoes and cooked them in my 3 quart IP on high pressure (with more setting) for 18 mins allowing natural pressure release. They were REALLY GOOD! My new go-to method for making sweet potatoes! 

    Rating: 5
  15. Very tasty and smooth coming out of the instant pot. 

    Rating: 5
  16. Did exactly what the recipe says and my instant pot said “burn” on it because all the water reduced. Sweet potato’s we’re still hard on the inside. 

    Rating: 1
  17. Thank-you for the recipe. My new favorite way to make sweet potatoes!

    Rating: 5
  18. Thank you for the sweet potato Instant Pot instruction.    The 4 sweet potatoes cooked to perfection!     Received  the 6 quart Instant Pot for a Christmas gift and am impressed with the way it cooks!     The altitude here in Colorado doesn’t seem to change cooking times, which I thought would.     

    Rating: 5
  19. What if I peeled the Sweet Potatoes, would I still use the basket?

    • I’ve never used peeled sweet potatoes, so I’m not sure how they’d work. They might disintegrate a little using this method. I did a google search and it looks like there are recipes for using the steamer basket, and without…so it might work! Let me know if you try it!

  20. Just made this a few minutes ago and they turned out extremely soggy. They still taste great, but maybe I’ll try less cook time next time. I’ve only used my Instant Pot a few times though, so I’m still learning. Would ten minutes be enough to make sure they’re still cooked but not soggy?

    Rating: 3.5
    • It really depends on the size. If they’re smaller sweet potatoes, they may cook in 10 minutes. However, they are more…moist…than traditionally baked sweet potatoes since they are more or less steamed.

  21. I keep trying this recipe over and over and it isn’t working. Vent is sealed. They are two larger sweet potatoes this time, and I set it to 22 minutes and it natural released for 20 min. Opened and still very hard. Mine is a 6 quart instant pot with an actual “pressure cook” button vs manual. So I hit that,add sure it was on high, and between “less” and “more”, so. the middle. Not sure what is going wrong and I’m so confused!

  22. Rachel…thanks for sharing this recipe. It worked great. I have a 6qt IPDUO and I did your instructions exactly….I should have weighed my sweet potatoes just so I know for future reference but I did six with one of those laying on top of the five that fit on the trivet that came with my IP.  The only difference was that my value didn’t drop at 10 minutes but at 19 minutes so I’m sure the extra time for my natural release may have made mine come out perfectly. My leftovers are going to be made into sweet potato biscuits. Yum-Oh!

    Rating: 5
  23. This recipe does not work! I’ve tried it twice. Once with one large sweet potato and again with 2 medium sweet potatoes and both times they were hard in the middle. Had to put them back in the IP for another 10 minutes and natural release for another 5-10 minutes. 

    Rating: 1
  24. Perfect! The natural release is the key!

    Rating: 4
  25. These were so easy to do and so soft and delicious when they were done!  My potatoes must have been the same size as yours as 15 minutes followed by natural release was perfect!

    Rating: 5
  26. Came out perfect.   Took 15 minutes for pressure to release naturallyWill definitely do forever ;-)

    Rating: 5
  27. I will never bake sweet potatoes in the oven again. These are perfect and so easy in the instapot. I love to cook a big batch, cool them, and freeze them. They are ready and so sweet any time I want them. Sometimes I have to cook white and sweet potatoes at the same time, and just use the sweet potato timing. Also, the green Progressive scrubbing brush truly is better than any other I have used. It feels great in my sometimes arthritic hands and somehow cleans faster and better than any other I have used.

    Rating: 5
  28. I’m sure it’s in the comments some where but thickness of potato is crucial to cooking time. 15 min is for very small or thin potatoes. 

  29. Just made these in my 8-qt instant pot, and they were wonderful! So creamy and tasty! Thank you for the excellent alternative!

    Rating: 5
  30. I made my sweet potatoes for the first time in my instapot, they were perfect! Will never cook them again in the microwave or oven. Easy peasy.

    Rating: 5
  31. burn notice on an 8 quart might be because an 8 quart requires 1.5 cups of water not 1 cup. Alternately, there’s something wrong with the IP.

  32. I tried this tonight (twice) in my 8-quart instant pot and got the “burn” message both times. I’m not new to the instant pot, but the 8-quart size is new for me…almost every time I use it, I get this message. I thought there was no way I would get it with these sweet potatoes cause its just water on the bottom and a steam basket (so nothing touching the bottom directly). So frustrating. Not sure what I’m doing wrong and why its different than my 6-quart in this regard.
    Any suggestions?

  33. Is it the same amount of time for 3 sweet potatoes?

  34. I grow my own yams and they vary in size from 4oz to over 1 1/2 pounds.  For me, a medium yam is about a pound.   I just cooked the 4-8 oz yams for 15 minutes according to the recipe.   They were perfect and creamy.  Thanks for the Instant pot recipe!  It’s tough to do timing when the food varies in size so much.

    Rating: 5
  35. What steamer basket do you use and/or recommend?

  36. I cooked two whole 1 pound of sweet potatoes on high pressure. They were not fork tender all the way thru after 30 minutes. Cooked a additional 10 minutes and then a 10 minute natural release. The sweet potatoes were then tender all the way thru. This has been hotly debated on the on the Facebook InstantPot Community. Cooking times vary wildly from 7 to 45 minutes. I am just guessing (no proof yet) this is happening because grocery stores are selling yams labeled as sweet potatoes. There are yams that look almost exactly like sweet potatoes. Also possible, sweet potatoes grown in one region verse. another could take longer to cook. My suggestion is check for doneness after 10 minutes then check every 15 minutes until done. Option 2: peel and dice sweet potatoes. It should take less time to cook. I hope this helps.

    Rating: 5
    • What Americans call “yams” vs “sweet potatoes” are exactly the same thing–SWEET POTATOES. Differences in size, color, texture, etc. and even cooking times are simply differences in varieties. TRUE yams, on the other hand, are a totally different thing, a tuber native to Africa totally unrelated to sweet potatoes. The confusion comes from enslaved people discovering sweet potatoes in America which look somewhat similar to what they recognized from their homeland, so they called them “yams”. The confusion has endured and the terms have become interchangeable. But whether they’re labeled as one or the other is irrelevant. They’re the same thing . . . unless you’re in Africa.

  37. My 3 medium size sweet potatoes did NOT cook through using this recipe…15 minutes high pressure, 15 minutes natural de-pressurizing. I live at 7000 feet elevation. I wonder if it takes longer at high altitude, and…how much longer?Sarah

    Rating: 3
    • I’m not sure — I don’t have any experience with high altitude cooking….maybe someone else will weigh in with their suggestions. Were the potatoes thicker and shorter? Sometimes that can affect cooking time.

    • At 7000 feet you need to add 25% to your cooking times. Starting at 3000 ft add 5 percent and then 5 more for every thousand feet.

  38. Add 1 Tbsp of chipotle powder and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Really spices them up. 

    Rating: 4
  39. Easy peasy. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  40. What if you don’t have a steamer mine isn’t a true instant pot brand.

  41. My husband loves sweet potatoes but when he buys them by the bag we could never use them fast enough before they got bad. I love this recipe and cook the whole bag at once and then wrap them by 2 in foil and freeze. A pop in the microwave and they’re ready.

  42. Thanks, gonna try my tater for 10 min, its the size of 2 med, will letcha know !

    Rating: 4.5
  43. Not sure what’s happening with what I’m doing, but after 22 minutes on high pressure with natural release, the potatoes are still a bit hard in the middle. I did 2 fairly chubby sweet potatoes, but followed the recipe to the letter for the 15 minutes. Put them in for another 7 minutes and still hard in the middle.

  44. Can you think of a way these might work in the IP tonpar cook them to be used as sweet potato “toast”? (When you slice the potatoes and bake for 15-20 and then finish in the toaster when you’re ready to eat them?) 

    • It might work if you slightly undercook them, but I would be concerned they might be hard in the centers and cooked on the edges. It’s worth a shot, though! The time investment is small and if it doesn’t work, you still have a baked sweet potato to eat. ;) Let me know if you give it a try!

    • Tiffany, i was literally reading these comments to figure out how to prep them for “toast” as well!! wondering if you ever tried it?

  45. How many minutes if i cut them in half lengthwise?

  46. I’m new to IP and still learning to adjust cooking times. How long would you cook just one BIG sweet potato (please)?

  47. Do you have to puncture holes in the potoatoes before putting them in the instantpot? 

  48. Hey, looks like you forgot to mention the important part about adding the sweet potatoes into the steamer! lol

  49. Can you tell me the best way to reheat these if made ahead of time?

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