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sweet potatoes in a colander beside an instant pot

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are cooked in a half hour from start to finish! They come out fluffy, smooth, and perfectly cooked every time!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 12 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 194kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1.5 cups water
  • steamer basket


  • Wash your sweet potatoes with fresh water and scrub them to remove any dirt. Use a paring knife to cut off any blemishes.
  • Pour the water into the Instant Pot, then place the sweet potatoes into the steamer basket and lower it into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and secure it. Move the steam valve to the seal position.
  • Use the manual function of your instant pot and set it to high pressure. Set the timer for 16 minutes.
  • Allow the instant pot to come up to pressure. The instant pot will count down the time. When the time has finished, the Instant Pot should beep. 
  • Let the instant pot do a natural release for 12 minutes. This means you do not do anything for 12 minutes. It will naturally release the pressure.
  • When 12 minutes has passed, carefully move the value to "release". (Remember this can be hot, so be careful!)
  • Once all the pressure is released, remove the lid and serve.



  • The sweet potatoes cooked at this time are perfect for adding to casseroles and pureeing.
  • If you would like to eat the sweet potato as a “baked” sweet potatoes, lessen the cook time and release time by 2-3 minutes each.


Serving: 1sweet potato | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg