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A white serving bowl with candied yams topped with marshmallows.

Instant Pot Candied Yams

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5 from 11 reviews

If you love candied yams, then you’ve got to try this easy version. Instant Pot Candied Yams has classic flavors, but gets made in the pressure cooker. This healthy holiday recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.

  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


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  • 5 medium-sized yams or sweet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and chopped into 1-inch chunks (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (you can use vegan butter or coconut oil for a dairy-free option)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (optional, for topping)


  1. In the base of a 6-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker, combine the chopped yams or sweet potatoes, orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Stir gently to combine.
  2. Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure.
  3. When the cook time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  4. Carefully remove the lid. Add the butter and stir gently to combine. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked yams to a serving dish.
  5. Top the yams with the mini marshmallows (if using), and serve hot.


  1. The nutritional information for this recipe does not include any marshmallows.
  2. The total cooking time includes approximately 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure. The total time also includes 5 minutes of natural pressure release.
  3. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  4. If you want your yams to be chunkier, you can reduce the cook time to 3 minutes with a 5-minute natural release.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 11.3 g
  • Sodium: 191.9 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.6 mg