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bowl of candied yams with two gold spoons

Instant Pot Candied Yams


If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious side dish that goes with almost any main dish, you’ll love this easy Instant Pot Candied Yams Recipe that is vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.


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  • 3 medium yams or sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place the sliced or chopped yams or sweet potatoes in the base of a 6-quart pressure cooker.
  2. Add the orange juice, coconut sugar, ground, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper.
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure.
  4. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove the lid. You can serve this dish right away, or let it cool for up to 10 minutes before serving.


  1. Traditional candied yam recipes include marshmallows on top. But, since this recipe is already sweet, it really doesn’t need marshmallows and would take away from the healthy nature of this recipe.
  2. You can easily double or triple this recipe.
  3. You can also make this recipe up to 3 days before you need to serve it, making it great for meal prep or for planning ahead for the holidays.
  4. You can use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar, if you prefer.
  5. The cooking time includes 10 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure, plus 10 minutes of natural release.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot yams, candied yams, thanksgiving yams