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Pressure Cooker Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


The easiest way to make sweet potatoes! This dish is perfect for serving at Thanksgiving or any special dinner to a large group.



  • 5 large sweet potatoes, about 2 pounds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, I like Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut butter


  1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into approximately 1-inch chunks. Add the chunks to the bowl of a pressure cooker.
  2. Add the salt, thyme, and cinnamon to the sweet potatoes and toss to combine.
  3. Pour in the water and lock the lid on the pressure cooker.
  4. Cook the sweet potatoes on high pressure for 8 minutes and quick-release the pressure.
  5. Add the maple syrup and ghee or coconut butter to the potatoes and use a spatula to mix together. Mash the potatoes using the spatula and serve immediately.
  6. Refrigerate any leftovers and re-heat on the stovetop with about ¼ cup of almond milk to add extra creaminess.


VEGAN: use coconut butter instead of ghee

PALEO: use coconut butter or ghee

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant pot, pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: paleo, vegan, easy

Keywords: sweet potatoes in the instant pot, instant pot sweet potatoes, instant pot sweet potato mash