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instant pot mashed sweet potatoes served in bowl

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This recipe for Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes is healthy and easy, and takes just about 30 minutes from start to finish. This gluten-free and dairy-free recipe includes vegan and paleo options. This is such a delicious side dish that goes with so many main dish recipes.

  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Units Scale
  • 5 large sweet potatoes, about 2 pounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, vegan butter, ghee, or coconut butter


  1. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into approximately 1-inch chunks. Place the chunks into the base of a 6-quart or 8-quart 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. Set the time to 8 minutes at high pressure.
  4. When the cooking time is up, use the quick-release to release the pressure. 
  5. Carefully remove the lid and stir in the the maple syrup and butter, vegan butter, ghee, or coconut butter to the potatoes.
  6. Use a spatula or a potato masher to mix together and serve hot. 


  1. VEGAN: use coconut butter instead of ghee. PALEO or Whole30: use coconut butter or ghee. For dairy allergies, use vegan butter or coconut butter.
  2. Refrigerate any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat before serving.
  3. The total cooking time includes 10 minutes to come up to pressure, 8 minutes cooking time, and 10 minutes for a natural pressure release. 
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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