You are going to love this no-fuss, foolproof method for cooking Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes. They’re an easy and nutritious food that everyone loves. This article also includes some delicious serving ideas.

sweet potato topped with almond butter and cinnamon

I think you’re going to love how easy and efficient it is to make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

Compared to the time and effort it takes to cook whole sweet potatoes in an oven, cooking them in the Instant Pot is a cinch! They’re done about 60% faster and you don’t have to poke holes in the potatoes before you cook them.

It’s honestly so convenient and I’ll never go back to using my oven to make delicious, healthy sweet potatoes that are perfectly cooked.

Why You Need This Recipe

Sweet potatoes are an incredibly healthy whole food. They are a source of gluten-free carbohydrates and are on my list of the healthiest foods to eat daily.

When making Instant Pot whole sweet potatoes, you:

  • don’t have to prick the sweet potatoes to get them to cook evenly through,
  • don’t have to pre-heat your oven and heat up your kitchen,
  • can walk away and do other things while the Instant Pot does its magic!

If you’re new to cooking with the Instant Pot, be sure to check out my Beginner’s Guide to using the Instant Pot Duo.

uncooked sweet potatoes and water on a tabletop

Key Ingredients & Equipment

You only need one main ingredient for this recipe: whole sweet potatoes! They are sometimes called Garnet Yams or Jewel Sweet Potatoes, but they have a reddish skin and a bright orange flesh inside. You can also use this method for Japanese Sweet Potatoes (purple skin and white flesh) or Hannah Sweet Potatoes (tan skin and white flesh).

You’ll also need a cup of water to help bring your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker up to pressure.

When cooking whole sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker, I also recommend using a trivet, steamer basket, or just some balled-up pieces of aluminum foil to help keep the potatoes from sitting on the bottom of the pot. This helps them cook evenly through and prevents them from getting soggy.

sweet potatoes on trivet inside instant pot

Recipe Steps

You aren’t going to believe how easy it is to cook whole sweet potatoes in an electric pressure cooker. To make gloriously soft sweet potatoes with a silky-smooth flesh, all you have to if follow these steps.

Step One

Wash and pat dry your sweet potatoes. It’s nice to get off any dirt on the skin. The skin is actually edible, so you want it to be free from any dirt.

Step Two

Place them on a trivet inside the Instant Pot. If you have a steamer basket, you can use that too (see my favorite Instant Pot meal prep accessories).

Add one cup of water.

Step Three

Lock on the lid and set the amount of time based on the size of your potatoes. 

  • Small sweet potatoes – 12 minutes
  • Medium sweet potatoes (most common size) – 18 minutes
  • Large sweet potatoes – 25 minutes
baked sweet potatoes inside pressure cooker

Step Four

Cook on high pressure and then let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Use the natural release, remove the lid, and use tongs to transfer your perfect sweet potatoes to a serving plate.

baked whole sweet potatoes on serving platter

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Buy organic sweet potatoes if you plan to eat the skin. Otherwise, conventional sweet potatoes are fine.
  • You can cook regular potatoes the same way! See my complete blog post on how to boil potatoes in an Instant Pot.
  • Sweet potatoes have natural sugars that make them perfect for savory or sweet dishes. See my complete list of the best vegetables for picky eaters.
  • To make them a main dish, you can stuff them with meat, beans, salsa, cheese, or whatever you like.
  • Serve your cooked potatoes with whatever toppings you like. Most people like a little butter or vegan butter. For a treat, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar (or maple syrup or coconut sugar). And, if you’ve never tried sweet potatoes and nut butter, you’ve got to try it! Just drizzle the top with some room temperature almond butter or peanut butter. Add some granola or Air Fryer Candied Pecans and you’ve got yourself a healthy dessert. Try it!!!
  • Got leftover baked sweet potatoes? Blend them into a Sweet Potato Smoothie that tastes like a sweet potato pie.
texture of cooked sweet potato with nut butter and cinnamon

FAQs

How many sweet potatoes can I cook in the Instant Pot?

A 3-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 3 medium sweet potatoes, a 6-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 5 or 6 medium sweet potatoes and an 8-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 10 or more medium sweet potatoes.

How long does it take to cook a sweet potato in the Instant Pot?

Small sweet potato – 12 minutes
Medium sweet potato (most common size) – 18 minutes
Large sweet potato – 25 minutes

How do you serve cooked sweet potatoes?

The options are endless! Sweet potatoes can just be cut down the middle and served with some butter, ghee, or coconut oil. They also go great with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a drizzle of nut butter. 

I even make a Sweet Potato Smoothie recipe that tastes like sweet potato pie. 

You can also use them as a base for toppings like cooked beans or ground meat. Or, you can even make them into a Sweet Potato Casserole or my delicious gluten-free Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bread!

Can I freeze cooked sweet potatoes?

Yes, but I like to remove them from the skin and just freeze the flesh. See my full post on how to freeze sweet potatoes.

Can I eat the skin of cooked sweet potatoes? 

Yes, but I recommend buying organic sweet potatoes if you want to eat the skin. Also, be sure to scrub them really well before cooking them.

Can I make mashed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Yes! But, I recommend peeling them and chopping them before cooking them. See my easy Instant Pot mashed sweet potato recipe for the details. This recipe is great for baby food too!

whole baked sweet potato on a plate

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes You Might Like

See my entire index of healthy Instant Pot recipes.

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sweet potato with nut butter and cinnamon

Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes


Description

You are going to love this no-fuss, foolproof method for cooking Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes. They’re an easy and nutritious food that everyone loves. This article also includes some delicious serving ideas.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 6 medium sweet potatoes, whole
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes, using a sponge or brush to scrape off any pieces of dirt. Pat dry with a clean towel.
  2. Place the trivet into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the water.
  3. Arrange the sweet potato on the trivet.
  4. Lock on the lid and set the cooking time to 18 minutes, making sure the pressure valve is set to “sealing.”
  5. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes, and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  6. Remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the cooked sweet potatoes to a serving plate.
  7. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Cooking times can vary based on the size of your sweet potato. Medium is the most common size. The small ones fit in the palm of your hand and the large ones are huge.
  2. Adjust the cooking time based on the size of your potatoes: Small sweet potato (12 minutes) Medium sweet potato (18 minutes) Large sweet potato (25 minutes).
  3. A 3-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 3 medium sweet potatoes, a 6-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 5 or 6 medium sweet potatoes and an 8-quart Instant Pot will fit up to 10 or more medium sweet potatoes.
  4. Sweet potatoes can just be cut down the middle and served with some butter, ghee, or coconut oil. They also go great with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and a drizzle of nut butter like almond butter or peanut butter.
  5. The total cooking time includes 10 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure, plus a 5 minute natural release. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: how to cook sweet potatoes in the Instant pot, Instant pot sweet potatoes, how long to pressure cook sweet potatoes

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