instant pot sweet potatoes on white plate with fork

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Cooked Whole, No Pricking!)

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: paleo, vegan, real food, healthy


Here’s how to make sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot.


  • 6 medium sweet potatoes, whole
  • 1 cup water


  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 22 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.


Note: 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.

Small sweet potato (18 minutes)

Medium sweet potato (22 minutes)

Large sweet potato (27 minutes)