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sweet potato with nut butter and cinnamon

Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes

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.

  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 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 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.


  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. 
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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