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Enjoy tender sweet potatoes in minutes thanks to this recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe. This is such an easy side dish and so delicious.

Cooked Sweet Potatoes on a white plate topped with butter and green onions
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Instant pot sweet potatoes is so easy and one of our favorite side dish recipes to make. You can have them for a quick lunch with a salad or as an easy side dish for dinner. They are frugal and always so tasty.

This easy side dish can’t be beat. Plus, thanks to the pressure cooker it takes a fraction of the time in the oven. Instant Pot Recipes have been a game changer for my family. Make sure to check out these Instant Pot Potato Recipes for more amazing side dish ideas.

Why This Recipe Works:

Sweet potatoes is one my favorite side dish. Cooking them in the instant pot allows them to come out perfectly creamy every time. There is no need to peel before you cook them. Just wash, poke holes and then and let the pressure cooker do the rest.

It is a great way to free up oven space and perfect to serve for the holidays or with an easy weeknight meal. Check out even more Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Medium Size Sweet Potatoes
  • Water
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Toppings:

  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

Feel free to use different seasoning to rub on the outside of the sweet potatoes. Other ways to cooked sweet potatoes is Air Fryer Sweet Potato Recipe or Baked Sweet Potatoes.

Step by Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Wash the sweet potatoes.  Dry and stab 6-8 times per sweet potato with a fork in various spots throughout the sweet potato.
  • Step 2 – Drizzle the olive oil over the sweet potatoes and season with the sea salt.
  • Step 3 – Place the trivet or steamer basket in the instant pot and place the water in the instant pot.
  • Step 4 – Place the sweet potatoes in the instant pot on top of the trivet.
Sweet Potatoes in the instant pot
  • Step 5 – Seal the instant pot and pressure cook on high pressure for 15-22 minutes with a full natural release (usually takes around 10 minutes for the full natural release).  The cook time will depend on the size of the sweet potatoes.

Recipe Tips:

  • Cooking Time – If you have smaller sweet potatoes cook for 15-17 minutes, medium size potatoes cook for 17-20 and larger potatoes cook for 20 – 25 minutes.  Use a full natural release regardless of the potato size.
  • Single Layer – We recommend putting the sweet potatoes in the instant pot in a single layer. But you can try to stack but you may need to increase the cooking time.

Which Instant Pot Works Best?

When making sweet potatoes feel free to cook them in a 6-quart instant pot or an 8 quart instant pot. Choosing the right instant pot is up to you, but make sure you add the right amount of water depending on the size.

Cooked Sweet Potatoes on a white plate topped with butter and green onions

What to Serve with Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet potatoes are a great side dish whether you are making grilled chicken, pork chops or steaks. We love the healthy benefits that sweet potatoes give you and they are even better served with your favorite toppings.

Topping ideas:

Serve these sweet potatoes topped with the green onions, butter, salt and pepper.  My kids like to add cinnamon and sugar to their sweet potato. They are even delicious topped with black beans, mini marshmallows, maple syrup and sour cream.

For a low carb meal top the sweet potatoes with ground beef, shredded beef or pulled pork.

Just use what you prefer. You can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I Cook Regular Potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can make Instant Pot Russet Potatoes but the cooking time will change.

How to Store Leftovers:

This is a great recipe to meal prep with. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They will stay good for up to 4 days.

How to Reheat:

Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or place them back in the oven. If heating in the microwave, reheat in 30 second intervals. If heating in the oven, place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

More Sweet Potato Recipes:

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Instant pot Sweet Potatoes

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Enjoy tender sweet potatoes in minutes thanks to this recipe for instant pot sweet potatoes. This is such an easy side dish and so delicious. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 267

Ingredients

  • 6 Medium Size Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • Toppings:
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
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Instructions

  • Wash the sweet potatoes.  Dry and stab 6-8 times per sweet potato with a fork in various spots throughout the sweet potato.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the sweet potatoes and season with the sea salt.
  • Place the trivet in the instant pot and place the water in the instant pot.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in the instant pot on top of the trivet.
  • Seal the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 15-22 minutes with a full natural release (usually takes around 10 minutes for the full natural release). 
  • The cook time will depend on the size of the sweet potatoes.  If you have smaller sweet potatoes cook for 15-17 minutes, medium size potatoes cook for 17-20 and larger potatoes cook for 2-22 minutes.  Use a full natural release regardless of the size of the potatoes.
  • Serve topped with the butter, salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 267kcal, Carbohydrates 46g, Protein 4g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 1340mg, Potassium 762mg, Fiber 7g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 32240IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 70mg, Iron 1mg

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