Make this no-fuss Creamy Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes)! Buttery sweet & nutrients-packed whole sweet potatoes make a healthy, filling, simple snack or side dish.

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The Curious Case of Sweet Potatoes.

It’s kinda crazy, but it took us over 2 months to find all the right sizes of sweet potatoes to perform the 8+ tests for this Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe.

It feels so good to be able to press the publish button & present our case, finally!

Sweet potatoes, oh~ sweet potatoes! 

The eye-catching bright orange flesh with creamy buttery sweet taste is truly irresistible. 🙂

Sweet potatoes, often confused with yams, are far from potatoes with a sweet boost.

They taste like dessert but healthy like green leafy veggies.

Did you know that sweet potato is one of the top Vitamin A food, containing more Vitamin A than spinach and kale? It’s also low fat and has no cholesterol!

No wonder I get so excited eating veggies (sweet potatoes) as a kid! 😀

Make this no-fuss Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes)! Naturally sweet & nutrients-packed whole sweet potatoes make a healthy, filling, simple snack.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Sweet Potato Because:

  • Love the comforting buttery sweet flavor & texture – so easy & yummy to eat!
  • Super easy to prepare
  • Healthy & nutrients-packed – high in antioxidants (beta-carotene), anti-inflammatory nutrients, fiber
  • Substitute your potatoes and snack on sweet potatoes to cure your sweet cravings 😉

How to Purchase Sweet Potatoes?


  • Size: look for small to medium sweet potatoes
  • Weight: feels heavy for their size
  • Appearance: skin should be firm, smooth (not highly wrinkled), even-toned, no brown/black discoloration, hydrated, no soft spots, no bruises, not wet
  • No Sprouting: ensure there’s no freshly growing roots or sign of sprouting

How to Store Sweet Potatoes?


  • Don’t Refrigerate: sweet potatoes don’t keep well in the fridge.
  • Cool & Dark Place: store in the pantry in a cool, dark place
  • Well Ventilated: Try to store in a loosely covered bag or basket to allow air circulation (e.g. paper boxes, wrap in newspaper, or brown paper bags)
  • Storage Duration (if stored properly):
    • Raw Sweet Potatoes: last for about 3 – 5 weeks
    • Cooked Sweet Potatoes: last for 7 days in the fridge in a tightly closed container
  • Still Good to Eat? If you’ve stored the sweet potatoes for a while, you can cut it open and check. If there’s no dark brown spots inside the flesh, it should still be good to eat. 🙂

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Experiment


Optimal pressure cooking time is mostly dependent on the thickness of the food, rather than the weight.

So, when sweet potatoes come in all sorts of weird shapes and sizes, it’s a little tricky to pinpoint the perfect pressure cooking time for cooking sweet potatoes.

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Recipe): how to cook sweet potatoes

This is one of our smallest sweet potatoes with a ~6-inch circumference.

There’s no one-size-fits-all pressure cooking time to solving all the Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes mysteries.

That’s why some users have succeeded, while others have failed at making yummy whole Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Recipe): how to make sweet potatoes

This is one of our larger sweet potatoes with a 11-inch circumference.

To avoid having more sweet potatoes suffer from being hard & undercooked or mushy & overcooked, it’s time for a Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes experiment! 😀

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Experiment Results


We conducted 8+ tests with varying sizes of Sweet Potatoes using different pressure cooking times in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Recipe): How long to cook a sweet potato experiment results

(Click photo to enlarge the chart)

*HP = High Pressure; NR = Natural Release

After playing around with various factors, we developed a system for the optimal pressure cooking time for making Instant Pot Sweet Potato.

How to Make Sweet Potatoes in Pressure Cooker:

  • Liquid: 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • Location: Sweet potatoes on the rack
  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure (use Manual Button)
  • Pressure Cooking Time (depends on the sweet potatoes’ circumference)
    • Preferences: fully cooked with some chew – fully tender
    • 6 inches: 15 – 20 mins
    • 8 inches: 25 – 30 mins
    • 10 inches: 35 – 40 mins
    • 12 inches: 45 – 50 mins
  • Pressure Release Method: Natural Release (roughly 10 – 11 mins)

*Pro Tip: Use this guide as a reference, please adjust accordingly to your texture preference and altitude. 🙂

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sweet Potato


Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes): Step-by-step tutorial on how to make sweet potatoes. Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potato snack.
  • 2 – 4 whole sweet potatoes (circumference: 6 – 12 inches, weight: 160g – 700g)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) cold water
  • Optional Toppings: butter & maple syrup

Tools for Instant Pot Sweet Potato


Instructions for Instant Pot Sweet Potato


Step 1
Wash Sweet Potatoes

Ingredient

2 – 4 whole sweet potatoes

Rinse & scrub the sweet potatoes in cold water.

Step 2
Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes in Pressure Cooker

Ingredients & Tools

Washed whole sweet potatoes
1 cup (250 ml) of cold water

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Stainless Steel Steaming Rack Stand

Place 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water and a steamer rack in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Place whole sweet potatoes on the steamer rack, and close the lid.

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes): Step-by-step tutorial on how to make sweet potatoes. Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potato snack.

woah, these were huge!

Pressure cook the sweet potatoes at

Pressure Cooking Method (depending on your sweet potatoes’ circumference): 

High Pressure for 

  • Preference: Fully cooked with some chew – Fully tender
  • 6 inches: 15 – 20 mins
  • 8 inches: 25 – 30 mins
  • 10 inches: 35 – 40 mins
  • 12 inches: 45 – 50 mins

Pressure Release Method: Natural Release (roughly 10 – 11 mins)

Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip: Use this timing as a reference, please adjust accordingly to your texture preference and altitude.

Step 3
Serve Instant Pot Sweet Potato

Ingredients

Optional: maple syrup & butter

Serve the sweet potatoes as is or drizzle with maple syrup and butter.

Enjoy your healthy sweet treat! 😀

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes): Step-by-step tutorial on how to make sweet potatoes. Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potato snack.

Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Sweet Potato


  • For Sweet Potatoes with Circumference of 11 Inches or More: You can save time by cutting the sweet potatoes in half (lengthwise) before pressure cooking. This cut short the pressure cooking time from 45 mins to 25 mins! 🙂

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato
Make this no-fuss Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes)! Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potatoes.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables, Super Easy
Cuisine: World  
  Prep:  |  Cook:  |  Total:
  Serving: 2 - 4
  Rated 5.0/5 from 5 reviews
 
Ingredients
  • 2 – 4 whole sweet potatoes (circumference: 6 – 12 inches, weight: 160g – 700g)
  • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • Optional Toppings: butter & maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Wash Sweet Potatoes: Rinse & scrub the sweet potatoes in cold water.
  2. Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes: Place 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water and a steamer rack in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Place whole sweet potatoes on the steamer rack, and close the lid. Pressure cook sweet potatoes (depending on your sweet potatoes' circumference) at High Pressure for
    Preference: Fully cooked with some chew - Fully tender
    a) 6 inches: 15 - 20 mins
    b) 8 inches: 25 - 30 mins
    c) 10 inches: 35 - 40 mins
    d) 12 inches: 45 - 50 mins
    Then, do a full Natural Release (roughly 10 - 11 mins). Open the lid carefully.
  3. Serve: Serve the sweet potatoes as is or drizzle with maple syrup and butter. Enjoy your sweet treat! 🙂

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Notes
Pressure Cooking Time: Use the timing chart as a reference, please adjust accordingly to your texture preference and altitude.


Nutrition Information
Serving size: 300g Calories: 115 Fat: 0.2g Saturated fat: 0.1g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 26.8g Sugar: 8.7g Sodium: 41mg Fiber: 3.8g Protein: 2.1g Cholesterol: 0mg
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes): Step-by-step tutorial on how to make sweet potatoes. Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potato snack.

Last update on 2017-08-14 based on Amazon US | Images from Amazon Product API

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