Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

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.

Make this no-fuss Creamy Instant Pot 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! 😀

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes)

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You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes 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.

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 Sweet Potatoes in Instant Pot.

How to Make Sweet Potatoes in Instant Pot:

  • Liquid: 1 cup (250ml) cold water
  • Location: Sweet potatoes on the rack
  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure (use Manual/Pressure Cook 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 Potatoes


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 Potatoes


Instructions for Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes


1

Wash Sweet Potatoes


Rinse & scrub the sweet potatoes in cold water.

2

Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes in Instant Pot


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

Place whole sweet potatoes in Instant Pot 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.

3

Serve Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes


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 Potatoes


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! 🙂

Watch: How To Make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes


Can’t see the cooking video? Watch it here.

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Make this no-fuss Instant Pot Sweet Potato Recipe (Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes)! Naturally sweet, healthy nutrients-packed, filling whole sweet potatoes.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetables, Super Easy
Cuisine: World
Serving: 2 - 4
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! 🙂
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.
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  1. I cooked five 6” sweet potatoes for 20 minutes and they came out perfect! Thank you for doing this experiment, I love when I can trust a recipe website!

  2. Every time I put sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot, after measuring their circumference ?, I worry I haven’t thanked you for doing the testing necessary for me to make perfect potatoes. Thank you so very much. I so appreciate the scientific approach to something as simple as the perfectly cooked sweet potato or the most amazing umami blessed Beef Stroganoff my husband has ever tasted or I have ever made.

  3. The image showed only two sweet potatoes in the IP. I have a family of 4. Can I stack two more potatoes on top of the first ones on the bottom and it still cook the same? Thanks for the great information!

  4. I just got the mini lux and I’ve been enjoying your site so far.

    I live in Mexico, and they sell “camotes) which I think are sweet potatoes, but might be yams. They have the reddish skin and tend to be more elongated. Either way, should I just use your suggested times (adjusted for my high altitude)? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words!

      The suggested time should work fine.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  5. My instant pot is a 6 quart and states 18oz of water is needed …please explain why your recipe states only 1 cup…what kind and size of pot are you using for your recipes?

    1. Hi Rose,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you for your question. Our recipes are developed in the 6 quart Instant Pot.
      1 cup of pure liquid will be plentiful 🙂

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  6. Do they need to be poked?

    What would you recommend for Okinawan Sweet Potatoes? They are usually skinnier. I plan to smash them later. I read one that says 1.5 cups of water with HP 10 min and NR. Another says 2 cups of water with HP 6 min and QR.

    1. Hi Connie,

      thank you for your questions 🙂

      They don’t have to be poked.

      We love Okinawan sweet potatoes. The cooking time will be very similar to the ones in this recipe.

      Please take care & have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
      Jacky

  7. I need to cook sweet potatoes to go into a casserole. Is it best to peel them prior to putting in the pressure cooker, or after?

    1. Hi Julie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Both way will work. I prefer peeling them prior to pressure cooking personally.

      Please take care & have a wonderful day
      Jacky

  8. I made your sweet potatoes last night. Measuring the circumference is genius! Mine were 8″ ,and I cooked them for 30 minutes. Perfectly cooked sweet potatoes! I want to thank you both for all the testing you do to make each and every recipe come out perfect!!

  9. You are the go to and love your recipes. As I am a new user of ipot,for sweet potatoes to feed a crowd of 15 can you advise the best way to prepare.
    Thanks b

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Congrats on your new Instant Pot. Thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      You can place as many sweet potatoes as the Instant Pot can fit (don’t packing them too tightly). I would reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes as the get up to pressure time will be longer.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  10. Finally! Thank you for writing a recipe for sweet potatos in the IPot! I could never get the time right on these glorious potatos! Thank you for all the time and beautiful photography you both take with each and every recipe. You are appreciated!

  11. Your recipes are wonderful. I’ve been looking for a good pressure cooker shrimp and grits recipe, have you developed one?

  12. What is the advantage of cooking a large, 11″ diameter, sweet potato in an Instant Pot since it appears to take almost as long to cook in the IP as in the oven? Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
    J.C.

    1. Hi Jay,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The texture will be quite different. Try and see which version you like more.

      Take care & have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  13. You stated that times can vary due to altitude. I didn’t see where you listed your altitude. I read through it twice. If it’s in there sorry! Your site is great, thank you.

  14. Love your site! Mine are in the pot now! Do we turn it off while waiting on the natural pressure release or let it keep warm? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Heather,

      thank you for your kind words 🙂

      Both ways will work as the keep warm mode will not kick in well until the IP has natural released.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. It was counting up and made it to L00:24 with the Keep Warm light on before my natural release ever finished. I was worried since your recipe said more like around 10. But they tasted heavenly so I don’t really care. Just noting the lengthy release for the next time for the next time 🙂 Great recipe, even my 5 year old girls loved it!

  15. Your site it incredible. The explanations, the charts, the answers to every question. It is amazing. I was so happy to see your explanation about both baked potatoes and sweet potatoes. I never have an hour to put them in the oven, and they get so shriveled in the microwave. I am so excited to now feel I will be able to make perfect white and sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. My only question is this: I have an 8 quart and I know it cooks 20% hotter than the 6 quart, and also takes a little longer to come to pressure. Would I need the same amount of water, and should I cook the potatoes a little bit less time, or should I follow the exact timing in your recipes? I would very much appreciate your opinion on this issue.

    1. Hi Tara,

      thank you so much for being so kind 🙂

      The recipe can be followed exactly as the difference is quite minimal.

      The Instant Pot Duo80 cooks at roughly the same temperature as the DUO60.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  16. Thanks for the extensive test results on the Sweet Potatoes.

    But I am confused. Most if not all of the photos here are YAMS, not sweet potatoes. Yams have a redder skin and a bit brighter inside. Sweet potatoes have a light brown skin.

    So are these recipes for yams or sweet potatoes or both?

    1. Hi Ted,

      thank you for your kind words & questions 🙂

      The yams we are used to in supermarkets and grocery markets are actually sweet potatoes.

      In fact, many people have never tasted real yams before.

      Yam fries we get in restaurants are actually sweet potato fries.

      Happy New Year to you and your family
      Jacky

    2. I’m a bit confused about the yam vs sweet potato comments. Are the longer, less orange ‘sweet potatoes’ in the market (WA State, USA) probably just a variety of sweet potato – as they are marketed as sweet potatoes? It sounds like we want to find the ‘deep orange’ variety for this recipe and for the carotene benefits 😉 Thank you for such a great site, yummy recipes and fun emails!! 😉

    3. Hi Jody,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, it should be just a variety of sweet potato.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Lynn_M,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Our recipes are developed with the Manual/Pressure Cook button unless a specific button is mentioned.

      Happy New Year to you and your family
      Jacky

  17. You are the “go-to” place for any IP recipe! I don’t like wasting food for experimentation, and so far, the boiled eggs and sweet potatoes have been perfect. I will definitely be visiting your site for some more thoroughly tested and yummy recipes! Thanks, Liliane

  18. I use my instant pot on “steam” cooking for 10-11 minutes for medium to medium large sweet potatoes. I slice length wise. Lightly sprinkle with brown sugar cinnamon mixtures. Add liquid on bottom and potatoes in a steamer basket. When timer goes off. quick release the steam. If not ready to serve do not open lid. Otherwise presto wonderful steamed sweet tasting treat. Also the water takes on the flavors of the brown sugar and cinnamon can be drizzled over the potatoes before serving. Just one more way to cook sweet potatoes

  19. Thank you for doing all the hard work and providing cook times for the potato! I’ve had several fails when it come to cooking sweet potatoes. Glad I came across your site. This information was very helpful.

  20. Just found your site yesterday and made one last night. I had already pierced my sweet potato when I decided I better find a recipe. So happy I did, it was the best sweet potato I’ve ever had. It was like someone had whipped it inside the skin! Looking through your site this morning and am looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Great job, thank you!

    1. Welcome to our site Mark 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind words!!

      Do let us know if you come across any questions.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Whitney,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The cooking time will be the same for 1 sweet potatoes or 4 as long as they are not stack tightly together!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. Seriously, I am addicted to your website – I refer all my friends! Question: I would like to make sweet potatoes for the week for “breakfast” hash – like cubes that I would then heat up with some kale and eggs (yes, for whole 30). Would you just cut down on the time a little bit? I do LOVE a good, creamy one for dinner, etc. but wonder if the times aren’t the same? Let’s assume a 6 in one!

    1. Hi Sharyn,

      thank you for your kind words & question 🙂

      If you are cubing the sweet potatoes (1″x1″), it will only take 6 minutes + quick release to cook them!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  22. Amy & Jacky, thank you for developing the BEST method for cooking sweet potatoes: in the IP!! I love sweet potatoes but they take so long in the oven (for just 2) and heat up the kitchen. Just tonight I cooked two of them and they came out creamy and delicious! No more quick microwaved potatoes, YEAH!! Now I love my IP even more! Thank you again!

  23. Yay indeed, sweet potatoes 🙂 I make a batch almost every week for my lunches and came up with almost the same times for the same size potatoes. I generally go with the smaller 6″ size potatoes because they seem to cook more consistently for me. I also cut the ends off because I don’t care for that dark chewy part. If I’m mashing them I often add pumpkin pie spice to them for a nice change. Thank you for all the work you put into this and all of your recipe.

    1. Hi Dale,

      thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      We bought more sweet potatoes & Japanese sweet potatoes for easy breakfast or quick lunch yesterday!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  24. I love sweet potatoes, and this recipe is easy and looks so good. I’m going to try it tonight. Thank you for doing the experimentation for us!

  25. Did not see a note to pierce the skin. Do we get to skip that? Thanks for all of your great recipes and for introducing me to fish sauce, the miracle ingredient!

  26. So glad I found this website. I use it often and love the explanation of your experience with food and it is truly a science the way you do it. Love your wonderful recipes

    1. Hi Fran,

      thank you so much for your kind words!!

      Let us know if you come across any questions.

      See you around 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  27. Absolutely love your site. So many good recipes. Love the experiments you do and want to try the sweet potatoes but can’t get the recipe to print (it’s showing that a blank page will print out). I’m working from my tablet, could that be the problem? Any suggestions would help. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Karen,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      It could be the tablet (The site is a little buggy with ipad if you are using that) as I just tried it on my Android phone and desktop and it works.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  28. You mentioned cutting an 11″+ circumference sweet potato “in half” would cut time down to 25 min. Do you recommend cutting in half lengthwise to cut the circumference in half or just in half crosswise? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laurie,

      thank you for such a good question 🙂

      It should be cut in half lengthwise. Let me add that to the recipe.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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