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Making perfect sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is quick and easy. I love to meal prep several at once so I can eat them all week. Bonus? There is almost no setup or cleanup involved in this recipe!

The electric pressure cooker is my favorite way to make “baked” sweet potatoes. I love that I can “set it and forget it.”

collage of sweet potatoes in the instant pot

Where is the recipe?

Here at My Crazy Good Life, we write our recipes so that anyone can easily make them. In the article below, you’ll find lots of cooking tips, details that are helpful to those who might be new to the Instant Pot, and even special diet information for the 21 Day Fix, Weight Watchers, and 2B Mindset.

If you don’t need all of the extra information, simply scroll down to the bottom of the post to view the basic ingredient list and instructions for these Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

whole sweet potato on a white plate

How long does it take to Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes?

Your cooking time will directly depend on the size of your sweet potatoes. Try to find potatoes that are roughly the same size so that your cooking time is the same for all of the potatoes. You’ll also want to allow a 10 minute natural pressure release at the end of cooking.

  • For small potatoes (less than 2 inches wide) I recommend cooking 15 minutes to 18 minutes.
  • For medium sweet potatoes (2-3 inches wide) I recommend cooking for 30 minutes.
  • For large sweet potatoes (wider than 3 inches) I recommend cooking for 60 minutes.

It’s always best to cook for less time when you’re getting used to cooking with your Instant Pot. You can always cook the food for longer, but once it’s over-cooked it can’t be undone. I like to cook, open and test, and then cook for longer if necessary–you can even cook something for 0 (that’s zero) minutes if it just needs a little more time. It will cook as it comes to pressure, then it will immediately begin releasing pressure and continuing to cook.

medium sized uncooked sweet potatoes on the counter
My potatoes are medium sized and took 30 minutes to cook with a 10 minute NPR

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes: A powerhouse of vitamins and minerals sweet potatoes contain 400% of your daily recommended Vitamin A alone. Sweet potatoes are slow burning carbs, which help level blood sugar, and have tons of beta-carotene which studies show helps with vision.
collage of cooking instructions for instant pot sweet potatoes
  1. Wash your potatoes. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Place your trivet or steamer basket in the bottom of the pot. Place your potatoes on top of the trivet.
  2. Close and lock the lid and turn your pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 15-60 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes (cooking times can be found above).
  3. Once the cook time is complete, allow the pot to release naturally for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure. This means that when it’s done cooking, don’t touch the pot or release valve. Set a time for 10 minutes (or watch your pot count up to 10 minutes) before moving the release valve from Sealing to Venting with the end of a wooden to spoon. When you do this, steam will come out of the pot.
  4. Remove the lid and use the handles of your trivet to remove the potatoes. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge up to 5 days.
cooked sweet potatoes on a trivet in the instant pot

Recipe Tips:

  • Find potatoes that are the same size so that they all cook in the same amount of time..
  • I used my 6 quart Instant Pot, but cooking times should stay the same for the 3 or 8 quart.
  • I love this recipe during the holidays. It saves so much time making sweet potato casserole!
mashed sweet potatoes on a white plate

Healthy Eating Plans:

21 Day Fix/Ultimate Portion Fix:

Potato sizes can vary drastically, so for the most accurate container counts, count each 1/2 cup serving as 1 Yellow Container.

Weight Watchers:

Points were figured using the WW recipe creator with the serving size figured as 1/2 cup. 2 Points on the 2023 Plan | 3 Blue Plan Points | 3 Green Plan Points | 0 Purple Plan Points

2B Mindset:

These are great for breakfast or lunch when following 2B Mindset. For breakfast add 50% protein for a complete meal. For lunch, add 50% vegetables and 25% protein for a complete meal.

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cooked sweet potatoes on a trivet in the instant pot
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Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Created by: Becca Ludlum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Instant Pot 6 qt
  • Instant Pot Trivet

Ingredients 

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 c water

Instructions

  • Wash your potatoes.
  • Add one cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  • Place your trivet or steamer basket in the bottom of the pot, and your potatoes on top of the trivet.
  • Close and lock the lid and turn you pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 15-60 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes (cooking times can be found in recipe notes).
  • Once the cook time is complete, allow the pot to release naturally for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure. Remove the lid and use the handles of your trivet to remove the potatoes.
  • Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge up to 5 days.

Notes

  • For small potatoes (less than 2 inches wide) I recommend cooking 15 minutes to 18 minutes.
  • For medium sweet potatoes (2-3 inches wide) I recommend cooking for 30 minutes.
  • For large sweet potatoes (wider than 3 inches) I recommend cooking for 60 minutes.
Recipe Tips:
  • Find potatoes that are the same size so that they all cook for the same amount of time.
  • I used my 6 quart Instant Pot, but cooking times should stay the same for the 3 or 8 quart.
Healthy Eating Plans:
21 Day Fix/Ultimate Portion Fix:
Potato sizes can vary drastically, so for the most accurate container counts, count each 1/2 cup serving as 1 Yellow Container.
Weight Watchers:
Points were figured using the WW recipe creator with the serving size figured as 1/2 cup. 2 Points on the 2023 Plan | 3 Blue Plan Points | 3 Green Plan Points | 0 Purple Plan Points
2B Mindset:
These are great for breakfast or lunch when following 2B Mindset. For breakfast add 50% protein for a complete meal. For lunch, add 50% vegetables and 25% protein for a complete meal.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 1752mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 73772IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg

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