How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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These Instant Pot sweet potatoes are done in roughly 35 minutes and are incredibly easy to make. Pressure cooker sweet potatoes are perfect for no-fuss weeknight dinners!

Easy Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Pressure Cooker) | A Couple Cooks

Confession: cooking with an Instant Pot is not something I ever expected to do. Alex and I are wary of adding new gadgets to our kitchen—and especially things that seem trendy! We want to know that a gadget will be useful in the long term before we’ll commit to hollowing out some cabinet space. So we were on the fence for years until a friend mentioned you can make all sorts of Instant Pot vegetarian recipes: like using an Instant Pot to cook sweet potatoes, grains, and dried beans. Since we eat vegetarian for most meals (and lots of sweet potato recipes!), we thought we’d give it a try. Still skeptical, we put in the raw sweet potatoes…and poof: out came perfectly moist sweet potatoes with little effort and faster than an oven! It’s now our go to method for cooking sweet potatoes. And we got rid of our rice cooker to make space for the Instant Pot! So without further ado, here’s how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot—first a video, then scroll down for the recipe!

Watch how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot

What’s an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is basically a programmable pressure cooker. The one we have is Instant Pot brand: here’s the Instant Pot we have. However, there are many other brands of electric pressure cookers. The concept is to cook foods at high pressure, which dramatically cuts down on cooking time.

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Why cook sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker?

Cooking sweet potatoes in an electric pressure cooker has a few advantages over baking them. First, it’s a bit quicker: baking sweet potatoes takes nearly 1 hour when accounting for the oven preheat and 45 minute cook time, whereas it takes about 35 minutes total in the Instant Pot. Also, the sweet potatoes come out perfect every time, with a perfectly moist, velvety interior. Finally, cooking sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker is totally hands off: which is helpful since baking requires more steps (rubbing with oil, S&P, checking for doneness, etc). How to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot? Keep reading!

How long does it take to cook sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot?

The cook time for pressure cooking sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot is 16 minutes. Wait, 16 minutes?! That’s what I thought — until I learned that the Instant Pot requires about 10 minutes for “preheating” and then about 10 minutes for “cooling down”. The cooling down process is called Natural Release, when the pressure cooker releases the steam inside naturally. So the total time for this recipe is 35 minutes. Pretty good compared to about 1 hour for baked sweet potatoes! The timing for how to cook sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot does depend on the size of the potatoes: this recipe is for medium to large potatoes, about 10 to 12 ounces each. For very large sweet potatoes, use a few more minutes (18 minutes); smaller potatoes could use less time (about 14 minutes).

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What are other Instant Pot vegetarian recipes?

When we first heard about the Instant Pot, we thought it was mainly helpful for cooking meat quickly. However, since we’ve learned that it’s helpful for vegetarian recipes too, we’re starting to build up some Instant Pot vegetarian recipes. For example, you can make rice, quinoa, dried beans, dried chickpeas, mashed potatoes, and even soups. Here are some of our favorites. What other Instant Pot vegetarian recipes would you like to see?

Looking for more healthy sweet potato recipes?

Here are a few other sweet potato recipes from A Couple Cooks where you could use this Instant Pot sweet potatoes recipe instead of baking!

This recipe is…

This Instant Pot sweet potatoes recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar-free.

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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in an Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) | A Couple Cooks

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)


1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (preheat)
  • Cook Time: 26 minutes (including natural release)
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large sweet potatoes
  • Category: Pantry
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Instant Pot sweet potatoes are done in roughly 35 minutes and are incredibly easy to make. Pressure cooker sweet potatoes are perfect for no-fuss weeknight dinners!


Ingredients

  • 4 medium to large sweet potatoes, about the same size (10 to 12 ounces)*

Instructions

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes. Place the stainless steel trivet into the Instant Pot, then place the potatoes on top. Add 1 cup water.
  2. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure 16 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time for 16 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. Wait while the Instant Pot cooks. (Note: During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Natural release for 10 minutes: After the Instant Pot beeps, wait for another 10 minutes to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure. (Tip: We set a timer for this part so we don’t forget!) After 10 minutes, vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (The pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own after 10 minutes, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  5. Open the lid and carefully remove the hot sweet potatoes with tongs. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

*Important: this Instant Pot cook time was optimized for 4 medium to large sweet potatoes: do not use less than 4 sweet potatoes in the pot! (Promise: we tried it!)

Keywords: instant pot sweet potatoes, instant pot recipe, how to cook sweet potatoes in instant pot

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sadie Sue
    July 30, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the tip

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    Brittany
    July 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    I use my instant pot to cook grains and beans…and then add them to other recipes that are cooked on the stove. I’d love recipes for grains and veggies (or grains and beans) that could be cooked all together, at one time, in the instant pot!!! Instant meal style (not instant, but small amount of work followed by cooking and resting time)…while I play or read with my son! Ah, that would be the life!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Great idea! On our list is to develop some good soups — stay tuned for that!. I also had the idea for a lentil & rice bowl where you cook both at once in the Instant Pot — would that hit the mark?

  • Reply
    Brittany
    August 2, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Yes!!! One pot summer dishes would also be great (it’s so nice not to turn the stove on when it’s hot…and it’s nice to have something other than grilled food or salads!). Thank you!

  • Reply
    Maureen
    August 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Would the cooking time be less for 1 or 2 sweet potatoes? I appreciate the tip about being able to store the cooked potatoes in the refrigerator.

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