Whole sweet potatoes in an instant pot recipe

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

The best way to cook Instant Pot Sweet potatoes, it's simple, quick and very easy.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 111 kcal
Author Sheena Strain


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water


  1. Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker.

  2. Add a steamer basket that suitable for pressure cookers to the inner pot, or simply use the triver that came with your pressure cooker, and then place in two sweet potatoes.

  3. For further cook time details for different sized potatoes see the recipe notes.

  4. Lock the lid, turn the vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 16 minutes for a medium potato at High Pressure. Refer to the chart in the post for other cook times.

  5. At the end of the cook time, you can release the pressure quickly and then carefully remove the lid.

  6. If the potato is not fully cooked you can either microwave it on full for about a 30 seconds to a minute and see if that is cooked enough (often it is) or you can put the lid back on and and cook for an additional 2 minutes under pressure, then release the pressure in the same way as before when the time is up.

Recipe Notes

Cook time - this will vary and depends on the thickness of the potato rather than on the weight of the potato, so I would start at 14 minutes for very skinny sweet potatoes, 16 minutes for medium, and 18 minutes for large potatoes. 

Sweet Potato Toppings - we like savory toppings and I've given a full and detailed list of our favorites in the post. If you like sweet toppings then a little cinnamon and maple syrup tastes fabulous!

Reheating - I think the best and my preferred method is to use the microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Sodium 77mg 3%
Potassium 438mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 368.9%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.