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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

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Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes take a fraction of the time to cook as they do in the oven. Yet inside they’re still irresistibly creamy and tender.

Slathered with a thick piece of butter and sprinkled with salt or topped with some cinnamon sugar, there is no way you can go wrong.

 

Main image for recipe of 4 sweet potatoes in an instant pot.

 

Cooking sweet potatoes in the instant pot is so incredibly easy! It takes very few ingredients– oh wait, that’s right just ONE! 

When you make sweet potatoes in the oven it takes FOREVER! And when you make sweet potatoes in the microwave, they tend to get dry. Yuck.

However in the instant pot they stay soft, moist, and creamy. Plus they are done so quickly you don’t have to spend all day tending your oven. Perfection.

 

fork pricking sweet potatoes before putting into the instant pot.

 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Get ready for it- Sweet Potatoes! That’s it. Ok, ok, also some water to go in the bottom. Seriously, how much easier can it get?

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Instant Pot

  1. Prep: Time to prep your potatoes by washing and pricking them.
  2. Cook: It’s so easy in the Instant Pot and ready in minutes!
  3. Serve: We suggest serving with butter or cinnamon sugar!   

 

4 sweet potatoes in the instant pot, ready to cook.

 

How Long to Cook Sweet Potatoes in Instant Pot

Probably the number one question on everyone’s minds! And the answer is it varies based on the size of the sweet potato.

Small Sweet Potatoes: 16 minutes

Medium Sweet Potato: 21 minutes

Large Sweet Potato: 25 minutes 

Pro Tip: Choose sweet potatoes that are roughly the same size. Similarly sized potatoes ensure all potatoes are evenly baked.

 

 

Are Yams Sweet Potatoes?

Yams are not sweet potatoes. Although both are root vegetables, there are a few key differences.

Yams tend to have a dark brown skin that looks similar to a tree bark and they taste more like a yucca. Their flavors are more bland: actually probably similar in flavor to a white potato. 

Sweet Potatoes are… well… sweeter. They are less starchy and full of flavor, therefore more likely to be eaten as a stand alone food.

Here’s the thing: If you’re at the store and it says ‘yams’ on the sign, it probably isn’t yams. Yams are often used in Caribbean or West African cooking and are actually difficult to come by in the U.S. In the early 1930’s some farmers began marketing their sweet potatoes as yams and it just kind of stuck.

Most people use the words interchangeably now.

 

side view of 4 sweet potatoes on a platter, sliced open and ready to serve.

 

What To Do with Sweet Potatoes

Ok… I will eat these for a meal. Just slather them in butter and some salt. Instant meal! Or maybe sprinkle cinnamon sugar on there. Instant dessert! They are so versatile. 

If you need some food inspiration try Pulled Pork Leftovers, Sweet Potato Rolls, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans, or Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows and Whipped Sweet Potatoes.

4 sliced potatoes with cinnamon sugar being sprinkled on top

 

How Long Do Sweet Potatoes Last?

This answer depends on how they are stored and whether they are already cooked. 

Uncooked Sweet Potatoes:

  • Cool dry place: 3-5 weeks
  • Fridge: 2-3 months
  • Freezer: 6-8 months

Pro Tip: The fridge or freezer may change the flavor of the sweet potatoes and make them harder in the center. I recommend just keeping them in a cool dry place for best results.

Cooked Sweet Potatoes:

  • Fridge: 3-5 days
  • Freezer: 2-3 months

Pro Tips: 

  • Always store your cooked sweet potatoes in an airtight container whether in the fridge or freezer to prevent drying out and bacteria from growing on your food.
  • Wait for your instant pot sweet potatoes to cool before you place them in the container.

 

4 sweet potatoes on a platter with cinnamon sugar

 

How Many Sweet Potatoes Can You Cook at Once?

I have only ever cooked a single layer at a time. So 4 sweet potatoes is how many I’ve been able to cook and they work just fine. However I know others have cooked upwards of 6 or 7 (depending on size) and had great success.

What If My Sweet Potatoes Aren’t Done?

Sometimes underestimating the size of the sweet potato, and therefore the amount of time it will take to cook them can cause them to not be done at the end of the cooking time.

If this happens, simply add a couple of minutes and cook again. Since the instant pot is already hot it will not take very long to get back up to pressure.

 

zoomed out image of 4 sweet potatoes on a platter with butter

 

Does This Recipe Work for Regular Potatoes?

No. Sweet potatoes are much harder than white potatoes are. Seriously try sticking a fork in a sweet potato right after a regular potato. Not the same consistency at all. So this recipe is not appropriate for cooking regular white potatoes.  If you are looking to make an Instant Pot Baked Potato then we also have that recipe too!

Is a Sweet Potato a Vegetable?

A sweet potato is a vegetable. It is actually a root vegetable, meaning it grows in the ground. It’s chock full of Vitamin A and very good for you. Vitamin A is what makes your eyeballs work properly after all.

They are naturally gluten free and I believe approved on most diets. But since I don’t follow any diets, if you have a specific diet plan, you’ll have to check to see if it fits for you.

 

3 sweet potatoes with butter dolloped on top, side view angle

 

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Once these instant pot sweet potatoes are cooked, feel free to do whatever you want with them. Including, feeding them to your dog! I’ve read that you should probably remove the skins first as they can be more difficult for a dog to digest. 

Never try to feed your dog raw sweet potatoes however as they can upset their stomachs. Humans on the other hand can eat raw sweet potatoes without the same problem.

 

4 sweet potatoes on platter with dollops of butter. Image taken from the top down.

 

More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love…

These creamy, instant pot sweet potatoes are absolutely wonderful. They are so soft in the middle, take such a small amount of time, and are the perfect addition to anything else going on your table. Or eat them alone. I do it all the time!

Yield: 4 "Baked" Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

4 sweet potatoes in the instant pot, ready to cook.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes take a fraction of the time to cook as they do in the oven. Yet inside they’re still irresistibly creamy and tender.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Sweet Potatoes (see notes below for cooking times of other sized sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup water
  • Butter, optional
  • Cinnamon Sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup of water into your instant pot.
  2. Wash each of your potatoes and prick each potato 5 times with a fork, randomly around the potato.
  3. Add circle wire rack insert into the instant pot.
  4. Place washed and cleaned potatoes onto rack.
  5. Secure lid and close the pressure valve.
  6. Set the instant pot to high pressure for 16 minutes.
  7. Once the instant pot timer goes off, wait 5 minutes, then release the pressure.
  8. Remove potatoes, slice & fluff and add your favorite toppings.

Notes

Small Sweet Potatoes, cook for 16 minutes.

Medium Sweet Potatoes, cook for 21 minutes.

Large Sweet Potatoes, cook for 25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 8gSugar: 45gProtein: 3g

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