instant pot sweet potato recipe

Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potato

  • Author: Tara Kuczykowski
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 sweet potatoes
  • Category: Meal Prep
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


No more undercooked sweet potatoes, this one simple secret will produce a perfectly cooked Instant Pot sweet potato every time… Making sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is a total game changer for meal prep or those doing a Whole30!


  • 2-4 sweet potatoes of roughly the same circumference
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. With a stiff veggie brush, scrub and rinse the sweet potatoes well under cold water.
  2. Using a sewing tape measure, measure the circumference of the sweet potatoes in inches, and calculate your cook time according to the notes below.
  3. Place the stainless steel insert pot into the Instant Pot base, along with the included steamer insert. Pour in 1 cup of cold water, and place the sweet potatoes on the steamer insert.
  4. Lock the lid on top of the Instant Pot, and make sure the steam release knob is turned to “sealing”.
  5. Press the Manual (Pressure Cook for the new IP-DUO60) button on the front. High pressure should automatically be selected, but if it’s not for some reason, press the Pressure button to toggle it to high.
  6. Use the plus or minus buttons to set the cook time according to your calculations based on the chart in the post. Wait a few seconds and you should hear a beep. At this point, the display will read “on”, indicating that the Instant Pot is pressuring up. Once it comes to pressure (about 9-10 minutes), it will switch to the timer to steam the sweet potatoes.
  7. Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then use a thick towel or a pair of tongs to turn the steam release knob to “venting”. Open the lid carefully, and enjoy!


Cook time: The cook time is based on your sweet potatoes’ circumference and your texture preference, lower end for cooked with some chew, higher end for fully tender sweet potatoes: 6 inches – 15 to 20 minutes; 8 inches – 25 to 30 minutes; 10 inches – 35 to 40 minutes; 12 inches – 45 to 50 minutes. See the chart in the post for complete details.

Storage: Pressure cooked sweet potatoes will keep for up to 7 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.