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Baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar and melted butter.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Perfect fluffy sweet potatoes cooked in pressure cooker. Use my shortcut to make smaller portions, perfect for children!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot baked sweet potatoes, pressure cooker sweet potatoes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
pressure release time 12 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 111 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3 to 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water


  1. Prepare potatoes for cooking: wash and scrub to clean. Pierce with fork in several places.
  2. Make sure the stainless steel insert is in your IP. Add 1 cup of water to insert and set the trivet inside.
  3. Arrange potatoes on trivet. Close the lid and set valve to "sealing" position.
  4. Press "manual" or "pressure cook" setting and set timer to: 16 to 20 minutes for potatoes that are 6" in circumference OR 26 to 30 minutes for potatoes that are 8" in circumference or more (see note how to measure).
  5. The IP will beep when ready and it will start the cooking process. When the timer is done, let the pressure cooker release the pressure naturally. It will take about 12 minutes.
  6. Carefully open the lid away from your face and remove potatoes from the Instant Pot.
  7. Serve.

Recipe Notes

SHORTCUT: cut potatoes in half lengthwise and arrange on trivet, cut side up.  Cooking time depends on the size of your potatoes, of course, so read through the recommendations above. While a whole potato that is 8" in circumference cooks in 28 minutes, if you cut it in half it will cook in 14 minutes. It's a perfect portion if you want just half of the potato or for children.

How to measure potatoes: take sewing tape measure and wrap around the thickest part of the potato (in the middle). It's like measuring your waist. If you don't have tape, use a string and measure it with a ruler. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
% Daily Value*
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 438mg13%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 18445IU369%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.