Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes cut making sweet potatoes down from an hour to a quarter of the time!
So simple to make, peel, place, and pressure, you can use your nearly instant sweet potatoes to make a variety of delicious recipes without the hassle or turn straight into a slightly sweetened (or super sweetened!) mashed potato.
Yum, yum, yum!
Pressure Cooker Sweet Potatoes
Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone.
Here is what you need to gather to get started:
- raw sweet potatoes
This is not an overly sweet sweet potato recipe.
If you want REALLY sweet, I’d double the brown sugar and add some more butter. Here is the recipe I use when turning my pressure cooker sweet potatoes into a mashed potato.
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
Quick Release vs Natural Release on an InstantPot : What is it?
Quick releasing pressure means you put a towel over the valve and open it. The steam shoots out and is absorbed by the towel. it’s SUPER HOT so be careful!
I prefer to cover it with a towel because I swear that steam sticks to walls and cabinets.
The other way to release pressure is naturally. You can leave it on (The L and time will show, it counts UP, to show you how long it’s been on Low) and just let it be. Eventually the pressure comes down.
That time varies for every item you put in it. Even though you naturally release something for X amount of time, all the pressure may not be released and then you’ll need to also do a quick release.
Once the pressure is released, you can open the lid. Pressure must be released for the lid to open.
Note about coming to pressure: The exact instant pot in this post is the IP DUO60 V2. Time for IPs is challenging.
You turn it on and it has to come to pressure before it begins cooking. That time will depend on what is in it.It typically takes about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then the cooking time begins.
This pressure cooker counts DOWN for cooking. When it comes to pressure, it will say 15 (minutes) and then goes down until the pressure is done.
When pressure is set, this pressure cooker stays on low until you set the cooking times.
Pressure cookers can vary in how this is done – for my Ninja Foodi, you put the time on and it does the pressure and begins cooking immediately once its to pressure.
How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in a Pressure Cooker
This recipe should work with almost any pressure cooker, but you may need to adjust the times just slightly.
You really only know till after you test it out and see if you need a softer potato, but it SHOULD be close to working well for you. Once you learn how to cook sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker, it takes a quarter of the time over making them in the oven.
Peel sweet potatoes and place into an ovenproof bowl that fits into your instant pot.
Place trivet into the instant pot and add 1 cup water.
Place the bowl on top of the trivet.
Sweet Potato pressure cooker time
Place the lid onto the instant pot and seal shut.
Close the pressure release valve.
Set the instant pot to manual, high pressure for 12 minutes.
When cooking cycle is complete, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and quick release any remaining steam.
Carefully open instant pot.
Remove potatoes from pot and mash with a potato masher.
Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes
Stir in butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
Mix well and serve immediately.
Top with additional butter if desired.
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- 2 lbs raw sweet potatoes, peeled
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- TIMING NOTE: Most potatoes are different sizes and the timing, when dealing with whole sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker, can vary. You may need a slightly longer cook time by 2-3 minutes if you get large potatoes. This recipe is based on a small to medium sweet potato.
- Peel sweet potatoes and place into an ovenproof bowl that fits into your instant pot. Place trivet into the instant pot and add 1 cup water. Place the bowl on top of the trivet.
- Place the lid onto the instant pot and seal shut. Close the pressure release valve. Set the instant pot to manual, high pressure for 12 minutes.
- When cooking cycle is complete, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and quick release any remaining steam. Carefully open instant pot.
- Remove potatoes from pot and mash with a potato masher.
- (OPTIONAL TO SWEETEN) Stir in butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix well and serve immediately.
- Top with additional butter if desired.
- Serves 8-10
- You could read 15 recipes on pressure cookers and sweet potatoes and all have varying times and methods. A lot of that is due to the consistency that a recipe writer prefers to eat their potato on, the machine, and the size of the potato in question.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 158Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.