Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Fast, Tender, Perfect!)

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Bowl of cooked sweet potatoes made in the Instant Pot

With an Instant Pot and less than 45 minutes, you can make tender sweet potatoes with minimal effort!

Leave the oven off and make tender sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot instead. Let us show you how.

Using a fork to poke holes in sweet potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Our preferred method for cooking sweet potatoes is still this fast method of halving and roasting them in the oven. But Instant Pot sweet potatoes have their place.

Using the Instant Pot is best for when you:

  • Don’t have an oven
  • Want the health benefits of steaming over roasting
  • Or simply don’t feel like dirtying a knife and cutting board!

Simply add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot, add the trivet (metal rack), and place the whole sweet potatoes on the trivet. The cooking time will vary based on the size of the potatoes, so it’s best to use potatoes that are as even in size as possible. Cook on high pressure for perfectly tender potatoes:

  • Small sweet potatoes (~2 inches or 51 mm diameter) = 20 minutes
  • Medium sweet potatoes (~2 ½ inches or 64 mm diameter) = 25 minutes

Once the potatoes are cooked, allow 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then release any remaining pressure.

Sweet potatoes on a trivet in an Instant Pot before cooking

Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile! Slice and add your favorite toppings (like vegan sour cream, black beans, and green onion), serve as a side to nearly any main, or add to muffinssmoothies, and more.

Sweet potatoes on a trivet in an Instant Pot after cooking

Into sweet potatoes? Be sure to check out our 8-Minute Sweet Potatoes, Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Carrots, and Baked Sweet Potatoes 2 Ways!

Bowl of Instant Pot sweet potatoes with vegan butter

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains, beans, and more!

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Fork in a perfectly tender sweet potato cooked in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes (Fast, Tender, Perfect!)

A quick & easy way to cook sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot! Tender potatoes in less than 45 minutes start to finish. Just 1 ingredient and 1 pot required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of Instant Pot sweet potatoes with vegan butter
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 3 (Sweet potatoes)
Course Helpful How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


  • 3 small to medium sweet potatoes (~2-2 ½ inches or 5-6 cm wide)
  • 1 cup water

FOR SERVING optional

  • Vegan butter


  • Use a fork to poke holes in the sweet potatoes; holes should be approximately 1 inch apart around entire potato.
  • Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot and set the metal trivet over top. Then place sweet potatoes on the trivet (they can be touching, but to ensure even cooking, don't stack or overcrowd).
  • Secure lid and pressure cook on high for 20-25 minutes (20 minutes for small sweet potatoes (~2 inches in diameter) and 25 minutes for medium (~2.5-3 inches in diameter)).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
  • Enjoy immediately with your favorite toppings, as a side, or for adding to muffins, smoothies, and more. Best when fresh. Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. Enjoy cold, reheat in the oven, or slice and cook on the stovetop in a large skillet.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.
*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).

Nutrition (1 of 3 servings)

Serving: 1 medium sweet potato Calories: 112 Carbohydrates: 26.2 g Protein: 2 g Fat: 0.1 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 72 mg Potassium: 438 mg Fiber: 3.9 g Sugar: 5.4 g Vitamin A: 18443 IU Vitamin C: 3.12 mg Calcium: 39 mg Iron: 0.79 mg

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  1. Whitney says

    Love this website! Everything always comes out perfectly. Just got an instant pot, followed this recipe and the potatoes came out perfect. Served with black beans, rice and avocado. Really easy meal!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay! We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes, Whitney. Sounds like a lovely meal. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  2. Dholla says

    Thank you , we are on a boat and don’t have an oven . We do have a foodi .
    I followed the directions and they were perfectly yummy!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it was helpful and turned out well. Thanks so much for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  3. Bob says

    I don’t really see the point of using the instant pot for this. They take around an hour in the oven, they have much better texture and flavor baked as well. In addition to the preparation and 25 minutes of cooking and 10 minutes of cooling, there is always the time it takes the instant pot to heat and reach pressure. So really no significant time saving here. I love the instant pot foe certain things and I’m sure these taste okay, but touting it as some great time saver here just makes no sense.

    If I want fast sweet potatoes, I’ll just cook them in the microwave for 5 minutes. If I want them delicious, the oven is the way to go.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bob! I hear you – microwave is the fastest. But the instant pot does come in handy for those without an oven or microwave. And it does keep them more tender / most vs. baking.

  4. willem says

    The recipe card itself calls for the potatoes to be “halved length-wise”, but none of the pictures show that, and the accompany text in the article seems to suggest that the potatoes are put in the Instant Pot whole. So are the potatoes supposed to be cut in half prior to placing in the pot?