Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes come out perfectly soft, tender and fluffy every single time! Easy to make, great for meal prepping and doesn’t take up valuable room in the oven.

With the holidays fast approaching everyone is thinking about sweet potatoes and pumpkins, am I right? These vegetables seem to be a staple at family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

But after you see how easy they are to make and the recipes you can use Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes in, this will become a weeknight go-to.

sweet potato sliced open after cooking in the instant pot topped with butter and pecans with text overlay

One thing about the holidays, birthdays, and other occasions that draw big crowds is the shortage of room on the stovetop and in the oven. It’s a pain trying to juggle all the dishes with a hungry family breathing down your neck.

So I decided to experiment with sweet potatoes and the Instant Pot. Verdict: I will never make these on the stove again! It was so easy to just throw them in and go. No mess to clean up and I must say I like them much better cooked this way.

These are also perfect for meal prepping. Using our savory ideas below, you could easily make a full meal using sweet potatoes.

sweet potatoes and water sitting next to an Instant Pot pressure cooker

Ingredients for Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

Water

Sweet Potatoes

Well, that was easy enough! These are the ONLY ingredients you need to make them. But we recommend jazzing them up with sweet or savory toppings to take them to the next level.

Sweet Topping/Serving Options

  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Whipped cinnamon butter
  • Whipped butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Chopped pecans
top view of sweet potatoes sitting inside of an Instant Pot

Savory Baked Sweet Potato Ideas

Have you ever heard of a spud? Many people use the term spud when talking about loading up a potato for dinner.

For example:

Broccoli and Cheese Spud – This is steamed broccoli and melted cheese loaded into the potato. Talk about comfort food!

Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes – Another great dish for meal prepping that’s really easy. Simply prepare your buffalo chicken, use the Instant Pot to bake your sweet potatoes, then top with some extra ranch and you have an easy meal!

Other Ideas for Savory Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes:

  • BBQ Chicken 
  • Pulled Pork
  • Taco Meat
  • Chili 
  • Bolognese
  • Cajun Sausage
  • Peppers and Veggies

Can You Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot?

Yes! Simply follow the instructions and rather than eating them whole, you’ll scrape the potato out of the peel and mash it up. Add your favorite toppings or turn it into a Sweet Potato Casserole.

Baked sweet potatoes after cooking next to butter on a white plate

Can You Stack the Potatoes or Do They Have To Be in a Single Layer?

Yes, you can stack potatoes. Just make sure you don’t go over the max fill line.

Tips for Making and Storing

  • Try to buy sweet potatoes similar in size so they cook evenly.
  • Store cooked potatoes in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Don’t vent your Instant Pot too close to your kitchen cabinets – the hot steam could damage the finish.

Looking for more holiday recipes?

Be sure to check out these! But don’t limit yourself to the holidays – you can use these recipes year-round.

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Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes come out perfectly soft, tender & fluffy every single time! Easy to make and doesn’t take up room in the oven.
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Course: Easy Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, about 10-12 ounces each
  • 1 cup cold water

Optional Toppings

  • Butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Whipped cinnamon butter
  • Whipped butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes (use a veggie scrubber brush). Prick each potato 4-5 times with a fork.
  • Add water to the Instant Pot.
  • Place the steaming trivet inside the pot and place the potatoes on top of the trivet.
  • Secure the lid and turn to seal the pot. Make sure the valve is set to “sealing”.
  • Using manual mode, set to high-pressure cook for 15 minutes. Actual time will vary based on the size of your sweet potatoes – less time for smaller potatoes, more time for larger ones.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Carefully release any remaining pressure manually.
  • Carefully remove the lid, and remove cooked sweet potatoes (tongs work great!).
  • Serve with butter or other toppings of your choice.
  • Leftovers should be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  • Use similar-sized potatoes for best results.
  • The total cook time includes time to come to pressure, cook time and natural release.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently.
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Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 32063IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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