Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

4 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Easy Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes have the quickest cooking time. They come out fluffy, light, and perfect for dinner! Try them today!

Regular Baked Sweet Potatoes are a great hearty Side Dish for any dinner, as are Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Easy as sweet potatoes are, it typically takes an hour to cook them. This Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes recipe brings that cooking time to 30 minutes or less depending on the size of the potatoes!

Once you’ve tried Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes they are sure to become a go-to recipe. The electric pressure cooker brings down the cooking time and makes the sweet potatoes just as silky, fluffy, and flavorful as they should be. Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes are perfect for a dinner side or to enjoy for a simple lunch. They never fail to bring plenty of flavor to any meal. 

Sabrina’s Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Along with how delicious they are, sweet potatoes are also a healthy ingredient to add to your diet. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and are good at helping to manage blood sugar levels. They also have anti-inflammatory components. Cook sweet potatoes any time you want a healthy dish that still tastes buttery and sweet. After cooking potatoes, you can add a variety of toppings to your Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

This Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe is tasty enough that you can just add some butter and call it good, or use them for Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole. You can also add a variety of new flavors with bacon bits, brown sugar, pecans, or even marshmallows. If you’ve ever tried Candied Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows then you know how delicious that sweet gooey mix can be!


  • 1 cup of Water: The water is used to create steam in the Instant Pot, which helps cook the sweet potatoes under pressure. It also prevents the sweet potatoes from drying out during cooking. Try to use purified water if you are able.
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are the main ingredient of this dish. The fork piercings allow steam to escape and prevent them from bursting during cooking.

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Instant Pot: This is the primary equipment needed for this recipe. It’s an electric pressure cooker that allows you to cook the sweet potatoes quickly and efficiently.
  • Metal Rack Insert: The trivet (metal rack insert) is used inside the Instant Pot to elevate the sweet potatoes above the water. It prevents them from getting soggy and allows steam to circulate.
  • Fork: You’ll need a fork to pierce the sweet potatoes before cooking. This helps the steam escape during the cooking process and prevents the sweet potatoes from bursting. Make about 10 piercings in each sweet potato.
  • Measuring Cup: A measuring cup is essential to accurately measure and add the required amount of water (1 cup) to the Instant Pot.

How to Make

Time needed: 20 minutes.

  1. Prepare Instant Pot

    Place the metal rack insert (trivet) inside the Instant Pot.

  2. Prepare Sweet Potatoes

    Before you start cooking, take a look at your potatoes, and pick out ones around the same size. Their size will adjust the cooking time. Next, scrub the potatoes before cooking. Pierce each sweet potato about 10 times with a fork to allow steam to escape during cooking.four raw, uncooked sweet potatoes

  3. Add Water

    Pour water into the Instant Pot to create steam. The water should cover the bottom but not touch the sweet potatoes.adding water over sweet potatoes in instant pot

  4. Arrange Sweet Potatoes

    Place the prepared sweet potatoes on the metal rack inside the Instant Pot.

  5. Cook Under Pressure

    Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high:
    – For sweet potatoes 8 ounces and less, set cook time for 15 minutes.
    – For sweet potatoes 8-12 ounces, set cook time for 20 minutes.
    – For sweet potatoes 12-18 ounces, set cook time for 25 minutes.

  6. Natural Release

    Allow the pressure to release naturally after cooking is complete. This will take some time, so be patient. After the pressure has released on its own, the valve will pop and the pressure cooker will unlock. Release any remaining pressure after 10-15 minutes. cooked sweet potatoes in instant pot

  7. Serve

    Carefully open the Instant Pot, and your perfectly cooked sweet potatoes are ready to be served as a side dish. Serve the cooked potatoes with your favorite toppings or add in some heavy cream and butter to make them into mashed potatoes. Enjoy!cooked sweet potatoes in bowl, cut open with butter and parsley garnish

Can This Be Made Ahead?

Yes, you can make Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven when ready to serve for a quick side dish.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 762mg22%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 32063IU641%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Store


Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes can stay good at room temperature for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, wrap the recipe in tin foil or put the Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes in an airtight container. The recipe will stay good in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

Reheating Tips

To reheat Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes, use a microwave for a quick option. Simply place them on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel, and heat in 30-second increments until warmed through.


For meal prep, you can wrap the potatoes in tin foil and then put them in a plastic bag to store in the freezer. They’ll keep well in the freezer for up to 10 months. 

Serving Ideas for Sweet Potatoes

Have another brilliant serving idea you want to share? Share it in the comments below!

  • Classic Butter and Cinnamon: Serve the sweet potatoes hot, split open, and topped with a pat of butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and a dash of ground cinnamon.
  • Marshmallow Topping: Create a delightful sweet treat by adding mini marshmallows on top of the hot sweet potatoes and briefly broiling them until golden and gooey. It’s a favorite for kids and adds a lovely contrast of textures.
  • Savory Herb Butter: For a savory twist, serve the sweet potatoes with a dollop of herbed butter made by mixing melted butter with chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage.
  • Greek Yogurt and Honey: Top the sweet potatoes with a generous spoonful of Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey for a creamy, tangy, and sweet contrast. It’s a healthier and more elegant option!
  • Pecan and Maple Syrup: Enhance the dish’s texture and flavor by adding a handful of toasted pecans and drizzling with warm maple syrup. The crunch of the nuts and the richness of the syrup create a delightful combination.
  • Dried Fruit Compote: Serve with a side of dried fruit compote, like raisins, cranberries, or apricots, simmered in a bit of orange juice and sugar. The fruity compote complements the sweet potatoes wonderfully.

Frequent Questions

How do I know when the sweet potatoes are done?

The sweet potatoes should be tender when pierced with a fork. If the fork goes in easily, they are done. Cooking times provided are based on the weight of the sweet potatoes. If in doubt, you can use the 20-minute timer. The texture might be more mashed versus baked depending on the actual size.

What if I don’t have a metal rack insert or trivet?

You can use a makeshift trivet by creating a foil sling by folding a long piece of foil into a thick strip and placing it beneath the sweet potatoes to keep them elevated.

Can I use a different size Instant Pot?

Yes, you can use a different size Instant Pot, but make sure not to overcrowd the sweet potatoes. Adjust the cooking times based on the size and capacity of your Instant Pot.

Can I add seasonings or herbs to the sweet potatoes?

Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite seasonings or herbs to the sweet potatoes before cooking to infuse them with extra flavor. Check out the Variations list below!

Is it necessary to release the pressure naturally, or can I use a quick release?

It’s recommended to release the pressure naturally to allow the sweet potatoes to finish cooking and avoid any potential spillover. A quick release may result in unevenly cooked sweet potatoes.

Can I substitute regular potatoes for sweet potatoes?

Yes, if they are Russet potatoes. Keep in mind that regular potatoes have different cooking times and textures. The recipe is optimized for sweet potatoes, so results may vary. If you’re looking for a regular mashed potato recipe, check out our Easy Mashed Potatoes

Recipe Card

Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

Easy Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes have the quickest cooking time. They come out fluffy, light, and perfect for dinner! Try them today!
Yield 4 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sweet potatoes , scrubbed clean


  • To a 6 quart instant pot (pressure cooker) add the metal rack insert.
  • Pierce the potatoes with a fork 10 times each.
  • Pour in the water, then add potatoes.
  • Cook on high pressure.
  • For 8 ounces and less per sweet potato: 15 minutes on high pressure
  • For 8-12 ounces per sweet potato: 20 minutes on high pressure
  • For 12-18 ounces per sweet potato: 25 minutes on high pressure
  • Release pressure naturally.


  • Click on the yield amount to slide and change the number of servings and the recipe will automatically update!
  • Click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
  • To convert measurements to grams, click on the Metric option next to Ingredients in the recipe card.


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

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Variations on Baked Sweet Potatoes

  • Cheesy Sweet Potatoes: One delicious way to serve Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes is with cheese over the top. Cut the Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes in half length-wise after cooking. Then spread butter over each side. Sprinkle mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, or Swiss cheese over the top. 
  • Sweet Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes: Another way is to add maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar topping for more sweetness in the sweet potatoes recipe.  
  • Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes: After piercing the sweet potatoes, drizzle them with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon on top for a sweet and fragrant twist. Follow the same cooking instructions.
  • Savory Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes: Instead of water, use vegetable or chicken broth for added flavor. Season the sweet potatoes with a mixture of herbs like rosemary, thyme, and garlic powder before cooking. Use 1 teaspoon each.
  • Spicy Cajun Sweet Potatoes: Season with a Cajun spice blend before cooking to give your sweet potatoes a spicy kick. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt for balance.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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