Follow this method for cooking Instant Pot sweet potatoes and get perfectly fluffy and delicious sweet potatoes every time!
Do you find yourself intimidated by your Instant Pot? Perhaps not sure how to use it, or what to cook in it? Instant Pot sweet potatoes are one of the easiest things to start with, and are the first thing I learned to use my Instant Pot for!
Let’s start at the beginning.
What is an Instant Pot?
Is it a pressure cooker? A slow cooker? A steamer? A yogurt maker? A warmer?
Answer: it’s all of these and then some.
It can be intimidating at first. One pot with anywhere from six to nine kitchen tools or appliances that it is replacing. That’s a lot for anyone to keep up with!
It has multiple functions, lots of buttons, and doesn’t come with a whole ton of instructions on exactly how all of these things are supposed to work. So, like the rest of us, you turn to the internet to figure out how to use it, amiright?
The thing is, you can use it in multiple ways, so there’s no one right answer. When I first started cooking in it, I decided to start out with basics. Sweet potatoes and eggs.
And for six months, those were the only two things I cooked in my Instant Pot. (Not joking.)
How do I set up my Instant Pot sweet potatoes?
First things first – not all sweet potatoes are grown equally. (As you can see from my jumbo on the far left, and middle minis.)
You’ll want to keep the rack in the pot. This keeps the potatoes from sitting in the liquid. You want them to steam, but not turn into a mushy mess of watery mashed potatoes. So make sure you keep the rack in there, and arrange the potatoes on it.
You can stack potatoes if they won’t fit in a single layer. You’ll need to increase cooking time depending on how many layers/potatoes you have, but other than that, everything else remains the same.
How do I cook Instant Pot sweet potatoes?
Once you’ve got your potatoes set up, just follow a few easy steps:
1. Add water.
This is key. You need the water in the pot to steam the potatoes. No water = no steaming. Dry, not delicious potatoes. No bueno.
2. Make sure the lid is set to Sealing not Venting.
If you have the lid set to venting, it won’t ever reach proper pressure. If it doesn’t reach pressure, your Instant Pot sweet potatoes won’t cook. No bueno.
3. Use the ‘Steam’ function. Make sure pressure is set to High.
Low pressure function is used for things more delicate than Instant Pot sweet potatoes. (Like eggs.) Hardy, thick, sturdy, starchy, frozen, meat – if any of these describe the item you are trying to cook in the Instant Pot, High is the right answer.
4. Allow time for natural release.
There are two ways to open an Instant Pot after cooking – natural and manual.
Natural release means the pot depressurizes all on its own, which takes time. Manual release means you flip that valve on top from Sealing >Venting, and all the steam pours out the top until it’s depressurized enough to open.
Give your Instant Pot sweet potatoes about 10 minutes or so to naturally release. If you pop open the pot right when it’s done; it’s unlikely the potatoes will be cooked through.
You can leave them for much longer than 10 minutes as well. I’ve cooked mine and left the house for a couple of hours and come back and eaten them hot when I returned.
Perfect, fluffy, deliciously tender sweet potatoes ready in minutes!
- 3 lbs sweet potatoes
Set your Instant Pot up with the steamer rack inside.
Rinse your potatoes, then add to the pot on the rack. It's ok to stack 'em if you need to!
Add about 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. (I usually average about 1/4 cup of water per potato.)
Close the lid and set to sealing.
Press the 'Steam' button and ensure the pressure is set to high.
Adjust the timer to 15 minutes.
Once the timer is done, allow it to naturally release for 10-15 minutes.
Manually release any remaining pressure, then remove the lid. Watch for steam!
Check to make sure potatoes are cooked through by piercing with a knife. Allow to cool and serve or store for later use!
Some sweet potatoes you can get at the store are MASSIVE. Those that are very large or thick may need longer cooking times, especially if you’re doing multiples of them at once.