Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes are the perfect easy side dish! Save time using the Instant Pot, and load them up with your favorite toppings for a healthy meal!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot sweet potatoes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
natural release 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 potatoes
Calories 100 kcal


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, or more (number of potatoes doesn't matter/effect cooking time)
  • 1 cup water

For crispy skins, optional:

  • olive oil
  • salt


  1. Clean the sweet potatoes, removing any dirt from the skin. Poke each potato about 5 times with a fork.

  2. Add 1 cup of water to the instant pot. Place steamer rack on the bottom of the pot. Add potatoes on top of the rack. Close the lid and seal the valve on the lid. Set pot on manual/high pressure, then set time for 20 minutes**. When time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release (do not flip the valve) for 7 minutes. When time is up, release the rest of the pressure by flipping the valve. Carefully open and remove sweet potatoes. Serve as is, or see next step* to crisp skins (optional)

To crisp skins:

  1. Set oven on broil setting. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, and lightly spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in oven. Cook about 3-5 minutes, or until skin has desired crispness. Carefully remove, and serve with desired toppings. 

Recipe Notes

Sweet Potato cooking time will vary depending on size. Try to find potatoes that are all around the same size (6 ounces/medium). If potatoes are larger, add a few more minutes to cooking time. If potatoes are smaller, reduce time a few minutes.