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Perfect Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes the Easy Way

How to make easy Instant Pot sweet potatoes to eat whole, mashed, or use in your favorite recipes. Healthy side dish, perfect for casserole!
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Course: Instant Pot Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Equipment

  • OXO Good Grips Vegetable Brush
  • The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results -- with Photographs of Every Step
  • Instant Pot Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker 11 in 1, 8 Qt with Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate and more
  • 22 Pcs Accessories for Instant Pot 6 8 Qt
  • Instant Pot Stainless Steel Official Wire Roasting Rack, Compatible with 6-quart and 8-quart cookers
  • Watkins Gourmet Spice Tin, Pure Ground Cinnamon, 6 oz. Tin, 1-Count

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Rinse and scrub your sweet potatoes before getting started, so they're ready to go.
  • Add the water to your Instant Pot, and place a steaming trivet down inside.
  • Lay the potatoes on top of the trivet. It's ok to stack the potatoes; the steam in the Instant Pot will cook them thru and thru.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the vent, and press Manual mode, setting to high-pressure cook for about 15 minutes. If your sweet potatoes are larger, they'll need more cooking time.
  • Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Then manually release any remaining pressure. Just be careful of the steam, so it doesn't burn your fingers.*
  • Carefully remove the lid, and remove the sweet potatoes to a cutting board or plates.
  • Serve with butter or other toppings of your choice.*

Notes

*Tip: To manually release the valve, I like to use the long handle of a wooden spoon covered in a kitchen towel, with my hand under the towel on the other end of the spoon.
*When it comes to topping your baked sweet potatoes, the sky's the limit. Here are some simple ideas to serve your sweet potatoes in a manner that your family will be sure to enjoy!
  • Spread butter, salt and pepper for a savory snack, much like a regular baked potato. You could even throw on some sour cream and chives!
  • Mix up a quick batch of whipped cinnamon butter to spread on your baked sweet potatoes.
  • Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon with melted butter for an irresistible sweet treat.
  • Throw some marshmallows on top. This would pair wonderfully with the brown sugar and cinnamon, and you could even throw some pecans on top to imitate a traditional sweet potato casserole.
  • Finish them off in the oven with some melted cheese; cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, mozzarella, Asiago, and even grated parmesan cheese would all be wonderful candidates. You could even add caramelized garlic and onions and sliced tomatoes to this mixture.
  • Make taco stuffed sweet potatoes! Split the potato open, add your taco meat (taco beef or taco chicken), salsa, cheese, and all of the normal taco fixings.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR SWEET POTATOES ARE DONE
It's fairly easy to tell when sweet potatoes are fully cooked. Just poke the sweet potatoes with a fork or table knife; if your fork slides into the sweet potato easily, it's done.
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT STEAMED SWEET POTATOES
You can refrigerate leftover sweet potatoes in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
To reheat, just pop them into the microwave (in a microwave-safe dish) and heat on high 'til the sweet potato is heated through and through, probably about 2 minutes or so.
CAN I USE THIS METHOD FOR MAKING SWEET POTATO PUREE FOR CASSEROLE AND OTHER SIDE DISHES?
Yes, you can use sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot to make sweet potato purée. Follow this recipe all the way to the end, at which point you will simply peel and mash the potatoes into a smooth, creamy purée. This can also be more easily done in a blender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 43mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g
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