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Instant pot cooks whole sweet potatoes to perfection! They turn out absolutely creamy and fluffy. Read more to find out how to steam whole sweet potatoes in instant pot and for how long.

Sweet potato is a common root vegetable. It is nutritious and packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. For more details on health benefits of sweet potatoes, you can read this post on healthline.com.

It might seem that it takes too long to cook the sweet potatoes, especially in the oven. But thanks to the instant pot, cooking sweet potatoes for your favorite dish is a breeze.

Creamy and fluffy sweet potatoes are cooked effortlessly in the instant pot. It is a true dump-and-go process where you can walk away and not worry about monitoring them at all.

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How do you scrub a sweet potato?

As sweet potatoes grow below the soil, it is best to rinse and clean them thoroughly before cooking. To clean the sweet potatoes rinse them with water and gently scrub with a vegetable brush to ensure all the dirt is removed thoroughly.

How to steam whole sweet potatoes?

Whole sweet potatoes can be steamed in the instant pot. Pour a cup of water in the instant pot liner. I have used a 6 qt. instant pot for this recipe.

Place a trivet in the instant pot liner and then put the sweet potatoes on the trivet. You want to ensure that the trivet and the sweet potatoes are above the water level else the sweet potatoes can end up being mushy if they immerse in water.

Pressure cook the sweet potatoes in the instant pot on high-pressure mode and then, allow the pressure to release naturally until the silver pin drops. It may also be okay to release the pressure manually after letting 10 minutes of natural pressure release.

How long do you steam sweet potatoes in an instant pot?

How long to steam the sweet potatoes in the instant pot depends on the size of the sweet potatoes. I have tried cooking sweet potatoes of different sizes and the time varies based on its thickness (diameter).

  • For small size (upto 2 inches) - 18 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
  • For medium size (2-3 inches) - 30 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
  • For large size (3-4 inches ) - 50 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
collage of uncooked and cooked sweet potatoes.

The overall time will be a little longer as the instant pot will take some time to come to pressure and then pressure cook for the set amount of time.

Once the sweet potatoes have been steamed, you can check by inserting a fork. In case they feel hard, you can cook them for additional few minutes.

Can you eat sweet potato skin?

Yes, you can eat the sweet potato skin too! Just like the inside of the sweet potato, the skin is also loaded with nutrients. However, it would be prudent only if the skin has been cleaned thoroughly before cooking and also grown organically to avoid any pesticides.

What to do with steamed sweet potatoes?

Steamed sweet potatoes are used for making many dishes like hummus, mashed sweet potatoes, Indian sweet potato patties, bread, muffins, casserole, or just as a side by applying some butter, salt, and pepper. Yum!

Can I prepare sweet potatoes ahead of time?

Yes, sweet potatoes can be steamed and prepared ahead of time. You can refrigerate them for 3-4 days.

You can also mash and freeze the cooked sweet potatoes in portions in freezer-safe containers. When you are ready to eat, simply thaw them in the microwave and enjoy them with your favorite meal!

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Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes

Instant pot cooks whole sweet potatoes to perfection! They turn out absolutely creamy and fluffy. Read more to find out how to steam whole sweet potatoes in instant pot and for how long.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 cup
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Alpa Jain

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet Potato (1.5 lb)
  • 1 cup Water

Instructions

  • Rinse the sweet potatoes thoroughly with water.
  • Pour 1 cup water in the instant pot liner.
  • Place a trivet in the instant pot.
  • Arrange the sweet potatoes on the trivet.
  • Lock the lid with pressure valve in sealing position.
  • Cook on high pressure mode for 30 minutes (see notes*).
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure.
  • Check the sweet potatoes by inserting a fork for doneness.

Notes

Adjust the pressure cooking time based on the width of the sweet potatoes
  • For small size (upto 2 inches) - 18 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
  • For medium size (2-3 inches) - 30 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
  • For large size (3-4 inches ) - 50 minutes, 10 minutes NPR
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes
Serving Size
 
1 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
146
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
94
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
573
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
24132
IU
483
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
51
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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