Baking whole sweet potatoes provides healthy, fiber-rich side dish, but takes an hour of oven time. With an Instant Pot, you can make delectably sweet and tender whole sweet potatoes in a fraction of the time. This easy pressure cooker method infuses deep flavor all the way to the sweet potatoes’ cores.

1. Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes


  • 4 small or 2 large scrubbed whole sweet potatoes
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves


Pour the water into the Instant Pot inner pot. Place steamer basket inside, creating a trivet. Gently place whole sweet potatoes into basket.

In a bowl, stir together butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, orange juice, salt and spices. Pour mixture evenly over potatoes.

Secure the Instant Pot lid and set valve to ‘sealing’ position. Select ‘Steam’ setting and set cook time to 15 minutes for small or 20 minutes for large potatoes.

Once cooking completes, quick release pressure by turning valve to ‘venting.’ Wait until fully depressurized then and remove lid.

Carefully transfer potatoes to serving plates. Spoon over any sauce left behind in pot basket.

Make a slit across the top to open (fluff up the insides with a fork) or cut in half. Sweet orange flesh should pull apart easily when fully cooked.

Add additional butter, cinnamon or maple syrup over the opened sweet potatoes if desired.

Transform ordinary sweet potatoes into a mouthwatering side with this easy Instant Pot recipe. Adjust cook times based on size of sweet potatoes, testing doneness with a fork. Delight family or guests with these flavor-packed spuds without turning on your oven.

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