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sweet potatoes in a bowl with butter and a spoon with pecans.

The Easiest Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Maggie
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups cooked 1x


These instant pot mashed sweet potatoes are made in the instant pot and are a fool-proof recipe for a go-to holiday side dish.


  • 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • water to fill the instant pot

Flavor combinations to add in: 

  • Butter + cinnamon + thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp orange juice + nutmeg + pecans
  • Almond milk + pecans + brown sugar
  • Garlic + parmesan + parsley
  • Maple syrup + bacon + gruyere
  • Cream + Truffle + Chives


  1. Place the sweet potatoes in the bottom of the instant pot. 
  2. Fill the instant pot with water until just above the sweet potatoes.
  3. Pour the salt over the sweet potatoes and water.
  4. Secure the lid on the instant pot and make sure the valve is on sealing. Set a manual timer for 8 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the valve to venting to release steam.
  5. Drain the water from the cooked sweet potatoes and season with ingredients of choice. 


Nutrition is calculated using just sweet potato base.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: side dish, thanksgiving, Christmas
  • Method: Pressure cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: instant pot mashed sweet potatoes, instant pot sweet potatoes, easy mashed sweet potato recipe

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