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Three Instant Pot sweet potatoes with vegan butter and parsley on a white plate

Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes

These Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are the best way to make baked potatoes. They cook up tender and perfect in the Instant Pot every time in a fraction of the time your oven would, and with half the work! Freezer-friendly, vegan, Whole30 and easy to make ahead!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked sweet potato recipe, baked sweet potatoes, baked whole sweet potato, best way to cook sweet potatoes, instant pot sweet potatoes, pressure cooker sweet potatoes, sweet potato bake time
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kelly


  • 4 medium Russet potatoes 8-10 oz each; scrubbed, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup cold water

Optional, for Serving

  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • vegan butter or ghee you can use grass-fed butter if not vegan/dairy-free
  • fresh chopped parsley or chives


  1. Pierce the potatoes all around with a fork.

    Fork piercing uncooked sweet potatoes
  2. Place a metal trivet or a steamer basket inside the inner pot of a 6-quart pressure cooker. Add the water.

  3. Place the potatoes on top of the trivet. Close the lid and seal. Push the valve to steam.

    Top view of two raw sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot
  4. Press the MANUAL or HIGH PRESSURE BUTTON and set the cook time for: 12 minutes for small (6 to 8 ounces) potatoes, 15 minutes for medium (8 to 10 ounces) potatoes, or 18 minutes for large (10 to 12 ounces) potatoes. It will take the pressure cooker 7 to 10 minutes to come to pressure. 

    Once the cook time is up, allow steam to naturally release for 10 minutes for small potatoes and 15 minutes for larger potatoes, before opening the pressure cooker and serving.

    Top view of three baked sweet potatoes in an Instant Pot
  5. Use tongs to remove the potatoes from the air fryer and then cut each one lengthwise to split. Serve with optional toppings. 

    Three Instant Pot baked sweet potatoes with parsley on a white plate