Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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These Instant Pot roasted sweet potatoes are so delicious!  Ready in less than 15 minutes!

Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Have you tried baking whole sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot? Instant Pot baked sweet potatoes turn out amazing, and it takes less than half the time of baking them in the oven! If you haven’t tried it yet, check out my Instant Pot baked whole sweet potatoes recipe.  Once I mastered baked sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, it was time to tackle my next favorite sweet potato recipe – roasted sweet potatoes!

Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Classic roasted sweet potatoes are baked in the oven.  They are first tossed in oil, then layed out on a baking sheet and baked at a high oven temperature until soft and golden-brown.  If you are looking for traditional roasted sweet potatoes recipe using your oven, check out my classic oven roasted sweet potatoes recipe.

So how do you mimic roasting in the Instant Pot? I was able to create a process to make roasted potatoes in the Instant Pot that takes less then half the time of roasting them in the oven.  Instant Pot roasted sweet potatoes taste so close to the original roasted sweet potatoes, that when I served them at dinner for the first time, nobody even noticed that they weren’t my usual oven roasted ones :)  Read on for the roasted potato Instant Pot instructions.

Pressure Cooker Roasted Sweet Potatoes

How To Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes In The Instant Pot

Step 1: Saute the sweet potato pieces

First put the sweet potato chunks in the Instant Pot with 2 tbsp of oil, and use the Instant Pot’s “Saute” function to saute the sweet potato pieces to make them golden-brown and bring out caramelized flavor (about 5 minutes).

Sweet Potato Pieces In The Instant Pot

Sauteing is the “secret step” in this recipe!  If you don’t saute first and just pressure cook the sweet potato pieces, they’ll taste like boiled sweet potatoes, not roasted.  Sauteing gives sweet potatoes golden-brown exterior and caramelized flavor!

Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes Saute Function

If your Instant Pot doesn’t have a Saute function (most models do), you can pan-fry the sweet potato pieces in a regular frying pan, and then transfer them to Instant Pot.  Also, if you are cooking more than 2 sweet potatoes, you’ll either have to saute them in batches, or use a frying pan to speed up the process.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes In The Instant Pot

Step 2: Pressure Cook Sweet Potatoes

Add 1/2 cup of water to the Instant Pot, close the lid, select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” option and pressure cook for 3 minutes on High pressure.  When it finished cooking, quick release (QR) the steam, drain the roasted sweet potatoes and serve!

Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

If you like Instant Pot roasted sweet potatoes, you will love these other easy recipes:

Instant Pot Baked Sweet Potatoes – bake the whole sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, super quick and easy!

How To Bake Sweet Potatoes In The Instant Pot

Instant Pot Baked Apples – stuffed with cinnamon and raisins and ready in 10 minutes! This healthy dessert is a true find!

Instant Pot Corn – make a whole pot of perfect corn on the cob in the Instant Pot! This is the best method for making corn on the cob!

Instant Pot Easy Meatloaf – the quickest and easiest way to make meatloaf! So tender, juicy and delicious!

Instant Pot Beef Chili – just dump all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and get ready for a bowl of steaming hot chili! I love dump dinners!

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Instant Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These Instant Pot roasted sweet potatoes take less then 15 minutes to make from start to finish! So easy to make and so delicious!
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces.
  • Add the oil and sweet potatoes pieces to the Instant Pot and press "Saute" button and set the time for 10 minutes. Saute the sweet potatoes, flipping them after 3 minutes, until they are golden-brown (about 5 minutes). When done sauteing, press the "Cancel" button on the Instant Pot.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the sweet potatoes, close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the cooking time to 3 minutes on High pressure. When the Instant Pot finishes cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
  • Remove roasted sweet potatoes from the Instant Pot with a slotted spoon and serve.
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  1. Thank you!!! I used this for a casserole I’m making and they are perfect! I wish I knew about this when I was making baby food! ?

  2. Do you think I could sautee the sweet potatoes a day or two before on the stovetop, and then use the instant pot on Thanksgiving?

  3. Wonderful first time making it. Added meatless chicken strips. Browned with sweet potatoes. Used veggie broth making the dish even better. Next time I will add cinnamon

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