Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes make an excellent side dish for just about any meal. You can put fried eggs on top of them, eat them alongside a steak, or pair them up with pork. They also reheat easily.

Category Paleo, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Becca Borawski Jenkins


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut milk or almond milk optional


  1. Peel the sweet potatoes. Then cut into one-inch chunks (you don't have to be very precise)
  2. Pour 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot.
  3. Set a steamer basket into the Instant Pot.
  4. Place sweet potato chunks into the basket.
  5. Close the lid and make sure the vent is also closed. Select the “steam” button. The newest models should default to “normal” and 10 minutes. This is perfect for mashed sweet potatoes.
  6. When the timer goes off, you can turn off the heat and do a quick release or just let it sit and drop pressure on its own if you're busy with other things.
  7. Open the lid and remove the cooked sweet potatoes to a large bowl.
  8. Use a potato masher, spoon, or large fork to partially mash the potatoes.
  9. Add the butter, and continue to mash the potatoes to your desired consistency.
  10. If you like your mashed sweet potatoes to be a little more “whipped,” you can add in a small amount of coconut milk or almond milk. I suggest just dribbling it in and not worrying about a specific measurement as it can be easy to overdo (and impossible to undo) and the amount depends too much on personal preference and the texture of the potatoes you have.

  11. Add salt to taste (along with any other spices you might like; see note below) and do one final mix of the potatoes.

Recipe Notes

For fun, you can experiment with adding other spices to your mashed sweet potatoes. Try any one or more of these ideas: