Our garden produced a ton of sweet potatoes last year, so I had to get creative to find ways to use them. We fried them in tallow, baked them in the oven, and even grilled them on low heat on the grill.
While these were all a hit, sometimes the simplest recipe is the most delicious! These Crock Pot or Instant Pot sweet potatoes melt in your mouth just topped with butter and salt. They’re also convenient on those days when we don’t have time to throw them in the oven an hour before dinner.
This has been my go-to method of sweet potato cooking lately and it works incredibly well!
How to Make Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker)
I feel bad even calling this a “recipe” because it only has one ingredient and one step, but a simple, healthy side that doesn’t take any chopping or hands-on time is worth sharing!
Oven roasting is delicious, but I was curious to try this method when a friend had mentioned cooking sweet potatoes in her Crock Pot. She might have meant actually peeling, cutting, and putting spices on them, but I decided to try it with the whole sweet potatoes… and it worked… really well!
This is great if you like sweet potatoes for breakfast because you can cook them overnight. I’ll often slow-cook sweet potatoes overnight and top with leftover chicken or sausage in the morning for a super fast and nourishing breakfast.
If you love sweet potatoes as much as we do, give this simple version a try!
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes Recipe
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cup water
- Wash the sweet potatoes well, but don't dry.
- Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot.
- Add 1 cup of water.
- Place the potatoes on the trivet.
- Put on the lid, set the vent to "Seal," and cook at high pressure for 16-18 minutes, followed by a 10-12 minute natural pressure release.
- Release the remaining pressure, serve, and enjoy.
Slow Cooker MethodPlace the sweet potatoes in the Crock Pot, put the lid on, and turn on low. Cook for 6-7 hours or until tender.
More Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Recipes
If you’re a Crock-Pot-aholic like me, check out my soups and stews recipes for some other great slow cooker ideas!
If you get hooked, here are some other favorite:
- How to Make Steel-Cut Oats in the Instant Pot
- Simple Tomato Soup Recipe (Stovetop or Instant Pot)
- Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto
- Coconut Curry Chicken (Quick Instant Pot Recipe)
- Mexican Beef and Rice Bowls (Instant Pot)
p.s. Worried about nutrient loss with a pressure cooker? This post explains how a pressure cooker may actually concentrate the nutrients in food, but there is one trick you need to know to preserve the nutrients in your food.
What is the easiest healthy side dish you’ve ever made in the Crock Pot or Instant Pot? Do you use them to cook sweet potatoes?