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.
We even used them as the “noodles” in homemade lasagna (it was delicious!) and made dozens of different breakfast hash brown recipes with them.
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!
Also check out my full Instant Pot review here and this super simple Instant Pot pot roast recipe that you can prepare in an hour.
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?
Discussion (47 Comments)
Since I found this “recipe” a few months ago, the only way I’ll EVER cook sweet potatoes again is in the crock pot. I’ve also discovered that red and russet potatoes cook better than any other method I know. I use a 1 1/2 quart crock pot because I’m widowed and retired, so it’s just me. I’ve even combined sweet and red potatoes in the same pot… 2 small sweets and 2 or 3 small reds, cook on high for 4 hours and make a meal! Split the potatos open, put on some butter or margerine and a little cinnamon on the sweets, lightly salt and enjoy. I eat the shins of the reds but discard the skins of the sweets unless I can find organic ones (only around Thanksgiving). Also eat the skins on the russets and other white potatoes. Really glad I found this “recipe”!
Random passer-by here, just wanted to say thanks for the ‘recipe’! We’re new to using the crock pot and happened to be looking for an easy way to prep our sweet potatoes.
Wow! So easy and delicious. The skin was easy to peel. I added cinnamon and slow baked pecans.
We also grew sweet potatoes this year and I have baskets full and I still have more to dig!! So, I’ll be using this one a lot! I’m a big crock pot cooker! Thanks….
Since there are only two in our family, we use the microwave for sweet potatoes. But if I decided to cook several of them I would certainly use the crock pot and I know they would be delicious. I know someone who cooks many sweet potatoes in her crock pot and takes a couple to work to eat at room temp for her lunch.
Crock pot is way better then microwave.
thanks this looks great, I did not know you could do sweet potatoes in a crockpot! i was wondering if you tried white sweet potatoes in a crock pot? the ones with purple skin? my family prefers those to oranges ones.
I’ve done this what sweet potatoes and white potatoes. It’s my preferred method. I put 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot when cooking mine. They turn out great every time.
I always am nervous about cooking dry things in the crock pot. I know lots of people do it, and I’ve been told it works really well, but it just seems so bizarre to me! But I do love sweet potatoes, maybe I can overcome my fear for them.
It is a fabulous idea. I just picked some from my garden, and am looking for something pre- morning workout to eat. Perhaps this will work good?