To create the best sweet potato dish you need to start with our Instant Pot sweet potatoes cubed recipe that is done in under 30 minutes! This is the easiest way to steam your sweet potato cubes for use in casseroles, mashed potatoes, or as a quick and easy side. It’s a versatile recipe that is a whole lot of simple and a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Cubes
Making the sweet potato cubes in an Instant Pot seriously makes the holidays so easy! We used this recipe to make our family favorite sweet potato casserole recipe for Thanksgiving and having a pressure cooker to help with the holiday meal prep was such a life saver.
With just two ingredients, your Instant Pot sweet potatoes cubed recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly, low-carb, vegetarian, and vegan! It’s a recipe that works for just about every healthy-eating lifestyle out there.
How you choose to use your cubed sweet potatoes is completely up to you and your eating preferences. You can easily serve them as-is, whip them up with cream and butter for a tasty mashed sweet potato, or get festive and turn your potatoes into a sweet potato casserole that will wow all of your holiday guests!
However, depending on what you add, you may change the eating plans that cubed instant pot sweet potatoes work with.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Requiring just 2 ingredients, your Instant Pot sweet potatoes cubed is the easiest recipe that is perfect for both pressure cooker novices or the most experienced home cook.
- Super versatile, you can use healthy steamed sweet potato cubes in a variety of ways.
- With a cook-time of just 3-10 minutes (depending on your final product), Instant Pot sweet potato cubes can be cooked up quickly – even at the last minute!
Sweet potatoes are a superfood that is, well, super good for you, yet many of us avoid this orange root vegetable because we don’t know how to cook it. Not anymore! In addition to steaming sweet potato cubes in your Instant Pot, you can also serve up sweet potatoes in a variety of ways including sweet potato casserole with maple and pecans, roasted fall vegetables, and air fryer sweet whole sweet potatoes.
Your sweet potato recipe needs just 2 ingredients. Tasty food has never been so easy!
- sweet potatoes – washed, peeled, and cubed
The same recipe can be used to make your favorite variety of white potatoes including Russet and Yukon Gold.
A Pressure Cooker – This is the 6 qt Instant Pot model we used.
Prepared as directed your Instant Pot sweet potatoes cubed recipe works for most major eating lifestyles. However, adding ingredients such as butter, cream, sugar, and other items can alter this. As always, read the labels and be sure the items you add are inline with your food plan and goals.
Step by Step Instructions
Prep, pressure cook, and present – steamed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot are as easy at that!
Prep the sweet potatoes by washing, peeling, and cubing them into 1 1/2″ pieces.
Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pressure cooker.
Insert a vegetable steamer. If you don’t have a steamer you can use the rack that came with your Instant Pot. The goal is to keep the potatoes out of the water so they can steam.
Place the sweet potato cubes into the Instant Pot and close the lid.
Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes on high. The pot will take about 10+ minutes to come to pressure beforehand.
Do a quick release of the remaining pressure.
The sweet potatoes will be very soft and ready to use for another recipe such as sweet potato casserole.
- For even steaming, chop your sweet potatoes into uniform chunks.
- To keep your sweet potatoes from getting soggy, be sure to keep them up out of the water using either a vegetable steamer or the rack that came with your Instant Pot.
- The cooking time will be the same whether you need 2 lbs of cubed potatoes or as many as 5 lbs.
- The recipe as written is intended to make the sweet potato cubes soft enough to get pureed into a dish like mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole. If you’re wanting to serve these as a steamed and cubed side dish, just cook them on High for 3 minutes until cooked through and they will still hold their shape.
What to serve with sweet potatoes?
What type of sweet potatoes work best?
Whether you’re using regular sweet potatoes, Red Garnet yams (aka red sweet potatoes), or other types of yams, you’ll cook them the same way in this recipe. The Red Garnet yams/sweet potatoes are our favorite since they have the best flavor.
How long do cooked sweet potatoes last?
You can store your steamed sweet potatoes in the fridge for 3-5 days. This is a great item to cook in advance for holiday recipes.
More Holiday Instant Pot Recipes
Looking for more Instant Pot recipes?
- Pressure cooker mashed potatoes
- Instant Pot loaded potato soup
- Instant pot steamed broccoli
- Pressure cooker scalloped potatoes
- 2-5 lb sweet potatoes, washed, peeled, and cubed into 1 1/2" chunks.
- 1 cup water
- Prep the sweet potatoes by washing, peeling, and cubing them into 1 1/2" pieces.
- Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Insert a vegetable steamer.
- Place the sweet potato cubes into the Instant Pot and close the lid.
- Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes on high, the pot will take about 10+ minutes to come to pressure beforehand.
- Do a quick release of the remaining pressure.
- The sweet potatoes will be very soft and ready to use for another recipe like sweet potato casserole.
The recipe as written is intended to make the sweet potato cubes soft enough to get pureed into a dish like mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole. If you're wanting to serve these as a steamed and cubed side dish, just cook them on High for 3 minutes until cooked through and they will still hold their shape.
We used 5 lbs for a sweet potato casserole, you can scale that back to as many as you need for a recipe or as a dinner side. You'll still want to put 1 cup of liquid in the bottom of the pot regardless of how many potatoes you're cooking.
If you don't have a recipe in mind, you can mash the sweet potatoes and then add butter or oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
You can use the rack that came with your pressure cooker if you don't have the steamer basket, you just want to make sure to keep the potatoes out of the water so they don't get soggy during cooking.
The cooking time will be the same whether you need 2 lbs of cubed potatoes or even 5 lbs.
This same process can be used with Russet or Yukon potatoes to make mashed potatoes.