Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes

For a quick and simple way to cook sweet potatoes, this Instant Pot recipe is the best. Cubed sweet potatoes steam perfectly in the pressure cooker in no time for a wonderful healthy side dish.  It is the best side dish for any Thanksgiving table.  It is also the ideal side for those on a paleo, gluten-free, or vegan diet.  The sweet and filling sweet potatoes are cut into chunks and cooked in the pressure cooker for a recipe done in just 20 minutes total. 

There are so many options when you make this cubed sweet potato recipe.  It is a delicious easy vegetarian recipe as is, but the steamed Instant Pot cubed sweet potatoes is a great base to then use in other ways.  A simple enough way to enjoy them is to mash or whip them up to make your own homemade sweet potato baby food.  It is a great way to get organic ingredients and serve these to toddlers or kids that love sweet potatoes as finger food.  You can also use these cubed sweet potatoes as a base in casseroles, soups, salads, and more. 

 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes PN1 a bowl filled with cooked sweet potato cubes plus a spoon and green napkin

 

Ingredients for Steamed Sweet Potatoes

When making this sweet potato recipe in an electric pressure cooker, you only really need two things.  You need sweet potatoes and a bit of water so that the Instant Pot can come to pressure and cook.  It really is that easy.   If you love steaming vegetables like this, try my other Instant Pot recipes such as:

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes ingredients 3 whole sweet potatoes and the instant pot on the counter

 

How to Cut Sweet Potatoes

Prep the sweet potatoes by washing and peeling them.   Next, you will want to cut the sweet potatoes into large dice.  Be sure to make sure they are the same size as best you can. This ensures they cook all with the same amount of time in the Instant Pot. For this recipe and the time set to cook, the sweet potatoes should be cut into cubes that are 1# in size. 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes cutting board with knife and some cubed sweet potatoes

 

Prep the Instant Pot for Steaming

Ensure the gasket is in the lid and the insert is inside of your Instant Pot.  Now add 1 cup of water to the insert of the Instant Pot / electric pressure cooker. Place your vegetable steamer basket in too.  I use a collapsible steamer basket that works great in regular pots and in electric pressure cookers.  It is inexpensive, takes up little room in your cabinet, and works great. I highly recommend these. 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes add steamer basket and water to the insert

 

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Instant Pot

The best way to cook cubed sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker is to steam them.  This way they retain as much as their nutrients when steamed vs boiled.  In addition, steaming diced sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, retain their shape and do not fall apart or get mushy. 

Using a steamer insert or basket, place the sweet potato cubes into it.  Notice that the shapes may not be all exactly the same but they are relatively the same size. This ensures they all cook evenly and will be done to perfection. 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes raw on the steamer insert in the pressure cooker

 

 

How Long to Steam Cubed Sweet Potatoes

To cook these in the Instant Pot, close the lid and make sure it is sealed.  Ensure the valve is closed and set so it will pressurize.

Select MANUAL on the Instant Pot and then set for 10 minutes.  The Instant Pot will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure beforehand and then start cooking and counting down. 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes Cubed cooked and ready in the pressure cooker

 

Once the 10 minutes cooking time is up, release the pressure manually.  Be careful, steam will be hot. 

Lift out the steamer basket carefully or spoon out the cubed sweet potatoes that are now soft and cooked.  Season with salt and pepper or add butter to enjoy.  

 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes the steamer out of the pressure cooker and on the counter to serve

 

 

These steamed sweet potatoes are also the base for my WHIPPED SWEET POTATO recipe.  They are fluffy, sweet, creamy, and simply fantastic.  Just a few ingredients for pure heaven. 

 

Whipped Sweet Potatoes PN1 a red cloth napkin topped with two ramekins filled with orange fluffy sweet potato

 

What to Serve with Sweet Potatoes

Here are the best main course or side dish ideas that go well with sweet potatoes. All these recipes are easy to make, serve, and pair well with these sweet potatoes. Next time you eat these, try one of these to complete your dinner.  

Paleo Greek Chicken Thighs
Juicy chicken thighs browned in a cast iron pan and cooked in a wonderful lemon sauce with Greek ingredients like olives, capers, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. A bright and flavorful easy one-pan meal that anyone on a paleo, gluten-free, keto, low-carb, or Whole30 diet.
Check out this recipe
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Smoked Beef Short Ribs
The best way to make short ribs in my mind is in the smoker.  The low and slow method of smoking meat breaks down the meat and renders the fat for the most delicate fall-off-the-bone short ribs you will have ever had. 
Check out this recipe
Smoked Beef Short Ribs featured portrait plate of ribs in the center and parsley and napkin utensils in the top left

 

GRAIN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS
Chicken nuggets have never been more easy or delicious to make homemade thanks to this quick grain-free coating. Keto, low-carb, & gluten-free too! 
Check out this recipe
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How to Dry Brine a Turkey
In just 3 days you can have the perfect holiday bird. When you dry brine a turkey, it is so moist and juicy. This works great for turkey, chicken, and other birds.
Check out this recipe
pat salt for dry brine

 

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli
Instant pot steamed broccoli is a healthy and easy recipe that comes out perfect every time. In just a few minutes fresh broccoli is cooked and ready to enjoy.  This method works in any electric pressure cooker with or without a steamer basket and results in fresh steamed broccoli that is not mushy. 
Check out this recipe
Steamed Broccoli featured in instant pot overhead shot

 

How to Store & Freeze Sweet Potatoes

These cubed sweet potatoes are a simple recipe that is great to make ahead of time for meal planning.  This is because it stores and freezes very well.  You can store cooked sweet potatoes in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. To freeze them, seal sweet potatoes in an air-tight ziplock bag and press to remove all the air from it.  Then place in the freezer to store for up to 2 months.  To defrost frozen sweet potatoes, place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Once thawed, they can be microwaved to reheat and enjoy. 

 

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes ready to eat in a bowl with a spoon

 

 

 

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Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes featured overhead of a bowl filled with cubed sweet potatoes a spoon white linen cloth and fresh parsley

Instant Pot Cubed Sweet Potatoes

Angela
For a quick and simple way to cook sweet potatoes, this Instant Pot recipe is the best. Cubed sweet potatoes steam perfectly in the pressure cooker in no time for a wonderful healthy side dish.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

optional

  • salt & pepper
  • butter

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 cup of water to the insert of the Instant Pot / electric pressure cooker. Insert your vegetable steamer.
  • Prep the sweet potatoes by washing, peeling, and cubing them into 2″ pieces.  Place the sweet potato cubes into the steamer basket.
  • Close the lid and set it to pressure by making sure the valve is closed. 
    Select MANUAL on the Instant Pot and then set for 10 minutes.  The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure beforehand and then start cooking and counting down. 
  • Once the 10 minutes cooking time is up, release the pressure manually.  Be careful, steam will be hot. 
  • Lift out the steamer basket carefully or spoon out the cubed sweet potatoes that are now soft and cooked.  Season with salt and pepper or add butter to enjoy. 

Notes

Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 268
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.4g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 63.2g 23%
Dietary Fiber 9.3g 33%
Total Sugars 1.1g  
Protein 3.5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 1851mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice
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