Rinse the sweet potatoes and scrub them to remove any dirt.
Poke the sweet potatoes evenly. This prevents the potatoes from exploding in the Instant Pot.
Place a trivet in the Instant Pot and then add a cup of water for 6-quarts and 1.5 cups for 8 quarts.
Place the potatoes over the trivet. Cover the Instant Pot and cook the potatoes on high as per the timings mentioned below. These timings are estimates only - make sure to adjust it for any altitude difference. To make sweet potatoes with a bite, use the lower end of the estimate. - Large (11 inches and more in circumference): 55-60 minutes- Medium (8-10 inches in circumference): 35-45 minutes- Small (6-7 inches in circumference): 25-30 minutes.For sweet potatoes smaller than 6 inches, pressure cook for 15 minutes.
Let the pressure release naturally or if you are in a rush, wait for 10 minutes, and then release pressure.
If your sweet potato is uncooked, just put it right back in and pressure cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or as required.
Enjoy it with the toppings of your choice.
Testers notes / Tips
Important: Select sweet potatoes that are the same size so that it cooks evenly.
This recipe was tested using Garnett potatoes.
It is okay to stack them but no more than 2 layers. Stacking will not impact the cooking time.
To reduce the cooking time - chop them into half. This allows you to cut the cooking time in half.
To make mashed sweet potatoes, it is better to chop into 1-2 inch cubes and cook them for 10 minutes. Wait for 10 minutes to release pressure. Mush them using a potato masher. This is the fastest way to cook sweet potatoes and it doesn't matter what their original size was till you chop them evenly.