Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy, savory mashed sweet potatoes made in the instant pot with only 5 ingredients. This is the best sweet potato mash!

close up overhead shot of bowl of instant pot mashed sweet potatoes with rosemary

It’s insanely hot in these parts right now, but I’m choosing to ignore it.  It is fall after all — I have pumpkin baking and comfort food on my mind!

I can’t let silly things like weather stand in my way, especially during my favorite season. 

Speaking of comfort food, mashed potatoes are my family’s all time favorite side dish.  I gave them a colorful autumn upgrade with these mashed sweet potatoes!  

I’m all about the orange food right now. 🙂

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are a great way to change up your side dish routine.  They add a pop of color, as well as sweet and savory flavor to your meals.

This sweet potato mash is creamy and velvety, with the flavors of orange and rosemary.   And they’re beyond easy to make!

Why make mashed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot?

 I love mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot, and won’t make them any other way.  

Reasons I love the sweet potato mash Instant Pot method:

  • eliminates the need to boil an entire pot of water
  • cuts the cooking time down 
  • results in perfectly tender sweet potatoes every single time
  • mash the sweet potatoes right in the same pot
  • make ahead and warm mashed sweet potatoes right in the Instant Pot

instant pot mashed sweet potatoes overhead shot in a white bowl with rosemary

Sweet potato mash ingredients

There are only (5) simple ingredients in this sweet potato mash!

  • sweet potatoes
  • half and half
  • butter
  • orange zest
  • rosemary

How to make Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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  • Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2″ chunks.
  • Place the sweet potatoes into the Instant Pot along with 1 teaspoon of salt.  Add 1 cup of water and secure the lid.
  • Press the Pressure Cook button and set to cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes.
  • It will take the Instant Pot about 15 minutes to come to pressure, then cook the potatoes for 8 minutes.  When they’re finished cooking, quick release the pressure and remove the lid when it’s safe to do so.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes well in a colander, then add back to the Instant Pot. Add the half and half and butter, and mash well with a potato masher.
  • Stir in the orange zest, rosemary, and season with salt and pepper to taste.   Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • Be sure to drain the sweet potatoes very well to avoid watery sweet potato mash!
  • Add additional half and half to reach the desired consistency.
  • Substitute the half and half with whole milk, heavy cream, buttermilk, skim milk, or any combination of them!  Make these mashed sweet potatoes dairy free by using coconut milk or your favorite non-dairy milk and omit the butter.
  • Customize these mashed sweet potatoes to your liking!  Sub the rosemary with your favorite chopped herbs, or add roasted garlic for extra savory mashed sweet potatoes.  Add maple syrup and cinnamon, and top with pecans for a healthier sweet potato casserole inspired side.
  • Make these mashed sweet potatoes ahead and select the Keep Warm button on the Instant Pot.  Secure the lid and stir from time to time until ready to serve.

close up front shot of instant pot mashed sweet potatoes in a white bowl with rosemary

Need more Instant Pot inspiration?  See all of my Instant Pot recipes.

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Instant pot black beans

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are creamy, savory mashed sweet potatoes made in the instant pot with only 5 ingredients. This is the best sweet potato mash!

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2" chunks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup half and half, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted cubed butter, room temperature
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, then add the water and about a teaspoon of salt. Secure the lid and close the sealing valve, and cook at High Pressure for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure when finished cooking. Note: the Instant Pot will take 10-15 minutes to come to pressure before the cooking time begins.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes well in a colander, then add back to the Instant Pot. Add the half and half and butter, and mash well with a potato masher.
  3. Stir in the orange zest, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to drain the sweet potatoes very well to avoid watery sweet potato mash!
  • Add additional half and half to reach the desired consistency.
  • Substitute the half and half with whole milk, heavy cream, buttermilk, skim milk, or any combination of them!  Make these mashed sweet potatoes dairy free by using coconut milk or your favorite non-dairy milk and omit the butter.
  • Customize these mashed sweet potatoes to your liking!  Sub the rosemary with your favorite chopped herbs, or add roasted garlic for extra savory mashed sweet potatoes.  Add maple syrup and cinnamon, and top with pecans for a healthier sweet potato casserole inspired side.
  • Make the mashed sweet potatoes in advance! When done, select the Keep Warm button and secure the lid until serving time. Be sure to check on them and stir from time to time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 202mg Carbohydrates: 51g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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