Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are made easily in only 20 minutes. These creamy sweet potatoes are mixed with yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and a dash of nutmeg. No butter or milk in this recipe, yet the combination of warming Fall spices, yogurt, and syrup creates a mouth-watering taste and an extra creamy texture!
I can't get enough of how simple the Instant Pot has made dinner time in my house. Every night when planning dinner, my first thought is, "can I make that in the Instant Pot"?
There are many reasons why I love my Instant Pot. I have the Instant Pot Duo Nova 7 in 1, 6-Quart Pressure Cooker. It's big enough to make a full dinner for a family of 6 or side dishes and snacks for large parties. With school in virtual leaning mode, the Instant Pot is a must have. It can be left on in the background while you work from home, school your kids, or otherwise enjoy your day.
It is such a time saver and leaves me most nights with just one pot to clean.
A quick mean with litter clean up? That's it right there. That's what makes this easy mama happy.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes meet both of these standards. These potatoes are flavored with pure maple syrup and turned into creamy spoonfuls with the addition of yogurt instead of milk or butter. They are seasoned with salt, cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg to compliment a cozy Fall dinner or Thanksgiving meal.
Sweet potatoes are a wholesome alternative to white potatoes. They provide us with an excellent dose of fiber and countless vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and B.
Sweet potatoes are packed with the antioxidant beta-carotene, which we mostly hear about from carrots. A diet high in this antioxidant is said to help keep cancer away.
The health benefits of sweet potatoes are rather incredible! It's more of a reason to make Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes today. We also love oregano roasted sweet potatoes and a breakfast sweet potato, egg, and avocado bowl.
To make these mashed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot, you need:
- sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- maple syrup, preferably pure and Organic for the best taste
- yogurt, plain Greek or regular
- chives or other fresh herbs, optional but they add a hint of flavor and color for presentation
This recipe comfortably serves 4 people. If you are making it for Thanksgiving or a larger family dinner, increase the ingredients proportionately.
💭 Expert Tips
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes are incredibly easy to make. There aren't many tips needed to get this recipe right every time. That's what makes it perfect for home cooks and those that aren't very experienced in the kitchen. Or for anyone not wanting to fuss with the nitty-gritty details of a recipe to get it perfect.
Because of it's ease, it's also a great choice for Thanksgiving dinner when you may have lots of other recipes brewing in the kitchen at once.
Therefore, the only tips you need are:
- Cube the sweet potatoes into similar sizes so they all cook evenly and are done at the same time.
- Before draining the water when the pressure cooking completes, pierce the potatoes with a fork. If the fork goes through easily, they are done. If it doesn't, set the pressure cooker again to high for 3 minutes. Repeat until the potatoes are finished. If you cut the potatoes into ½-1 inch pieces, they should be done cooking as the recipe states, however.
Those are the only 2 tips you really need for making Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Head on down to the instruction for relevant hints to making these potatoes rich and creamy!
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
Here is how to make mashed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. Read a little further down for the stove top or slow cooker directions. Once the potatoes are mashed for both methods, follow these Instant Pot instructions to add the syrup, spices and herbs, and yogurt.
First, add the cubed potatoes and 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. Set to pressure cook on high for 12 minutes. Do a quick release when finished.
Test the largest potato by piercing it with a fork. If the fork slides in easily, the potatoes are ready to be mashed. If not, set to pressure cook again for 3 minutes, then fork test again. Repeat as needed.
Next, add the yogurt, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until smooth. Taste and season as needed. Add a dash of nutmeg and mix well.
To serve, top individual bowls with fresh herbs. And enjoy!
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- pressure cooker
- 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- ½ tsp salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp plain yogurt
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- nutmeg, to taste
- chives or other fresh herbs
- Add the sweet potatoes with 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. Pressure cook on high for 12 minutes.
- Drain water and mash potatoes. Add yogurt, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Mix with a fork until smooth.
- Taste and season with additional salt or cinnamon as desired. Add a dash of nutmeg. Top with a pinch of fresh herbs to serve.
📖 Recipe Variations
Replace the chives in your mashed sweet potatoes with other fresh herbs. Parsley, oregano, and mint are great choices.
If you don't have an Instant Pot, or prefer to make mashed sweet potatoes in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, here is how to do it.
📖 Slow Cooker Method
Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut into halves and put into the crockpot. Cover with water and set to cook on high for 6 hours or low for 4 hours.
Remove potatoes and mash. Add spices, herbs, and other ingredients.
📖 Stove Top Method
Wash, peel, and cube the potatoes. Place in a large pot with enough water to cover. Set on high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Drain the water and mash. Add spices, herbs, and other ingredients.
That's all there is to making Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes. If you tried them, I'd love to hear what you thought! Let me know in the comments below. 🙂