Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes in a white serving dish with butter melting on top.

With just 4 easy ingredients, this recipe for Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes is about to make you love the flavor of sweet potatoes even more!

Mashed sweet potatoes in a white serving dish with butter melting on top.

The smooth and creamy texture of these instant pot potatoes paired with the sweetness factor makes this simple side dish irresistible and perfect to make any time of the year. If you're craving comfort food, this is it.

Cooking this sweet potato recipe in the Instant Pot means that you'll have minimal prep time with maximum taste and flavor.

This is the perfect side dish that is ready in just 15 minutes!

Why this recipe works

There's simply no denying the perfection of a huge mound of potatoes on your plate. And with an amazing kitchen appliance like the Instant Pot, you can easily wow all your family and friends by adding this to your next family gathering, holiday meal, or more.

Are you ready to find out how simple and easy it can be to mash potatoes and not have to use all your superhuman strength to do so?

The reason that this Instant Pot recipe is so popular is that it's a great way to make a simple side dish that everyone will love.

  • Cooks fork-tender potatoes perfectly.
  • It's a fast and delicious side dish for any time of the year.
  • You literally need just four simple ingredients to make it!

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Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make mashed sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot.

Sweet potatoes - Clean the outside of the potatoes well before peeling them. Wash them off to get rid of any excess dirt and debris.

Butter - Be sure that you're using real butter. Salted or unsalted butter is fine.

Milk - Using higher fat content milk will help with the creaminess. Coconut milk would also be a great option.

Maple syrup - This is the perfect natural sweetener. Honey could work as well.

White serving dish full of mashed sweet potatoes with a chunk of butter on top.

How To Make Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes 

Be sure to gather up the short list of needed ingredients before getting started. This recipe is fast and easy to make!

Step One: Wash the outside of the 4 sweet potatoes and peel off the outer skin.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Two: Once the sweet potatoes are cleaned, chop them up into small pieces.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Three: Gather up the chopped sweet potatoes and add them directly into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Four: Add ¾ cups of milk into the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Five: Set the Instant pot to high pressure for 10 minutes. Do a quick release once done.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Six: Add ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of Maple Syrup.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Step Seven: Use a potato masher and mash up the sweet potatoes well.

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Add the sweet potato mixture to a fun serving bowl and enjoy!

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Use coconut oil - If you don't want to use butter, you can use coconut oil as well. You may need to add in a tad bit of salt, but that is per your taste.

Use honey - Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener but you can also use honey as well.

Helpful Tips

To get that perfect mashed potato texture, it's important to mash the sweet potatoes with butter. The fat in the butter helps with covering a portion of the starch particles so that it stays nice and creamy and not thick and chunky.

If you don't have a potato masher, you can remove the cooked potatoes from the Instant Pot and add them to a mixing bowl. Then, use an electric mixer and mix until combined well and creamy.

If you don't have a potato masher or a mixer, you can mash the cooked potatoes with a fork. This will take longer but it will get the job done!

How to serve 

It's no secret that creamy sweet potatoes have a mind of their own so all you have to do is put them in a dish, and supply the spoon!

If you are looking for a complete meal, check out What To Serve With Mashed Sweet Potatoes for 15 tasty options 🙂

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

How to store

Leftover potatoes are the best kind of leftovers. Just add them to an airtight container and store them in the fridge. You can literally eat them cold (so good!) or reheat them for a short time in the microwave.

Be sure to eat within 2-3 days of storage.

If you want to make and freeze this potato mixture, you can do that as well. You'll just want to let it cool down completely and then store it in an airtight container.

You could also just freezer the prepped pieces of sweet potatoes to then cut them at a later point in time.

Additional Mix-in

If you want to add in some extra texture and tastes, go for it! A splash of coconut milk adds to the creaminess and gives the potatoes a light coconut flavor.

If you really want to give yourself a treat, grab a spoonful of marshmallow fluff and mix it in! This will become an instant hit and remind people of sweet potato casserole.

You can also drizzle on some extra maple syrup and even add some crushed-up pecans or walnuts right on top, too!

Can I use other vegetables?

Yes, but then the instructions may be a little different.

Don't worry, just follow this Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe or this Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree.

If you're in the "mashed" mood, you can also make this Instant Pot Carrot Mash or this Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash as well.

Recipe FAQS

What kind of sweet potatoes can I use to make mashed sweet potatoes?

You can use any kind of sweet potatoes to make mashed sweet potatoes but Garnet sweet potatoes are some of the best. They're bright orange in color and have a nice, sweet taste.

You can also choose other varieties of sweet potatoes like purple, Jewell, Japanese, Okinawa, and Hannah.

Can I use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?

You bet but then you'd have Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes rather than mashed sweet potatoes. Still totally delicious!

Why are my instant mashed potatoes gluey?

If your mashed potatoes are really really sticky and have a gluey texture, you've mashed them too much.

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These Instant Pot mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for any holiday gathering or meal!
4.77 from 21 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot mashed sweet potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Potatoes, Sweet Potato
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Corrie


  • 4 Sweet Potatoes peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup Maple Syrup


  • Wash, peel, and chop up the sweet potatoes.
  • Add the prepared sweet potatoes into the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the milk.
  • Put on the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, do a quick pressure release.
  • Instantly pour in the maple syrup and add the butter.
  • Mash the potato mixer using a potato masher.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 8g Calories: 175kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 3g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 90mg Potassium: 477mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 19g Vitamin A: 16093IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 99mg Iron: 1mg



  • If you don't have a potato masher, you can put the potatoes into a mixing bowl and use your mixer to blend together and mash. 
  • You can also use a fork to mash the potatoes as well. 
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