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!
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!
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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!
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.
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.
Step Two: Once the sweet potatoes are cleaned, chop them up into small pieces.
Step Three: Gather up the chopped sweet potatoes and add them directly into the Instant Pot.
Step Four: Add ¾ cups of milk into the Instant Pot.
Step Five: Set the Instant pot to high pressure for 10 minutes. Do a quick release once done.
Step Six: Add ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of Maple Syrup.
Step Seven: Use a potato masher and mash up the sweet potatoes well.
Add the sweet potato mixture to a fun serving bowl and enjoy!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
You bet but then you'd have Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes rather than mashed sweet potatoes. Still totally delicious!
If your mashed potatoes are really really sticky and have a gluey texture, you've mashed them too much.
Instant Pot Sweet Potato recipes
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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 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.
- 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.