Instant Pot Stuffed Sweet Potato become fork tender and silky smooth when pressure cooked. This easy to make dinner entrée is healthy and hearty. Sweet potatoes stay moist and retain all their earthy taste when cooked in InstantPot! This nutrient packed sweet and savory taste is amazing and addictive. You will love this Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy/Soy free Healthy recipe.
Sweet Potatoes are so easy to make in the Instant Pot. You can make a big batch and save it for few subsequent meals too. There are several different toppings you can choose to add on. Sweet potatoes are a low calorie, high fiber food that keeps you feel full for a longer duration. For a variation, you can even eat them as snack. Much healthier than fried version for sure!!
If you are used to eating the sweet on sweet style potato like butter and maple syrup, give these stuffing / toppings a try. A sweet and savory action will surely hit the right spot. Drizzling the pesto sauce over hot baked potato gives it a unique savory flavorful taste , further enhancing the earthy tones. The chives and salt add extra dimension to the pungent and salty taste making it very delicious dish altogether.
I must admit we rarely made these potatoes in the oven before InstantPot made a debut in our kitchen scene. Baking them in the oven until they are fork tender takes roughly about an hour( give or take). It’s not your last minute dash and grab type meal. So unless I really planned ahead of time for them, it never happened. Also during summer months, heating the home with oven heat wasn’t that enticing. I also happen to be the person who prefers to maximize the cooking resources. That meant planning the dishes to bake along the sweet potatoes in. Ok I think you get idea. So all in all, we didn’t have too many meals with baked potato ( sweet or regular) pre InstantPot era !!
Once I got hang of using InstantPot , making these hard to cook vegetables, beans or rice became a breeze. From start to finish they cook within 25 minutes. Most of it is effortless cooking from your part. These potatoes peel really easily once they are cooked. So no need to remove skin before hand. Even better right?
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT STUFFED SWEET POTATO ?
You will need an InstantPot , a trivet or a steamer basket and tongs to handle the hot potatoes. Of course, you will need the star ingredient the sweet potatoes and cold water. I am not an ingredient snob, but I prefer to buy organic variety. They are very budget friendly and have long shelf life. I am using savory toppings of homemade pesto sauce ( fresh basil leaves and walnuts blended together with olive oil), chives and Himalayan pink salt. These toppings are very customizable to your likings so experiment it as much as you like.
I like to add the sweet potatoes only in one layer, I usually prefer to add 4 small or medium size when I cook them. Make sure to use steamer basket or trivet when you cook them. It ensures that the sweet potato don’t stay in the water while cooking. It’s like giving them a steam bath without touching the water. They remain tender fluffy and non mushy flesh with it !!
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins. They are high in vitamin A which is great for eye sight health. Also rich in vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin. They also contain no fat, are relatively low in sodium and have fewer calories than white potatoes. A perfect alternative to unhealthy sugar cravings. Keep them handy and eat them if you feel an urge to reach out for candy or sweets.
HOW LONG SHOULD I COOK SWEET POTATOES IN THE INSTANT POT?
I used a 6q Instant Pot for this recipe. You can cook the sweet potatoes on high pressure. The timing depends on the size of the potatoes:
Small sweet potatoes – 8 minutes
Medium sweet potatoes – 10 minutes
Extra large, long sweet potatoes – 12-15 minutes
Let’s make these yummy sweet potatoes together.
4 raw sweet potatoes-medium size
1 cup water
For the Toppings:
1 Tablespoon Pesto sauce per Sweet potato
Dash of Himalayan Pink salt
1 Tsp finely chopped chives
Rinse and clean the sweet potatoes well in cold water.
Add the cold water to the Instant Pot and add a trivet or steamer basket.
Arrange the whole sweet potatoes on the rack, and close the lid. Put the valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL and choose timing based on the size. (Small size – 8 minutes, Medium size – 10 minutes , Extra large, long sweet potatoes – 12-15 minutes)
Once the cooking is done and the Instant Pot beeps, wait for 10 minute. Then release the leftover pressure by turning the valve to VENTING. Open the lid carefully and take them out using a tong. Slit open on top with knife and drizzle your desired toppings on top. Devour your beautiful creation !!
We love cooking delicious and easy dishes in the Instant Pot. Some of the popular meals that would go well with these sweet potatoes would be:
Golden Hued and tangy delicious Turmeric Lemon Rice
Spicy, Bold and Yummy Asian Schezwan Rice
Incredible hearty and comforting One pot Tortilla Soup
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Stuffed Sweet Potato in InstantPot Recipe
Stuffed Sweet Potato are delicious, tender, silky smooth and easy to make in InstantPot. This recipe yields best tasting, moist sweet potatoes with minimum efforts under 20 minutes.
- 4 raw sweet potatoes-medium size
- 1 cup water
For the Toppings:
- 1 Tablespoon Pesto sauce per Sweet potato
- Dash of Himalayan Pink salt
- 1 Tsp finely chopped chives
- Rinse and scrub the sweet potatoes well in cold water.
- Add the cold water to the Instant Pot and add a trivet or steamer basket.
- Arrange the whole sweet potatoes on the rack, and close the lid. Put the valve to sealing. Select Manual and choose timing based on the size. (Small size – 8 minutes, Medium size – 10 minutes , Extra large, long sweet potatoes – 12-15 minutes)
- Once the cooking is done and the Instant Pot beeps, wait for 10 minute. Then release the leftover pressure by turning the valve to venting. Open the lid carefully and take them out using a tong. Slit open on top with knife and drizzle your desired toppings on top. Devour your beautiful creation !!