Today, I'm diving into the realm of comfort food, and it's something that brings pure joy to the table - Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Whether you're a seasoned chef or just someone looking for a simple, yet delightful side dish, this recipe is bound to become a staple in your kitchen.
Transform sweet potatoes into a creamy, dreamy creation that's perfect for any meal, from family dinners to holiday feasts. The combination of soft, buttery sweet potatoes, a touch of chili powder for a subtle kick, and the natural sweetness of maple syrup makes for a flavor-packed, soul-warming dish. What's more, we're keeping it entirely vegan, using non-dairy milk and vegan butter, ensuring everyone can savor these sensational mashed sweet potatoes.
The great thing about making these sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot is that they not only take less time to cook but they can be made ahead of time and left in the pot on the keep warm setting until you're ready to eat.
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Why You 'll Love This Recipe
- The making of this recipe is mostly hands off.
- Sweet potatoes cook up quickly in the instant pot.
- It's gluten free and vegan, while still being creamy.
This easy recipe requires only a few common ingredients to make a delicious side dish your family will love!
- Sweet Potatoes - Although sweet potatoes normally take longer to cook than white potatoes, the Instant Pot can handle them with ease. You can simply peel and cut the sweet potatoes into large chunks.
- Water - Used for creating steam in the Instant Pot.
- Salt - Salt is the perfect match for the sweetness of the potatoes. It creates a perfect sweet and salty combo that you will love.
- Non-Dairy Milk - I use unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in the carton) in my cooking because coconut milk provides a nice creamy texture. You can use your favorite dairy free milk. If you're not dairy free, use regular milk or even half and half in the same measure.
- Vegan Butter - What are mashed potatoes without loads of buttery flavor? If you're not dairy free use regular butter in the same measure.
- Maple Syrup & Chili Powder - These two provide depth to the flavors. There isn't enough of either to make them very noticeable but they are a nice compliment to the potatoes.
See recipe card for full ingredient list and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- Not Dairy Free - use dairy butter and milk in the same measure.
- Savory Herb Mash - Add a medley of savory herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage for an earthy flavor. Fresh herbs work wonders, but dried herbs are excellent as well. Simply mix them in during the flavoring step.
- Garlic Infusion - If you're a garlic lover, roast a head of garlic and mix the creamy cloves into the mashed sweet potatoes. Roasted garlic adds a rich, mellow garlic flavor that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the potatoes.
- Nutty Delight - Enhance the texture and flavor with a handful of toasted, chopped nuts. Pecans or walnuts are fantastic choices, providing a delightful crunch and nutty goodness.
- Citrus Zest - Freshen things up with a burst of citrus flavor. Add some orange or lemon zest to the mix for a zesty, bright twist.
- Spicy Kick - For those who love a bit of heat, toss in a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. It'll give your sweet potatoes a subtle, spicy edge.
- Cheesy Sensation - Consider adding a touch of your favorite cheese. Vegan or regular, a bit of cheddar, goat cheese, or parmesan can lend a wonderful creaminess and depth of flavor.
How to Make the Best Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
For this recipe you will need an Instant Pot and a potato masher or handheld mixer.
STEP 1: Add cut sweet potatoes, water and 1 teaspoon of salt to the Instant Pot. Seal the lid and cook.
STEP 2: Once the potatoes have cooked, carefully drain the water out. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes.
STEP 3: Add the remaining salt, vegan butter, non-dairy milk, chili powder and maple syrup to the sweet potato mash.
STEP 4: Stir everything together until the butter has melted. Add more salt to your taste.
Storing Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Place leftover sweet potatoes in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Vegan)
- Instant Pot
- Place the cut potatoes, water and 1 teaspoon of salt in the instant pot. Turn the valve to seal and cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.3 pounds Sweet Potatoes, 1 ½ Cup Water, 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
- When it’s done cooking, quick release the pressure. Open the lid and carefully drain the water.
- Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes or for creamier potatoes use a hand mixer.
- Turn the instant pot to Keep Warm.
- Add the remaining salt, non-dairy milk, butter, chili powder and maple syrup. Mix until everything is well combined.½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk, ¼ Cup Vegan Butter, ½ teaspoon Chili Powder, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.
Tiffany is the recipe developer, stylist and food photographer behind Well Fed Baker. As a lifelong baker who had to go gluten free and dairy free in 2016, Tiffany strives to share allergen friendly recipes that never feel like they are free from anything.