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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash

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Save time, but get all the flavor with Instant Pot sweet potato mash that will satisfy like your favorite sweet potato casserole, but with a lot more ease.

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It is mildly spiced, savory and sweet at the same time.

It’s perfect for special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, it’s so good, you’ll want to make this a regular.

And why not, since it’s an easy dish with a comforting, mildly spiced flavor.

It is rich and creamy, but the labneh lightens it up, in comparison with other dishes that use cream cheese.

When I make this as part of our regular non holiday meals, I try to cut back just a little bit on the butter and maple syrup. If you’re concerned about the amount of syrup and butter, you can begin by using half the given amount, and after cooking you can add in the rest if necessary.

Same goes for salt, you can try it after cooking and add more if you like.

In my opinion, you can get away with less, because sweet potatoes are naturally creamy and sweet.

But for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I usually use the full amounts in the recipe, just to be a little more festive. 🙂

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Ingredients in Sweet Potato Mash

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  • Sweet Potatoes — Washed and peeled, cut into large pieces (quarters), try to make them approximate equal size.
  • Butter — you can use salted or unsalted butter. If you use unsalted, you may need to add a little more salt, to your preference.
  • Maple Syrup — use 100% pure maple syrup for this recipe.
  • Cinnamon — ground cinnamon, we use Ceylon cinnamon.
  • Labneh — a thick, creamy yogurt with a taste and texture similar to cream cheese.
  • Sour Cream — we use regular sour cream, not light or low fat.
  • Salt — Himalayan salt, ground.

Optional topping — You can sprinkle with regular pecan pieces, or oven roasted candied pecan pieces.

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How To Make Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash

Instant Pot sweet potato mash is very simple to make in your Instant Pot. Place your washed and peeled, chopped sweet potatoes into your Instant Pot with water. The pieces can be large (quartered) but try to make them similar in size if you can.

Set your Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for a short cooking time of eight minutes.

When your Instant Pot is finished its cycle, add all of the remaining ingredients to your potatoes and mash them.

It’s as easy as that!

When it’s done, you’ll be surprised at the flavor – this Instant Pot sweet potato mash recipe is what you’d expect from a casserole that took so much longer to make.

When it was actually just a quick toss into the Instant Pot followed up with a quick mix.

What To Serve With Sweet Potato Mash

This is a sweet potato mash for a special occasion or holiday.

We enjoy it every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But you can serve it year round. It is a perfect side dish with so many main courses throughout the year.

You can easily incorporate it into your favorite meals.

Try it any time of year, but it’s especially cozy during the fall and winter, and with these holiday classics:

During the holidays, it’s a super addition to your favorite turkey dinner!

Go with Instant Pot sweet potato mash to turn any day into a special occasion.

Preparation and Storage Tips

You can store mashed sweet potatoes in your fridge, covered in air tight container for 3-5 days.

If you prepare this ahead of time, you can reheat it in an oven safe casserole dish at 350 degrees F for about a half hour before serving.

Time Saving Tips

If you are making a lot of dishes, you might want to make this the night before to get some of the cooking finished ahead of the big day.

I use two Instant Pots to get at least two holiday recipes out of the way at the same time. Instant Pot Mash Potatoes or garlic potato cauliflower mash and this sweet potato mash in the second Instant Pot.

Similarly, I set turkey giblet stock in one Instant Pot and Cranberry Pineapple Sauce in the second Instant Pot.

This multitasking makes prepping dinners, especially these major holiday ones, so much easier.

This keeps the oven free for the turkey to cook for four hours without any interruptions for other dishes.

Before we had our two Instant Pots Thanksgiving dinner used to take hours longer to prepare, and it was always so stressful.

Now, we have it down to a science, and are pretty much calm and relaxed for the whole process.

It requires much less energy and focus now that we have these appliances.

We’ve gone from scrambling to get it done in time, to a feeling of “we’ve got this” !

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Mash

Susan & Björn
Warm and cozy, mildly spiced mashed sweet potatoes that are perfect for the holidays or anytime. Creamy and rich, these taste just like your favorite sweet potato casserole but are made conveniently in your Instant Pot.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 249 kcal
Fiber 5 g
Carbohydrates 42 g


1 Instant Pot 6 Quart
1 Potato Masher handheld


  • 10 Cups Sweet Potatoes, roughly 6 medium size
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • Cup Labneh
  • Cup Sour Cream, regular, not light or fat free
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup, pure 100%


  • Wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut into large pieces (quarters). Place in Instant Pot.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 1
  • Add enough water to barely cover the potatoes and then add the salt.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 2
  • Fasten lid securely. Move pressure valve to SEALING position and set Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. When complete, quick release the pressure by moving the pressure valve to the VENTING position.
  • Open lid and carefully drain the water.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 4
  • Add butter.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 5
  • Mash sweet potatoes and butter using a handheld potato masher.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 6
  • Add the remaining ingredients (labneh, sour cream, cinnamon and maple syrup).
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  • Mix well to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy alongside turkey or your favorite mains. Optionally, top with pecan pieces, regular or maple roasted.
    instant pot sweet potato mash step 8


Calories: 249kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 37g Protein: 4g Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 22mg Sodium: 441mg Potassium: 618mg Sugar: 14g Vitamin A: 24167IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 84mg Iron: 1mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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