The most delicious and easy-to-make Instant Pot Candied Sweet Potatoes side dish recipe. Sweet, starchy sweet potatoes mixed with a homemade caramel sauce and chopped pecans make for a must-make Thanksgiving accompaniment!
Since this recipe does not contain marshmallows I knew I could make the entire side dish in the Instant Pot and not have to dirty up any additional cookware.
You can use either the STEAM or MANUAL setting on the Instant Pot. There are two ways you can cook sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot.
If you go that route, you can cook them whole with skin on. You will want to use the wire rack your Instant Pot came with, water, and cook on STEAM for 10-15 minutes depending the size.
The second option, and method of cooking for this recipe is to steam the potatoes.
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into equal size pieces. Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and STEAM/MANUAL for 2 minutes!
After doing quite a bit of research on whether you can use yams instead of sweet potatoes, I wouldn’t swap them.
Yams and Sweet Potatoes are not the same thing. Although similar in shape they are different in taste and color.
I was also surprised to find that the canned "yams" you get in the grocery store are most likely sweet potatoes!
The USDA requires them to label them "yam" and "sweet potato". However, this recipe requires fresh sweet potatoes. Do not use fresh yams for this recipe, or it will yield a different taste.
Looking for more sweet potato recipes? I have quite a few different ways you can use sweet potatoes in your next recipe!
- Vanilla Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Banana
- Whole 30 Mexican Egg Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Casserole
- Apple Butter Glazed Sweet Potatoes
If you’re looking to simplify one side dish for your holiday meal. I hope you’ll make this easy recipe for Instant Pot Candied Sweet Potatoes.
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