Sweet Potato Casserole – Instant Pot

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Sweet Potato Casserole – A creamy, lightly sweetened sweet potato side dish with the warm aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice is a must-have side dish for holiday dinners!

Thanksgiving is the most relaxing holiday for me as I basically have to make only one dish! My cousin has been hosting this holiday for years now.  She has the most amazing and traditional thanksgiving menu. I LOVE so many of her signature dishes like the mushroom pie and the cranberry sauce! We enjoy the Turkey with a delicious stuffing and there is always a yummy salad or two. My contribution to our dinner is this easy sweet potato casserole that we call yummy yams!

sweet potato casserole

I have been making this sweet potato casserole for over fifteen years and the recipe has been modified a few times. It started with baking potatoes in the oven and then making a creamy mash with eggs, lots of butter, sugar and spices. Over the years, I have reduced the butter, sugar and started substituting eggs with orange juice without missing the same creamy texture. Orange juice also adds a little kick of fresh citrus flavors to this dish.

sweet potato casserole

Last year, I used my Instant Pot for cooking the sweet potatoes and it was so much easier and faster than baking them in the oven. The peel came right off and then I followed my old recipe to finish it up in the oven. Last few weeks, I have been trying to come up a recipe that would truly be a one pot dish with an option of skipping the baking part. After a couple of tries, I think I have nailed this recipe that is as tasty as my baked version! A few healthy additions also makes this dish vegan friendly.

sweet potato casserole

So, as the countdown to thanksgiving begins, here is a new and easier way to make your sweet potato casserole in the Instant Pot:


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sweet potato casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Creamy and lightly sweetened vegan sweet potato casserole
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 6
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Archana
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter divided (or coconut oil)
  • 2 pounds yams/sweet potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar plus 2 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 20 pecan halves
  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil. Add sweet potatoes, orange juice, salt, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Mix together.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of brown sugar on top, do not mix. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Pressure cook(hi) for 5 minutes followed by quick release.
  3. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
Here are the two options to serve:
  1. If serving from the Instant Pot, spread the remaining vegan butter or coconut oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of brown sugar and arrange the pecans on top. Set Instant pot to saute(less) and cook for 5 mins or until the potatoes are heated through and the top becomes bubbly. Keep the sweet potatoes on 'keep warm' mode until ready to be served.

  2. If you are serving in casserole, take the mashed sweet potatoes out in a casserole dish. Arrange pecans in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoon brown sugar and drizzle remaining melted butter over the top. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees, or until browned and bubbly

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sweet potato casserole in the OVEN:
  • Use Instant Pot to just cook the sweet potatoes. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. Place washed sweet potatoes on the trivet and cook for 12- 15 mins on manual(hi) with natural pressure release. I pick smallish sweet potatoes that cook faster.
  • When cooled, remove skins and place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl. 
  • Beat sweet potatoes until smooth. Then beat in one egg  or 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. 
  • Transfer mixture to an ungreased 3 quart casserole dish. Arrange the pecans in a single layer on top. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and drizzle 2 tablespoon melted butter over the top. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned and bubbly. 

Also, if you enjoy sweet potatoes as much as we do, don’t forget to try this delicious cardamom and saffron flavored sweet potato halwa with fresh coconut!


8 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Casserole – Instant Pot

  1. I will be making my sweet potatoes in the IP as you instructed and then making a casserole to bake on Thanksgiving day. Do you know how far in advance I can put this dish together? Every little thing I can do ahead of time save some sanity. Thank you! I love following your blog.

    1. You can make this dish 2-3 days in advance. Assemble the whole thing and then just reheat/bake in the casserole dish.

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