Pressure Cooker Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (or Yams) are sinfully delicious and fun to eat any day of the year.
Sweet Potatoes are generally associated with holidays; Thanksgiving and Christmas, mostly. I love a good Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows on top and I’ll post my recipe soon. I also love baked sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar.
Inspired by Melanie Blase from one of my pressure cooking groups, this Pressure Cooker Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (or Yams) was something I wanted to bring to my readers.
I decided to follow her lead make sweet potatoes, first by cooking them in my pressure cooker and then pan frying slices, using Homemade Ghee in my cast iron skillet.
You can certainly use butter, coconut oil, olive oil or whatever oil you prefer.
Here are the cast of characters and as you can see, it’s just a few items. I make Homemade Ghee in my Multi-Cooker, and it is as simple as can be. If you don’t want to use Homemade Ghee, you can use whatever oil that you choose.
Coconut oil is great for this recipe too. If you want to use butter, make sure to use it mixed with some type of cooking oil, as butter will burn at a high temperature.
Scrub the sweet potatoes really well. To me, the skin is the best part, but you can peel off the skin after the sweet potatoes are cooked, if you don’t like skin. The crispness from cooking them in the Homemade Ghee is delicious though.
I would consider this sweet potato to be medium. You will need a longer cook time for a larger and fatter sweet potato.
Ignore the sweet potato in the background. I ended up just using the one in the front. That one in the back turned out to be rotten. I thought as much, but cooked it anyway, just in case.
When the Ghee starts to sizzle, drop in the sweet potato slices.
Add in as many as you can fit.
Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and cook until nicely browned on both sides. I like to place them on a paper towel before plating, to remove any excess oil. The crispy skin is soooooo good.
Thanks, Melanie, I love the sweet potatoes finished in cast iron and since I’ve been on a huge Ghee kick, all the better. Your photos look better than mine! 🙂 These pair really well with my Ken’s A1 Pot Roast recipe.
- GoWise 8 Quart Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner– I totally love this spatula!
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- OXO Good Grips Cutting Board
- GoWISE USA Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Basket Rack for 8 quart PC
- Kerr Half Pint (8 oz) Mason Jars
- Lodge 10.25″ Cast Iron Skillet
- Stainless Steel Trivet
Here is the handy printable recipe:
- Scrub sweet potatoes well and poke a few holes with a fork.
Place one cup of water in Pressure Cooker cooking pot and place trivet. Add sweet potatoes to trivet.
- Lock on lid and close Pressure Valve.
Cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes (or longer, if using large sweet potatoes).
- When Beep sounds, allow a Natural Pressure Release.
- When all pressure is released, remove sweet potatoes and slice about 1/2 inch thick.
Heat cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When skillet is hot, add Ghee (or other oil if using). Pan sear until both sides are nicely browned. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Medium Sweet Potatoes - 15 minutes
Large Sweet Potatoes - 18 minutes