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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Fluffy and creamy best describes Instant Pot Baked Potatoes. In a matter of minutes you can have this easy, fool proof potato ready and on your plate!

Russet Potatoes in the Instant Pot for cooking

Baked Potatoes are probably one of the world’s best side dishes. And maybe even the most popular.

Potatoes are pretty affordable, and quite filling. You can customize them in so many ways with various toppings. Or make au gratin potatoes!

However, you first have to start with the perfect baked potato.

For years I’ve been baking my potatoes in the oven, just like my mom taught me, and her mom taught her. But are they really the easiest side dish when often times they take LONGER than the main dish?

I mean, sure they are EASY, but they can be time consuming.

Until now. I’ve recently discovered my love of making potatoes in the Instant Pot.

Not only do they come out creamy and perfect on the inside, but they are done in far less time than it takes in the oven! 

What You’ll Need for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot. I use a 6qt Instant Pot for all my recipes. It’s big enough for my family of 6, and the 6qt tends to be on sale, somewhere, ALL THE TIME!

Trivet. When cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot, you’ll want to place them on a trivet so that they are not sitting in the water at the bottom. I use the one that came with mine, but you can find my favorite Instant Pot Accessories on Amazon. 

No trivet? No problem. Roll up balls of aluminum foil and place several of them in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add water and set single layer of potatoes on top, making sure that the potatoes are not IN the water.

Water. As will all pressure cooker recipes, cold water is a MUST. You’ll need 1 cup for baked potatoes.

Potatoes. I use Russet Potatoes as it’s our favorite for baked potatoes. However, if making mashed potatoes, I tend to choose Yukon golds. Just be sure that the potatoes are all approximately the same size, this will help make sure they cook evenly.

How to Make Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Step 1. Scrub those potatoes clean. Potatoes grow in the dirt, which means they are DIRTY. I use this little brush to make sure mine are clean before cooking.

Prick each potato with a fork a couple times to allow the steam to escape when pressure cooking.

Step 2. Pour water into the Instant Pot and place trivet, steamer basket, or foil balls in the bottom. Place clean potatoes on top, stacking if necessary.

Secure the lid in place and make sure the valve is set to SEALING.

Set to HIGH PRESSURE and add cook time (see below).

  • Small potatoes: Pressure cook for 10-12 minutes
  • Medium potatoes: Pressure cook for 14-16 minutes
  • Large potatoes (like you find at Costco): Pressure cook for 18-20 minutes

Typically in my grocery store the potatoes are of small-medium size

Step 3. When cook time ends, allow pot to naturally release pressure for 8-10 minutes. Do a quick release and remove potatoes with tongs.

How to Serve Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes are delicious with butter, salt and pepper, chives, sour cream, and shredded cheese. Crumbled bacon also makes a delicious topping!

But, we also love to make a baked potato bar, which features the potato as part of the main dish.

These Turkey Taco Potato Boats are exactly what they sound like, potatoes topped with all the taco fixings!

Buffalo Chicken is also delicious on top of a baked potato!

Top your potato with steamed broccoli and queso! So good and easy too.

What to serve with Baked Potatoes

Most often, baked potatoes are part of a side dish in our house. They go great with:

Tips for perfect Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

  • Scrub your potatoes clean
  • Size matters…find potatoes equal in size for best results
  • Use a trivet so the potatoes aren’t sitting in water
  • Err on the side of the larger potato, it’s better to cook the potato more than less time!

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Fluffy and Creamy best describes Instant Pot Baked Potatoes. In a matter of minutes you can have this easy, fool proof potato ready and on your plate!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

    1. Scrub the potatoes. Prick each potato with a fork a couple times to allow the steam to escape when pressure cooking.
    2. Pour water into the Instant Pot and place trivet, steamer basket, or foil balls in the bottom. Place clean potatoes on top, stacking if necessary.
    3. Secure the lid in place and make sure the valve is set to SEALING.
    4. Set to HIGH PRESSURE and add cook time (see below).
    5. Small potatoes: Pressure cook for 10-12 minutes. Medium potatoes: Pressure cook for 14-16 minutes. Large potatoes (like you find at Costco): Pressure cook for 18-20 minutes.
    6. Typically in my grocery store the potatoes are of small-medium size
    7. When cook time ends, allow pot to naturally release pressure for 8-10 minutes. Do a quick release and remove potatoes with tongs.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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The easiest, fool proof potatoes in the Instant Pot. 

Aimee

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Posted on January 21, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I am so frustrated and disappointed at the author of this recipe: I followed instructions word for word, my potatoes have now been cooking for 35+ mins and are still hard as rocks. I’m hungry and don’t have anything else to eat tonight, so please. Either take this recipe down all together, or edit the instructions.

    1. I can’t imagine why potatoes are taking over 35 minutes. Sounds like your Instant Pot isn’t coming to High Pressure. I would check the valve on top make sure it is set to sealing, and also make sure your sealing ring is secure in place.

    2. Please on’t blame the author…. I am new to my Instant Pot and followed the instructions here and got perfect results. I put in 8 large potatoes (stacking them on top of the trivet), added a cup of water, and set it on high pressure. I wanted slightly under-cooked potatoes, so I set the timer for 15 minutes instead of the 18-20 minutes listed and let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes as the instructions state. I think you should take down your negative review – the instructions, like the potatoes, are perfect!

    1. So, how long did you end up cooking your’s for? I’ve got 4 medium potatoes in there and I’m still cooking them after 30 minutes.

    2. Same here. Cooked at high pressure for 18 min with 10 min natural release. Still hard. Finishing in the microwave now. Is it because I only cooked 2 potatoes? This is my second unsuccessful attempt!

  2. I’m still new to using my instant pot and this is perfect for our next Sunday family dinner. Love how easy it is to make them now and free up oven space.

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