by Olena

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come out fluffy and tender with almost zero effort and minimum wait time.

Cut in half, fluff with a fork, top with your favorite quick toppings or load them up with leftovers. It is one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes ever. So easy!

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

I have to say that baked potatoes are a lazy way to enjoy mashed potatoes. My favorite one is to load one up with turkey chili or mash the inside with butter, salt and pepper. Ukrainian in me closes the eyes and her mouth turns to heaven.

Anyways… Instant Pot baked potatoes come out as fluffy and creamy just like when baked in the oven. Not as crispy but I don’t care.

Ever since becoming completely smitten with Instant Pot, I cook all long-cooking veggies like beets and sweet potato in it. Instant Pot truly helps you eat healthy and saves so much time!

What Are the Best Potatoes to Use?

The best and truth is the only kind of potato to “bake” is russet potatoes. They are large starchy potatoes of dark brown colour and often look dirty. However, if you buy them in a bag, often they are almost clean. Pre-washed.

All you have to do is give potatoes a good rinse without too much scrubbing. This is exactly why they outrank Instant Pot mashed potatoes on a weeknight. 🙂 However, you can always slice unpeeled potatoes for smashed potatoes.

Instant Pot is truly amazing! Can you tell I am obsessed, yet?

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes on a plate garnished with butter and chives

How to Make Baked Potatoes in Instant Pot

Wash potatoes well. Prick them with a fork or knife about 8 times each.

Add 1 cup of cold water and place trivet or steamer basket inside your Instant Pot. You want to add cold water so it doesn’t skew cooking time while pre-heating. It is one of very few times in pressure cooking when water temperature matters. See my other 10 tips what not to do with Instant Pot.

fork pricking potatoes7 potatoes in instant pot

You want potatoes not to touch water to avoid soggy “baked” potatoes. So, trivet is important. It is also OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.

Place up to 8 large potatoes on a trivet. Close the lid and make sure pressure valve is set to Sealing.

New to Instant Pot and not sure “what language I am speaking”? 🙂 Check out my Instant Pot guide and which Instant Pot is best to buy based on your lifestyle and family size.

How Long to Pressure Cook Potatoes?

I have tested numerous sizes of potatoes. The most important thing is to make sure potatoes are of similar size and then follow these cooking times:

  • Small potatoes (2″ wide) – 15 minutes on High Pressure with Quick or Natural Release.
  • Medium to large potatoes (2.5″ – 3″ wide) – 20 minutes on High Pressure with Quick or Natural Release.

baked potatoes in instant pot

More Tips

  • Make sure to use cold water as it prevents potatoes from overcooking.
  • It is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.
  • If you have jumbo potatoes (let’s say from Costco), I would cook them for 23 minutes. Just in case.:) I would not recommend cooking more than 8 large potatoes at once.
  • Don’t forget to prick potatoes with a knife or fork. It helps steam to escape and prevents potatoes from exploding.
  • If you like crispy skin potatoes, brush cooked potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Then bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes in preheated 400 degrees F oven.

Load Them Up

All right, besides butter, salt and pepper other human favorites include sour cream, plain yogurt, green onion or chives, shredded cheese and bacon bits.

I personally think you can stretch many meat based meals with Instant Pot baked potatoes, like:

Slice that potato in half, load it up and mash all together. Yum!

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Fluffy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with butter, pepper and chives

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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

5 from 1 reviews

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come out fluffy and tender with almost zero effort and minimum wait time. Pressure cooker makes baked potatoes easier than ever before.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 potatoes 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American
Scale

Ingredients

  • Up to 8 large russet potatoes

Instructions

  1. Wash potatoes well. Prick them with a fork or knife about 8 times each.
  2. Add 1 cup of cold water and place trivet or steamer basket inside your Instant Pot.
  3. Place up to 8 large potatoes on a trivet. It is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.
  4. Close the lid and make sure pressure valve is set to Sealing.
  5. Cook small potatoes (2″ wide) for 15 minutes on High Pressure with Quick or Natural Release. And medium to large potatoes (2.5″ – 3″ wide) for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove potatoes onto a plate, cut lengthwise open in a middle, fluff with a fork and serve with your favorite toppings.

Notes

  • If you have jumbo potatoes (let’s say from Costco), I would cook them for 23 minutes. No matter how many, just in case.:) I would not recommend cooking more than 8 large potatoes at once.
  • If you like crispy skin potatoes, brush cooked potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Then bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes in preheated 400 degrees F oven.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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