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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come out fork-tender and perfectly fluffy in your pressure cooker in half the time it takes in the oven. This is a foolproof recipe for potatoes of any type or size!

Instant Pot beets, Instant Pot corn on the cob, and Instant Pot eggs are a few other easy single ingredient recipes that have perfect results in a fraction of the time and effort than any other method.

instant pot baked russet potatoes ready to eat with butter and chives

Instant Pot Potatoes

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, Instant Pot baked potatoes aren’t baked at all! They do, however, come out as creamy and fluffy as any oven-baked potato in a fraction of the time perfect for loading it up with toppings!

This is one of my favourite Instant Pot recipes because the pressure cooker tenderizes the versatile potato which makes it a quick and easy side dish for turkey chili but it’s just as good mashed with butter, salt, and pepper.

Why Make Potatoes in Instant Pot?

  • Easy: Toss in up to 8 potatoes (no foil needed), water, close the lid, and set the timer. Done!
  • Versatile: Can be used as a side dish, as a main loaded with toppings, or for healthy mashed potatoes.
  • Quick: A baked potato ready in 22 minutes is a dream. 
  • Efficient: Doesn’t require turning on the oven and takes up very little space.
  • Texture: Light and fluffy, creamy potato flesh possible with pressure cooking.
potatoes in instant pot

Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Baked Potatoes

  • Potatoes
  • Water

Russet potatoes are a popular choice for baked potatoes. They’re large enough to only need 1 per person (maybe 2) and they have enough starch in them to make them light and fluffy. You want them overall smooth, with no soft spots, no eyes, and no signs of mold (obviously).

bag of russet potatoes for potatoes in instant pot

What Are the Best Potatoes to Use?

Truth be told when making “baked potatoes” Russet potatoes are the best. Sure you can use another kind, but believe me, it won’t be the same. The same goes when making Instant Pot potato soup. They are large starchy potatoes of dark brown colour and often look or are “dirty”. However, if you buy them in a bag, they often come pre-washed.

However, any thin-skinned potato like red, yellow, or Yukon Gold can be “baked”. The texture will be more buttery than fluffy. Alternately, save those red or Yukon Gold to make Instant Pot potato salad.

How to Make Baked Potatoes in Instant Pot?

  • Prep potatoes: Give potatoes a good rinse and scrub, if necessary. Supermarket potatoes often are very well pre-washed and don’t need much scrubbing. Prick them with a fork or knife about 8 times each.

Pierce your potatoes! The reason for this is because exploding potatoes is a thing! The holes allow the steam to escape rather than build up with nowhere to go.

  • Add cold water and trivet: Add 1 cup of cold water. Place the trivet or steamer basket inside. You don’t want the potatoes to touch the water, otherwise, they’ll be soggy “baked” potatoes. Place up to 8 large potatoes and it is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.

Why cold water? Adding anything but cold water will affect the cooking time. When water starts cold, it will increase its temperature as the Instant Pot pre-heats. Otherwise, the potatoes will start cooker sooner than they should.

  • Cook potatoes: Close the lid and set the valve to seal. Pressure cook potatoes and choose either a Quick or Natural Release.

How Long to Cook Potatoes Instant Pot?

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.

Medium to large potatoes (2.5″ – 3″ wide) – 20 minutes on High Pressure.

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.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Seasoning: Olive oil and simple salt and pepper seasoning can not only be added to the flesh after cooking but also rubbed on potato skins before pressure cooking!
  • Crispy skin: Brush cooked potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Then bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes in preheated 400 degrees F oven, or place under the broiler. You could also make these baked potatoes in an air fryer instead.
  • Smaller potatoes: Using baby potatoes means you’re no longer in “baked potato” territory but it is still possible to use them. 2 lbs of baby potatoes will take about 2 minutes of cook time with a 5-minute natural release.
  • Jumbo potatoes: You know, the kind you get from Costco. I would cook them for 23 minutes and cook no more than 8 large potatoes at once.

More Tips for Baked Potatoes

  • Cold water: Make sure to use cold water as it prevents potatoes from overcooking.
  • Prick potatoes: Poking holes in the potatoes helps steam to escape and prevents potatoes from exploding.
  • Stacking: It is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.
  • Size counts: The cook time remains the same no matter what type of potato you use, as long as they are all the same size.

FAQs

Why is my pressure cooker not coming to pressure when I make Instant Pot potatoes?

The Instant Pot won’t come to pressure if the valve isn’t in the sealing position. You may also want to check your silicone sealing ring around the lid to make sure it’s intact and not broken. Last, don’t forget to add your water! The pressure won’t build without it.

How do I know potatoes are done?

When you can pierce them with a fork no resistance, you know they are done.

Can I substitute different potatoes other than russet?


You can. Any potatoes will work. If you’re using a creamier potato like Yukon Gold or red potatoes, they make great mashed potatoes and have delicate skin, which is a pleasure to eat. As long as you follow the size guide as to how long to cook them, it doesn’t matter what kind.

How many potatoes can I put in the Instant Pot?

This depends on the size of the potato and the size of your pot. The rule of thumb is no more than 8 large potatoes. Stack them if you need to.

Should I wrap my potatoes in aluminum foil for the Instant Pot?

You can, but you don’t have to. Sometimes it’s nice to wrap individual potatoes in foil if you’re going to be serving a crowd and everyone can just take one for themselves. It can also help to keep any moisture in. If you do choose to use foil, tack on a couple of extra minutes of cook time. Otherwise, it’s not at all necessary, so don’t waste your foil.

Does the potato size matter?


Yes and no. Size doesn’t matter in terms of what the Instant Pot can cook. It can cook any size you need! It’s important that whatever size potatoes are in there, they should all be the same size for even cooking.

What is the texture of a potato ‘baked’ in the Instant Pot?

It’s fluffy on the inside which is the best part. You won’t necessarily get that crispy skin that so many people love when enjoying a baked potato, but a quick trip under the broiler or in the oven at 400 degrees will fix that.

pressure cooker baked potatoes on plate with butter and chives ready to eat

How to Serve Baked Potatoes?

  • Basic: Besides butter, salt, and pepper our other favorites include sour cream, plain yogurt, green onion or chives, shredded cheese, and bacon bits.

Once cut open, a pat of butter that melts into the potato is everything.

What to Serve with Instant Pot Potatoes?

How to Store Leftover Instant Pot Russet Potatoes?

Storing: Baked potatoes taste best fresh or at least the same day. If you must, you can reheat in a microwave the next day but not past that. Potatoes are not good freezer candidates either. Instead, cook only as many as you need. Thankfully, it is quite easy.

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pressure cooker potato finished and topped
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes {Foolproof Method}

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come out fork-tender and perfectly fluffy in your pressure cooker in half the time it takes in the oven. This is a foolproof recipe for potatoes of any type or size!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8 potatoes
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • Up to 8 large russet potatoes

Instructions

  • Wash potatoes well. Prick them with a fork or knife about 8 times each.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
  • Add 1 cup of cold water and place trivet or steamer basket inside your Instant Pot.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
  • Place up to 8 large potatoes on a trivet. It is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
  • Close the lid and make sure pressure valve is set to Sealing.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
  • Remove potatoes onto a plate, cut lengthwise open in a middle, fluff with a fork and serve with your favorite toppings.
    Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Storing: Baked potatoes taste best fresh or same day. Maximum you can reheat in a microwave next day but not past that. Potatoes are not good freezer candidates either. Instead cook only as many as you need. Thankfully, it is quite easy.

    Equipment

    Notes

    • Basic: Besides butter, salt and pepper our other favorites include sour cream, plain yogurt, green onion or chives, shredded cheese and bacon bits.
    • Chilis: Turkey chili, beef chili or even white chicken chili.
    • Meat sauces: Meat sauce or try my Instant Pot bolognese.
    • Cold water: Make sure to use cold water as it prevents potatoes from overcooking.
    • Prick potatoes: It helps steam to escape and prevents potatoes from exploding.
    • Stacking: It is OK to pile up potatoes on top of each other.
    • 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.
    • Smaller potatoes: 2 lbs of baby potatoes will take about 2 minutes of cook time with a 5-minute natural release.
    • Crispy skin: Brush cooked potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Then bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes in preheated 400 degrees F oven.
    See post for more tips and FAQs

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1potato | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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    1. This begs the question: Does it work for sweet potatoes? Microwave sweet potatoes have no flavor. I’ll let you do the experimenting.

    2. Olena, your directions say “Always with Quick or Natural Release.” Two different releases – So which is correct, ‘quick’ or ‘natural’ for an Instant Pot Baked Potato?

    3. 5 stars
      Well it just doesn’t get easier than this. Bought some big beautiful russets on sale and boy were they good! Smothered in cream cheese, nacho sauce and butter. Yikes! If you don’t want all those calories, they’re still perfectly “baked”! Yummy

    4. 5 stars
      Hi, I think your website is the best. Keep up your good work. It is greatly appreciated. I’ve learned so much!!

    5. 5 stars
      I’m absolutely hooked on instant pot. Thank you. How fun is this after the first time I did baked potatoes. Now I’ll throw three or four or six potatoes in the instant pot and cook them just so I have them. We eat them hot mashed with butter or salt I throw them in the refrigerator and if my husband wants some fried potatoes with breakfast oh my so simple they’re already cooked so it’s just a matter of heating them up while I make him eggs. I make potato salad. Which normally is a once a year thing because it’s such an ordeal. Not anymore. They consistently come out cooked completely no matter what size potato I use. I just follow your guidelines and I’m good to go thank you

    6. 5 stars
      Mmmmm GOOD!

      My husband followed your Instant Pot Baked Potato recipe and it turned out delicious…..moist and very flavourful!

      We had it with your ‘Baked Chicken Breast’ recipe which paired up nicely!

      We are old folks learning new tricks with this Instant Pot, your awesome recipes and delightful videos….. with many tips!

      Thank You so much Olena!

    7. 5 stars
      I’ve used this recipe several times and the potatoes come out perfect every time. I love watching Olena demonstrate the recipe. Very entertaining!

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