Perfect Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
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A foolproof recipe for easy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes. Learn how to cook perfect baked potatoes in your pressure cooker, plus how to make baked potatoes with crispy skins.
One of my go-to quick and easy weeknight meals is a simple baked potato bar. Our usual toppings include butter or sour cream, shredded cheese, roasted broccoli and sometimes chili. My family loves baked potatoes, especially since everyone can choose their own potato toppings!
Baked potatoes are a filling and nutritious meal that is also budget-friendly. Russet potatoes are a good source of protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and Vitamin C, as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Since Ive owned an Instant Pot pressure cooker, cooking baked potatoes in my Instant Pot is my preferred method. Its faster than cooking them in the oven and the potatoes always turn out fluffy and tender. Just like with my Instant Pot mashed potatoes recipe and Instant Pot sweet potatoes, the Instant Pot works its magic on potatoes once again with these Perfect Instant Pot Baked Potatoes!
Besides being a delicious lunch or dinner on their own, baked potatoes are a good side dish to serve with baked salmon, steak, pork tenderloin or baked chicken thighs. You can cook your baked potatoes ahead of time and reheat them for an even faster meal.
If you are new to using an Instant Pot, you might find my post about how to use an Instant Pot helpful.
How Boil Potatoes In Instant Pot
How to Boil or Steam Potatoes in the Instant Pot? I use boiled potatoes in many dishes, such as potato peas curry, spiced mashed potatoes. How to Steam Potatoes in the Instant Pot? Place the steamer basket with baby potatoes in the instant pot insert. Check my detailed post about Steamed Baby Potatoes in the Instant Pot and if you want to directly make seasoned potatoes, check out these Spicy Bombay Potatoes..yum! .
Instant Pot Potatoes With Green Beans And Carrots
If you would like to add more vegetables to this, you certainly can! I usually add carrots and green beans. But as the green beans cook quicker than the potatoes, I suggest cooking in the Instant Pot for 5 minutes instead of 7 on high pressure. If you dont mind the potatoes just a bit firmer, leave them as they are. If you want them to be soft, just cut them in halves.
Keep in mind that the green beans will be quite tender, but still delicious!
This is a great way to add more vegetables to your meals and goes so well with everything.
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How To Steam Small Baby Potatoes In The Instant Pot
For baby potatoes, I prefer to use a steamer basket. Add water to the instant pot steel insert. Place the steamer basket with baby potatoes in the instant pot insert. Pressure cook at high pressure for 5 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally.
Check my detailed post about Steamed Baby Potatoes in the Instant Pot and if you want to directly make seasoned potatoes, check out these Spicy Bombay Potatoes..yum!
A Basic Cooking Technique That Is Easy To Master
There is just something about potatoes that sings comfort and joy, whether it’s the starchy goodness of Russet, the creaminess of Yukon gold or the butteriness of baby potato.
I used to boil potatoes using a stove-top pressure cooker.; Even though it was mostly hands-free, it needed some monitoring and heat adjustments during the process.
And when I boiled potatoes in a pot on the stovetop, I would have to monitor it, wondering when was the right moment to remove them from the heat so that they were cooked to my desired tenderness.
Well, all that is taken care of with the use of an Instant Pot, or any comparable electric pressure cooker. This boiled potato recipe is a set-it-and-forget it kind. All you have to do is push a button and you are on your way to boiled potato bliss.
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Which Variety Of Potatoes Do You Use To Make Pressure Cooker Potatoes
For these Pressure Cooker Potatoes, I used marble potatoes. I liked the variety of the baby purple, red and gold potatoes. I think that it makes a fun colorful dish. If you cant find the marble potatoes you could use baby red or yukon gold potatoes, just cut them into large bite size pieces.
As far as herbs go, I chose to use dill and chives. I think the two work really well together and give a bright flavor. Freeze dried herbs that worked great for this.
I love using freeze dried herbs because they give you lots of freshness like fresh herbs but;they last SO much longer. I have seen a few different brands but I happened to pick up the Litehouse;herbs at Costco. Ive been using them in everything. They make a great addition to dressings, sprinkled in pasta and of course, sprinkled on these Pressure Cooker Potatoes.
Note: Originally posted in 2017. Updated with a new video 2019.
Instant Pot Steak And Potatoes
Instant Pot Steak and Potatoes cook all together in the Instant Pot at the same time! Tender steak tips, fluffy mashed potatoes and silk smooth gravy to bring the whole meal together! This is a dinner the family will love!
- 1 tsp minced garlic dried
- 1 tsp minced onion dried
- 1 tsp parsley dried
- salt and pepper to taste
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:
Making mashed potatoes in the instant pot starts out just a simple and easy as if you were making mashed potatoes on the stove like my reader favorite Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.
You’ll start out with three pounds of potatoes.; This is about 6 medium potatoes total.; Go ahead and peel them.; I haven’t tried this recipe leaving the skin on the potatoes because we prefer ours without skin.
Next, simply slice the potatoes into large rounds.; For me, this came out to about 4-5 round slices per potato.; There is no reason to spend time cutting them into cubes.; You’ll then cover them completely in water which will be about 4-5 cups depending on what size of instant pot you’re using.; The picture below shows the potato rounds in my 8 quart instant pot.
After the potatoes are covered in the water you will add ½ teaspoon of salt.; This is just enough salt to flavor the potatoes while they cook without being overwhelming.
Then, that’s it for now!; Go ahead and place the lid on your instant pot.; Set the valve to sealed and cook on manual for 8 minutes.; Keep in mind that it will take about 8-10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.
Once the timer goes off you can quick release the pressure from your pot.; You will need to drain the potatoes and then return them to the instant pot with the power off.
You can mash these up with a standard potato masher if you wish.; Or, you can mash then whip them with a hand-held mixer;which is what I love to do!
Storing Leftover Baked Potatoes
Instant pot-baked potatoes are best when fresh, but can also be stored and enjoyed a few days after. This makes them a perfect, easy side for a quick dinner!
- In the Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Make sure your baked potatoes are completely cooled before storing!
- In the Freezer: You can freeze baked potatoes without any butter or toppings on them. Wrap them tightly in aluminum foil, place in a ziplock bag, and store for 1-2 months. Let thaw overnight before reheating.
- Reheating: Pop your baked potatoes in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
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Easy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
Using an Instant Pot is the best way to achieve the perfect baked potato every time! You are going to love how fluffy, golden, and easy to make these Instant Pot baked potatoes are!
Cooking with an Instant Pot is the solution for making delicious meals at home in minutes without any hassle. From spaghetti to chili, mac and cheese to chicken and rice, you will love having this amazing tool in your kitchen arsenal! Every recipe that I have used it with has turned out to be AMAZING!
S For The Best Instant Pot Potatoes
1. Start with similarly sized potatoes. Cooking up tender, creamy potatoes requires choosing russets that are all about the same size. This ensures that the potatoes cook evenly.
2. Pierce the potatoes. While Ive never experienced this firsthand, Ive heard plenty of stories about un-pierced potatoes exploding during cooking. Using a fork to poke holes in the potatoes prevents too much pressure from building up and allows steam to escape.
3. Add a trivet and water to the Instant Pot. As with all Instant Pot recipes, its essential to start with liquid in the bottom of the pot. Here, a cup of water helps create the pressure that allows the potatoes to cook. Just as important is a trivet or steamer basket, which keeps the potatoes elevated from sitting in the water.
4. Use potato size to determine the cook time. You can cook any and all sizes of russet potatoes in your Instant Pot. To get the tender, creamy potatoes you crave, plan on a slightly shorter cook time for small spuds and a little longer for the larger ones .
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How To Steam Potatoes In The Instant Pot
It is as easy as it gets. Just place the potatoes on a trivet. Add some water to the pot. Hit the Steam button. Adjust the time based on the size of the potatoes. It usually takes between 8 to 15 minutes depending on size of potatoes.;For potatoes about 7 oz in weight, I steamed for 10 minutes. If potatoes are about 9 oz, then steam for 12 minutes. You get the idea!
How To Boil Potatoes In Instant Pot
Published Updated February 3, 2021 By Meeta Arora | This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
How to Boil or Steam Potatoes in the Instant Pot? This is part of the Instant Pot Cooking Basics series. Potatoes are perfect to steam in a pressure cooker, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get perfectly cooked potatoes.;I use boiled potatoes in many dishes, such as potato peas curry, spiced mashed potatoes.
I had always boiled potatoes in my stovetop pressure cooker, however it did need some monitoring. With the instant pot, just set the time and do a natural pressure release, while I can do other chores.
Having pre-boiled potatoes at hand is great for meal planning. I can then use them as needed to make quick meals. Some interesting indian dishes you can make with boiled potatoes:
- Mumbai Vada Pav;which is the popular Indian style burger.
- Savory Potato Puffs – This is very similar to the paneer puffs I have shared before. Just use boiled potatoes in place of paneer.
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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Don’t you agree that a baked potato is one of the most perfect side dishes? From London Broil, Apple Pork Roast, to pan-seared steak, a baked potato complements just about any main course.
But on busy nights, I don’t have a lot of time to bake potatoes. And on hot summer nights, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven to roast potatoes.
The Instant Pot solves BOTH those issues by making baked potatoes in record time without heating up the kitchen.
Do I Need To Pierce/poke The Potatoes With A Fork
I have two answers to this question the right answer and the lazy answer.
Right answer: poking the potato in several places is helpful because it allows the steam from inside the potato to escape. If you dont poke the potatoes, theres a chance they may fall apart in the instant pot.
Lazy answer: I always forget to poke potatoes and sometimes the skin breaks apart a bit but I have yet to have a potato completely fall apart.
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The Best Instant Pot Baked Potato Recipe
Im a sucker for potatoes in all their forms. Whether mashed, roasted or in fry form, it is easily my preferred source of carbs. Sitting at the top of the list, currently, are these Instant Pot-baked potatoes. You can add so many different, delicious toppings to them and they work as a perfect side for so many dishes! Now, if you think you have had the best-baked potato, you need to think again. Making them in an Instant Pot is a game-changer. Not only is it much faster, but I think it tastes better, too! Each time that I have made these baked potatoes, they have turned out amazingly. Cut through the golden, crispy outer layer to reveal the soft, fluffy inside steaming to perfection. Im sure it will become a favorite of yours just like it has for me!
Both my air fryer and my Instant Pot have been lifesavers over the past little while. They simplify every recipe and put so much time back into my day! The best part is, these recipes taste just as good if not better than their traditionally cooked counterparts. Potatoes are no different! I have been making Instant Pot mashed potatoes a lot recently and Im surprised every time at how tasty the results are! These recipes are perfect for putting the taste of homecooked meals into busy weeknights. Im going to give you all the tips you need to make these incredible Instant Pot-baked potatoes at home!
How Long To Cook Baked Potatoes In Instant Pot:
From our experiments using 1 cup cold water with potatoes on a trivet in Instant Pot, here are the best cooking times for cooking baked potatoes in Instant Pot:
- 7.5 Potatoes High Pressure for 28 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes
- 8 Potatoes High Pressure for 31 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
- 8.5 Potatoes High Pressure for 34 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
- 9 Potatoes High Pressure for 37 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
- 10 Potatoes High Pressure for 43 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
- 10.5 Potatoes High Pressure for 46 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
- 11 Potatoes High Pressure for 49 minutes + Natural Release for 10 minutes;
*Note: If youre cooking a big batch or pot full of potatoes in Instant Pot, itll take a longer time to Get Up to Pressure, so youll need to reduce the pressure cooking time accordingly.
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Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes: Mashing
How do you like your mashed potatoes? Dense and creamy or light and fluffy? Im firmly in the light and creamy camp. This means that I whip my potatoes with a handheld mixer instead of mashing them with the traditional potato masher.
Here are the tools you can use for mashing potatoes
Results: Dense, thick mashed potatoes often dotted with small lumps.
Pros: Easy-to-use. Kid-friendly.
link: the potato masher that I use and love.;
Ricer/ Food Mill
Results: Creamy, dense mashed potatoes
Pros: Makes mashed potatoes with a silky texture. No lumps here.
Cons: Pain to clean
link: the food mill that I have. Nothing fancy for me.;
Note: You dont have to peel potatoes before putting them through a ricer. Ive found this to be somewhat true. Some of the peel always gets through and the holes tend to clog on me. Id rather spend a few minutes peeling the potatoes than futzing with a clogged ricer.
Pros: Whips a batch of potatoes very quickly.
Cons: Dirties a second bowl.
Cons: Turns potatoes into a dense, gluey puree. Avoid the food processor when youre making mashed potatoes.
So which should you use? Whichever one you like. Seriously. They all make great mashed potatoes.