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    Make baked potatoes in a fraction of the time with your Instant Pot. Perfectly fluffy, this is such an effortless way to cook up this popular potato side dish, and the results are always super delicious!

    instant pot baked potatoes served on a plate

    I do love a classic baked potato, but I don’t always have the patience, or time, to bake them in the oven. This Instant Pot method produces soft and fluffy potatoes every time.

    Serve these Instant Pot baked potatoes as a simple side dish to your favorite meals, or load them up with filling toppings for a quick and easy weeknight meal. If you haven’t made whole baked potatoes in your electric pressure cooker yet, it’s a must-try, you’ll be hooked!

    Be sure to try my Potato Salad and Baked Potato Wedges too!

    baked potatoes made in the instant pot topped with sour cream and chives

    Why you will love this Instant Pot baked potatoes recipe!

    • Quick to make: Ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes, making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is a great option when you are short on time.
    • Simple ingredients: You just need some potatoes, water and your Instant Pot, these are a breeze!
    • Make ahead: Baked potatoes reheat really easily, so you can make up a few to enjoy for easy lunches and meals throughout the week.

    Ingredient notes

    This is a super simple recipe, you just need potatoes and some water and you are good to go. The best potatoes to use are starchy ones, as these get nice and fluffy in the middle. Russets are my favorite variety to use and Yukon Gold will work great too. Avoid waxy potatoes like reds.

    Russet potatoes on a board

    How to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot

    • Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place the trivet in it.
    • Place the potatoes on top of the trivet, close the lid, turn the valve to ‘Sealing’ and cook potatoes on High Pressure for 12 – 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
    • When the cooking time is over, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes and quickly release the remaining pressure.
    russet potatoes in the instant pot

    Make Ahead and Reheating

    You can easily make these ahead of time, and once cool store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can reheat them in the oven at 350F for 15 to 20 minutes to heat them through, or quickly in the microwave on full power for 4 to 5 minutes.

    How do you cook them in the oven?

    If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make baked potatoes in the oven, it will just take a little while longer. Preheat the oven to 400F, rub a little oil over the potatoes and then place on a baking sheet. Depending on the size of your potatoes, it will take around one hour for them to fully cook through.

    baked potatoes with sour cream  on a plate

    What do you serve them with?

    These Instant Pot baked potatoes are great with all of your favorite mains like steak, chicken breast, and salmon. I like to cut them open, season with a little salt and pepper, and add a pat of butter. Fresh herbs are also a great addition.

    You can add lots of other toppings too, to create a fuller meal. From sour cream and chives to tuna mayo to chili, there’s really no bad option!

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • You must use the trivet in your Instant Pot. Don’t put the potatoes straight in.
    • Prick your potatoes a few times with a fork before cooking them. This allows steam to escape from the potatoes as they cook so they don’t burst.
    • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, this will ensure the middles are cooked through.
    • The potatoes will be very hot, so use tongs to lift them out of the pressure cooker once they are cooked.
    cut baked potatoes on a plate

    More Instant Pot Recipes

    If you liked my pressure cooker baked potatoes recipe, I am sure you will also love my other Instant Pot recipes:

    Instant Pot Baked Potato

    Make baked potatoes in a fraction of the time with your Instant Pot. Perfectly fluffy, this is such an effortless way to cook up this popular potato side dish, and the results are always super delicious!
    Prep Time 3 minutes
    Cook Time 12 minutes
    Natural release 10 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Servings 3 servings
    Calories 168kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    Equipment

    • Trivet

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place the trivet in it.
    • Place the potatoes on top of the trivet, close the lid, turn the valve to 'Sealing' and cook potatoes on High Pressure for 12 – 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
    • When the cooking time is over, naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes and quickly release the remaining pressure.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • You must use the trivet in your Instant Pot. Don’t put the potatoes straight in.
    • Prick your potatoes a few times with a fork before cooking them. This allows steam to escape from the potatoes as they cook so they don’t burst.
    • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, this will ensure the middles are cooked through.
    • The potatoes will be very hot, so use tongs to lift them out of the pressure cooker once they are cooked.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword how to cook a potato in an instant pot, pressure cooker baked potato, quick baked potato recipe
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