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Perfectly Tender Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Learn how to make the perfectly tender Instant Pot Baked Potatoes in a fraction of the time taken by the oven. Fluffy & creamy. Perfect side dish with any meal. Perfect for family meal preps or parties and potlucks.

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New Instant Pot owner or not, these Instant Pot Baked potatoes are a must try. New owners if you are dreading the burn on your display screen, here is everything you need to know about the Instant Pot says burn message.

What, Baked Potatoes in Instant Pot? 

Absolutely yes, here is why

  • It's the easiest fail proof recipe to make in your electric pressure cookers.
  • These potatoes are ready in less than half the time taken in the oven.
  • They turn out perfect, fork tender, creamy and fluffy.
  • No fuss, no baby sitting, no foil needed.
  • Perfect for a last minute addition to the meals. 
  • Pair perfectly with any meal.

What is the texture of Instant Pot Baked Potato

I am being honest here. They do turn out exactly like the oven baked potatoes. Fluffy, creamy and perfectly tender from the inside. Infact I prefer this texture over the microwave baked potato too.

Are the potato skins crispy?

If you like crispy skins, I'd rub some olive oil and salt finish them off in the broiler on HIGH for about 4 to 6 minutes. 

Do I poke holes before cooking the baked potatoes in the Instant Pot?

I have tried making these potatoes both ways, without poking them and poking them. If you are using smaller potatoes you can get away without poking them. However for the larger potatoes it's always a good idea to poke them with a fork or a knife as prevents the potatoes from exploding from the steam and pressure when cooking. Poking allows the steam from the potatoes to escape.

How to meal prep these Instant Pot baked potatoes?

You can cook them and refrigerate them for upto five days. Reheat them i the microwave and throw in the toppings. 

Perfect for parties and potlucks when you want to feed a crowd. 

How to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes? 

Making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is very  straight forward. Here is a gist of the the steps involved. You can find the exact recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. 

  • Step 1: Add a cup of water in the inner pot. Use tap water instead of hot or cold as that will alter the time taken by the cooker to come to pressure which in turn will change the cooking time and results. 
  • Step 2 : Place a trivet or a steamer basket in the inner pot.
  • Step 3 : Use thoroughly washed and scrubbed similar size potatoes. Poke holes with a knife or fork and place them on the trivet making sure the water doesn't touch the potatoes or else the potatoes will turn out to be mushy. Close the lid and seal the vent
  • Step 4 : Depending on the size of the potatoes, pressure cook the potatoes for 10 - 20 minutes. Once cooked, allow the pressure to naturally release.
  • Step 5 : If you like crispy skins, pre-heat the broiler or else you can skip this step. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, rub them with olive oil and salt and broil for  4-6 minutes on high until skins are crispy.
  • Step 6 : Carefully place the potatoes on a serving plate, cut them into halves. Gently fork them. Add a small dollop of butter or sour cream. Sprinkle some salt, black pepper and chives or spring onions.

how to make baked potatoes in instant pot

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Cooking Times

  • Small potatoes : 10 minutes on high pressure 
  • Medium potatoes : 12 minutes on high pressure +
  • Large potatoes (Costco) : 20 minutes on high pressure  

Add to this approximately 10 minutes for the time taken to come to pressure. Plus 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release.

What kind of potatoes are best for baked potatoes in Instant Pot?

I typically use whatever potato I have handy.

However for best results and if you have russet potatoes handy, then that's great. You could also use golden yukon potatoes or for our perfect sweet potatoes recipe you can click here

baked potatoes in instant pot

Hot water or cold water?

Use tap water instead of hot or cold as that will alter the time taken by the cooker to come to pressure which in turn will change the cooking time and results.

Can I mix different types or varieties of potatoes to cook this way?

Yes you can. You can mix a couple russet potatoes with a couple yukon or a sweet potato. Follow the cooking times mentioned about based on the size.

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How to make the perfectly tender Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

How to make the perfectly tender Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Learn how to make the perfectly tender Instant Pot Baked Potatoes in a fraction of the time taken by the oven. Fluffy & creamy. Perfect side dish with any meal. Perfect for family meal preps or parties and potlucks.

Ingredients

  • 4 meduim size potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chives or spring onion to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

Instructions

    Step 1: Add a cup of water in the inner pot. Use tap water instead of hot or cold as that will alter the time taken by the cooker to come to pressure which in turn will change the cooking time and results. 

    Step 2 : Place a trivet or a steamer basket in the inner pot.

    Step 3 : Use thoroughly washed and scrubbed similar size potatoes. Poke holes with a knife or fork and place them on the trivet making sure the water doesn't touch the potatoes or else the potatoes will turn out to be mushy. Close the lid and seal the vent.

    Step 4 : Depending on the size of the potatoes, pressure cook the potatoes for 10 - 20 minutes. Once cooked, allow the pressure to naturally release. In addition to the cooking time, it will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release.

    Small potatoes : 10 minutes on high pressure 

    Medium potatoes : 12 minutes on high pressure

    Large potatoes (Costco) : 20 minutes on high pressure  

    Step 5 : If you like crispy skins, pre-heat the broiler or else you can skip this step. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, rub them with olive oil and salt and broil for  4-6 minutes on high until skins are crispy. 

    Step 6 : Carefully place the potatoes on a serving plate, cut them into halves. Gently fork them. Add a small dollop of butter or sour cream. Sprinkle some salt, black pepper and chives or spring onions.

Notes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Cooking Times

Small potatoes : 10 minutes on high pressure 

Medium potatoes : 12 minutes on high pressure +

Large potatoes (Costco) : 20 minutes on high pressure  

Add to this approximately 10 minutes for the time taken to come to pressure. Plus 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release.

Crisping

If you like crispy skins, pre-heat the broiler or else you can skip this step. Place potatoes on a baking sheet, rub them with olive oil and salt and broil for  4-6 minutes on high until skins are crispy. 

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    Sheila p

    Friday 12th of March 2021

    These are no NOT baked potatoes. Baking uses DRY heat!!

    Anvita

    Saturday 13th of March 2021

    Thus Instant pot Baled Potatoes

    RaNae

    Monday 22nd of February 2021

    Can you stack the potatoes to cook several at a time?

    Soniya Saluja

    Monday 22nd of February 2021

    Hi RaNae, yes you can stack the potatoes on each other. Make sure you place then on a trivet. Hope this helps

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