Easy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes


I’m not one to cook super complicated meals with fancy recipes and special ingredients. I like our dinners to be healthy, easy, and uncomplicated. Cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot has been a game changer for our family dinners! We make baked potatoes this way, as well as mashed potatoes. It’s simple and quick – and you don’t have to stand there watching the pot to make sure it doesn’t boil over!

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I prefer to clean my potatoes before cooking – especially if they are conventional potatoes. Potatoes are a highly sprayed crop, so cleaning off as much dirt and pesticide residue as you can is important. I like to use this fruit and veggie soak, but you can also use vinegar and lemon juice.

I do make exceptions for home grown potatoes… store these unwashed and then rinse off the dirt before you cook!

How to cook potatoes in the instant pot

  1. Add 1 cup water to the bottom of the pot.
  2. Put the trivet in or use a basket like this one that I use.
  3. Put all the potatoes in the basket or on the trivet.
  4. Close the lid and the steam vent.
  5. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure for 16 minutes *you can get away with less time if your potatoes are very small*
  6. Naturally release for 5 minutes *you may be able to skip this if your potatoes are small*

That’s it! Easy peasy.

Now obviously these potatoes cooked this way are not technically baked – but they taste great and since they are so hands off, they make the perfect easy side dish. I grow some of my own potatoes, and then I buy organic potatoes in bulk from Azure Standard.

You can also take these potatoes and turn them into mashed potatoes right from here! This is the only way I ever cook my potatoes for mashed potatoes anymore. I just add butter, cream, salt, and milk (yes… dairy heavy mashed potatoes are the only way to go ;) and then mash them!

Have you tried making potatoes in the Instant Pot?

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