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Instant Pot Baked Potato

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If you’re looking to make Instant Pot Baked Potato then look no further. This baked potato Instant Pot recipe is super delicious. Not only is the flavor on point, these Instant Pot baked potatoes are cooked in half the time. You can have a wonderful loaded baked potato Instant Pot dinner, even if you’re on a tight schedule, or have a busy evening.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Cooking: The Instant Pot does the work, giving you perfectly baked potatoes.
  • Faster Meal Prep: Cut traditional baking time significantly with this efficient method.
  • Versatile Side Dish: Serve with your favorite toppings for a customizable, hearty side.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Russet Potatoes: Ideal for baking due to their high starch content, resulting in a fluffy interior when cooked.
  • Butter: Adds a rich flavor and helps create a crisp skin on the potatoes.
  • Sour Cream: Gives a tangy creaminess that balances out the richness of the other toppings.
  • Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese: Melts well over the hot potatoes, adding a delicious layer of cheesy goodness.
  • Crumbled Bacon or Bacon Bits: Adds a smoky, savory crunch that contrasts beautifully with the soft potato.
  • Chives: Provide a fresh, onion-like flavor that cuts through the rich toppings and adds color to the dish.
  • Kosher Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the potato and the toppings, making them more pronounced.
  • Pepper Coarse Ground and Garlic Salt: Adds a hint of heat and a depth of flavor, enhancing the savory qualities of the baked potato.
  • Parchment Paper and Baking Sheet: Essential tools for baking, they ensure even cooking and easy cleanup. Also helps prevent the potatoes from sticking to the baking sheet.
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How To Make Instant Pot Baked Potato?

Here are step-by-step instructions for making Instant Pot Baked potatoes in the pressure cooker. Making baked potatoes has never been easier!

Step One: Prepare Potatoes

Wash the russet potatoes with a vegetable brush and cool water. Pierce Potatoes with a fork.

Step Two: Add Trivet And Water To Instant Pot

Place the Trivet in the inner pot, and add 1 cup of water to the pot.

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Step Three: Pressure Cook Potatoes

Place the potatoes onto the trivet. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and press the Instant Pot pressure cooker button to cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.

Make sure the valve is set to sealing to allow the pot to come to pressure.

Step Four: Prepare Baking Sheet

While the potatoes are cooking, line the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. 

Step Four: Pressure Release Naturally

When the Instant Pot is done cooking and goes to OFF, allow the pressure to release naturally. This will give the cooked potatoes time to steam for a little longer.

After 10 minutes perform a quick release to let out any remaining pressure.

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Step Five: Broil Potatoes

With a sturdy pair of kitchen tongs remove the Potatoes to the cookie sheet. Sprinkle the baked potatoes with the coarse ground garlic salt. Place the Potatoes under the Broiler in the oven for about 8 minutes. 

If you have an air fryer lid, then drain the liquid from your Instant Pot and air fry the potatoes for 8 minutes using the air fryer lid. Either way will help give a crispy skin to your Instant Pot baked potatoes.

Step Six: Remove Baked Potatoes From Oven

Remove the potatoes from the oven, or Instant Pot and split them open with a knife. 

Step Seven: Add Toppings

Add butter, kosher salt and pepper to your perfect baked potato. You can then add toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon, and chives. 

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Substitutions

  • Sweet Potatoes: You can cook sweet potato the same way you cook baked potatoes. Simply change the Instant Pot cooking time as sweet potatoes cook faster than more starchy regular potatoes. To cook medium sweet potatoes in your Instant Pot, set the pressure cooker to high pressure for 15 Minutes.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: Leftover Instant Pot Baked Potatoes can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze: To freeze Baked Potatoes, let them cool completely before transferring to a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer.
  • Reheat: When you’re ready to enjoy your Instant Pot Baked Potatoes, defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. You can then pop them back in the oven for 15 minutes. You can also reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Optional Toppings

If you’re looking for baked potato topping ideas, try some of these:

And there you have it – Instant Pot Baked Potatoes that are sure to please your family. Enjoy as a side dish or an easy main meal.

FAQ’S

What Is the Best Way To Make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes?

The best way to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is by using a baking rack or trivet. This will ensure that the potatoes cook evenly and efficiently. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are simple to make with just a few minutes of prep time and no pre-heating needed!

What Is the Pressure Cooking Time for Large Potatoes?

A large Instant Pot baked potato will need around 15 minutes of pressure cooking time whereas medium bake potatoes only require 12 minutes. Small potatoes can cook in 10 minutes.

How Many Potatoes Can You Fit in the Instant Pot?

For this Instant Pot Baked Potato recipe, you can fit up to 4-5 potatoes in the Instant Pot. If you need more, use a larger Instant Pot such as the 8 quart or 10 quart Instant model they can fit up to 8 potatoes.

Can I Cover My Instant Pot Baked Potato in Aluminum Foil?

Yes, if you would like to keep your Instant Pot Baked Potato really moist then wrapping them in foil can help trap the steam and moisture. This can be done before cooking or after for a few minutes in the broiler.

Can I Make Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer Baked Potatoes?

Yes, as not all Instant Pot recipes are cooked in the Instant Pot Duo, this recipe calls for broiling at the end. If you have an Instant Pot Duo Crisp then this is great for giving your baked potatoes crispy skins at the end.

Add a little olive oil to the potato skins and air fry for 8 minutes once the pressure cooking has completed.

Best Potatoes for Baking?

The best potatoes for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are Russet or Idaho potatoes as they have higher starch content, making them perfect for baking. They will give you a light and fluffy inside and crispy outside.

You can use red potatoes but they are not as starchy, so they will be softer on the inside. White potatoes can also be used for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes but they can become quite mushy when cooked.

Why Try This Baked Potato Instant Pot Recipe?

Making Instant Pot Baked Potato is so much easier than making them in the oven. Not only does this Instant Pot baked potato recipe take half the time, it’s also a lot less messy especially if you have the duo crisp for making the crispy skins at the end!

Instant Pot Baked Potato Recipe

Instant Pot Baked Potato

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

The best Instant Pot baked potato recipe...packed with goodness and tasty!

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Potatoes - We like to use russet potatoes
  • 1 Stick Of Butter
  • 1 Carton Of Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
  • Crumbled Bacon (or your favorite bacon bits)
  • Chives - Chopped Fine
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper Coarse Ground Garlic Salt

Instructions

  1. Wash the russet potatoes with a vegetable brush and cool water. Pierce Potatoes with a fork.
  2. Place the Trivet in the inner pot, and add 1 cup of water to the pot.
  3. Place the potatoes onto the trivet. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, and press the Instant Pot pressure cooker button to cook on high pressure for 12 minutes.
  4. Make sure the valve is set to sealing to allow the pot to come to pressure.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, line the baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. 
  6. When the Instant Pot is done cooking and goes to OFF, allow the pressure to release naturally. This will give the cooked potatoes time to steam for a little longer.
  7. After 10 minutes perform a quick release to let out any remaining pressure.
  8. With a sturdy pair of kitchen tongs remove the Potatoes to the cookie sheet. Sprinkle the baked potatoes with the coarse ground garlic salt. Place the Potatoes under the Broiler in the oven for about 8 minutes. 
  9. If you have an air fryer lid, then drain the liquid from your Instant Pot and air fry the potatoes for 8 minutes using the air fryer lid. Either way will help give a crispy skin to your Instant Pot baked potatoes.
  10. Remove the potatoes from the oven, or Instant Pot and split them open with a knife. 
  11. Add butter, kosher salt and pepper to your perfect baked potato. You can then add toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon, and chives. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 681Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 828mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 16g

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46 Comments

  1. This is now the only way I will cook potatoes, come out perfect each time. Also perfect for sweet potatoes, although I cook a bit longer. Thank you Angela.

  2. Hubby and I love baked potatoes. We don’t have them often because of how long it takes to bake them. Know that I have my IP I can see we will be having them more often.

  3. I wonder. Do you have to transfer them to the oven? Or will they turn out good, being cooked only in the Instant Pot? Thanks for posting! I enjoy a good baked potato. Hubby does too.

    1. you don’t have to transfer to oven- that just makes the skin more crispy.. but you can cook only in the instant pot…or add the air fryer lid if you have a duo crisp lid.

  4. This is awesome thank you!! The first time I mad potatoes it kept saying burn on it, not sure what I was doing wrong! I would had more water then they turned into mash potatoes!! 😂😂 great recipe

  5. So I tried these, I really don’t care for the skin, so I skipped the broiler part. The potatoes were nowhere near done. They were standard sized potatoes out of a bag of potatoes. I tried again and did 25 minutes and they were barely done. I will try again and make sure it was on high pressure (just recently figured out how to change that!)

  6. Alas I do not have an instant pot and I miss out on a lot of great recipes. Those potatoes look great and much better than my microwave baked potatoes.

  7. Those instant pot potatoes really do look delicious! I don’t eat that many carbs, so I’ll save this for a carb day

  8. Just looking at those is making me hungry! I love baked potatoes, but I’ve never tried them in an instant pot before.

  9. Time to use the pressure cooker. This would be a great way to cook my potatoes in the summer.

  10. We love making baked potatoes at home. I’ll try your recipe although we don’t own an instant pot.

  11. I’ve been looking for other ways on how to maximize the use of potatoes in dishes and I found this. Thanks for sharing !

  12. I just got an Instant Pot last Mother’s day and I am always trying out new recipes to cook in. These baked potatoes look really delicious. I am saving the recipe and making this on the weekend.

  13. I love using my instant pot so this is something I will have to try out. What a fun idea.

  14. This looks so amazing. I love baked potatoes. I’m going to have to try these out soon. I know my family would love them.

  15. We are a big fan of potatoes in our house, and I love that these can be made in the instant pot. What a convenient recipe especially for our busy weeknights.

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