Instant Pot Baked Potatoes seriously update the classic steakhouse favorite into a quick, no fuss side dish. Making them in the pressure cooker means you’ll have deliciously tender and fluffy baked potatoes ready to serve in half the time!
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Baked Potatoes are one of those classic side dish recipes that pairs so well with nearly every main course. While we love baked potatoes with our dinners, I don’t have an hour each day to get them ready and into the oven for baking. Larger potatoes can take even longer and with sports and dance and homework I don’t have time for that! Sure you can make them in the microwave, but the texture just isn’t the same.
Potatoes baked in the Instant Pot come out fluffy, tender and delicious, and in half the time it would take to bake them in the oven.
WHAT KIND OF POTATOES ARE THE BEST FOR BAKING?
Russets are the go-to for a good, steakhouse style baked potato. The smaller, creamier potatoes like golds and reds are delicious when diced and roasted in the oven, but they won’t yield the same tender fluffy insides and crispy outside that the mild-flavored and starchy russets do. So when it comes to baked or mashed, stick to russets.
How to make Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot
It’s so easy in just a few steps! Grab your pressure cooker, and let’s get started!
- Scrub potatoes clean to remove any dirt or any eyes or sprouts on the potatoes. Poke each potato with a fork or sharp knife to allow steam to escape.
- Rub them with olive oil then sprinkle with salt.
- Pour water in the instant pot and place the metal trivet inside the pot. Set the potatoes on top of the trivet, close the lid and set to high pressure. For larger potatoes like the ones pictured, set the cook time to 20 minutes. For a medium potato (the regular size you’ll usually find at your grocery store) – 16 minutes, and for small – 14 minutes. You do not want to crowd your Instant Pot, so I recommend using no more than four large potatoes at a time. If using smaller potatoes, you could likely fit 6 or 7.
- Let the pressure release for 10 minutes and then serve.
Baked Potato Toppings
This recipe is a great starting point for making any type of baked potato. Want to know some of our favorite toppings?
- You can top simply with butter, sour cream, and chives.
- Load them up with bacon and cheddar cheese.
- Use these as a base for pulled pork or taco baked potatoes. Delicious and turns this side dish into a main course!
- Top with broccoli and cheese sauce.
- Replace bowls with baked potatoes and top them with chili, sour cream and cheese.
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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
- 4 large russet potatoes scrubbed clean
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
- desired toppings
- Scrub potatoes clean. Rub your potatoes in olive oil and then sprinkle with salt. Poke several times with a fork or sharp knife.
- Set the metal trivet into your Instant Pot. Add the water and set the potatoes on top.
- Set the timer to 20 minutes high pressure or manual pressure. Let cook.
- When cook time is over, let naturally release for 10 minutes. Open the lid, and then serve.