This foolproof recipe creates fluffy, fork-tender potatoes in half the time of the oven. Instant Pot Baked Potatoes use no foil and are great for busy nights. It’s a pressure cooker recipe that’s ready in just minutes.
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
This ridiculously easy foolproof potato recipe will become your new go-to way of cooking baked potatoes. Made in half the time of the oven, these pressure-cooked baked potatoes can be made in just minutes in your Instant Pot. Did I mention they come out with nice golden brown crispy edges, yum!
Perfect for summertime meals, these baked potatoes come out fluffy and fork-tender every single time. I love adding tons of toppings to my baked potatoes, see what toppings my family loves on their loaded baked potatoes below.
How To Cook Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Add a cup of water to the bottom of your pot, then place the trivet inside in the middle of the pot. Prepare the potatoes by cleaning each potato from any access dirt. Lightly scrub with a scrub brush and warm water. Then poke the potatoes with a fork a few times (5 or 6).
Now add the potatoes, stacked in the pot on the trivet. Then close the lid on your Instant Pot and close the sealing valve. Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure to pressure cook the potatoes for 40 minutes. Allow your potatoes to naturally release for about 15 minutes before manually releasing and bringing the valve toward you.
Remove each potato from the instant pot using the tongs (they will be very hot!). Transfer each potato to your serving dish or plate and serve immediately. Cut the potato down the middle and add your favorite topping! You can add butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions! Measure the toppings with your heart!
How do I get crispy skins?
While the Instant Pot cuts down the overall cooking time, it doesn’t however deliver that crispy skin you get from an oven-baked potato. For crispy skin, you’ll need to broil or roast the potatoes on a baking sheet for 12 to 15 minutes at 450ºF.
For a more overall crispy texture, I recommend using a wire rack to allow better air circulation. Alternatively, you can use a foil-lined baking sheet, sprayed with olive oil. Lightly spray the potatoes and then pop them in the oven to let them work their magic.
Loaded Baked Potato Topping Idea’s
I mean, you can’t go wrong when it comes to loaded potato topping choices. There are so many ways to mix it up, you really can play around with different flavors. At family BBQ’s my aunt loves to add pulled pork to her baked potatoes and then top it with all her normal favorites.
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- and green onions
Commonly Asked Questions About Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Does this recipe use quick release?
Does this recipe use quick release? This recipe does not use quick release and actually calls for you to naturally release the steam for at least 15 minutes. I do not recommend quick releasing the steam, this is because the extra time the potatoes sit in the steam, ensure the potatoes are cooked evenly.
For those of you who are new to using a pressure cooker, there is an option to quickly release the pressure of your pot. To do so you just hit the quick release button located at the top of your Instant Pot. Please use caution, the steam will release immediately and can cause heat burns if you are not careful.
What kind of potatoes are best to use for Baked Potatoes?
What kind of potatoes are best to use for Baked Potatoes? The best potatoes to use in this Instant Pot Baked Potatoes recipe is russet potatoes. I recommend using medium potatoes or large potatoes, keeping in mind the size of your pot and how many servings you are preparing.
What can I do with my leftover Instant Pot Baked Potatoes?
What can I do with my leftover Instant Pot Baked Potatoes? I love to make mashed potatoes with my baked potato leftovers, or loaded mashed potatoes. I just add in butter, milk and mash the potatoes until they are smooth yet still lumpy. I then will add in all the leftover loaded potato toppings and mix well. Heat up the leftovers and serve as a side dish.
Tips for Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Use a metal trivet or a rack for this recipe, to lift the potatoes out of the added water needed to cook in the Instant Pot.
- Pour the water directly over the potatoes once they’re already placed on the rack.
- For extra flavor sprinkle salt on top of the now wet potatoes and then close the lid and cook as directed.
- Try to use potatoes that are similar in size so they all cook at the same time.
- If you want super crispy skin, you can pop the potatoes in the oven on a lined baking sheet. See the notes section for full cooking tips on crispy golden brown baked potato skin.
Can you put tin foil in an Instant Pot?
Can you put tin foil in an Instant Pot? Yes your can, it’s perfectly safe to use tin foil in a pressure cooker. You can even make homemade foil slings to use for recipes. It’s a super simple low-cost hack you can use time and time again.
Please note: Use caution when using foil slings, they will be very HOT to the touch when the lid is first opened of your pressure cooker
How many potatoes can I fit into my Instant Pot?
How many potatoes can I fit into my Instant Pot? I use a 6 quart Instant Pot and I am able to fit 5 large potatoes in my pressure cooker. Part of making this work is stacking your potatoes properly. Starting with 2 potatoes on the bottom and then 3 on top, they should all fit very snug together.
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Instant Pot Baked Potato Cooking Time Guide
The pressure cooking time depends on the size of your potatoes. I have dropped a quick baked potato cooking time guide for you below. It’s important to note that it’s best to choose potatoes that are roughly the same size. To ensure all the potatoes are cooked evenly together in one pot.
Small Potatoes: 15 minutes at high pressure plus 10 minutes natural pressure release
Medium Potatoes: 17 minutes at high pressure plus 15 minutes natural pressure release
Large Potatoes: 20 minutes at high pressure plus 15 minutes natural pressure release
More Instant Pot Recipes
If you love cooking with Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker as much as I do, then you will love my other recipes. My most popular Indian Butter Chicken recipe is kid-approved and a dish where the leftovers are the best part!
- 5 russet potatoes (large) or 6-7 (medium/small)
- 1 cup of water
- Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your pot.
- Place the trivet inside
- Clean each potato from dirt. Lightly scrub with a scrub brush and warm water. Poke the potatoes 5 or 6 times using a fork.
- Add your potatoes stacked to the pot on the trivet.
- Close the lid on your Instant Pot and close the sealing valve.
- Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 20 minutes
- Allow your potatoes to naturally release for about 15 minutes before manually releasing and bringing the valve toward you.
- Remove each potato with tongs (they are hot!)
- Transfer to your serving dish or plate. Cut the potato down the middle and add your favorite topping! You can add butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions! Measure the toppings with your heart!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g