Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (So Simple!)

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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal and they cook in just 15 minutes with a perfectly fluffy and moist interior.

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Instant Pot Baked Potato

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The Instant Pot is a great way to make baked potatoes in a fraction of the time. I’m not a huge fan of baking potatoes in the oven, since they take at least an hour to get a fluffy and moist interior. An hour in the oven vs 15 minutes in the Instant Pot – it’s a no-brainer!

Ingredients You Need

To make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot, you need very few ingredients. In fact, there are only two that matter:

  • Potatoes
  • Water

The type of potato you use will determine the tenderness and how fluffy they are. I tend to use russet baking potatoes. You also need at least a cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot in order for it to come up to pressure.

Why “Bake” a Potato in the Instant Pot

The idea of making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is kid of humorous, but once you realize they turn out just as good in a fraction of the time as putting them in the oven, you’ll be a true convert for sure.

I used to make baked potatoes in the oven, like everyone else. It took at least an hour to get the potato cooked all the way through. In that time, my kitchen’s temperature swelled and I lost patience. Ugh. It shouldn’t be that difficult to make a simple side dish!

When I got my Instant Pot, I decided to give it a try. It can cook everything else, why not potatoes?

I’ll never go back to baking potatoes the hard way again.

Ready for more great Instant Pot potato recipes? Try these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes or Instant Pot Baby Potatoes.

Instant Pot Baked potatoes

Why Use An Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy, because it drastically cuts down on the cooking time for developing flavors in soups and stews, getting tough cuts of meat tender, and even baking a cheesecake. And there are many accessories that will help you get more out of your Instant Pot.

If you don’t have one yet, check out our guide on which one to buy. Also see our guide to How to Use an Instant Pot for more information.

How To Make Pressure Cooked Baked Potatoes

The only things you need to make these baked potatoes are an Instant Pot and the wire insert it came with.

You also need the wire insert that comes with the IP. It’s a trivet that sits a few inches off the base of the pot, so the food doesn’t burn.

If you don’t have a trivet, you can use a steamer basket, or ball up some tin foil and put it in under the potatoes.

Step 1: Insert the Trivet

You just need to set the trivet into the base of the inner pot. It will keep the food raised about an inch off the bottom.

Instant Pot trivet insert

Step 2: Pour in water

You need to add one cup of water to the inner pot. You don’t want it to touch the bottom of the potatoes, so don’t add more than that. If you’re using a smaller Instant Pot, like the 3 quart version, you can add less water.

Step 3: Prepare the potatoes

Coat the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and place on the trivet inside the Instant Pot.

olive oiled potatoes

Step 4: Cook

Seal the Instant Pot lid and close the vent. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need more or less time. A large russet baking potato takes about 15-18 minutes, while smaller potatoes take 13-15 minutes.

If for some reason your potatoes aren’t cooked through when the time is up, just set the machine again for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 5: Release pressure and remove the potatoes

You don’t want to do a natural pressure release for these potatoes, to keep from overcooking them. Instead, when the time is up manually release the pressure. Just be careful and stand back as the steam escapes.

cooked baked potatoes

Step 6: Dress up the potato with toppings of your choice

Cut a slit along the top of the potato and gently squeeze it on the ends to open up a pouch. Use a fork to fluff up the potato inside.

Make sure you salt the interior of the potato before adding extra toppings, like sour cream, butter, chives and cheese. Skipping this step leads to a bland-tasting potato. Potatoes need salt!

instant pot baked potato

How to Serve Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes in the Instant Pot are a revelation. They’re so quick to make and they turn out fluffy and moist. And all of this in just half the time it would take to make them in the oven.

You can also make as many at once as you like, so you can serve the whole family in no time.

Baked Potatoes don’t have to be served plain. Dress up your baked potato with shredded BBQ chicken, or add nacho toppings to give them a twist. 

Cut them in half and make twice baked potatoes, or scoop out the filling to make Loaded Baked Potato Casserole or fried potato pancakes. You can even use these potatoes to make gnocchi (and WAY faster than the traditional way!).

Main Dishes to Serve This With

This is a great side dish to serve with just about any main dish protein. I like to serve it with chicken and pork. Here are a few options to enjoy:

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Instant Pot Baked potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

There’s no easier or faster way to make a perfect baked potato than in the Instant Pot. They’re done in just 25 minutes!

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Pressurizing Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 199 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream cheese, butter, chives optional toppings

Instructions
 

  • Clean and dry the baked potatoes. Rub the outside with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Place the trivet into the base of the Instant Pot inner pot. Fill with 1 cup of water.
  • Place the potatoes on top of the trivet. Lock the lid and set the valve to “sealing”. Press the “Pressure Cook” button and set to 15 minutes at high pressure.
  • When done, manually release the pressure. Remove the potatoes and rest for a few minutes. Slit the potato open, fluff the potato inside. Season with salt and pepper and fill with preferred toppings.

Notes

  • Large potatoes may need up to 20 minutes to cook through. If the potatoes are not tender after 15 minutes, put them back on for another 5 minutes. The pressure will build quickly if you do this right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
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10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (So Simple!)

  1. Heidy L. McCallum says:

    5 stars
    I was so intrigued by this idea of using my insta-pot to make baked potatoes when I noticed this on Pinterest. I have made them in my air-fryer and loved them. However, I am very impressed by this idea and look forward to making your recipe this afternoon.

    Thanks for the beautiful idea, and I will let you know how it works out.

    Have an awesome day!

    Heidy L. McCallum

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