Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

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These Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are deliciously addictive thinly sliced potatoes baked with a creamy cheese sauce using the pot-in-pot method.

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Scalloped potatoes on a plate with pork chops and zucchini, Instant Pot scalloped potatoes
 

Scalloped Potatoes is a classic dish that also goes by the name of Potatoes Au Gratin, made popular in France where cream and butter are staple foods.

The difference between the two dishes is that scalloped potatoes are made with a roux (flour, butter, and milk), whereas Potatoes au Gratin are made with just cream, butter and cheese.

This version of scalloped potatoes is perfect for the Instant Pot, which might surprise you. Instead of placing the potatoes directly into the inner pot, you put them in a separate dish that goes inside the pot on the trivet.

This way you don’t have to add any water to the potatoes, which would ruin the dish. If you haven’t tried pot-in-pot cooking before, learn all you need to know here.

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Scalloped potatoes on a plate with pork chops and zucchini

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients

The ingredients in scalloped potatoes are very simple, and usually are things you already have in the pantry. This is a great recipe to help you use up those extra potatoes!

  • Potatoes – Russet potatoes are great for this dish, but you could use just about any potato you like. Jersey Royals are delicious! Red potatoes work well too.
  • Butter, flour, and milk – These ingredients make up the roux, which is the creamy sauce you’ll pour over the potatoes.
  • Cheddar cheese – Try using a sharp cheddar cheese to give extra flavor to the dish. You could also use a creamy French cheese like Reblochon or Brie.
  • Salt and Pepper – these are very important for adding great flavor to the dish.
Ingredients for scalloped potatoes

How to Slice the Potatoes

The most important part of this recipe is the sliced potatoes. They need to be thinly sliced to about 1/8-inch. If they’re too thick, they will take a long time to cook and won’t be as well balanced with the sauce. If they’re too thin, they can disintegrate into the dish.

The best/easiest way to slice the potatoes is with a mandolin. This tool helps you easily slice the potatoes and they all come out perfectly uniform. It will save you a ton of time.

If you don’t have a mandolin, you can slice them yourself with a knife. Make sure it’s very sharp and that each slice you make is uniform.

The potatoes do not need to be peeled before slicing. I actually recommend leaving the skin on the potatoes because it helps keep them together, and adds some extra nutrients.

Potatoes cook fast and easy in the Instant Pot. For more great recipes try this Instant Pot Mashed Potato recipe or these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes.

Scalloped potatoes on a plate with pork chops and zucchini

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 Scalloped Potatoes in the Instant Pot

In a sauce pan over medium heat, allow the butter to melt, then add the flour and whisk together. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth.

Cheese in a bowl

Layer the potatoes in a dish that fits inside your Instant Pot. Sprinkle on 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Pour on 1/3 of the cream mixture. Repeat with 2 more layers.

Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup of water. Set the potato dish on the trivet. Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing.

Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 30 minutes. When the time is up, naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.

Scalloped potatoes on a plate with pork chops and zucchini

Allow the dish to sit for at least 5 minutes to firm up before serving. It might seem a bit liquidy, but it will firm up and can then be cut and scooped from the dish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between potatoes au gratin and scalloped potatoes?

The difference between the two dishes is that scalloped potatoes are made with a roux (flour, butter, and milk), whereas Potatoes au Gratin are made with just cream, butter and cheese.

How long do scalloped potatoes take to cook in the Instant Pot?

The beauty of the Instant Pot is that it cooks things faster then the oven. The recipe cooks for 30 minutes. When the time is up allow the pressure to release naturally for 5-10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure. Then allow the dish to sit for at least 5 minutes to firm up before serving.

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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Scalloped potatoes on a plate with pork chops and zucchini

Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

These Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are deliciously addictive thinly sliced potatoes baked with a creamy cheese sauce using the pot-in-pot method.

Note: Made in a 6-qt Instant Pot

4.71 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Pressurize Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 168 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium potatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, allow the butter to melt, then add the flour and whisk together. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth.
  • Layer the potatoes in a dish that fits inside your Instant Pot. Sprinkle on ⅓ of the shredded cheese. Pour on ⅓ of the sauce. Repeat with 2 more layers.
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Pour in 1 cup of water. Set the potato dish on the trivet. Lock the lid and set the vent to sealing.
  • Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 30 minutes. When the time is up, naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
  • Allow the dish to sit for at least 5 minutes to firm up before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 158mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheese, Potatoes
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