Instant Pot Baked Potatoes - this is my new favorite way to make baked potatoes. If you're looking for fork tender, perfectly fluffy baked potatoes, then this recipe is for you!
Can you instant pot baked potatoes? Yes, you can, and yes, you should!
I spent today teaching an Instant Pot class to some fellow farm families and I have to say, cooking an Instant Pot baked potato is one of my recommended "starter" recipes.
And while owning an Instant Pot isn't necessarily a "must have", it's surely a "wow this makes dinnertime so much more tolerable" kitchen appliance.
I love Instant Pot recipes because they're so stinkin' easy.
I mean, baking delicious potatoes in 12-15 minutes - that's a home cook and farm wife win for sure!
It's so easy to make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot. There's no foil needed, you just need water and potatoes. You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes, too!
Making Perfect Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot
Basically, here's how it goes down.
Wash your potatoes, of course. You'd do that anyway, right? Whew, I thought so.
Then, prick your russet potatoes with a sharp knife or fork. Put the taters in the Instant Pot on top of the trivet that came with your pot.
Why the trivet? Well, I don't recommend making this Instant Pot baked potatoes recipe without the rack or trivet. Without it, they'll sit in the water instead of atop it end up cooking into a soggy mess.
And we don't want that!
Add a cup of water - because your Instant Pot needs liquid to start the process of pressure cooking.
Then, let the pressure cooker magic happen!
Unlike oven cooked potatoes, you don't have to rotate or flip the potatoes. Pour yourself a nice cuppa tea and kick back while the baked potatoes cook up evenly scrumptious.
The cook time will vary. About 13 minutes will do the trick for medium potatoes. I say go 15 minutes for the large potatoes.
Let the Instant Pot do a NPR, or natural pressure release. Basically this just means let the pot hang out until the pin drops and let the pressure release naturally on its own.
Then, grab ALL the fixings.
You know what I'm talking about here. Butter, salt and pepper. And for me, a hefty dollop of full fat sour cream.
Oh, and maybe some shredded cheddar cheese. And bacon. Yes, definitely bacon.
If baked potatoes had a dating service, my match would look just like this....
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I love baked potatoes because they are pretty much a canvas for whatever you want to top them with.
Or, make these potatoes for a loaded baked potato bar! This has Super Bowl party written all over it, doesn't it?
Try making pressure cooker baked potatoes, then come back and tell me what you think! I read each and every review you leave friends!!
Other Instant Pot Potato Recipes You Should Know About:
- Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Instant Pot Asparagus
- Make Ahead Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Bavarian Potato Salad
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- 4 medium Russet potatoes
- 1 cup cold water
- Scrub skin of potatoes with a brush until clean. Poke with fork 5-8 times.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the insert of the Instant Pot. Place trivet (the one that comes with the Instant Pot works great) on the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place potatoes on top of the trivet.
- Secure the lid and turn valve to seal. Set pressure cook time to 12 minutes. Allow pressure to do a natural release, which just means let the pot hang out for a bit while the pressure resides on its own. This usually takes 15-20 minutes.
- Once the pressure valve lowers, remove lid and serve immediately with desired toppings.