Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

I love baked potatoes, but when they are cooked in the Instant Pot, they come out perfectly each and every time; not too mushy, not too hard. Whether you like them with just butter or loaded, these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are delicious and easy to make! They are the perfect addition to any Instant pot dinner. Let me show you how to make them.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Hot Baked Potato with chives, cheese, and sour cream

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite sides dishes. They are easy to make and you can load them up with your favorite toppings. Bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives for me, please!

Using your Instant Pot to cook baked potatoes is beyond easy. You only need a few ingredients and they are done faster than if you baked them in the oven.

Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

This is seriously the easiest recipe you could ever have. You only need 3-ingredients!

  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Water

What Size Potatoes Should I Use?

You will want all of your potatoes to be roughly the same size. This is because different sized potatoes require different cooking time. For very small potatoes, 12-minutes would be enough. However, for medium potatoes, 15-minutes works. If you have very large potatoes, you will need to adjust your time to 18-minutes. For this recipe, you would want to use medium sized potatoes.

Potatoes sizes

What Kind of Potatoes Should I Use?

Not all potatoes are the same. This is because potatoes all have a different amount of starch. Some are really starchy and some have very little starch.

When you make baked potatoes, you want to use potatoes that are high-starch. So, the best potatoes you can use for baking are the Russet potatoes. If you want a potato with a little more nutritional value, you can also use the Yukon Gold potato.

How to make Instant Pot baked Potatoes

If you have never made anything in your Instant Pot before, this is a great recipe to start with after you do the water test. You literally can’t mess it up. Here’s what you do!

Place in Instant Pot

Step 1: Wash your potatoes and poke them with a fork.

Step 2: Put your trivet in the bottom of your inner pot. Place potatoes onto of trivet (you could also place them right in the inner pot in the water).

Step 3: Next, season potatoes with salt to taste.

Step 4: After your potatoes are in the pot, add 1 cup of water into your inner pot.

Step 5: Then, close the lid, put your valve into the sealing position. Hit the manual or pressure button, and cook for 15-minutes.

Step 6: When your Instant Pot beeps, allow it to naturally release the pressure. This means you do nothing and let it sit until the lid unlocks and the pin drops.

How to Store Leftovers

Unlike baking regular baked potatoes, you do not use tin foil with this recipe. However, if you did, do not store your leftover potatoes in the fridge with tin foil. Keeping foil on can cause bacteria to grow making your potato unsafe to eat.

To properly store your baked potato, you will need to cool it first. You can do this by placing the potato in an ice filled sink or by cutting the potato into smaller chunks to cool. Then, place the potato in a plastic storage container or bag and put it in the refrigerator.

Potatoes can last 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

It is not recommended to freeze a baked potato. It will not thaw and cook without being watery. You will most like end up with mashed potatoes instead of a baked potato.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Main Dish Ideas for Your Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

I personally could eat a loaded baked potato for lunch or dinner, but baked potatoes usually go best with a main dish. Here are some great main courses you can make with your potatoes:

Other Instant Pot Potato Recipes

If you are looking for some other potato recipes, check out this list!

Finished potato
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Yield: 4-5 potatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

How to make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot!


  • 4-5 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • salt, to taste


  1. Wash your baked potatoes and poke them with a fork.
  2. Place your trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Put the potatoes on top.
  3. Pour the cup of water in the Instant Pot.
  4. Sprinkle your potatoes with salt.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to SEALING.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes on high pressure.
  7. Allow the potatoes to come to natural pressure, which means allow the pin to drop on it's own.
  8. Remove from the Instant Pot, slice open and add your favorite toppings.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: potatoes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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How to make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot
Kelley Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Hey y'all! I'm Kelley!

I am a Texan living in the woods of mid-Michigan with my husband, 4 kids and a whole farm of animals. I heard amazing things about the Instant Pot and knew that I had to give it a try. Many of these recipes are family favorites, and I want your family to enjoy them as well!