Instant Pot Baked Potatoes – Easy and Perfect Every Time!

Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is significantly faster than baking them in the oven and yields great results! Once you try this method, it’s going to be your preferred method of making baked potatoes. Make them tonight and you’ll see! 

image of baked potato cut in half with sour cream and chives

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I confess that I continue to be addicted to my Instant Pot. I’ve been bringing you guys a mix of basic recipes like Instant Pot Boiled Eggs and Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, as well as complete meals like Instant Pot Chili, Healthy Chicken Piccata, and Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage. This one is on the basic side, but baked potatoes are such a versatile building block in the kitchen. The method of making Instant Pot baked potatoes is similar (very, very similar) to the method you use to make Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, and you are going to love it!

They’re perfect for a busy night because they cook much more quickly than baked potatoes in the oven. They might just be a game changer for you!

Ready to get on the bandwagon? This is the Instant Pot I have, and I love it! No complaints. I wrote a complete pressure cooker guide that covers various models of pressure cookers, as well as accessories, cookbooks, and tons of pressure cooker recipes!

Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is significantly faster than baking them in the oven and yields great results! Once you try this method, it's going to be your preferred method of making baked potatoes. Make them tonight and you'll see! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks!

How to Make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes:

It couldn’t be easier, you guys. Here’s the rundown, but as always, keep scrolling to find a printable recipe.

  1. Pick out potatoes that are similar in size to each other to ensure equal cooking time.
  2. I won’t rant on you again about cleaning your potatoes, because we’ve been there before, but start off by giving them a good scrub to get them clean (I like this brush).
  3. Next, poke them all over with a fork. Four or five times per potato will be good. No need for foil!
  4. Place the steamer basket in the bottom of your pressure cooker, along with 1 cup of water.
  5. Secure the lid, turn the valve to seal. Use the manual mode and set your timer to 12 minutes on high.
  6. When time timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally (in other words, don’t turn the valve to vent).
  7. Test the potatoes with a fork to make sure they’re tender. If they’re not, you could reseal and cook again for 2-3 minutes with a natural release. As long as your potatoes aren’t huge, they should be done!

Cooking Guide:

If your potatoes are extraordinarily small or large, cooking time will vary.

  • If you have teeny tiny potatoes, they’ll cook faster. 10 minute will likely do the trick.
  • If you have giant, giant potatoes, you might need up to 18-20 minutes.

Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is significantly faster than baking them in the oven and yields great results! Once you try this method, it's going to be your preferred method of making baked potatoes. Make them tonight and you'll see! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks!

FAQ:

What kind of potato makes a good baked potato?

Russet potatoes are the classic choice but any type will work! Yukon Gold are great, and of course, sweet potatoes are an option, too.

How to Use these Baked Potatoes:

There are so many different things you could do with these Instant Pot baked potatoes, but here are a few suggestions!

  • Make ahead if you’re a meal prepper! These will keep well in your fridge for 4-5 days.
  • Dress it up with all your favorite toppings! Here are some ideas of what you can pile on top of a baked potato:
    • Bacon. Obviously.
    • Chili, because we’re taking things seriously here.
    • Cheese or cheese sauce. Or both.
    • Sour cream or Greek yogurt – I used sour cream in my photos.
    • Green onions or chives, or caramelized onions, because caramelized onions make everything better.
    • Avocado, because like bacon and caramelized onions, it makes everything better.
    • Broccoli – the perfect match to creamy cheddar cheese sauce.
    • Salsa! I like to do a southwestern baked potato with taco meat, salsa, cheese, avocado, and heaps of cilantro.
    • These Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Baked Potatoes from Cupcakes and Kale Chips look amazing!
    • BBQ Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes – Mary is on to something with these!
    • Anything you love! What’s your favorite way to top a baked potato?
  • Hollow them out and use them for twice baked potatoes.
  • If you want, you could grab the insides of them and make mashed potatoes, because why not?

Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is significantly faster than baking them in the oven and yields great results! Once you try this method, it's going to be your preferred method of making baked potatoes. Make them tonight and you'll see! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks!

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes - Easy and Perfect Every Time!

Making Instant Pot Baked Potatoes is significantly faster than baking them in the oven and yields great results! Once you try this method, it’s going to be your preferred method of making baked potatoes. Make them tonight and you’ll see!

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup of water
  • Steamer basket

 

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Scrub skin of potatoes with a brush until clean. Stab with fork 5-8 times.
  2. Pour 1 cup of water into the insert of the Instant Pot. Place steamer basket (the one that comes with the Instant Pot works great) in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place potatoes on top of/inside steamer basket.
  3. Secure the lid and turn valve to seal.
  4. Use the manual mode of Instant Pot and set to pressure cook on high for 12 minutes.
  5. Allow pressure to “release naturally” – takes 15-20 minutes.
  6. Once the pressure valve lowers, remove lid and serve immediately with desired toppings. You can also store in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • If you have teeny tiny potatoes, they’ll cook faster. 10 minute will likely do the trick.
  • If you have giant, giant potatoes, you might need up to 18-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-5 large baked potatoes, Serving Size: 1 potato

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 290 Calories
  • Sodium: 42mg
  • Carbohydrates: 84g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 8g
Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I love this method of making baked potatoes! My favorite way to top is with broccoli, ham, and cheese sauce.
Husband’s take: Truthfully, baked potatoes aren’t really his thing.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: So easy!

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Thank you!!! I am going to have to try this out!

  2. Thanks for the article! Very pleased!

    Rating: 5

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