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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

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Want to make baked potatoes in a pressure cooker? Now you can with our Instant Pot baked potatoes recipe. Perfectly cooked potatoes every time!

Now, I know potatoes in an Instant Pot aren’t technically baked. Because, a pressure cooker uses high pressure heat to cook.

Whereas, baking uses dry direct/indirect heat to cook. So, two completely different cooking process.

However, for the purposes of simplicity, we’re calling them Instant Pot “baked potatoes.”

The baked potato on a plate with chives and sour cream.

Why cook potatoes in an Instant Pot?

Well, the answer is quite simple. It’s faster and consistently creates a perfectly cooked potato.

In the time it takes to bake one (1) potato, you can pressure cook four (4) taters and make a main dish.

If you prefer sweet potatoes, or would like to learn how to make them in a pressure cooker. Then check out our Instant Pot sweet potatoes recipe by clicking the link.

A pressure cooker with liner, trivet, and water added.

How to cook whole potatoes in a pressure cooker?

First, start by washing and drying the potatoes. You want to remove all that dirt and crud.

Next, place the liner into the pot, along with the trivet. Then pour in the water.

Four Idaho potatoes placed on the trivet.

After that, lay the potatoes into the pot and place the lid on the machine. Make sure the rubber seal is properly seated before you put the lid on.

Then, once the lid is on, seal the valve and set the machine to cook on high pressure for thirty (30) minutes.

The baked potatoes have cooked and are ready to serve.

Last, when the timer goes off, allow for a ten (10) minute natural release. Carefully open the valve, take off the lid, and serve the pressure cooker potatoes.

That’s it, the recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy these potatoes in a Instant Pot and wish you all the best 🙂

Why cook the potatoes so long?

Kim and I tried a lot of Instant Pot baked potatoes recipes. But, they never came out properly cooked.

They were always under cooked and still raw in places.

After testing numerous cook times, the thirty (30) minute mark, with a ten (10) minute natural release created potatoes that were done all the way through.

The cooked potato topped with sour cream, butter, and onions.

Recipe Notes:

  • For our recipe, Kim didn’t poke holes in the potatoes. You can if you want to, it shouldn’t change anything.
  • The baking potatoes we used were two and half (2.5) to (3) three inches wide. If your’s are larger or smaller you may need to adjust the cook time (more for larger, less for smaller).
  • Want to make a potato bar, then slice some butter, shred some cheddar, and use some pre-cooked bacon to make awesome toppings for your taters.
Top-down view of the finished Instant Pot potato with toppings.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

The cooked potato topped with sour cream, butter, and onions.

Want to make baked potatoes in a pressure cooker? Now you can with our Instant Pot baked potatoes recipe. Perfectly cooked potatoes every time!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Natural Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 Large Idaho, (or Russet, 2.5-3 inches wide)
  • 1 Cup Water


  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. Add the trivet, then lay the potatoes onto the trivet.
  2. Close the lid, ensure the valve is set to “sealing,” and press the manual (pressure cook) button. Adjust the time to 30 minutes.
  3. After the time is up, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  4. Top the potatoes with your favorite toppings and serve hot.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one (1) large potato. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include the sour cream, diced green onions, etc. seen as toppings in the photos. Actual calories will vary.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Potato
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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