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Instant Pot Potato Salad

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Instant Pot Potato Salad makes an easy side dish for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. It’s full of all the classic ingredients like potatoes, eggs, onions, and a savory mayonnaise dressing only it’s prepared in less time.

Potato salad is classic dish that’s popular during the Spring and Summer months. It’s well-loved in Southern states and makes an appearance at most barbecues, picnics, church luncheons, and get togethers.

We are also fans of a good potato salad from time to time, but don’t usually take the time to make it. However, after making Instant Pot Macaroni Salad I thought I’d try eggs and potatoes in the Instant Pot for potato salad.

We paired up a family recipe with the macaroni salad recipe for this dish. It worked, and in my opinion, this way is much faster than boiling potatoes and eggs on the stove top.

All that’s left to do is assemble everything, making sure to add your favorite ingredients of course, and enjoy!

White bowl filled with potato salad next to eggs and chives.

Instant Pot potato salad recipe:

Start by making sure the potatoes are washed, dried, and cut into uniform pieces about an inch in size.

You can leave the peels on or take them off. It’s up to you.

Place the potatoes into a large steamer basket that is safe for use in the pressure cooker. This is the steamer basket we use.

It has a silicone handle and is really easy to grip and remove from the Instant Pot liner.

Ariel view of a pressure cooker with a basket of potatoes and 4 eggs on top.

Meanwhile, pour the water into the stainless steel insert of Instant Pot, then add the steamer basket of potatoes. Lay the 4 eggs directly on top of the potatoes.

Close the lid to the Instant Pot (check to make sure the seal is in the lid and properly placed), set the valve to the “sealing” position, then press the manual (pressure cook) button.

Adjust the time to 5 minutes. Now is a great time to make the dressing.

It can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Ariel view of mayonnaise, pickle juice, mustard, salt and pepper for dressing.

In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickle juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk until smooth.

Place the dressing in the refrigerator until you’re ready to add it to the potatoes and eggs.

Ariel view of creamy mayonnaise dressing used for potato salad.

After the time us on the Instant Pot, allow it to complete a natural release for 5 minutes before opening the valve to release the remaining pressure.

Use tongs to remove the eggs to an ice bath. Allow the eggs to remain in the ice bath until they’re able to be easily handled and peeled.

Peel the eggs and chop them into the desired size.

Ariel view of a bowl of boiled eggs chopped into bite sized pieces.

Place the cooked potatoes onto a large plate or a baking sheet in an even layer. This helps them cool faster.

I like to let the potatoes cool so they won’t heat the mayo up when everything is mixed. My son is terrified of getting food poisoning and won’t eat the potato salad if the potatoes aren’t cold before everything is stirred together.

However, I know plenty of people that like to mix the ingredients while the potatoes are slightly warm. The choice is yours.

After the potatoes cool (if you choose this method), transfer them to a large bowl, then add the eggs, onions, and dressing. Toss to coat.

The potato salad tastes best after its been refrigerated for several hours or overnight. That gives the flavors time to blend and absorb into the potatoes.

However, if you can’t wait, grab a fork and dig in!

Ariel view of potatoes, eggs, onion, and dressing in a large bowl.

Additional add-ins:

  • Bacon
  • Green or Red Onion
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream (considering reducing the mayo if you add sour cream)
  • Caraway Seed or Celery Seed
  • Parsley
  • Fresh Jalapeno or Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Relish or Sweet Pickles
  • Smoked Paprika or Regular Paprika for garnish
  • Chives
Ariel view of a large bowl of potato salad next to large potatoes and eggs.

Storage and Freezing:

Potato salad should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and is good for 3 to 4 days. It needs to be chilled quickly due to mayonnaise in the recipe and should not be left at room temperature for long periods of time.

We do not recommend freezing potato salad. As it thaws, the consistency changes and it can become soupy and mushy.

However, we do recommend making this dish the day prior to an event (picnic, potluck, barbecue, etc.). Refrigerate the potato salad immediately and leave a little dressing on the side to freshen it up the following day.

Instant Pot potato salad is a great “make ahead” recipe. On the flip side, it can be whipped it in a time crunch.

Close up view of potato salad in a white bowl topped with fresh chives.

Looking for more Summer Instant Pot recipes? Then, check out Instant Pot hot dogs!

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White bowl filled with potato salad.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Come to Pressure and Natural Release: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Instant Pot Potato Salad makes an easy side dish for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. It's full of all the classic ingredients like potatoes, eggs, onions, and a savory mayonnaise dressing only it's prepared in less time.

Ingredients

Potatoes

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 1/2 Pounds Potatoes, (about 6 medium potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, (finely chopped; about 1 small onion)
  • 4 Large Eggs

Dressing

  • 1 1/4 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Pickle Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • Salt, (to taste)
  • Pepper, (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Place the diced potatoes into a large steamer basket or a container that will easily hold all the potatoes and is safe to use in the pressure cooker. Set aside.
  2. Pour the water into the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot. Transfer the steamer basket of potatoes into the Instant Pot, and place the 4 eggs directly on top of the potatoes. Close the lid, set the valve to "sealing", and press the manual (pressure cook) button. Adjust the time to 5 minutes.
  3. While the potatoes and eggs cook, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, pickle juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. After the time is up on the Instant Pot, allow the pressure cooker to complete a natural pressure release for 5 minutes before opening the valve for a quick release of the remaining pressure. Use tongs to remove the eggs to an ice bath for 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, spread the potatoes out onto a large plate or baking sheet to cool.
  5. Remove the shells from the eggs, and chop them into the desired size. Transfer the pieces to a large bowl. Add the cooled potatoes, onions, and dressing. Toss to coat, and top with chives, smoked paprika, green onions, cheese, or your other favorite toppings.
  6. Chill any leftover potato salad in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Notes

*The nutritional information listed is an estimation based on the serving size and specific ingredients used. It is meant to be a guide only.

*If desired, cut the potatoes smaller than 1-inch in size. They'll be softer in texture after cooking and will mash slightly, similar to mashed potatoes.

*Please see the post for additional information regarding storage, freezing, ingredient substitutions, add-ins, and a link to the steamer basket we use for the potatoes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: .75 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Renata

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

I always use this recipe for the method of cooking. I don’t like onion in my potato salad so I omit. Otherwise, it’s a great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day. ?

John

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Thanks Renata, Kim and I are thrilled you enjoyed the potato salad! I understand not liking onion in the dish. It can quickly overwhelm the other flavors. Thank you again for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card. I hope you have a lovely day :)

Sandy

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

I know you won't publish this comment, but you just blocked me on FB for commenting that this is the same as my recipe. Even the part about cooling the potatoes on a baking sheet! You used my exact dressing ingredients and amounts, too. I doubt this was a coincidence. The right thing to do when you adapt another blogger's recipe is to say that you did and give credit and a link to the original. You don't want to become known as a recipe thief. The blogging world is pretty close-knit, and we do talk to each other. I had suspected that you copied suspiciously close another of my recipes. This one was just ridiculous. I'm a pretty nice and easy going person, when you play fair. Please give the proper credit and link.

John

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Good Afternoon Sandy,

First off, let me introduce myself. I'm Johnathan (co-owner) of Berly's Kitchen, LLC. The reason I'm introducing myself is because I've never met you. Furthermore, up until a few minutes ago, had no idea who you are or that you had a blog. I've addressed your comment in a numerical response so my answers are easy to read.

1. You were blocked because we have a zero tolerance for harassment or abusive behavior on all social medias. You're accusation fit that criteria and as a result you were blocked. 2. I reviewed the first 5 websites listed on Google using the search term, "instant pot potato salad." All of the recipes used potatoes, mayo, and mustard in similar amounts. Further more, one recipe stated to cool the potatoes on a baking sheet. None of these recipes were yours. In a world with over 7 billion people, there will always be similarities in similar recipes. It doesn't mean something was taken without credit. 3. When we use another blogger's recipes as inspiration, they get credited. See our Key Lime Pie and our Dark Chocolate Peppermint truffles recipes. 4. As you can see your accusations are unfounded; therefore, you will not be getting credit because your recipe was not used as inspiration.

I hope this response clarifies things for you. Additionally, we hope you have a lovely day and wish you all the best in your endeavours. Thank you, Johnathan

Lynn

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

What a really simple recipe. I love Potato Salad. I don't have an IP. But I'm going to bookmark this recipe for later and make it in a stove pan.

John

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thank you, Lynn! Instant Pots are great, quick and simple recipes done in half the time. Thank you again for coming back to comment on and rate the recipe card. Have a lovely day :)