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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes – Light & Fluffy, Pressure Cooked Potatoes

When I learned how to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes, I think my life changed forever! I had no idea that I could make light and fluffy potatoes in half the time that it took in the oven.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Light and Fluffy Baked Potatoes cooked in an Instant Pot.

Although, I know that microwaving is the quickest cooking method and only takes about 10 minutes, I prefer not to use my microwave for extended periods of time. It is totally a personal choice but I try to avoid using it as much as possible.

And as much as I love Air Fryer Baked Potatoes, there are times when dinner needs on the table even quicker. Or most likely, the Air Fryer is busy making Chicken Breasts, Salmon or some other delicious main dish and there is no room for the potatoes.

So that is when I pull out my Instant Pot 6 quart Duo (or my 3 quart Mini if I am eating alone) and get to work!.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes


Russet Potatoes

You can use other varieties of potatoes, however, Russet potatoes make the best Instant Pot Baked Potatoes.


Prepare your potatoes to be cooked by washing and scrubbing them until they are clean. There are vegetable brushes that you can use, however, because I personally don’t eat the skins, I simply scrub them with a cloth.

russet potatoes cleaned
Wash and scrub your potatoes and pierce them several times with a the tip of a sharp knife.

You can cook as many potatoes that will fit inside the Instant Pot with the trivet in place. However, it is best to ‘dry fit’ the potatoes inside the pot so you know how many will fit.

Keep in mind, if you are making a lot of potatoes, it is best to line them up end on end, rather than stacking them on top of each other.

Once you ready to cook the potatoes poke 6-8 holes in each one with a sharp knife. No, I didn’t say to pierce with a fork. Although that will work, I find it much easier to poke holes with a knife so that I don’t struggle getting the fork out of the raw potatoes.

Next, add a cup of water and the trivet inside the pot. Then place the potatoes inside the Instant Pot.

instant pot baked potatoes
Place the potatoes on the trivet with one cup of water below. You can stack as many potatoes that will fit!

Lock the lid in place, and move the valve to the SEALING position if your model has that option. Press Manual or Pressure Cook and be sure that it is set to HIGH pressure. Set the cook timer to 20 minutes.

Size DOES Matter

*Please note – this specific cooking time was tested for potatoes that were 8 inch round in circumference at the thickest point of the center of each potato with the intent that the potatoes would be super soft on the inside. If you have larger or smaller potatoes, the cooking time will need to be adjusted according.

8 inch round potatoes
This specific cooking time is geared toward 8 inch round Russet potatoes. Adjust the cooking time accordingly if you have a different size.

Just with all electric pressure cooker recipes, additional time will be required for the pot to come to pressure and the cook time to begin. For these baked potatoes, it took my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 7 minutes to come to pressure.

Once the actual cook time expires, allow for 10 minutes of Natural Pressure Release. This simply means that you do nothing until the display on your screen reads L0:10.

Now carefully move the valve to the VENTING position to release any remaining pressure. Test to make sure that the potatoes are cooked through to your desired tenderness level by inserting a fork into each potato.

instant pot baked potaotes
The potatoes are cooked through when a fork can easily pierce through the potato.

If they are done, remove them immediately from the Instant Pot using tongs and serve. You can also place the potatoes in foil until ready to be served. Just be aware that the potatoes will continue to cook in the foil and become even softer.


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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

How to make light, fluffy and perfectly cooked 'Baked' Potatoes in a pressure cooker.


  • 2 Russet Potatoes


  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes clean and then poke 6-8 holes in them with a sharp knife.
  2. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside.
  3. Place the potatoes on the trivet, stacking if required.
  4. Lock the lid in place and move the valve to the SEALING position. Pressure Cook/Manual on HIGH pressure for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the cook time expires, allow for 10 minutes of Natural Pressure Release before releasing any remaining pressure by moving the valve to the VENTING position.
  6. Remove the potatoes and serve immediately. Or place the potatoes in foil until ready to be served.


These cooking instructions are for potatoes that are medium in size (8 inch circumference at the center of the potato). I like my potatoes nice and soft on the inside. Therefore, you may need to adjust the cook time based on the size of your potatoes and your personal preference on doneness.

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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