How To Cook Potatoes in the Instant Pot

How do you cook perfect potatoes in the Instant Pot? Find out how to make a big batch and use them all week long for potato salad, breakfast skillets, and roasted potatoes for dinner.

How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
Coco Morante

I don’t always prep or cook in advance, but boy am I glad when I do. It’s so nice to open the fridge and find things that are easily assemble into a quick meal.

Like potatoes! A pressure cooker makes fast work of steaming a bunch of cubed potatoes, and I use them for all sorts of things all week long.

How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
Coco Morante

You might be thinking that it’s overkill to bring out the pressure cooker for a simple kitchen task like steaming vegetables, but it's the way that works for me.

I like being able to load up the cooker, press a button, and walk away, rather than waiting around tending a pot on the stove. My Instant Pot also beeps ten times in a row when it’s done, and I can hear it from just about anywhere in my little apartment. So, I know when my food is ready.

Using the pressure cooker doesn't always save you time with these types of kitchen prep tasks, but I think it does make them more convenient. I actually keep my Instant Pot on the counter at all times because I use it nearly every day!

How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
Coco Morante

Which Potatoes are Best in the Instant Pot?

For this recipe, you can use any kind of potato, like Yukon Gold, red, or russet potatoes. Cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks, and they're ready in under 15 minutes (about ten minutes for the pot to come up to pressure, then three minutes for the potatoes to steam.) Take ‘em out right when the timer goes off so they don’t overcook, then use them however you like!

As is, they can be folded into a potato salad (warm or cold, however you prefer). For breakfast, I toss them into a skillet to make a quick hash with onions and peppers, or I brown them in the pan alongside sunny side up eggs.

For dinner, I mash them right in the hot pot after they’re done steaming to make easy mashed potatoes, or toss them in the oven to roast until crispy, as pictured here.

How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
Coco Morante

Timing in an Instant Pot vs. Stovetop Pressure Cooker

Instant Pots and other electric pressure cookers take longer to heat than stovetop pressure cookers. Therefore, the cooking time for potatoes in a stovetop pressure cooker may be different than the time 3 minutes under pressure we offer for the Instant Pot. A traditional stovetop pressure cooker can reach a PSI level of up to 15, while the Instant Pot tops out at 12 PSI. So, although the Instant Pot takes longer to heat up, it also takes a little longer for food to cook vs. regular stovetop pressure cookers.

How Long to Cook Potatoes in an Instant Pot 

  • Different of potatoes may take a little bit longer to cook.
  • Be sure that you are starting with a cup of water for the best results.
  • Remember the size of your potatoes make a difference in cooking time. We recommend cutting them to about 1 1/2-inch cubes. Larger pieces will take longer to cook.

Potatoes Undercooked? Here’s What to Do.

Lock the lid back on. Program to cook at high pressure 2 to 3 minutes longer, depending on how hard your potatoes are. Then, let the pressure release naturally if you want the potatoes to cook longer. Alternately, do a quick release after cooking, before opening the lid.

Best Way to Store and Use Instant Pot Potatoes

If you're storing your cooked taters for later use, bring them to room temperature. Store them in a zip-top bag or airtight container, making sure to squeeze out as much air as possible. Refrigerate for 3 to 5 days.

Potatoes don't love the freezer, since they lose moisture there. But, if you toss them in some butter or oil, they will retain their texture better. It's best to defrost them in the fridge for a day before reheating.

Pre-cooked potatoes can be reheated in the microwave, crisped in the air fryer, or roasted in the oven. They can be used cold in potato salads or reheated and mashed with butter and milk/stock to make mashed potatoes.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

How To Cook Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 6 servings
Yield 2 pounds

You can peel the potatoes or leave them unpeeled for this recipe.

For crispy roasted potatoes, like those pictured, toss the steamed potatoes with olive oil, salt, and ground pepper, and spread onto a baking sheet. Roast at 425°F until browned and crispy on the outside.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 pounds potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

Method

  1. Prepare the potatoes for cooking:

    Pour the water into the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Put the potatoes in the steamer basket, then lower it into the pot.

    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
  2. Pressure cook the potatoes:

    Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure it’s set to its “sealing” position. Select the “Manual” setting, and set the cooking time to 3 minutes at high pressure. (The pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure.)

    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
  3. "Quick release" the pressure:

    When the cooking program finishes, perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure vent to its “venting” position.

    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
  4. Remove the potatoes from the pot:

    When the pressure has fully released, open the pot. Use a pair of heat-safe mitts to remove the steamer basket of potatoes.

    If not using the potatoes right away, let them cool completely and then, refrigerate in a covered container. Potatoes will keep for about a week.

    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
    How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker
    Coco Morante
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
141 Calories
0g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 809mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.