How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

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Here's how to cook potatoes in the pressure cooker! Make a big batch and use them all week long to make potato salad, breakfast skillets, and roasted potatoes for dinner.

Photography Credit: Coco Morante

I don’t always prep or cook in advance, but boy am I glad when I do. It’s so nice to go into the fridge and find things that are easy 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

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

For this recipe, you can use any kind of potato, like Yukon Gold, red, or russet potatoes. Cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks, 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, whichever kind 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 Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes

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 425F until browned and crispy on the outside.


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

Special equipment:


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.

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2 Pressure cook the potatoes: Secure the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure it’s set to its “sealing” position. Select the “Steam” or “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

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

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.

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Coco Morante

Author of The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. A self-taught cook and classically-trained soprano, Coco Morante writes and sings in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their beagle. For more recipes, visit her blog, Lefty Spoon.

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  1. Lili

    This produced the best mashed potatoes I have ever eaten. Thanks!

  2. Judy

    The steamer basket shown in the link is not the same as the basket in the pictures. The basket in the pictures looks like a mesh strainer.

    • Emma Christensen

      The one that Coco uses in the photos is this one, but you have to snap the handles off, FYI! She also recommends the one we linked to in the post.

  3. Jan

    Made this tonight with the Instant Pot and the oven — absolutely perfect! Never going back to boiling or microwaving . The roasted potatoes were crispy with just beautifully textured insides,


  4. Cheryl

    What is the steamer basket you show in this use? I clicked on the red “link” but it didn’t take me anywhere. Thanks!

    • Emma Christensen

      Hmm… I’m not sure why the link isn’t working for you. It looks like it’s working ok on our end! Anyone else having trouble?

      In any case, the steamer basket is a standard collapsable basket, like those used for steaming broccoli on the stovetop. Here’s the link again.

  5. Pat Hoglund

    This is a great idea for those of us that camp. Having a supply for potato salad or breakfast home fries sounds great.

    At home, if I want potatoes in a hurry, I just cut them smaller and reduce the cook time accordingly, but in the motor home this will eliminate a lot of heat and humidity that I don’t need.

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