How To Cook Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker

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.

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


  • 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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  • Pat

    Used this recipe for potatoes to be used in potato salad. Perfect!!! Salted the water and cut potatoes in about 1 inch cubes. Saved time, dishes, and potatoes were not watery. What a great idea.


  • Jackie

    I do this all the time for my breakfast potatoes. After I pre-cook them I put them in a hot pan with a little oil to brown them. What I really like is that I don’t have to use much oil. Sometimes I add eggs on top, let them cook a little bit. Then I add a little water around the edge to steam eggs. It’s nice to add shredded cheese and salsa too!


  • Marion

    If you put potatoes in a beef casserole, how big should they be? And is this OK to do? Any type of potatoes? Can I put them in at the beginning.? The cooking says 20 mins for beef casserole. Do I need longer with potatoes in? I am a total beginner. Thanks so much. X

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Marion! For a beef casserole, I would cut your potatoes into 1 1/2 inch chunks and cook them as directed in the recipe here. I’d stir the potatoes into your casserole and bake as directed. If your casserole only cooks for 20 minutes, I don’t think your potatoes will overcook too much in that time. Good luck!

  • Lili

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

  • 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.

  • 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,


  • 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.

  • 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.