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instant pot boiled potatoes with fork.

Instant Pot Boiled Potatoes

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to boil potatoes in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. This easy method results in fork-tender potatoes that can be served in a variety of ways. Use Russet potatoes, red potatoes, gold potatoes, baby potatoes, or white potatoes.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound medium potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1 cup water


  1. Scrub your potatoes and rinse them under cool running water.
  2. Place the trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot. You can use any size of Instant Pot, but just don’t fill the pot past the “max” line.
  3. Add a cup of water.
  4. Then, place your potatoes on top of the trivet.
  5. Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure. See the notes section below for suggested cook times for other sizes of potatoes.
  6. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. 
  7. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
  8. Remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the boiled potatoes to a serving dish.
  9. Serve warm.
  10. Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 


  1. You can use any type of potato you like. The cook time will vary depending on the size of the potato.
  2. You can cook up to about 5 pounds of potatoes at one time in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Just remember never to fill the pot past the max line.
  3. SMALL POTATOES (1-inch long): use a cook time of 6 minutes and a 10 minutes NPR . Also, use a steamer basket instead of the trivet for very small potatoes that would otherwise fall through the spaces of the trivet
  4. MEDIUM POTATOES (2 inches long): use a cook time of 10 minutes and a 10 minutes NPR. Add an extra 2 minutes to the cook time if want to mash your boiled potatoes
  5. LARGE POTATOES (3-4 inches long): use a cook time of 20 minutes and a 10 minutes NPR. Add an extra 5 minutes to the cook time if want to mash your boiled potatoes
  6. You can peel your potatoes before boiling them in the Instant Pot. The cook time remains the same.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 79
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 20.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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