Here’s how to make whole Instant Pot Baked Potatoes that are cooked through with the perfect texture. This recipe is so easy and great for busy weeknights. Serve your baked potatoes as a side dish or even as a main dish. Baked potatoes are naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

baked instant pot potatoes on a serving platter.

Baked potatoes are a favorite comfort food. They are starchy and satisfying and you can top them with just about anything.

For a traditional baked potato, top with regular shredded cheese or dairy-free shredded cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream or coconut yogurt and you’re good to go. You can also add green onions and real or vegan bacon bits.

If you want to transform a simple baked potato into a full meal, you can add a cooked protein or crumbled tempeh on top. Include some taco seasoning and salsa and you’ve got yourself a Mexican flavored baked potato.

The toppings for baked potatoes are endless. Not only that, but Russet potatoes are budget-friendly and generally available throughout the year.

bowl of baked potatoes on a table

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Don’t worry about heating up your oven to cook baked potatoes. Just pop your Russet potatoes into your electric pressure cooker instead.
  • A baked potato made in an Instant Pot tastes exactly the same as an oven-cooked potato. But, it’s so much simpler to make baked potatoes in a pressure cooker and they’ll be done in a fraction of the time.
  • You don’t have to worry about pricking the potatoes with a fork. You literally just plop the potatoes in the pot and set it to cook at high pressure.

Key Ingredients

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Russet potatoes are the preferred kind of potatoes for making baked potatoes. They are high in starch which helps them have a lighter texture. Russet potatoes have a thin, brown skin that should be free from blemishes.

Look for potatoes in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. You can also use Yukon gold, but my preference is Russet for the best potato recipe.

If you have other types of potatoes on hand, then you can make them too. See my recipes for Instant Pot Red Potatoes, Instant Pot Baby Potatoes, and Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.

Water is necessary to cook your potatoes in the electric pressure cooker. If you are new to using the Instant Pot, don’t miss my guide on How to Use the Instant Pot Duo.

Recipe Steps

Let me show you how easy it is to make baked potatoes in the Instant Pot.

collage with process photos baked potatoes in instant pot

Step One

The first step is to grab a few Russet potatoes to bake. You can fit about 4-6 large potatoes in a 6-quart Instant Pot without worrying about overfilling the pot.

Be sure to wash the potatoes well, especially if you plan to eat the skin.

Step Two

Next, place your trivet in the bottom of the pot (you can also use a steamer basket), along with one cup of water, and then place the potatoes on top of the trivet.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

The last step is to lock on the lid, make sure the sealing pressure valve is set to sealed, and set the cook time to 20 minutes on high pressure.

Once the cooking time is complete, just let the pressure come down naturally for at least 10 minutes using the natural pressure release, and then release any remaining pressure using the quick release and remove the lid.

Step Four

Use tongs to carefully remove the potatoes and serve.

I hope you agree that this easy baked potatoes recipe is the best way to cook them. You’ll get a perfect baked potato every single time.

A good baked potato is one of my most favorite things and it’s just so easy to make them this way.

tongs removing a potato from the pot

Potato Pressure Cooker Time Chart

Here is a handy chart with cooking times for different sizes of Russet potatoes:

  • baby potatoes: 7 minutes
  • small potatoes: 10 minutes
  • medium potatoes: 15 minutes
  • large potatoes (the most common size): 20 minutes
  • extra-large potatoes: 25 minutes

Just for comparison’s sake, a large potato is about the length of a ballpoint pen.

How to Serve Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are a staple in my household. I serve them as a side dish to protein dishes, or even as the main dish, topped with sautéed vegetables and a little bit of ghee.

Other favorite toppings include sour cream, chives, bacon bits, and cheddar cheese (for dairy-free diets, choose dairy-free versions of these). Make a baked potato bar and let everyone top their own potatoes.

I’m sure you know this, but baked potatoes are very neutral in flavor and are incredibly versatile. I use them as the base of my Vegan Potato Leek Soup and my Vegan Broccoli Potato Soup.

plated serving of baked potatoes

Recipe FAQs

Do I need to prick the potatoes before cooking them in the pressure cooker?

No, you don’t. You can just scrub them and pat them dry and place them on the trivet to cook.

Are potatoes gluten-free?

Yes, potatoes are naturally gluten-free.

Are white potatoes healthy?

For most people, white potatoes are part of an overall balanced diet. You can reduce the glycemic load of baked white potatoes by serving them with ingredients that have protein, fat, and fiber.

How do you get crispy skin on an Instant Pot Baked Potato?

After they are done cooking, you can feel free to spray them with some olive oil cooking spray and put under the broiler for a few minutes on a baking sheet. You’ll get crispy skins this way!

cooked potatoes on trivet inside instant pot

More Instant Pot Recipes You Might Like

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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Here’s how to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes that are cooked through with the perfect texture. This recipe is so easy and great for busy weeknights. Serve your baked potatoes as a side dish or even as a main dish. Baked potatoes are naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup water
  • 48 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and patted dry

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet inside of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Pour in the water and add the potatoes on top. 
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to 20 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Then, release the remaining pressure and remove the lid.
  5. Use tongs to remove the potatoes. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  2. Here are cooking times for other sizes of Russet potatoes (baby: 7 minutes; small: 10 minutes; medium: 15 minutes; large (the most common size): 20 minutes; extra-large: 25 minutes)
  3. You don’t need to worry about pricking holes in your potatoes before cooking.

Keywords: pressure cooker potatoes, instant pot russet potato, instant pot potato

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