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.

instant pot baked potato up close

You will never make baked potatoes in the oven again after you’ve made them in a pressure cooker. Honestly, it is just so much easier and the potatoes cook in a fraction of the time.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Don’t worry about heating up your oven to cook baked potatoes. Just pop them 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.
  • 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.
russet potatoes for baking

Recipe Steps

Let me show you how easy it is to make baked potatoes in the 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 (check out my other recipe for making Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes).

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

Step Two

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

russet potatoes on trivet in pot

Step Three

The last step is to lock on the lid, make sure the sealing 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, and then release any remaining pressure using the quick release and remove the lid.

Use tongs to carefully remove the potatoes and serve.

Potato Pressure Cooker Time Chart

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

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

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

ballpoint pen to measure size of russet potato

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).

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.

instant pot baked potato on a plate ready to eat


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.

Other Instant Pot Recipes You Might Like

Or, check out my entire index of healthy Instant Pot recipes.

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instant pot baked potato on a plate with a gold fork

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (Perfect Texture)


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.


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


  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.


  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 (small: 10 minutes; medium: 15 minutes; large (the most common size): 20 minutes; extra-large: 25 minutes)
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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