Instant Pot Whole Red Potatoes (Perfect Texture)
You’re going to love how easy it is to cook Instant Pot Whole Red Potatoes that have the perfect texture. This easy recipe is a healthy side dish that can be served in a variety of ways.
Why You Need This Recipe
- Red potatoes are considered a nutritious food since they have potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, fiber, and B vitamins. Most people boil red potatoes on the stovetop to cook them. But, this method for cooking them in a pressure cooker is so much easier.
- You can literally dump the potatoes in the pot, push start, and walk away for 30 minutes. Once the cooking time is up, just remove the lid and enjoy perfectly cooked potatoes with no fuss.
- Serve the cooked Instant Pot potatoes plain, or with your choice of melted butter, ghee, Parmesan cheese, or coconut oil. Or, mash them up and serve them as mashed potatoes. You can also transform cooked red potatoes into a potato salad. The possibilities are endless!
I promise that you are going to love how much easier it is to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot versus cooking them in the oven.
Here are the steps to making these perfectly cooked red potatoes in the pressure cooker. Note: you can also use this method to make Yukon gold potatoes.
The first step is to wash the potatoes and give them a pat dry with a clean towel. You’ll be able to cook about 4 medium sized red potatoes in a 3-quart Instant Pot or 8-12 medium red potatoes at a time in a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Next, add one cup of water to the base of your pressure cooker, place the stainless steel trivet in the bottom, and add the potatoes to the base on top of the trivet. You can use a steamer basket instead of the trivet, if you prefer.
Lock on the lid and set the timer to 10 minutes on high pressure.
As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.
Once the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick release to release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid and use tongs to grab the potatoes.
As mentioned above, there are lots of ways you can serve red potatoes. The most common way is to slice them and then serve them plain or with a pat of butter.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
- Instant Pot Potatoes can be dressed up to be simple or fancy. Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or fresh herbs when serving if you want to change up the flavor.
- You can also cook the new potatoes with vegetable broth instead of water for even more flavor.
- If you want to cook small fingering potatoes, you’ll need to use a steamer basket. Cut the cook time to about 6 minutes at high pressure for Instant Pot baby potatoes.
- For larger potatoes, increase the cook time to 12 minutes.
Maybe, because the red skin likely has more antioxidants than plain skin.
They have a creamy texture and are usually less crumbly than a cooked Russet potato.
Store any cooked potatoes in a glass dish with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Yes, but they may need more cooking time. See my full recipe for Instant Pot Russet Potatoes.
Other Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Recipes You Might Like
- Instant Pot Artichokes
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Instant Pot Carrots
- Instant Pot Whole Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Cooked Cabbage
- Instant Pot Whole Butternut Squash
Or, see all of my healthy Instant Pot recipes.
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You’re going to love how easy it is to cook Instant Pot Whole Red Potatoes that have the perfect texture. This is a hands-off healthy side dish that can be served in a variety of ways.
- 4–8 medium red potatoes
- 1 cup water
- Scrub the potatoes and give them a pat dry with a clean towel.
- Add one cup of water to the base of your pressure cooker, place the stainless steel trivet in the bottom, and add the potatoes to the base on top of the trivet.
- Lock on the lid and set the timer to 10 minutes.
- When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Then, use the quick-release to get rid of any remaining pressure.
- Carefully remove the lid and use tongs to transfer the potatoes to a serving plate. Slice the potatoes and serve, or store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator.
- You’ll be able to cook about 4 medium red potatoes in a 3-quart Instant Pot pressure cooker or up to 8-12 medium red potatoes in a 6-quart Instant Pot.
- If your potatoes are small (less than 2 1/2 inches long), then you can reduce the cook time to 8 minutes. If your potatoes are large (longer than 3 inches long), then you should increase the cook time to 12 minutes.
- Category: Side dish
- Method: pressure cooker, instant pot
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: instant pot red potatoes, pressure cooking potatoes, instant pot potatoes
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