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baked potato with sour cream and butter on white plate
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Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

There are so many ways to "bake" a potato besides the traditional oven method! Today I'll teach you how to make a baked potato in an Instant Pot!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 145kcal


  • 2 large russet potatoes or 4 medium
  • 1 cup water


  • Wash and dry potatoes and pierce a few times on each side with fork
  • Pour water in bottom of Instant Pot and add steamer basket
  • Place potatoes on steamer basket and seal pot
  • Set to high pressure for 12-18 minutes (see notes for exact times based on your potatoes)
  • Let natural pressure release for 5 minutes and then quick release 
  • Serve with butter and sour cream or as desired


My potatoes were large - 14-16 oz each and I wanted them to be pretty tender so I went with a max time of 18 minutes.  For a slightly firmer texture I would have gone with 16 minutes.
Most potatoes area little smaller, more like 12 -14 oz so I would go with 14-16 minutes.
And for a more average size potato like you might get in a 5 pound bag (this are usually more like 8-12 oz each) I would go with 12-14 minutes.
Anything smaller of if you really prefer a firmer texture, I'd go with 10-12 minutes.  


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.6mg