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Overhead view of 3 baked potatoes cut open on a plate with fresh herbs

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

These Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are the best way to make baked potatoes. They cook up tender and perfect in the Instant Pot every time in a fraction of the time your oven would, and with half the work! Freezer-friendly, vegan, Whole30 and easy to make ahead!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked potato recipe, instant pot potato, quick baked potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kelly


  • 4 medium Russet potatoes 8-10 oz each; scrubbed, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup cold water

Optional, for Serving

  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • vegan butter or ghee you can use grass-fed butter if not vegan/dairy-free
  • fresh chopped parsley or chives


  1. Pierce the potatoes all around with a fork.

    A fork poking a potato
  2. Place a metal trivet or a steamer basket inside to the inner pot of a 6-quart pressure cooker then add the water.

    Water being poured into an instant pot with a rack in the bottom
  3. Place the potatoes on top of the trivet. Close the lid and seal. Push the valve to steam.

    Press the MANUAL or HIGH PRESSURE BUTTON and set the cook time for: 12 minutes for small (6 to 8 ounces) potatoes, 15 minutes for medium (8 to 10 ounces) potatoes, or 18 minutes for large (10 to 12 ounces) potatoes. It will take the pressure cooker 7 to 10 minutes to come to pressure. 

    3 potatoes on a rack in an instant pot
  4. Once the cook time is up, allow steam to naturally release for 10 minutes for small potatoes and 15 minutes for larger potatoes, before opening the pressure cooker and serving.

  5. Use tongs to remove the potatoes from the instant pot and then cut each one lengthwise to split. Serve with optional toppings. 

    Three air fryer baked potatoes on a white plate