Simplify making baked potatoes by using the Instant Pot to do all the work. Fluffy fork tender potatoes done in under 30 minutes from start to finish.
A few years ago, I shared with you how to "bake" potatoes in the slow cooker.
Now, I'm back a few years later to share with you how I've simplified things even more in my home, and now make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes.
I loved the slow cooker method; however, if you forget to turn on the slow cooker in the morning you have to go with other traditional methods... like baking in the oven, or on the grill, or maybe even in the microwave.
But here, the Instant Pot comes to the rescue again. Within a 30-minute window from start to finish you can yield that fluffy baked potatoes your mouth has been watering for.
Let's first start by talking about the essential kitchen tools you'll need to make "baked" potatoes in the Instant Pot.
Making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is very easy. First, you'll want to wash and scrub the russet potatoes. Then, pierce each potato a few times using the tines of a fork.
Place a metal trivet at the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour in the cup of water. Then place the russet potatoes on the trivet. Close the lid placing the valve to "sealing".
Select "manual" on high pressure for 12 minutes (for small), 14 minutes (for medium) and 16-18 minutes (for large). Once the timer is done let the Instant Pot come down to pressure for 10 minutes.
Then, carefully force pressure. Using tongs, remove the potatoes out of the Instant Pot.
Using a fork, prick open the potato, fluff with the fork tines, top with your favorite toppings like butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, etc. the sky is the limit!
I love to make a few extra potatoes in the Instant Pot and save them for another meal. If it's closer to the weekend I'll cook a few extra to make bacon and onion breakfast potatoes.
Another great way to use up leftover potatoes is by making baked potato soup!
Here are a few of my favorite tips I've learned from experimenting with cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot.
- Try to cook the same size potatoes. This will ensure that all potatoes are cooked through.
- Small Potatoes take about 12 minutes in the Instant Pot, Medium take 14 minutes, and large take about 16-18 minutes.
- You can stack the potatoes on top of one another--it will not mess with the cooking time.
- You must use a trivet on the bottom of the Instant Pot so they don't burn/get soggy and/or stick to the bottom.
- You do not need to wrap the potatoes in foil.
- Save your flavored broth - no difference in flavor for steaming.
If you are looking to make baked potatoes for a crowd. Or maybe as a side dish for your next family dinner I hope you'll give this easy method of cooking "baked potatoes" in the Instant Pot a try.
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