These Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come fully loaded with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and chives – and they cook way faster than in the oven!
Baked potatoes in an Instant Pot are so quick and easy to make!
There’s no need to turn on the oven, heating up the kitchen to make these baked potatoes.
This makes our love for the Instant Pot even stronger!
How do you cook russet potatoes in an Instant Pot?
Cooking whole potatoes in an Instant Pot really isn’t much different than baking them in an oven.
The main difference is, pressure builds up in the pot. This means you will need to create a way for the pressure inside of the potato to escape.
To prepare potatoes for cooking in an Instant Pot, follow these steps:
- Using cool water, scrub the potatoes clean.
- With paper toweling or a clean kitchen towel, pat the potatoes dry.
- Use the tines of a fork to pierce holes in several places around the potatoes.
That’s all there is to it! Now you are ready to cook the Instant Pot baked potatoes!
Is it better to cook baked potatoes in foil?
Aluminum foil is a really good conductor of heat, so many people do wrap potatoes in foil before baking them. Some people believe that it helps the potatoes to cook faster, while others do it to help the potatoes stay warm before serving.
Honestly, whether or not you cook baked potatoes in foil is a matter of personal preference. This particular recipe doesn’t require wrapping them, but you certainly can do that if you want to.
Just make sure you poke holes in your baked potatoes before pressure cooking as it helps prevent your potatoes from exploding.
How long do I cook baked potatoes in the Instant Pot?
When you make baked potatoes in an Instant Pot, it will save you SO much time over baking them in an oven!
After the pot comes to pressure (typically 5 minutes), the cook time for Instant Pot baked potatoes is just 10 minutes!
Then you will need to allow another 10 minutes for a natural pressure release. That’s a total of 25 minutes, versus 60 minutes of bake time in an oven. Hello, quick and easy dinner!
Topping Ideas for Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Thanks to their versatility, loading a potato with toppings requires nothing more than your creativity and imagination.
Hungry for a comforting, flavourful loaded baked potato? Go ahead and load it up with comfort food favourites like cheese, bacon, sour cream, or chives.
For a real treat, top the Instant Pot baked potatoes with some chicken chili!
For a healthy meal, steam and chop some broccoli, spinach, or mushrooms, opting for low-fat cheese, as well as non-fat yogurt instead of sour cream.
What can I serve with baked potatoes?
Can you think of anything that wouldn’t go well with Instant Pot baked potatoes?
Seriously though, baked potatoes are the ultimate side dish! You can serve them alongside a healthy salad, steak, burgers, fish, chicken, or even lamb.
Or serve them as a main meal by loading them up with your favourite toppings!
Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on packing these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes up for lunch!
If you lost the trivet that comes along with your Instant Pot, you can get another one here.
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- 4 large-sized russet potatoes
- 1 cup water
- Bacon or turkey bacon
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- salt & pepper
- Chives or green onions
- sour cream
- Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Place trivet in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add water. Add potatoes then place lid on.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 20 minutes for large potatoes, 15 minutes for medium-sized potatoes and 12 minutes for small potatoes. Instant Pot will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure.
- Let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure, which should take about 15 minutes or so (wait until the pressure gauge has dropped and lid opens easily).
- Meanwhile, prepare toppings and cook bacon. When potatoes are finished remove from the Instant Pot with a pair of tongs and then open and load 'em up! Add as many or as few toppings as desired. Serve and enjoy!