Hubby was making steak for dinner on the grill and I wanted baked potatoes. It’s summer here. It’s hot and humid, and heating up my kitchen is the opposite of what I want to be doing these days. That’s one of the reasons I love my Instant Pot! I can make things that usually take forever in the oven, in a fraction of the time!
So let’s get started on my potatoes and you can see for yourself how incredibly easy it is to make baked potatoes in an Instant Pot!
Step 1 : This is going to be buying yourself a bag of russet potatoes. They are the best potatoes for baked potatoes. They are a little bit bigger than other varieties and have a more “earthy” flavor. They should be your go to for baked potatoes! This is the variety local to me, but any brand will do.
Step 2 : Is to wash them off. Make sure you give them a bit of a scrub to make sure you get off any dirt that might be on them from when they were grown.
Step 3 : Is a very important step. You need to poke some holes in the skin with a fork so your potatoes don’t explode when they cook. I put a bunch of fork holes in mine, and they still split a little, so I’d say at least 6 to 8 times you should poke your potatoes good and hard with a fork.
Step 4 : Is vital. Put at least 1 cup of water into your pot’s liner and then place the wire trivet that came with your Instant Pot in to the bottom of the liner.
Step 5 : Place your potatoes on top of the trivet in the liner of your Instant Pot. I was only making a few, so they all fit in one layer. If you want to make more, that is fine, just stack them on top of the other potatoes.
Step 6 : Put the lid on your pot. Turn it to close and make sure the vent is set to the sealing position! Then turn the pot on by pushing the Manual button.
Step 7 : Using the Adjust button, set your pot to 20 minutes. If you are using larger potatoes than the ones I used, you will most likely need to add additional cook time. 20 minutes was the perfect amount of time for me.
Step 8 : After allowing your pot to do a Natural Pressure Release, which basically just means, let it sit for about 15 minutes until the pin in the lid drops down, open your steam release valve and make sure there’s no left over steam. Then open your lid and behold your piping hot, ready to eat potatoes!
As you can see, I didn’t put in enough fork pokes, so the skin on my potatoes split a little. This did not affect the taste or flavor of the potatoes in any way.
Step 9 : This is my favorite step! Thrown on some butter, sour cream, bacon, chives, or whatever it is that you enjoy on your baked potato and dig in. They are ready to eat! I’m simple when it comes to a baked potato. I just put a bit of butter on it and enjoy it.
So now you know how incredibly easy it is to cook a baked potato in an Instant Pot. Plus it’s fast and the potatoes come out fluffy and delicious! I hope you enjoyed this post and that you enjoy eating your own baked potatoes even more!