The best authentic German potato salad made in a pressure cooker. You'll love how easy this Instant Pot German-style potato salad recipe is, made with an oil and mustard dressing. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
German Potato Salad Instant Pot Recipe
My husband is of German heritage and his dad was born in Germany, this is his recipe for German potato salad adapted to the Instant Pot. Although his way of measuring is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, each time being slightly different than the last!
We nailed down the perfect Instant Pot German potato salad recipe with measurements that is so easy to adapt based on the ingredients you have at home.
We truly love cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker, they never turn out soggy when you use a steamer basket and who doesn't love to free up stove space? We love to use Instant Pot diced potatoes for making mashed potatoes (cooked a little longer than for potato salad, plus with larger cubes), and Instant pot diced sweet potatoes for our family Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole.
Why not make a complete German-style meal and serve the warm potato salad alongside Instant Pot bratwurst and a pint of beer?
Why You'll Love This!
- Perfect for those who want a warm potato salad without mayo or eggs!
- Skip the boiling water on the stovetop, plus free up valuable stovetop space by using your pressure cooker.
- Our authentic hot German potato salad recipe is easy to adapt to what you have at home by swapping out the fresh herbs, changing the flavor of vinegar, or using a different type of mustard.
- A healthier take on the classic potato salad, our Instant Pot German potato salad recipe is gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, and Whole30.
When you're cooking cubed potatoes in a pressure cooker, size really matters. If your cubes are too small your potatoes will turn to mush. If they're bigger than the recipe states, they might not cook through. We cut our potatoes into 1" chunks for making bite-size potato salad cubes.
- red potatoes - while we used small baby red potatoes, Yukon gold would work great also. We don't recommend Russet potatoes since they don't hold their shape as well during cooking and they haven't been tested
- extra virgin olive oil
- white wine vinegar - other types of vinegar would work great too like apple cider vinegar
- stone ground mustard - a German traditional mustard, while Grey Poupon isn't German it would work great for the recipe
- chopped chives
- fine sea salt - fine kosher salt would also work, you might need to cut back on the table salt slightly if you use that, it's more potent in flavor.
- freshly ground black pepper - cut back on the pepper if you are using finely ground pepper
- chopped cooked bacon- optional - makes for a fantastic garnish on top of the salad before serving
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
- Pressure cooker
- Vegan/Vegetarian- skip the bacon, it's optional and delicious without it!
Step by Step Instructions
Cut the potatoes into 1" cubes.
Pressure cook the potatoes on high for 3 minutes and then do a quick release of the remaining pressure.
Assemble Potato Salad
Transfer potatoes to a medium size bowl. While the potatoes are still hot add the olive, vinegar, mustard, and salt.
Gently combine to minimize the potatoes from falling apart.
Let the salad cool slightly and mix in the fresh chopped chives.
Serve the salad hot, at room temperature, or let it cool in the fridge for a couple of hours and serve it cold. Enjoy!
- The potato salad can be garnished with more chives, fresh parsley, and crumbled bacon if desired.
- If your potato cubes are less than 1" they could fall apart, likewise, if they're larger than 1" they might need longer to cook than the time stated in the recipe.
- Add variety to the recipe by changing up the type of mustard or the type of vinegar getting used. Grey Poupon and apple cider vinegar are great alternatives.
If you're making an Instant Pot German potato salad, why not continue by making the rest of your meal German style too? Serve the warm potato salad with bratwurst, pork chops, red cabbage, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and of course a beer on the side.
German potato salad will last for 3-4 days in the fridge. While it's often served hot, you can also eat it at room temperature or serve it cold.
More Pressure Cooker Potato Recipes
- Instant pot diced potatoes
- Instant pot diced sweet potatoes
- Instant pot mashed potatoes
- Instant pot steamed potatoes (baby potatoes)
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