Instant pot steamed potatoes are absolutely one of the best potato recipes! If you love seasoned potatoes, a go-to healthy recipe for a weeknight meal or any occasion, you have to try steaming Yukon Gold or red potatoes in your pressure cooker.
Steaming Potatoes in Instant Pot
We have no problem skipping bready carbs in our house, but don't ever try to take away our potatoes! We've been on a huge kick lately of making a big batch of Instant Pot steamed potatoes and then keeping them in the fridge for the week to smash and pan-fry them or cubing the cold potatoes to turn into breakfast or dinner hash.
Technically you can steam any sort of potato in a pressure cooker, but today we're focusing on our favorite small to medium-sized potatoes like red potatoes or Yukon gold.
Using a pressure cooker to cook, boil, or steam potatoes is seriously the best method! It's perfect for cooking cubed potatoes to make mashed potatoes or diced sweet potatoes for a sweet potato casserole.
A recipe like steamed Instant Pot potatoes can't get much easier than just needing the potatoes, of course, and the water you add to the pressure cooker.
- small to medium potatoes - red potatoes or Yukon gold work best
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
Make loaded potatoes- While cooked potatoes are naturally buttery in flavor and don't need much to enhance them, feel free to load them up with your favorite baked potato toppings! Butter, salt, pepper, bacon bits, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, chives, or
Swap the liquid - Instead of cooking the potatoes in water, you can swap it out for chicken broth or vegetable broth to add a little more flavor.
- 6-8 qt Instant Pot
- Steamer basket or trivet
How to Steam Potatoes in Instant Pot
Step 1: Wash the potatoes, scrub them clean if needed, and remove any potato eyes with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler.
Step 2: Add 1 cup of cold water to the pressure cooker. Insert a steamer basket or trivet to keep the potatoes above the water level while cooking.
Step 3: Add the potatoes to the steamer basket, any small to medium size variety of potatoes will work like Yukon Gold or red garnett. Between 1 lb up to 5 lb can be steamed at a time in a 6 qt pressure cooker.
Step 4: Secure the lid. Pressure cook small potatoes for 7 minutes (medium size potatoes on high for 10 minutes) and then do a natural release for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure. Carefully remove the lid.
Serve hot with butter, chives, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!
Steamed Potatoes Instant Pot Recipe Tips
- Medium size potatoes weigh 2-3 oz each. Add a little less or more time if your potatoes have a different weight.
- A 6 qt Instant Pot holds up to 5 lb of potatoes at a time.
- You want to cook the potatoes until they're fork-tender. If by some chance your potatoes aren't cooked all the way through after pressure cooking, just add 1-2 more minutes to the time and pressure cook them a little bit longer. They'll come back to pressure very quickly.
- The potatoes will continue cooking after removing them from the pressure cooker. If you're serving them immediately whole as a side dish they're ready to go, if you're using them in another cooked recipe like smashed potatoes we'll often add them to cold water to stop them from cooking.
- If you don't have a steamer basket, you can make the baby potatoes with the trivet that came with your Instant Pot.
FAQ's for Steamed Potatoes Instant Pot
Steamed potatoes are terrific as a side dish to chicken, pork, or beef. You can leave them whole or mash them into mashed potatoes. To make a complete meal, serve them with steamed broccoli or a simple salad.
How long potatoes take to soften in an Instant Pot depends on if you're making cubed potatoes, or whole potatoes, plus potato size can also impact how long they take to cook. 1 ½" cubed potatoes take 4-5 minutes to cook in an Instant Pot depending on i
f you want to serve them as a side dish or want them soft enough to mash for mashed potatoes. Small to medium-size red or Yukon gold potatoes take 8-10 minutes to cook, then let them sit for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
Essentially any kind of potato can be steamed but smaller waxy varieties like Yukon gold, Dutch potatoes, red potatoes, or fingerlings work best.
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- Instant Pot cubed sweet potatoes
- Sweet potato casserole Instant Pot recipe
- Instant pot potato soup
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- Instant Pot steamed potatoes
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