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Two Baked Potatoes topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon bits and chopped green onion on a black plate

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Make a yummy, fluffy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes in your electric pressure cooker! Making pressure cooker baked potatoes is so easy, and the resulting baked potato is much better than a microwaved potato!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker baked potato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 - 8
Calories 150 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Cold Water
  • 1 - 8 Potatoes, scrubbed

Optional (To Crisp Skin) After Pressure Cooking

  • Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt


  1. Place the metal trivet into the inner liner pot of the pressure cooker. Then pour the water in. Use 1 cup for a 3 qt, 1 1/2 cups for a 6 qt pot, 2 cups for an 8 qt.

  2. After scrubbing the potatoes, pierce the skin a few times with a knife or a fork. Then place them in the pot on the trivet. It's okay to stack them.

  3. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Then press the +/- button, or dial to select the time in minutes:

    Small Potatoes (approx. 4 oz): 10 minutes

    Medium Potatoes (approx. 6 oz): 15 minutes

    Large Potatoes (approx. 9 oz): 20 minutes

    Ex-Large Potatoes (approx. 12 oz): 25 minutes

  4. When the cook cycle has ended, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes (10 minute Natural Release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to manually release the remaining steam/pressure.

  5. When the pin in the lid drops down, open the lid and check the potato for doneness. Pierce the potato with a knife. If the knife doesn't slide through easily, the potato needs a few more minutes cook time. Close the lid and set the time for a few more minutes.

Crisp the Potato Skin (optional step)

  1. When the potatoes are done, you can crisp up the skin by rubbing a little vegetable oil on them, sprinkle with salt, and baking in a 400° oven for about 5-10 minutes.

  2. Slit the cooked potato lengthwise and open it so the toppings fit.

  3. Top the baked potato with butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, chives, or anything you like! Serve hot.