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Instant Pot Bake Potato – Fluffy Fork Tender

How to make a baked potato with the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, Step by Step instruction. Have the best baked potato in just 18 minutes,  perfect every time. When you think there is no time to make a side dish try this quick & easy recipe.

Instant Pot baked potatoes for a side dish with dinner comes out perfect every time in less time than putting frozen french fries in the oven. When you would love a baked potato with your fabulous dinner recipe, but it is a last minute thought without much time left before dinner, the Instant Pot is the answer.

For more step by step Instant Pot recipes for basic whole foods, you may want to take a look at Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.

Instant Pot Bake Potato - Fluffy Fork Tender butter sour cream, knife on blue green plate

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Nutritional Benefits of Baked Potatoes

A baked potato has 4 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, a good source of vitamin C, and potassium when you eat the skin. Baked potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol free. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates so we only eat them when they just are the best side dish for dinner we are having.   We love baked potatoes when we have a stake or baked chicken.

Step by Step Instructions For Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

  • For great baked potatoes all you need is fresh potatoes and water.
  • Wash the baking potatoes with water and a clean sponge. If they are very dirty use just a little soap but rinse well.  The skin has a lot of nutrition so you want to make sure it is clean so you feel safe eating the skin.
  • Place the rack that came with the instant pot in the pot first.
  • Add 1 cup of cold water.
  • Add the potatoes to the top of the rack.
  • Secure the lid and set the top knob to seal.
  • For the average size baking potatoes set to high pressure for 18 minutes.
  • When pressure counts down to zero you can quick release or if you are busy making dinner you can let the potatoes say on warm for a natural release.
  • Remove the potatoes with tongs and place them on a plate until ready to eat. Enjoy the classic butter & sour cream.
  • Our family also likes cottage cheese on our baked potatoes.
  • Bacon and cheddar cheese are also a delicious add on.
Instant Pot Bake Potato - Fluffy Fork Tender butter sour cream

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Instant Pot Bake Potato

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  • Author: Susan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Perfect every time, fork fluffy, Baked Potatoe Side dish a fraction of the time.


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  • 4 Baking Potatoes
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Place the Instant Pot rackย in the pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of water.
  3. Wash and poke with a fork the potatoes.
  4. Set the potatoes on top of the rack
  5. Set the lid on and set the top knob to sealing.
  6. Press the pressure option and set it for 18 minutes.
  7. When the 18 minutes has counted down to 0, do a quick release
  8. Remove and Enjoy


  • Serve with classic butter & sour cream
  • Our family also likes cottage cheese on our baked potatoes.
  • Other add like bacon or cheddar cheese also tastes great.
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It is so easy with our busy lives to just stop in a fast-food location for dinner or now we can get fast food delivered to our doors.  But I know that you like myself want to provide our families with whole fresh foods that promote good health. Making meals or side dishes with an Instant Pot helps us as busy moms make good wholesome foods while giving us the time in the evening to spend with our families not standing over a stove. Give Instant Pot Baked Potatoes a chance and you will never go back to heating up the oven for an hour and hoping they are done when the family is ready to eat.


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  1. In the busy schedule if food is prepared in lesser time and have essential nutrition . Waooo mood is changed

  2. I have yet to get one of these contraptions but think it is about time. I love a good baked potato.

  3. Okay… I have to try this. Couple questions… do you have to poke the potatoes with a fork before putting them in to cook? (Normally, they can burst in the oven if you don’t.) Also, can you stack more than 4 potatoes in the pot, if they fit below the fill line? Thanks for posting this easy IP recipe!

    1. Yes, I poke them with a fork. I am sure you can stack as long as it is below the line. I will give it a try. Let me know if you get this.

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