STEP BY STEP DIRECTION FOR MAKING BAKED POTATOES IN THE INSTANT POT
Step 1: Pour 1 cup COLD water over the bottom of the pot, and then place in your trivet that came with your instant pot.
Be sure to use COLD water, as using warm water will change how the time the Instant Pot takes to get to pressure, which will change cook times and your results.
Step 2: Place anywhere from 4-8 scrubbed potatoes into your pressure cooker.
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN COOKING POTATOES IN INSTANT POT
Be sure to pick your potatoes with a knife or fork to allow steam and pressure to exit or your potatoes could explode while cooking.
Make sure your potatoes are resting on rack and not touching the water-if they cook in water, they will get mushy instead of perfectly fluffy.
For reasons I can not explain, cooking less than 4 potatoes in a 6 or 8 quart instant pot takes LONGER to cook. Always use at least 4 potatoes.
Step 3: Set to high pressure and cook.
10 minutes on high pressure for small potatoes.
12 minutes on high pressure for medium potatoes.
20 minutes for extra large potatoes.
Step 4: Allow pressure to releasse naturally for 8-10 minutes and then turn vale to release to release any remaining pressure.
Step 5: (optional) Brush potatoes with live oil and sprinkle with salt and crisp in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes-this is not necessary!
Step 6: Serve plain with butter and sour cream or stuff with pulled pork and shredded cheese for a great meal!
NOW A FEW THINGS YOU MAYBE WONDERING ABOUT COOKING POTATOES IN THE INSTANT POT
What is the texture like of potatoes cooked in Instant Pot? Fluffy and creamy-just like an oven baked potato. This method is SO much better than the texture of a microwave
Do you have to use the trivet? YES!! The trivet prevents the potatoes from getting watery.
Do you have to add water to bottom of Instant Pot? YES, that moisture allows the pressure to build up in your instant pot.
Do you have to use cold water in your Instant Pot? YES! If you start with warm water, the cooking time will vary and that may result in under or over-cooked potatoes.
TIPS AND TROUBLESHOOTING COOKING POTATOES IN THE INSTANT POT
I have tested this recipe out with 4, 6, 8, and 10 potatoes. At 10 potatoes, my 6 quart instant pot needed longer than 12 minutes to perfectly cook the potatoes, but at 4, 6 and
8 the 12 minutes was a perfect time.
I would not recommend cooking more than 8 potatoes at a time. Doing so, would overcrowd your Instant Pot and therefore would cause it to take forever to reach pressure.
If you are using giant potatoes, I would not use more than 6 at a time.
In all my tests, it has never taken longer than 8 minutes to reach pressure for this recipe. So from heating up to releasing pressure these potatoes are ready in less than 30