Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (with Crispy Skins!!)

Learn how to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with crispy skins! They cook in just 12 minutes in your pressure cooker. Then, finish them off under the broiler for perfect, crispy & salty skins.

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Serve them with your favorite toppings like cheese and sour cream, or chili. Or, host a Baked Potato Bar.

I’ve found that baked potatoes end up being reserved for the weekends at our house. They’re always a bit of a last minute thought, and a 60-minute cook time in the oven means that since most my meals are 30-minutes or less, we’ll end up waiting on the baked potatoes.

Not anymore.

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes to the rescue.

You can cook these beauties up in a fraction of the time.

And the best part? Even though they’re steamed in the pressure cooker, I’m still bringing you those crispy skins. I mean, there’s really no other way to enjoy a baked potato, right?

What potato is best for a baked potato?

  • For this recipe I used russet potatoes. You could also use other types of potatoes like sweet potatoes or yukon gold potatoes. Cook time will be the same as listed below.
Potatoes in instant pot.

How to make them

  • Add water and a trivet (or steamer basket) to the Instant Pot. You only need a cup of water. Be sure that the potatoes are not touching the water.
  • Be sure your potatoes are all the same size. Varying sizes mean varying cooking times. Be sure that your potatoes are all about the same size, and use my cooking chart below to time things correctly.
  • Pierce the potatoes. Piercing each potato with a fork 5 times ensures that they won’t explode during cooking and that steam will escape.
  • Finish under the broiler. When the potatoes are done cooking, rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and pop them under the broiler for a few minutes. This gives you those perfect crispy potato skins.

How long to cook potatoes in the instant pot

  • Small Potatoes (size of woman’s fist) – 12 minutes
  • Medium Potatoes (standard size) – 15 minutes
  • Large Potatoes (size of hand) – 18 minutes

The most difficult part of making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is timing them correctly. Just like you would do in the oven, you’ll want to check them after their cook time for tenderness. If they pierce easily with a fork, they are done. If not, reseal the Instant Pot and cook for 2 minutes longer with natural release.

As with all Instant Pot recipes, be sure to take into account the time it will take for the pressure to build and release in the Instant Pot. For these Instant Pot Baked Potatoes, it will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build and 10 minutes for the pressure to release. That will make your total cook time right around 35 minutes. 

How do you get crispy skins?

  • While the Instant Pot pressure is releasing, preheat your broiler to HIGH. Transfer the cooked potatoes to a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Coat potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Broil for 4-6 minutes until the skins are crispy.

How to make ahead & store

These Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are perfect for meal prep. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to five days. Use a microwave to reheat and top with your favorite toppings.

Overhead shot of baked potatoes.

Topping ideas

Hosting a party? Create a Baked Potato Bar. It’s It’s a fun and festive way to feed a crowd, and the topping possibilities are endless. You can cook up to 8 potatoes at once in your Instant Pot.

You can also mashed potatoes out of your instant pot baked potatoes. Simply use a potato masher and mash them up with a little milk, butter, sour cream or cream cheese until you reach that perfect flavor and consistency. Try my easy Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes.

What to serve with them

Baked potatoes on baking sheet next to instant pot.

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Overhead shot of baked potatoes topped with sour cream and chives.

Crispy Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Learn how to make Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with crispy skins! They cook in just 12 minutes in your pressure cooker. Then, finish them off under the broiler for perfect, crispy & salty skins. 
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Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Pressure Build & Release Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 – 8  medium potatoes
  • cup  water
  • Olive oil ( optional)
  • Kosher salt ( optional)


  • Add 1 cup water and trivet or steamer basket to Instant Pot. 
  • Pierce each potato five times with a fork and place on trivet. Be sure potatoes are not touching water. 
  • Set for MANUAL, HIGH pressure for 12-18 minutes depending on potato size. It will take the pressure cooker 7-10 minutes to come to pressure.
  • Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes, before releasing any remaining pressure and opening the lid. 
  • While pressure is releasing, preheat broiler to HIGH. 
  • Place potatoes on baking sheet, rub with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Broil 4-6 minutes until the skins are crispy. 


Cooked potatoes will store in the fridge for up to five days. 
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Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 879mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 6.9mg

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26 thoughts on “Instant Pot Baked Potatoes (with Crispy Skins!!)”

  1. 5 stars
    Omg I had no idea they would keep for five days! Instant pot has been my favourite investment. I made sure to get the large 10qt size! Now I know what my new go-to dinner side is going to be from now on! I’m making these as we speak! 🙂 thanks for the touch with the crispy skins, it makes all the difference! Xo

  2. 5 stars
    No hassle perfectly baked potatoes. Used Yukon gold potatoes. Made 5 in the first batch. 3 going in the fridge. We love ’em

  3. I’ve had my Instant Pot a year & finally used it today! I was a bit scared of it & admittedly a bit lazy to learn something new in the kitchen. Well, I’m now a convert! Thanks for sharing your potatoe recipe! I’m definitely going to try it!

  4. Not sure this is a great recipe for the instant pot. Your story says you don’t have 45 mins to make these in the oven. By the time you add up all the time for the instant pot, it really isn’t much less. 10 mins to come to pressure, 18 mins cook time, 10 min natural release and then 6 mins under the broiler. That’s a total of 44 mins. I love my instant pot and use it all the time. This one just doesn’t seem like a time-saver. Thanks

  5. Can you place potatoes on top of one another or need them all at the bottom? I have a 6 qt pot and would like to cook 5 potatoes. Many thanks.

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