This tried and true recipe is the easiest way to make Instant Pot Baby Potatoes! They turn out soft and creamy and make a quick and healthy side dish for busy weeknights!
The thing about Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes is that they’re so versatile—in addition to being incredibly delicious and satisfying, they’re also economical. You can use them as a side for so many main dish recipes like Crock Pot Pork Chops and Chicken Tenders.
We love Crock Pot Potatoes, but this recipe cooks in just minutes, so you don't have to spend hours waiting. Just add your potatoes and water and let the Instant Pot do the work.
With minimal effort, you'll end up with tender and flavorful potatoes in the Instant Pot that will please even your pickiest eaters.
- Water - you'll need to put some in the bottom of the Instant Pot to create steam.
- Baby potatoes - you can also use baby red potatoes. Using potatoes that are 1.25 inches to 1.50 inches works best.
- Sea salt and pepper and butter if you like.
Find complete instructions in the printable recipe card below.
- Use any type of potato: Yukon gold, little red potatoes, or even sweet potatoes. If you have large potatoes, don’t be afraid to use those!
- Try other seasonings: Garlic, rosemary, or thyme would be great.
- Cook the potatoes right in the pot: If you don't have a steamer basket, you can cook the potatoes right in the pot. Add 1-2 cups of water and cook for the same time.
For a complete meal, add some protein to the pot. Chicken, sausage, or shrimp would be great.
- Make your Instant Pot Potatoes a little bit decadent by adding some cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, or sour cream on top.
- Try adding some carrots to the pot and cook them alongside the potatoes.
- You can top them with your favorite fresh herbs.
- 6-quart Instant Pot - you can use an 8-quart, but increase the water to 2 cups.
- Using a stainless steel steamer basket yields the best tender potatoes.
How to make Instant Pot new potatoes
Just add these little potatoes to your pressure cooker with a cup of water and cook for a few minutes. That's it! So grab a bag of baby potatoes, and let's get started.
STEP 1 - Prep. Wash the potatoes.
STEP 2 - Add potatoes to Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup of cold water into the Instant Pot, then place a stainless steel steamer basket on top of the water. Next, add 1 ½ pounds of baby potatoes into the steamer basket.
STEP 3 - Pressure cook. Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and turn the pressure valve to the sealing position. Select HIGH PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes.
STEP 4 - Quick release. When the Instant Pot beeps, and it's finished cooking, do a quick release by turning the valve to the venting position. When the pressure is released, the pin will drop, and you can open the lid.
PRO TIP: Place a dish towel over the vent so the steam won't spray everywhere.
Take your potatoes out and place them in a serving bowl. Add butter, salt, and pepper if desired, and stir to coat them evenly. Serve and enjoy!
If you want a roasted finish
- After the potatoes finish cooking, take them and the steamer basket out of the Instant pot, empty the water, and towel dry the inner pot.
- Press the sauté function and add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and a tablespoon of olive oil. Let the pot heat up.
- Add pressure-cooked baby potatoes to the Instant Pot. With a wooden spoon, gently stir the baby potatoes to coat them with butter and oil. Add garlic powder and onion powder if desired. Cook for 1-2 minutes until skins become crispy like roasted potatoes.
Recipe tips and tricks
- For the best pressure cooker new potatoes, use potatoes that are roughly the same size so they cook evenly. If you have larger baby potatoes, cut them in half.
- Wash the baby potatoes before cooking them.
- If you want your potatoes to be extra crispy, try roasting them in the oven after they've been cooked in the Instant Pot.
- This simple recipe is great if you want to make potato salad.
PRO TIP: Make sure your potatoes are roughly the same size so they will evenly cook. Cut larger potatoes in half if needed.Erin
Instant Pot Potatoes without a steamer basket
- To make Instant Pot Baby Potatoes without a steamer basket, place 1 cup of water, a pinch of salt, and potatoes in the pressure cooker. Then, cook per instructions.
NOTE: This method will yield potatoes that are less fluffy on the inside and will also be a bit firmer than steamed.
What are baby potatoes?
Baby potatoes, also called new potatoes, are harvested early before they are fully mature. Therefore, they're much smaller than mature potatoes and have softer, thinner skin. They also tend to have a creamy texture.
Because baby potatoes have softer, thinner skin, you don’t typically need to peel them before eating. Just wash the outside before cooking.
For new potatoes, the skin is soft enough, so you don’t need to poke holes before cooking baby potatoes.
If you’re cooking thicker-skinned larger potatoes like russet potatoes, poking holes will help the potatoes release steam without exploding.
You need to cook baby potatoes under high pressure for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release of pressure.
How to store and reheat
Storage: Store any Leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Reheating: To reheat your Instant Pot Baby Potatoes, add the potatoes to a skillet over medium heat and cook until warm. You can also reheat them in the microwave.
If you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious side dish, look no further than Instant Pot Baby Potatoes. With just a few minutes of prep time, you'll have soft baby potatoes that will please everyone around the table.
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Instant Pot Baby Potatoes
- Instant Pot
- steamer basket
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes (one bag)
- Wash the potatoes.
- Pour 1 cup of cold water into the Instant Pot, then place a stainless steel steamer basket on top of the water. Next, add 1 ½ pounds of baby potatoes into the steamer basket.
- Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and turn the pressure valve to the sealing position. Select HIGH PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes.
- When the Instant Pot beeps and it's finished cooking, do a quick release by turning the valve to the venting position. When the pressure is released, the pin will drop, and you can open the lid.
- Take your potatoes out and place them in a serving bowl. Add butter, salt, and pepper if desired, and stir to coat them evenly. Serve and enjoy!
- POTATOES: For the best pressure cooker new potatoes, use potatoes that are roughly the same size so they cook evenly. If you have larger baby potatoes, cut them in half.
- Wash the baby potatoes before cooking them.
- CRISPY: If you want your potatoes to be extra crispy, try roasting them in the oven after they've been cooked or saute them in the Instant Pot with butter and oil.
Jamie N. says
Hands down my favorite side dish! Loved making these in the instant pot!
Erin Henry says
This recipe is such an easy way to make potatoes! Enjoy!
Allyson Zea says
These were so flavorful and easy to make - thanks!!!
Erin Henry says
We find them so easy too. Any level cook can make these!
Laura Reese says
This was such a delicious easy side dish!