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How To Boil Potatoes in Instant Pot

Boiling Potatoes in Instant Pot is fast and easy! It comes out perfectly every time and can be used to make dishes, such as Potato Masala for Dosa, Spicy Potato Sandwich, mashed potatoes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Keyword boil potato, instant pot potatoes, pressure cooker
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 132kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


  • 3 extra large Russet Potatoes
  • 1 cup Water


Instant Pot Method:

  • Firstly rinse and clean the potatoes under the running water. You may also use a vegetable scrub brush to remove the dirt.
  • Next, add water to the instant pot insert. Place the trivet and then arrange the whole potatoes (or diced potatoes).
    Note: I have used extra-large Russet Potatoes (9 oz each) here.
    step to keep potatoes on a trivet collage
  • Close the lid securely, and turn the vent to "SEALING". Select the PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL (High Pressure) setting and the cook time will vary according to the size of the potatoes.
    Diced Potatoes (1 inch), cook at high pressure for 3 minutes.
    Small/Baby Potatoes (1-1.5 inches), cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
    Medium Potatoes (2-2.5 inches), cook at high pressure for 6 minutes.
    Large Potatoes (4-5.5 inches), cook at high pressure for 10-12 minutes.
    Extra-Large potatoes (6-8 inches), cook at high pressure for 12-14 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot beeps, Wait for Natural Pressure Release, and then open the lid. Check the doneness of potatoes by inserting a knife or fork in the center.
    instant pot boiled potato in the instant pot insert with fork inserted to check the doneness
  • Peel the skin and use it right away or store it without peeling in the refrigerator for later use.
    Note: These times mentioned will result in perfectly cooked/boiled potatoes. If you want the potatoes more soft and mushy, add two more minutes of pressure cooking.



Note: These times mentioned will result in perfectly cooked/boiled potatoes, if you want the potatoes more soft and mushy consistency, then add 2 more minutes of pressure cooking.
I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Pick the perfect potatoes: Choose potatoes that are firm, smooth, and free of any sprouts, bruises, or soft spots.
  • Even-sized potatoes: Choose potatoes of the same size and thickness to ensure even cooking in the same amount of time.
  • Use a rack or trivet: It helps the steam circulate all around the potato and cooks faster and evenly. The water should be just below the rack or trivet.
  • Check with a knife or fork: If the utensil slides all the way easily to the middle, then the potatoes are perfectly done.
  • Scaling the recipe: You can easily double or triple this recipe, cooking time remains the same.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg