How to Boil or Steam Potatoes in the Instant Pot? This is part of the Instant Pot Cooking Basics series. Potatoes are perfect for steaming in a pressure cooker, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get perfectly cooked potatoes. I use boiled potatoes in many dishes, such as potato peas curry and spiced mashed potatoes.

Potatoes are perfect to steam in a pressure cooker. Boiled potatoes in many dishes, such as potato peas curry, spiced mashed potatoes
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I had always boiled potatoes in my stovetop pressure cooker. However, it did need some monitoring. With the instant pot, just set the time and do a natural pressure release, while I can do other chores.

Having pre-boiled potatoes at hand is great for meal planning. I can then use them as needed to make quick meals. Some interesting Indian dishes you can make with boiled potatoes:

  • Mumbai Vada Pav, which is a popular Indian-style burger.
  • Savory Potato Puffs – This is similar to the paneer puffs I have shared. Just use boiled potatoes in place of paneer.

Watch How to Make Boil Potatoes in Instant Pot

How to Steam Potatoes in the Instant Pot?

It is as easy as it gets. Just place the potatoes on a trivet. Add some water to the pot. Hit the Steam button. Adjust the time based on the size of the potatoes. It usually takes between 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. For potatoes about 7 oz in weight, I steamed for 10 minutes. If potatoes are about 9 oz, then steam for 12 minutes. You get the idea!

How to steam potatoes in instant pot

Can I steam potatoes without a trivet?

If you want to boil potatoes while cooking something else in the main pot, then I suggest to use the mode needed for what you are cooking in the main pot. The Steam function works best when food is being steamed on a trivet. It increases the temperature inside the pot very fast, as it does not expect to have any food directly in contact with the bottom of the pot.

Instant Pot Steamed Potatoes

How to steam small baby potatoes in the instant pot?

For baby potatoes, I prefer to use a steamer basket. Add water to the instant pot steel insert. Place the steamer basket with baby potatoes in the instant pot insert. Pressure cook at high pressure for 5 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally.

Check my detailed post about Steamed Baby Potatoes in the Instant Pot and if you want to directly make seasoned potatoes, check out these Spicy Bombay Potatoes..yum!

How to steam diced potatoes in the instant pot?

For diced russet potatoes about 1 inch in size, pressure cook for 3 minutes when using a steamer basket. If you are cooking them in the main pot, just 1 minute on pressure cook mode will be enough.

Try these easy steamed potatoes and don’t forget to share how you used them!

Check out other instant pot cooking basics:

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How to Boil Potatoes in Instant Pot?

Quick and easy way to steam or boil potatoes in the pressure cooker. 
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 Russet Potatoes, about 7oz each
  • 1 cup Water


  • Clean potatoes with water. Add 1 cup water in the instant pot steel insert. Place trivet and place potatoes on top of the trivet. Close lid with vent in sealing position. 
  • Pressure cook on Steam mode at high pressure for 10 mins. (see notes for cooking time variation)
  • When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. If in a hurry, you can release pressure 10 minutes after the beep. 
  • Remove the potatoes from the instant pot to stop additional cooking. 



  • Adjust time between 8-15 mins depending on size of potatoes. For example, if the potatoes are about 9 oz each, then steam for 12 mins.
  • The cooking time remains the same even if you increase or decrease the quantity of potatoes, however the size of the potatoes affects the cooking time as mentioned in previous note. 


Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 12.1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1.8mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Making mashed potato recipe. want to get the potatoes ready without putting in pot and boiling. Do I leave the skins on potatoes or peel them first?

    1. To make mashed potatoes, I would suggest to peel the potatoes and cut them into pieces and add to the pot. Add a cup of water and salt. Then pressure cook for 8 minutes.

    1. Hi Clare – You can steam peeled potatoes. However I would only suggest to do that if you are making mashed potatoes or using in a soup/dip. Starchy potatoes (eg. russet) can get mushy when boiling, so for these it might be best to leave the skin on. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Rita – Sure, do make sure they are cooked through by inserting a fork into the potato before you transfer to ice water.

  2. This was very helpful. The potatoes turned out perfect and I didn’t have to watch the pot! Your website is my go-to place for instant pot tips.

  3. This is brilliant! They were perfect consistency to mash or use in potato salad! Didn’t heat up yhe kitchen like a boiling pot does either… WIN WIN