Instant Pot 20 Minute Jacket Potato
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Welcome to my latest Instant Pot recipe and this recipe is for Instant Pot 20 minute jacket potatoes.
With a delicious crispy skin and ready to be loaded with a topping of your choice this is perfect for lunches and dinners with your kids.
Like most people I absolutely love jacket potatoes or baked potatoes as some people call them. Its not just about the potato though is it? As for me what you put on top is just as important.
My favourite topping of choice is bolognese followed by loads of grated cheese that melts on top.
Then below the bolognese there always has to be a good portion of melted butter, because jacket potatoes without melted butter is just wrong.
Well that’s my idea of jacket potato heaven. Dominic would disagree and shout at me for forgetting the salt as he is always telling me that he loves my food but as I hand him his food he always grabs extra salt.
No wonder I always have such a low blood pressure then!
I remember having loads of jacket potatoes over the years (even though I never have many these days).
There was the jacket potato van in the market that I would go to. They were huge and the toppings went on and on and on. They were actually so big that I could barely finish them.
The toppings were not healthy with lots of baked beans, coleslaw and cheese. But when I compared this to the fact that my Dad was around the corner buying fish and chips it looked Paleo in comparison.
But the only bad side to jacket potatoes in my world is how long they take to cook.
Even if you boil them first they still seem to take an eternity to make and then everything else is ready before the potatoes and you just wish you had put that jacket potato into the oven sooner, but you were busy and forgot.
So you either serve it up minus the potato, cook the potato in half to help the cooking process or give it a quick speed up in the air fryer.
Yet here you are with your Instant Pot (or your other branded pressure cooker) and you can suddenly have your jacket potato in 20 minutes.
Instant Pot 20 Minute Jacket Potato
- Instant Pot Duo
- 4 Medium Potatoes
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- Salt & Pepper
- Place 160ml of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot and you can measure it out with the cup provided.
- Prick your potatoes with a fork, season the skin with lots of salt and pepper. Then place them both together on the steamer rack.
- Place the lid on your Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing and press steam for 20 minutes.
- Once it has started it will beep and it will beep 6 times when done. Once it has cooled down from keep warm mode you can get it out.
Instant Pot Recipes – The Outtakes
Sam: Lets make a jacket potato in the Instant Pot
Sam: Because they’ll be super quick and will be quicker than making fries in the air fryer
Dom: Are you sure they will be that quick?
Sam: Of course its an Instant Pot
Dom: Okay I will put them on next
Well they ended up taking 20 minutes, fries are 25 minutes and they normally take us 40 minutes so we did half the time!
Do we put all 4 in at once? You say “both” so I assume we do this with 2 at a time? Also, I don’t see what we do with the butter.
We cooked 4 at once but you can cook up to 6 without having to adjust the time. You just add the butter to the potato before serving.
You say to press “steam”. Is that manual and high pressure?
Yes when you use the Instant Pot just press the steam button is cooks at high pressure. Or you can press manual if you don’t have an Instant Pot.
How does the salt and pepper stick to the potato skin? I had assumed you smear the butter on till I read the answer what to do with the butter. Thanks
The salt and pepper does not really stick to the skin as you are putting it on more for the insides of the potato rather than the outside at this stage. As soon as the jacket potatoes come out then you can add salt and pepper to them and with the moisture the salt and pepper should stick to the skin.
What type of potatoes are you using and they’re not wrapped in foil?
No silver foil and we used white potatoes.
I love that you called these Jacket Potatoes! My grandma-in-law once told me that she boiled her potatoes “in their jackets”, and I loved that saying. This recipe just brought back a sweet memory ?. I’m making these for supper tonight!
Hope you enjoy them Allison 🙂
Disappointingly after following the directions exactly in our Instant Pot, only were the two potatoes not crispy but they weren’t cooked all the way despite 20 min on steam setting. We had to microwave the rest of the way.
Sorry that the recipe did not turn out. After the 20 minutes on steam did you leave the jacket potatoes in the instant pot for 10 minutes on keep warm as this makes the potatoes soft? Also for the crispy skin you can take the potatoes out of the instant pot and empty it then cover the potatoes in some olive oil and using the saute function you can crisp the top of the potato and this works after a few minutes.
Please let me know if you have any other issues.
Does this work (20 min on steam) for doing only 1 potato? I have not been successful when using high pressure (manual). Had to microwave to finish cooking 1 potato after 20 min + 10 min NPR.
Yes we steamed ours. I can only imagine that your potato would have been bigger than ours. Although through this blog we are finding different cooking times in different countries for the same things. Ours was 20 minutes for 2 medium potatoes and they were soft after the keep warm. If not sure try 22 minutes on steam and this should fix the not cooking issue.
It’s interesting how Instant Pot recipes tout a short cooking time like “20 minutes” but require extra time up front to get to pressure and then another 10 min. on keep warm. So compared to a perfectly cooked jacket potato in my oven, with a perfectly crispy skin with no extra work, in 60 minutes, it takes a minimum of 35 minutes in the Instant Pot and you still have extra steps, like crisping the skin on saute. Much as I love my IP, I’ll keep doing my baked potatoes in the oven for the excellent quality of both insides and skin. 🙂
Very interesting point.
What I notice most on baked/jacket potato recipes is that they will often say just 10 minutes but with about 30 mins keep warm and the time to go to pressure.
I like doing my large potatoes in the Instant Pot with a total cook time of 35 minutes or medium ones in the air fryer as it crisps them up much better. But we don’t have a fan assisted oven so for us it often takes an hour to do them in the oven.
My potato (I only did one) was perfectly cooked. This is a good starter recipe when you want to do a potato with other toppings. Otherwise, it’s very bland. I think sprinkling salt and pepper on it before cooking was a waste of time. It all came off.
Yes it can seem pointless, but the salt and pepper dissolve in the water and can add a bit of flavour through the water that is why we add it, obviously we add more after cooking, glad your potato came out good for you 🙂