Instant Pot Red Potatoes

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Delicious fork tender instant pot red potatoes. These red potatoes are easy prep, perfect for a simple dinner side dish and ideal for using in an instant pot red potato salad.

You can prep these pressure cooker red potatoes whole, or quarter them and they make a fantastic plan B for baby potatoes.

Instant Pot Red Potatoes
Instant Pot Red Potatoes

Red Potatoes Instant Pot

It wasn’t until I met amazing people through the instant pot community that I became obsessed with red potatoes.

I would just go shopping and buy whichever bag of potatoes was closet to me and then pressure cook the potatoes, or air fry them.

One of my favourite options was air fryer baby potatoes or instant pot new potatoes, but I soon learnt that our American readers would use red potatoes instead and cut them into quarters. They were then a similar size to the British baby potatoes.

I soon tried them and realised that baby potatoes and red potatoes could easily be switched around, depending on the season and the price of potatoes.

This week we are celebrating the red potatoes in our kitchen gadgets. Today it is instant pot red potatoes, tomorrow it is air fryer red potatoes and the day after tomorrow we are loving microwave red potatoes.

So let me show you today how to cook red potatoes in instant pot, how long to cook red potatoes in instant pot, more about quartered potatoes so that you get pressure cooking with me.

Plus, if you would like more potato recipes to cook with your gadgets also try: air fryer sweet potato fries, air fryer frozen sweet potato fries, microwave sweet potatoes, ninja foodi potatoes, soup maker leek and potato soup, and yummy air fryer roast potatoes.

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Can You Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?

Yes, you can. Instant pot red potatoes are delicious and in my opinion better than most white potatoes.

You also have the option of boiling the red potatoes or using the steamer basket to make steamed red potatoes.

Though, if I had to choose, I would choose steaming because it retains the nutrients and the flavours of the red potato.

Are Red Potatoes Better For Boiling?

Yes, red potatoes are better for boiling. Red potatoes have a better flavour to them and need a little longer to be cooked compared to traditional white potatoes, this makes them an ideal boiling candidate.

How Long Does It Take To Boil Potatoes In An Instant Pot?

To boil potatoes in the instant pot, it varies depending on the size of the potato and which potato you are boiling.

Plus, of course if you are making our no drain instant pot mashed potatoes it will be even longer.

For these red potatoes we recommend an instant pot boil of 1 minute. This is because the red potatoes in the instant pot are boiling in the water and also have the time when they are going to pressure.

However, if you follow our red potatoes instant pot recipe we are steaming in which case the quartered potatoes don’t sit in the water and need slightly longer. So we increase the temperature to 2 minutes.   

How Long Does It Take For Potatoes To Soften In Instant Pot?

In our pressure cooker red potatoes recipe, it takes JUST 2 minutes for the red potatoes to soften and be what I call “fork tender”.

This is based on either baby red potatoes, or medium sized red potatoes that have been quartered. It can of course vary depending on the potatoes you are pressure cooking.

Red Potatoes In Ninja Foodi

Got a ninja foodi and want to make ninja foodi red potatoes? Well, you can with this instant pot red potatoes recipe. That is because the Ninja Foodi and the Instant Pot are both brands of pressure cookers and they just have a different button to press.

For example, in the real old instant pot I have it calls it “manual” i.e. you are manually setting the time, and then the Ninja Foodi you just press the “pressure cooker” button.

So what we should really be calling todays recipe is how to pressure cook red potatoes.

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Red Potato Instant Pot Ingredients

Red Potato Instant Pot Ingredients

Red Potatoes – we used a 1.5kg bag of red potatoes which is 3 and 1/3 pounds. Be careful about ones with eyes on, because you will be doing instapot red potatoes with their skins on.

Butter – We all know that everything tastes better with butter and pressure cooker red potatoes makes an excellent pairing. We recommend salted butter though for flavour.

Stock – You can add water to the instant pot, but red potatoes in instant pot is much more flavoursome if you add some veggie stock. We make instant pot veggie stock from peelings then freeze for later and then add to the instant pot with the red potatoes.

Seasonings – Then we finished off with some delicious seasonings such as salt, pepper, and parsley. You can also use mixed herbs or Italian seasoning if you prefer.

How To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?

  • Load. Pour 1.5 cups (360ml) of veggie stock into your instant pot inner pot. Then quarter your red potatoes and give them a wash. Add your steamer basket to the instant pot inner pot and add the quartered potatoes into the steamer basket.
  • Season. Next add chunks of butter over the instant pot red potatoes so that it will melt into the potato as it pressure cooks. Plus, season generously with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Cook. Then place the lid on your instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook red potatoes for 2 minutes followed by a quick pressure release (QPR).
  • Drain. When the instant pot is done, check that the red potatoes are fork tender before serving.

You now have easy instant pot potatoes.

How Long To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?

The instant pot potatoes cooking time is JUST 2 minutes. Though of course, like with any pressure cooker recipe, it doesn’t include the time taken to go to pressure. 

Instant Pot Red Potatoes Whole

I love instant pot small red potatoes and it saves on chopping the potatoes into quarters (I know aren’t I lazy?). If small potatoes are in season, then follow this recipe for instant pot red potato and then cook the red potatoes whole.

The baby red potatoes are similar in size to medium red potatoes that are quartered.

Instant Pot Red Potatoes For Potato Salad

Do you like a potato salad? We have always made an instant pot potato salad from white potatoes, but why not make an instant pot red potato salad? You can follow our potato salad as is, then just swap white for red.

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Instant Pot Red Potatoes

Delicious fork tender instant pot red potatoes. These red potatoes are easy prep, perfect for a simple dinner side dish and ideal for using in an instant pot red potato salad.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 318kcal


Kitchen Gadgets


  • Place 1.5 cups (360ml) of veggie stock into your inner pot. Clean and then chop the red skinned potatoes into quarters.
    How Long To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?
  • Add the steamer basket to the instant pot, fill with the red potatoes and then season the potatoes with salt, pepper, and parsley and then decorate the top of the potatoes with little chunks of butter.
    How Long To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot pressure cooker, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 2 minutes followed by a quick pressure release.
    How Long To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?
  • After a quick pressure release, do a fork test to make sure they are fork tender and then serve the red potatoes with extra butter and season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
    How Long To Cook Red Potatoes In Instant Pot?



Seasonings. We love red potatoes in the instant pot with some parsley. You can swap this for any mixed herbs or why not make it with Italian seasoning.
Baby – If using baby red potatoes instead of whole, then follow this red potatoes recipe and instead don’t quarter them and cook them whole.
Thanks for reading our red potato instant pot recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more instant pot sides then do check out our instant pot green beans recipe next.


Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 1713mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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