Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting

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Introducing you to the instant pot yoghurt setting and making the most simple instant pot homemade yoghurt. With just two ingredients and plenty of tips for storing and draining, you will love this guide to yoghurt in the instant pot.

Even better, this is the cold start instant pot yoghurt, meaning that you have no milk to boil first.

This is an updated post. We originally shared with about the instant pot yoghurt setting back in 2017.

instant pot yoghurt settings
Instant Pot Yoghurt Settings

Instant Pot Yoghurt Cold Start

I shared with you yesterday all about instant pot Greek yoghurt, and how the ingredients are incredibly simple, but I didn’t dive much into instant pot cold start yoghurt what it meant, or into more detail about the process of making yoghurt.

Today’s post dives a lot deeper into the process of making yoghurt in the instant pot, and why cold start should be your only method and talking you through the process of cooking your yoghurt and then draining it.

Note that this instant pot setting guide can be your guide and then you can mix and match it with different yoghurt flavours.

Such as adding some strawberries for strawberry yoghurt or added sweetened condensed milk to make caramel yoghurt.  

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What Does Cold Start Instant Pot Yoghurt Mean?

Cold start instant pot yoghurt basically means that you do not need to boil the milk prior to mixing it with yoghurt to make your homemade yoghurt.

It makes making yoghurt in the instant pot so much easier and you won’t feel after following this instant pot cold start yoghurt recipe that yoghurt is complicated. Because it really isn’t!

Is Cold Start Yoghurt Safe?

Yes, cold start yoghurt in the instant pot is 100% safe and this is because of two reasons:

We perform the water test first and this then gives the instant pot a deep sterilisation. It will then make it perfect for starting your yoghurt.

Secondly, we use long life milk. Long life milk also known as UHT, and it is specially taken to a high heat just before being loaded into containers. This means it fights off a lot more bacteria compared to regular milks and makes it a lot safer for yoghurt making.

Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting Venting Or Sealing?

No need to set the valve for sealing when you make yoghurt in the instant pot pressure cooker. Just place the lid on it and make sure the lid is locked in place.

Then simply leave the instant pot on venting as you set the yoghurt.

What Is The Temperature Of The Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting?

The instant pot works like an incubator and keeps your yoghurt at 45c/110f. Then it cooks your yoghurt for 8 hours, so think of it as a very slow cook.

Then just like when you use a sous vide, the longer the cook time the difference it will make to the end product.

Therefore, if you want a yoghurt that has more of a tangy kick to it you can increase the cook time to 9-10 hours rather than the recommended 8.

How To Use The Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting?

Now let’s jump into using the instant pot yoghurt setting.

First of all, you will have your water test completed, will have mixed your yoghurt and milk (scroll down for how to do this) and will be ready for the incubation period to start.

Well, you start by placing the lid down on the instant pot and leaving it on venting.

Then press the yoghurt button:

press the yoghurt button

Then adjust the time to 8 hours or go up to 9 hours if you want a tangy yoghurt:

adjust time to 8 hours

Then after the 8 hours it will beep and be replaced with a “end” screen on the instant pot:

instant pot yoghurt setting end

This is your yoghurt setting process done, and it’s now the time to remove from the instant pot, add the silicone lid and transfer to the fridge.

However, the above is with the instant pot duo, so if you are doing the yoghurt setting on the instant pot with the duo plus, then its only very slightly different.

You will have to press the start button to get it going:

press start on instant pot duo plus

Then once it is started (works with all models) you will see on and then you know you can leave it for 8 hours.

instant pot cold start yoghurt starting

And that is just how easy it is to use the yoghurt setting on the instant pot.

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Cold Start Yoghurt Instant Pot Ingredients

cold start instant pot yoghurt ingredients

Yoghurt – For the yoghurt it can be any that has active cultures. If it doesn’t have active cultures, then it wont make yoghurt. I also recommend going with a yoghurt that is higher in protein than some of its cheaper alternatives as it produces much better yoghurt.

Milk – The second essential ingredient for making cold start yoghurt in the instant pot is some milk. I have found the easiest milk to use is semi skimmed UHT milk. Which translates in the USA as reduced fat long life milk.

Whisk – You’re also going to need a silicone whisk that you can use in the instant pot to whisk up the milk and yoghurt ahead of hitting the yoghurt setting.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this cold start instant pot yoghurt recipe it has just been our Instant Pot. We have this one and it’s my favourite and great for a lot of foods that can make from scratch.

Plus, we recommend you head over to our instant pot recipes category as we have many electric pressure cooker recipes and have been using instant pots for 5 years.

How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?

instant pot yoghurt setting step by step
  • Prepare. Start by completing the instant pot water test. It’s a fantastic way for a thorough sterilisation of your instant pot before making the yoghurt.
  • Load. Then load up your instant pot with the yoghurt along with a cup of milk. Then use your whisk to mix the milk into the yoghurt.
  • Gradually. Then gradually add the rest of the milk and whisk until you have milk bubbles.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot, set it to yoghurt and leave the yoghurt to cook in the instant pot for 8 hours.
  • Fridge. Then when it beeps, place the yoghurt in the fridge overnight.
  • Strain. The next day after it has been in the fridge overnight, strain and then serve.

And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy it is to make our instant pot cold start vanilla yoghurt recipe.

Instant Pot Yoghurt With Condensed Milk

My all time favourite way to make yoghurt in the instant pot is with condensed milk or more specifically sweetened condensed milk.

Those cans that you would normally use for instant pot caramel being used instead for a sweeter yoghurt.

All you do is swap one of the eight cups (240ml) of milk with a cup of sweetened condensed milk.

Instant Pot Yoghurt With Condensed Milk

Then you make the yoghurt as usual and you have a sweetened flavour to it that will have you bingeing on the yoghurt until you make some more.

Draining Your Instant Pot Yoghurt

Then for the draining process. Which I consider to be essential in yoghurt making. As it gets rid of any excess water and instead your yoghurt can be rather runny.

All you do is grab a colander and place it over a bowl, then place kitchen towel into the colander.

draining instant pot yoghurt

Then pour over your chilled ready to eat yoghurt.

pour yoghurt from instant pot

Then wait an hour and it will gradually remove excess water from your yoghurt, like you see below.

instant pot cold start yoghurt runny

Then you can remove the yoghurt from the colander into yoghurt containers and you have creamy thick yoghurt.

Plus, if making a yoghurt with low fat natural yoghurt or fat free Greek yoghurt it will help thicken it.  

Instant Pot Yoghurt Leftovers

Another important part of making yoghurt in the instant pot, is to save a little of your yoghurt for your next batch.

Because leftover yoghurt freezes well, the easiest option is to load it into the freezer for another time.

What I recommend you do is use ice cubes. That way you can just get out what you need and then leave the rest in your freezer.

I used some thin ice cubes that were the perfect size.

leftover instant pot yoghurt

Then grab one out of the freezer and transfer into a bowl, the day before you next plan on making some yoghurt.

Instant Pot Yoghurt Troubleshooting

  • Instant Pot Cold Start Yoghurt Fairlife – Is the name given to a popular milk used in the US. As its not available here in the UK I recommend any UHT or long life milk.
  • Instant Pot Cold Start Yoghurt Flavouring – You can of course do plenty of mixing and matching. I love to add in some lemon curd for a lemon yoghurt or toffee sauce for some strawberry jam for strawberry. And my daughter loves it with grated white chocolate and some sprinkles.
  • Instant Pot Cold Start Yoghurt Lumpy – This usually happens to your yoghurt if you don’t whisk it enough and as it incubates it creates some extra lumps.
  • Instant Pot Cold Start Yoghurt Runny – You can solve the problem of runny yoghurt simply by draining it with kitchen towel like I have mentioned above.

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Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting

Introducing you to the instant pot yoghurt setting and making the most simple instant pot homemade yoghurt. With just two ingredients and plenty of tips for storing and draining, you will love this guide to yoghurt in the instant pot.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 2 Jars
Calories: 609kcal



  • Perform the instant pot water test first.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Load your yogurt into the instant pot along with 1/8 of the milk.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Whisk until well mixed and starting to froth. Then pour in the rest of the milk and whisk until frothy like milk from a coffee shop.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Place the lid on the instant pot and no need to set to sealing. Press the yogurt setting and make sure the time is set to 8 hours, if not press the + or – until you have 8 hours and then press start.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • After 8 hours and it has beeped, remove from the instant pot, and make sure you don’t stir. Then cover with its silicone lid and place in the fridge for a further 8 hours to chill.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Then grab a bowl and place a colander over it, then cover with kitchen towel. Then pour the yoghurt over the kitchen towel. Leave for an hour for the water to drip out of the yoghurt.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Then transfer the yoghurt into a bowl for serving now or into plastic mason jars for storage.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?
  • Then pour a little of your just made yoghurt into ice cube trays ready for the next time you want to make instant pot yoghurt.
    How To Make Cold Start Yoghurt In Instant Pot?


Quantities. I have listed this recipe as a quantity of 4 and that is because it fills 2 jars and is plenty for a family of four for the week.
UHT. This is the name for long life milk. It’s important you use long life milk as it has already been heated through to remove extra bacteria.
Milk. The milk you use matters. Use a skimmed (fat free) milk then you will end up with a fat free healthy yogurt. Use full whole milk with the highest fat content and you will have a creamy high fat yogurt. That same rule applies to the yogurt so do think about the yogurt you want.
Flavours. Do you want flavoured yogurt? Then put the yogurt in a bowl and blend it with your favourite fruits. Then load into jars and you have a quick strawberry yogurt, raspberry yogurt etc.
Silicone. It’s essential that you use a silicone whisk because otherwise it will damage the instant pot inner pot.
Timings. I recommend placing your yoghurt on to incubate exactly 8 hours before you plan to go to bed i.e. 2pm, then transfer to the fridge at 10pm (perfect for a 10pm bedtime) and then by 8am when you wake it will ready for draining.
Thanks for reading our instant pot yoghurt setting guide 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 recipes from scratch, I recommend you try our instant pot veggie stock next.


Calories: 609kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 385mg | Potassium: 1521mg | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 1621IU | Calcium: 1247mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Yoghurt Setting”

  1. Using the instant pot is the best way to make and enjoy great yogurt. To increase the protein content per serving and avoid the need for straining, I use ultra filtered milk. Also, for a zero calorie and tasty flavor try sugar free jello (one small box for one batch).

    Happy “yogurting” 😀😀😀!

    • Some great tips Penny many thanks 🙂 We have just tweaked again our recipe where we left it to strain for 8 hours after the chill and the yogurt was thick and creamy, it was delicious 😛

    • Hi LH,

      We only have the duo and the duo plus which both have yogurt buttons. So we have not done this without a yogurt button but you need to find a way to heat the milk up to 185 f and then mix with the yogurt you have added and then keep it warm for 8 hours. So i do not think there is another button you can use, you would have to find a way to replicate the above, sorry we cannot help further 🙂

  2. Hi there! I’m thinking this may be a stupid question but can I use 4 litres of milk with the 8 hour setting and extra yoghurt starter?
    Many thanks!!🥰

    • Hi Sally,

      If you double the milk then you would have to double the cook time but saying that we have not actually tried to change the recipe so if you are feeling brave and can afford to lose the ingredients if it goes wrong, then give it a try 🙂


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