Baked Potatoes are a great vegetable option for many dishes and are often eaten as a meal by themselves. They are extremely versatile and can be topped with so many fun and yummy things like chili, a tex mex blend, more veggies like my lemon pepper roasted broccoli or simply eaten by themselves with the classic salt, pepper and butter combo! Whichever way you prefer to have them, one thing is certain...cooking them in the Instant Pot will make your life a whole lot easier!
THE BENEFITS OF POTATOES
Potatoes may sometimes get a bad rap, but depending on how they are cooked, they can provide a really good amount of vitamins and nutrients.
Rich in Antioxidants. Believe it or not regular potatoes are rich in antioxidants which can help protect your body from free radicals and may help fight off certain diseases such as cancer.
Naturally Gluten-Free. Potatoes are naturally gluten-free which make them a great option for those with gluten allergies and sensitivities.
Rich in Fiber. Potatoes are rich in fiber which helps promote a healthy digestive system and gut health.
Good source of Potassium which helps keep blood pressure down and supports cardiovascular health.
HOW TO COOK POTATOES IN THE INSTANT POT + BEST COOK TIME
The Instant Pot has literally changed my way of cooking and given me so much freedom and time back in the kitchen. I can cook rice, potatoes and an entire meal that comes out perfectly and in a fraction of the time. For cooking russet potatoes here is a quick step-by-step plus the best cook times that I recommend based on the firmness that you are looking for in your potato.
Step One: Wash your potatoes thoroughly and pierce the outside a few times with a fork to allow steam to escape from the potato while its cooking.
Step Two: Insert the trivet rack into the inside of the Instant Pot. Place the potatoes on top of the trivet rack. Next add your water.
Step Three: Make sure the sealing ring is inserted into the Instant Pot lid. Close the lid and turn the pressure knob to sealing. If you have a newer Instant Pot with a smart lid, like the one I have, then the lid will automatically seal for you.
Step Four: Cook times! I've tried quite a few different cook times for cooking whole russet potatoes. If you are looking for soft potatoes where a knife can be inserted easily after cooking then 24 minutes on high pressure is the way to go! If you are looking for a slightly firmer texture then I would suggest 20 minutes on high pressure.
MY INSTANT POT
I have the Instant Pot Duo Nova. I've had it for about a year and a half and I love it! It is a 7-in-1 appliance and I use the pressure cooker, saute function and rice cooker the most. It also has the Smart lid which is Instant Pot's newer easy to use seal lid that automatically seals your instant pot when you close the lid. My favorite things to cook in it are of course this dish, sweet potatoes or russet potatoes and rice. It really is a game change for me.
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