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Instant Pot Baby Potatoes

This Instant Pot Baby Potatoes Recipe results in a supremely flavorful, tender potato dish. You’ll have saucy, garlicky, potatoes with just 5 minutes of cook time.

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Instant Pot Baby Potatoes

Once upon a time, there lived three boys who didn’t devour potatoes. Unless it was in the form of fries or taters. Otherwise, all baked potatoes, roasted potatoes, boiled and broiled potatoes…all such spuds were denied Devour Status.

One serendipitous day, their mom decided to make Instant Pot Baby Potatoes mostly because she impulsively threw a bag of baby potatoes into her cart while shopping on an empty stomach. She fully expected that she and Hubby would get to enjoy some garlicky roasted potatoes all for themselves. In an unexpected twist, all the boys shocked everyone with their sudden conversion into potato eaters.

I don’t know if the unforeseen rise of potatoes into Devour Status is due to young peoples’ ever changing taste buds, or due to the deliciousness of these Instant Pot baby potatoes, but who cares. All I know is I’ve made this potato recipe 3x this past week.

Grab some baby potatoes, toss them into your Instant Pot, and see what you think…

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Pantry Staples: Basic Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Baby Potatoes: You’ll want fresh baby potatoes, about 1.5 inches each. That makes for a super fast spin in the Instant Pot, with even tenderness throughout each potato.
  • Dry Seasonings: We use Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika in the mix. A generous sprinkling of kosher salt and pepper are needed, as potatoes love to soak up the seasonings.
  • Olive Oil and Butter: The butter provides delicious flavor, while a bit of olive oil replaces some of the butter for a lighter dish.
  • Chicken Broth: A bit of broth provides just enough liquid to cook the potatoes to tender perfection, without the potatoes drying out.
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What are some tips for the best instant pot potatoes?

  • Be sure to pat dry the potatoes in order to remove excess moisture
  • Mix the dry seasonings together in a bowl, prior to adding to the potatoes. It makes things way easier to pre-combine the seasonings
  • Be sure your oil/butter mixture is hot from Sauté mode button on Instant Pot, so potatoes can be quickly sautéed once they’re added to the pot. You can do this in 2 batches, if your pot is smaller or too full.
  • Close, lock, and seal lid and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes. After testing and re-testing, we found 5 minutes to be the perfect cook time.
  • Once your Instant Pot beeps, do a Quick Release (manually)… carefully vent the vale fully, open lid, and enjoy the deliciousness.
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Why all the rage over Instant Pot Baby Potatoes?

  • They require only 5 minutes of cook time in the Instant Pot. Five and dine. (Hold the applause.)
  • You get to use Quick Release method of venting, which means your Instant Pot potatoes will be done even faster
  • The combination of herbs, olive oil, and butter creates a supremely flavorful potato dish
  • These Instant Pot potatoes are simple and delicious, with a garlicky sauce that automatically occurs during cooking.
  • Now you can clap.

What is the texture of these Instant Pot potatoes?

  • After many batches of potatoes trialed in the Instant Pot, we discovered that pressure cooking is better at braising than at roasting. In fact, it does a spectacular job at braising these baby potatoes.
  • Because the Instant Pot requires a bit of liquid during cook time, it produces extremely tender, flavorful potatoes with a delicious, naturally occurring sauce to spoon over your finished dish.
  • If you prefer your potatoes crispy on the outside, you can place them in a single layer under the broiler just until the exterior turns crisp. It won’t take long, so you’ll want to watch your broiler closely.

P.S. Because I’m becoming an Instant Pot freak, you’l find a mini roundup of IP faves below. Enjoy 🙂

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instant pot potatoes

Instant Pot Baby Potatoes Recipe

4.77 from 52 ratings
This Instant Pot Baby Potatoes Recipe results in a supremely flavorful, tender potato dish. You’ll have garlic roasted potatoes with just 5 minutes of cook time.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4



  • In Instant Pot, add butter and olive oil. Press Sauté mode and heat oil until hot. Add potatoes (may need to do this in 2 batches if your IP isn't a larger model) and brown them lightly on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch.
  • Add Italian seasoning, onion and garlic powders, paprika, salt and pepper; stir to coat potatoes. Add stock, stir to combine, and close/lock the lid. Seal the valve and set your IP to Pressure Cook on High for 5 minutes.
  • Once the 5 minutes are done, do a  Quick Release; carefully move valve to the Vent position (I use long-handled tongs for this.) Once Quick Release is done, unlock lid and use rubber spatula to gently toss potatoes. Add additional kosher salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Gently transfer to serving plates, spooning sauce in bottom of the pot over the potatoes. Enjoy while hot.


*If you don't have dried Italian seasoning, sub with a mixture of dried oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram. *If you'd like crispy potato exteriors, place them in a single layer on sheet pan, under the broiler just until they're crisp - keep a watchful eye, as they can burn quickly. *If you want to keep it vegan, omit the butter and replace with extra olive oil
*If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating 🙂 


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4.3g | Cholesterol: 16.2mg | Sodium: 808.1mg | Fiber: 6.1g | Sugar: 3.2g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Method: Instant Pot

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    • Nancy Teeter

    Question: can the recipe be cut in half? Can you use 1/2 the liquid?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you can do half the recipe. Enjoy!

    • Karen Long
    • 5 stars

    Absolutely wonderful. Followed recipe to a “T” and everyone on them were great. My whole family raved. Thanks for sharing. K. Long

    • Heather

    Incredible! I haven’t used our Instant Pot in awhile but definitely will get it back out for this recipe!

    • Joanna
    • 5 stars

    I do love baby potatoes with a garlic dressing, especially when they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I don’t have an instant pot but I can imagine I can make the same recipe in the oven, but in a longer time.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Joanna!

    • Lisa
    • 5 stars

    Yum, this is a genius dish, and so quick to make too! We eat a lot of potatoes so I’ll give this a go!

    • Ashley R
    • 5 stars

    My MIL just got an instant pot for Black Friday and they are still a meat and potatoes family all the time. Ill have to send this her way.

    • Catherine
    • 5 stars

    These look so delicious and wonderful! Perfect simple side for the holidays!

    • Pati Robins

    oh wow they look so yummy and so easy to make as well ! win win in my books

    • Cristina Petrini
    • 5 stars

    The baby potatoes are a really tasty accompaniment for the latter, I will steal the idea for the Christmas lunch!

    • Karen
    • 5 stars

    These look delicious! I love the ease of the Instapot! I’ll have to try potatoes next.

    • Nate
    • 5 stars

    The baby potatoes are so easy to cook. Over the weekend we were boiling some regular sized potatoes and they took forever!

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    This looks so cute and perfect for the carbs. I have to go get some small potatoes for this recipe.

    • Yeah Lifestyle
    • 5 stars

    What a simple yet delicious potato recipe to accompany any roast dish! I know my kids would definitely love eating this

    • Sara
    • 5 stars

    I made this last night, delicious! Even my potato-hating children liked them!

      • chewoutloud

      LOL, I have one non-potato eater in this house who actually is will eat these, too!

    • Dawn
    • 5 stars

    These little potatoes are so delicious! So easy and flavorful! THANK YOU for sharing this recipe! I love my instant pot!

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Dawn! So so happy you guys enjoyed this 🙂

    • Laurie Thornburg
    • 5 stars

    Made these potatos and WOW… they were the perfect tenderness and well seasoned. Not to mention super fast and easy. I used the multi colored potatoes like you and they were so pretty. Thanks for the great recipe… this one is going in the keeper file!

    • Cecilia Harvard

    I love me some good potatoes and these look perfect as a side dish or to eat alone. I will be trying these for dinner this weekend, thank you!!

    • Natasha

    I love potatoes!!! Thanks for the recipe! I’ll have to give it a try.


    Mmmm, yummy! This recipe seems so easy to follow – I’ll have to give it a try 🙂 I love anything that includes potatoes 🙂 x

    • Courtney

    Omg can we say yum? I just love baby potatoes! Must give this recipe a try

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