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Steamed Potatoes (Instant Pot Recipe)

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Quick and easy to prepare in less than 15 minutes, Instant Pot Red Potatoes are the perfect shortcut to a mouthwatering side dish. Cooked to perfection, all they need is melted butter, chopped parsley, and a sprinkle of salt to finish and serve. So, whether you’re serving them with a juicy steak or roasted salmon, these Instant Pot potatoes are sure to please.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 pounds small ( 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter) red skin potatoes (can also use yellow/Yukon Gold)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted), melted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Slice the potatoes in half crosswise.
  2. Place the steamer basket (or trivet) in the Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups of water to the pot (up to but not touching the bottom of the basket).
  3. Add the potatoes. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and ensure the vent is set to the sealing position. Select the “Pressure Cook” function,  set the pressure to “High”, and set the timer to 7 minutes.
  4. Once the cooking time is complete, quick release the pressure by pressing down on the valve (venting button). Be cautious of the hot steam.
  5. Once the Instant Pot is fully vented, carefully open the lid and use a fork to test the doneness of the potatoes. They should be tender and easily pierced. If not quite done, close the lid and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, carefully remove them from the Instant Pot and place in a large serving bowl.
  7. Pour the melted butter over the potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley, salt, and pepper (if using); gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.
  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Quick and easy, side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of potatoes (1/2 pound)
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 198.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.4 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg