How to boil potatoes in instant pot without trivet? If you need soft boiled or steamed plain potatoes which are perfectly and competely cooked, this is the most easy and simple method to making it!
I used yellow potatoes or yukon gold potatoes for making soft boiled or steamed potatoes in the instant pot pressure cooker.
You can also see here how to make boiled baby red potatoes in instant pot here.
I have used the same yellow yukon gold potatoes in this easy microwave baked potato recipe too, which is another easy way to cook them perfectly in the microwave oven!
Though potatoes are too delicious and a popular food, they are also starchy and calorie rich.
However, potatoes have health benefits too when enjoyed in moderation and you may use them in a lot of recipes!
You can read about the health benefits, nutrition and risks of potatoes here.
If you have prepared boiled potatoes at home, it is very helpful for advanced meal preparations as you can use the cooked, boiled potatoes in a lot of recipes easily.
If you have tried boiling potatoes in the instant pot and ended up with hard or not completely cooked or just half or partially cooked potatoes, try this method to make soft and perfectly cooked potatoes.
This instant pot method won't fail for making soft boiled medium sized potatoes!
The process of cooking plain potatoes in the instant pot pressure cooker is so simple and you don't need to monitor it all, like you have to do for stove top cooking.
With instant pot pressure cooker, cooking is so much more easier than ever and boiling potatoes has become one of the most easy things to do in the kitchen.
You just place the potatoes in the intant pot along with a little water and you close the instant pot and let it cook! It's super easy to do!
How long to boil whole potatoes in the instant pot for making mashed potatoes?
If you wonder how long should you boil potatoes in the instant pot (whole potatoes) so that they will be soft enough to make yummy mashed potatoes, here is the answer for your question.
In this recipe for boiled or steamed potatoes in the instant pot without trivet, we cook the whole potatoes for about 30 minutes in high pressure to make soft & creamy potatoes.
These perfectly cooked creamy yellow potatoes are perfect for making easy and delicious mashed potatoes.
Notice that the 30 minutes cooking time is for whole potatoes (peeled or unpeeled, it works for both) & not diced ones.
So basically, the process is so much more easier with the instant pot, because without even peeling or cutting the potatoes, you need just thirty minutes time to boil the whole potatoes.
The potatoes that we use here are yellow potatoes or yukon gold potatoes, which are perfect for making mashed potatoes.
Keep in mind that the instant pot takes a few minutes to come to pressure and another few minutes to release the pressure, which is not included in this boiling time for potatoes.
If you want to boil potatoes for a potato salad, you can use the same method of cooking but you might want to reduce the cooking time because the cooking time used in this recipe is 30 minutes, which is for making very soft cooked potatoes.
You get tender potatoes by cooking this way and you can easily pierce the potatoes using a fork.
As I mentioned, this is perfect for mashing the potatoes to make mashed potatoes or you can add the cooked potatoes to soups, curry or stew to make them rich and delicious!
If you want to make creamy mashed potatoes that are super soft in texture, I recommend boiling the potatoes for an adiitional 5 minutes.
These soft cooked potatoes can be also used to make popular Indian dishes like potato masala for making masala dosa or side dish for poori or aloo paratha (potato stuffed Indian style flatbread).
You can also use these potatoes to make mashed potatoes for making sandwiches using mashed potatoes.
Should you peel potatoes before or after boiling?
I actually peeled the potatoes before boiling them in the instant pot, only because I preferred it that way when I made these.
You can peel the potatoes before boiling the potatoes, or you can peel them after you boil them, as you like.
You may also keep the skin of the potatoes if you wish to leave it on for you to enjoy.
It is really not necessary to peel the potatoes, since we use them in many recipes with skins on.
However, to use in recipes like mashed potatoes where you do not want the peels of the potatoes, you can remove them (though mashed baby potatoes with skin on is great!).
Whether you want to peel the potatoes before or after boiling the potatoes, is really based on what is convenient to you.
If you decide to peel the potatoes before cooking, you can use a good quality potato peeler to remove the skin.
If there's a lot of dirt in the skin of the potato, it is actually a good idea to remove the peel before you boil them.
However, if you clean the skin of the potato, you can boil the potato with the skin itself.
Once boiled, allow the potatoes to completely cool down, then you can easily remove the skin with your hands if you don't have a potato peeler.
How To Boil Potatoes In Instant Pot Without Trivet ?
We use just 2 ingredients to make simple boiled potatoes in the instant pot.
You can see them below!
Ingredients to make instant pot boiled potatoes
potatoes 5 I used medium sized yellow potatoes or yukon gold potatoes
water 1 cup
Step By Step Instructions
Wash the potatoes very well in water and clean them. You may peel the potatoes or you may keep the skin of the potatoes if you like. Also prick the potatoes using a knife which will allow some steam to escape while its cooking.
Place the potatoes in the instant pot and add the one cup of water.
Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position.
Press pressure cook or manual button and cook in high pressure for 30 minutes. If you want it too soft in texture, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Once the cooking is done, the pot will beep and you can press the "keep warm/cancel' button.
Wait for a natural pressure release.
Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid.
You can carefully transfer the cooked potatoes to a serving dish and use a fork to see if they are cooked completely until soft and tender in texture.
The soft cooked, tender potatoes are ready to be used to make mashed potatoes or potato sandwiches, curry, stew, soup etc!
What to do with left over boiled potatoes?
If you have leftover boiled potatoes, they can be used in recipes requiring boiled potatoes to make delcious potato dishes.
You can make mashed potatoes, mashed potato sandwisches, stuffed potato flatbread (aloo paratha), potato patties, potato tikki (Indian style potato patties for burgers) and many more!
How to store leftover boiled potatoes?
If you do not use the boiled potatoes the same day within few hours, it is a good idea to store the potatoes in refrigerator for longer storage so they stay fresh for few more days.
If you make a large batch of boiled potatoes, transfer the leftover boiled potatoes to air tight containers and you can store them in the refrigerator.
Boiled potatoes stay fresh in the refrigerator for another 3 to 4 days if stored properly.
You may also freeze the boiled potatoes for even longer staorage if necessary, however there could be changes in texture if they are stored frozen.
You can get more information on freezing boiled potatoes here.
More Potato Recipes:
dum aloo matar (instant pot method)
instant pot potato and carrot curry/stew
jeera aloo gajar (potatoes and carrots with cumin seeds Indian recipe)
Below you can get the recipe for instant pot boiled potatoes in detail.
How To Boil Potatoes In Instant Pot Without Trivet
- 5 medium sized potatoes I used yellow potatoes or yukon gold potatoes
- 1 cup water
- Wash the potatoes very well in water and clean them. You may peel the potatoes or you may keep the skin of the potatoes if you like. Also prick the potatoes using a knife which will allow some steam to escape while its cooking.
- Place the potatoes in the instant pot.
- Add the one cup of water and close the instant pot with lid in sealing position.
- Press pressure cook or manual button and cook in high pressure for 30 minutes. If you want it too soft in texture, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Once the cooking is done, the pot will beep and you can press the "keep warm/cancel' button.
- Wait for a natural pressure release.
- Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid. You can carefully transfer the cooked potatoes to a serving dish and use a fork to see if they are cooked completely until soft and tender in texture.
- The soft cooked, tender potatoes are ready to be used to make mashed potatoes or potato sandwiches, curry, stew, soup etc!
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