Need an easy side dish recipe? In just 10 minutes, this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Red Potatoes Recipe is on the table! A family classic made even faster for an easy side dish recipe that your family will love.

Cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley.

Instant Pot Red Potatoes Recipe

We love potatoes and they really make the perfect side dish. Not only are they easy but they are frugal.

I grew up on butter potatoes. They are delicious.

It is such an easy recipe that you practically don’t need to call it a recipe. But as I was talking to others, I realized not other families grew up on this easy side dish so I had to share.

Normally you boil the potatoes until tender and then add butter and salt and pepper. Then you let the butter melt all over your potatoes leaving you with a delicious side dish.

However, thanks to the trusty Instant pot (or any electric pressure cooker for that matter) this family favorite side dish just got even easier because the cooking time just got cut in half! These delicious red potatoes recipe can be ready in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients to make these Instant Pot Red Potatoes

Instant pot red potatoes ingredients:

  • Red Potatoes
  • Butter
  • Chicken Broth
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

How to cook red potatoes in Instant Pot:

Cut your potatoes into quarters, leaving the skin on. You can peel them first, but the skin will fall right off if you have picky eaters.

Place in your Instant pot or any electric pressure cooker.

Pour your water over the top. Season with salt and pepper and then add your butter to the top (not melted).

The ingredients added to the instant pot insert.

Place lid on top and set to sealing.

How long to cook potatoes in instant pot:

Click your manual button and set the pressure time to 4 minutes. This cut time is based on diced potatoes. If you are using large potatoes, then you will need to increase the cook time by 1-3 minutes depending on their size.

Allow it to cook on high pressure and when finished do a quick release on the pressure from the instant pot.

Remove lid and stir the potatoes coating it in the delicious buttery sauce.

Top with fresh or dried parsley. Enjoy! Also learn How to Dry Parsley in the Oven.

Cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley.

Tips for this Recipe:

  • Cut the potatoes to be around the same size. This will make sure that they all cook evenly in the instant pot and will be ready at the same time.
  • Do not peel the potatoes. I just wash and cut the potatoes and throw them in the instant pot. The skin on red potatoes adds so much flavor to this recipe so make sure to leave them on.
  • The potatoes are soft in this recipe. If you prefer crispier potatoes, broil them for 2-3 minutes after they are cooked in the instant pot.
  • If you double the recipe, you don’t need to double the liquid, just the other ingredients. The liquid in this recipe is so that the instant pot can come to pressure.
  • If you are wanting to cook the red potatoes to be used in potato salad, leave out the butter and seasonings. You can also use water instead of the broth. Then all you have to do is drain the potatoes and they are ready to use to make potato salad.

Do I need a steamer basket or trivet? 

No, you do not need to use a steam basket or trivet to make this easy recipe. That is my favorite part. Everything gets thrown right into the pot and then cooked from there.

Cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley.

Variation Ideas:

  • Use your favorite type of potatoes. I love making this recipe with red potatoes but any potatoes would work great in this recipe. I love making these with yellow gold potatoes, baby potatoes and russet potatoes as well. If you use russet potatoes, I do recommend peeling them first.
  • Instead of Butter use your favorite type of oil. I love using butter in this easy potato recipe, but if you’re on a diet than you can easily use your favorite type of cooking oil instead. Olive oil or Avocado oil would both work great in this recipe.
  • Add your favorite type of seasonings. Feel free to add your favorite seasonings to change up this recipe. Creole seasoning, Italian seasoning or Lemon pepper would all be delicious in this recipe. I would start with 1-2 tsp and add more if needed after the cook time.
Close up of cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley.

What to Serve with:

I love serving this easy potato recipe with one of my favorite grilling recipes. They make the perfect side for any of your favorite main dish recipes. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to serve this potatoes with.

Cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley and a fork with 1 of the potatoes on them

You will need a pressure cooker:

Now you will need an electric pressure cooker for this recipe. I personally have an Instant Pot and so far I am loving it.

You can find the Instant pot on sale here. I seriously do love it.

If you have been putting off trying an instant pot, I highly recommend going ahead and biting the bullet. I love using the pressure cooker when I don’t have much time.

Pressure cooking is perfect for frozen food or meals that normally take a while. You can toss everything in and have dinner ready in no time at all.

Cooked instant pot red potatoes in a large red bowl topped with fresh parsley with the instant pot behind it.

How to Store:

Refrigerate any leftovers in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave, oven or stove top.

I do not recommend freezing the leftover potatoes as they do not freeze well.

I love using the leftover potatoes for a quick and easy side dish for another meal later in the week.

Print this red potatoes instant pot recipe below:

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Potatoes Recipe {ready in 10 minutes}

4.85 from 19 votes
In just 10 minutes this Quick and Easy Instant Pot Potatoes Recipe is on the table! A family classic made even faster for an easy side dish recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 5 -6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 352
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Red Potatoes washed
  • 8 tbsp Butter Cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Cut your potatoes into quarters, leaving the skin on. You can peel them first, but the skin will fall right off if you have picky eaters.
  • Put the chicken broth in the electric pressure cooker.
  • Place all the other ingredients in the instant pot.
  • Place lid on top and set to sealing.
  • Click your manual button and set the pressure time to 4 minutes.
  • Allow it to cook and when finished manually remove the pressure.
  • Remove lid and stir the potatoes coating it in the delicious buttery sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

A family classic made even faster for an easy side dish recipe that your family will love.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 352kcal, Carbohydrates 43g, Protein 5g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 48mg, Sodium 211mg, Potassium 1238mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 585IU, Vitamin C 23.4mg, Calcium 33mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. If I wanted to cut this in half, do I also cut the amount of water in half? I know the IP requires a certain amount of water

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out perfect. Offered as a side. Everyone had seconds. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I originally purchased a Power Pressure Cooker (6 quart) and it worked with no problems for over 8 years. Since that time I have purchased two different Instant Pots and both of them died in less than 1 1/2 years. I am at a loss on what to buy next since the reviews of Instant Pots on Amazon are not particularly promising, Help!

  4. Is it 4 minutes or 5? In the description, you say 5, but then in the recipe instructions you say 4. I’ll just do 5 to be safe, but maybe you can check that on your end. Just letting you know.
    Amber Smith