Well, we’ve done jumbo baked potatoes in the Instant Pot, so I felt it was time to perfect baby potatoes in the Instant Pot. My kids LOVE those teeny tiny baby potatoes.
The first time I made these baby potatoes in the instant pot, my 2 year old devoured her share and immediately asked for seconds. That’s always a good sign.
While I pan fried flank steak with garlic butter, I popped the baby potatoes in the Instant Pot. It was kind of timed perfectly. While the steak was resting, I was able to saute the potatoes in the Instant Pot to make the skin crispy.
How to make Baby Potatoes in the Instant Pot
I’ve found that using a mesh steamer basket was the best way to cook the baby potatoes in the instant pot. It makes it easy to pull them out and drain the water, so I can prepare the Instant Pot for sauteing the potatoes to get crispy skin.
Typically when I’ve bought baby potatoes in the grocery stores, they are roughly 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. Recently, I had a batch that happened to be more like “micro” baby potatoes. Some were just an inch long or about the size of a gumball from a quarter machine — teeny tiny!
When I’ve cooked the typical baby potatoes, they don’t split open. But if I don’t cut 2-3 minutes off the usual 15-minute time, the “micro” baby potatoes can sometimes split open. If you find your baby potatoes are more like micro size, I’d recommend shaving off 2-3 minutes of time to avoid splitting.
Saute the Potatoes in the Instant Pot
After the baby potatoes are done in the instant pot, I remove the basket and drain the water completely. Then, I like to use the Land o’Lakes olive oil and sea salt butter. It comes in half sticks, and one of those half sticks is perfect to saute about 1 1 1/2 lbs of baby potatoes.
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- 1.5 lbs baby potatoes
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 half stick sea salt and olive oil butter
- Pour one cup of cold water into the instant pot.
- Wash the potatoes and place them in a stainless steel mesh steamer basket for the instant pot and set the basket into the instant pot.
- Set the instant pot on high pressure for 15 minutes. Then do a quick release.
- Remove the basket of potatoes and completely drain the water.
- Set the Instant Pot to saute and add the half stick of butter.
- Saute the potatoes in the butter in the instant pot, stirring with a wooden spoon to prevent burning.
- Once the liquid is almost gone, remove the potatoes from the instant pot and serve immediately. Be careful as they will be hot!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g