Instant Pot German Potato Salad

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This Instant Pot German potato salad features a bacon dijon vinaigrette. It’s a delicious, healthy side dish that can be served warm or cold.

This Instant Pot German potato salad features a bacon dijon vinaigrette. It’s a delicious, healthy side dish that can be served warm or cold.

In honor of our recent trip to Germany, I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite German recipes. This Instant Pot German potato salad reminds me of the side dish we saw on just about every menu in traditional Bavarian restaurants during our travels. And I ordered it every single time.

While I love American potato salad too, there’s something special about the flavor of this German version. The sauce features bacon fat, vinegar, and mustard, and the chopped bacon gives the salad an irresistible flavor.

Instant Pot German potato salad is so delicious!

The secret to perfect potatoes for potato salad is the Instant Pot. After just 4 minutes cooked at high pressure, the chopped potatoes are all uniformly tender but not mushy. I can never achieve this consistency when I boil potatoes on the stove.

It's so easy to make this German potato salad in the Instant Pot!

This potato salad is a little different from the versions we found in restaurants in Germany. Most of those used thinly sliced potatoes, and they tended to be a bit pureed and mushier. While the flavor of the traditional Kartoffelsalat was delicious, I prefer the texture of cubed potatoes.

Typical German potato salad at a restaurant in Germany
Typical German potato salad at a restaurant in Germany

I like to serve my Instant Pot German potato salad warm, but it also tastes great out of the fridge. It can be stored for several days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. For a hearty German meal, serve it with sausage and sauerkraut.

Instant Pot German Potato Salad

This Instant Pot German potato salad features a bacon dijon vinaigrette. It’s a delicious, healthy side dish that can be served warm or cold.
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5 from 10 votes
This Instant Pot German potato salad is a delicious Bavarian side dish.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

Recommended Equipment


  • 2 1/2 pounds red skin potatoes chopped
  • 6 strips of bacon chopped
  • 2 tbs diced shallot or red onion
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Set the Instant Pot to Saute (medium), and add the chopped bacon to the pot. Cook it on the Saute setting until brown, stirring constantly. Once the bacon is cooked, remove it from the pot, but leave the grease in the pot. Set the bacon aside.
  • Add the shallots to the pot and cook on Saute for a minute, until softened. Transfer the cooked shallot and bacon grease into a medium bowl. Scrape with a silicone spatula to remove as much as possible from the pot. Add the vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to the bowl with the shallot. Stir to combine.
  • To cook the potatoes, pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot and add a steamer basket to the pot. Place the chopped potatoes in the steamer basket. Seal the pot and set it to 4 minutes on manual high pressure. Once it’s done cooking, do a quick release and carefully remove the steamer basket full of potatoes from the pot using a pot holder.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Pour the shallot/vinegar sauce over the warm potatoes. Stir to coat evenly, then add the cooked bacon and stir.
  • Serve warm, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16
Calories: 144kcal
Cost: $.31 per serving

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Instant Pot German Potato Salad Price Breakdown

This recipe costs $4.93 to make, or $.31 per serving. Try this Instant Pot German potato salad for an authentic taste of Bavarian cuisine.


  1. 5 stars
    My office held an international potluck, so I made this recipe to represent my German heritage. I’ve never had German Potato Salad before, but one of my coworkers said it is the best she has ever had because the vinegar is not overpowering like in most she’s had. It was super easy and delicious. The only thing I may do different next time is cook the potatoes for 3 minutes instead of 4.
    The potatoes held up nicely at the 4 minutes; I just like a bit firmer potato. I will definitely make it again – thank you for sharing!

  2. What are the green things in the photo? Chives? Green onions? Neither are on the ingredient list — how much did you use? Thanks.

    1. The garnish in the photo is chives. You could also use scallions if you’d prefer. It looks like about a half teaspoon in the photo, but I do a different amount every time.

  3. Can this recipe be doubled in a 6 qt Instant Pot… I need to make 10 lbs worth of potatoes for an event and I hope I don’t have to do it in 5 batches.

    1. I haven’t doubled this recipe, but you should be able to cook more potatoes in each batch. As a rule of thumb, I don’t fill my pot more than half way. Also, you’ll need to consider the size of your steamer basket, and how many potatoes it can hold. Let me know how it turns out if you do try doubling it.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a really good recipe. I made it and the only thing I did different was to throw the vinegar into the pot as the onions finished and used it to scrape all the good stuff off the bottom of the pot!

  5. 5 stars
    I love to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot. It’s simply the best, with perfect results. I love German potato salad too! What a great idea to bring the two together 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Each region in Germany seems to have its own potato salad speciality. I’m sure that my hubby would be thrilled by your bacon flavored Bavarian potato salad.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! This potato salad looks delicious. I hadn’t thought about using the IP for potato salad, what a genius idea! Making this, thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    we are big fans of german style potato salad and this one looks fabulous, I love all the flavors and now I must have this pot to make it looks and taste this great!

  9. 5 stars
    I am a potato lover. Potato salad in the summer is a must. You can never have too many to put through the recipe rotation. This sounds delicious.

  10. 5 stars
    I must be going through a potato salad phase because I’m kind of obsessed with them right now. I just made a French potato salad — and now I’m gonna HAVE to make this German one. YUM!

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