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Instant Pot Potato Salad

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This Instant Pot potato salad is such a delicious side dish! This dairy-free, gluten-free potato salad features soft red potatoes in a light, creamy dressing.

Instant Pot potato salad in a bowl

The Best Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe

My family loves potato salad, but it’s a bit of a pain to make. Boiling the potatoes to get just the right texture is frustrating. Some potatoes are done cooking before others, and inevitably they turn out a little too mushy or a little too crunchy.

So I was so excited to discover that the Instant Pot yields the perfect texture every single time. With just a four minute cook time, chopped red potatoes come out soft enough to absorb the dressing but solid enough to distinguish themselves from mashed potatoes.

It does take between 10 and 15 minutes for the pressure cooker to come to pressure, but there’s no babysitting involved like there is with stove top potato salad.

Instant Pot red potato salad on a plate

Step By Step Instructions to Make Instant Pot Potato Salad with Red Potatoes

Red skin potatoes are steamed in the Instant Pot

Step One: Cook the Red Potatoes and Eggs in the Instant Pot

Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot, then add a steamer basket to the pot. Place the chopped potatoes and eggs in the steamer basket. Turn the valve to the sealing position and set the Instant Pot to 4 minutes on manual high pressure. Once it’s done cooking, do a quick release and remove the steamer basket from the pot using a pot holder.

Egg yolks are scooped out of hard boiled eggs
Dressing is added to other ingredients

Step Two: Mix Together the Ingredients

Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl, and put the eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool a bit. Then peel each egg, cut in half, and remove the yolks to a small bowl. Mash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Stir to combine evenly. Chop the egg whites and place them in the large bowl with the potatoes, along with the chopped celery and scallions. Pour the dressing onto the potato mixture. Stir gently to coat evenly. Sprinkle the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best potatoes for potato salad in the Instant Pot?

I prefer red potatoes because they hold their shape well. They yield the classic potato salad texture and look, and their thin red skin isn’t thick or gritty. If you’d prefer a creamier potato salad, you could use a starchy version like russet potatoes.

Do the Red Potatoes Need to Be Peeled?

I leave the skin on my red potatoes for a boost in fiber, and it gives some added color to the recipe. But you can peel them if you’d prefer, and it doesn’t impact the cooking time.

What if My Potatoes Are Still Firm After the Cooking Time?

Cut the potatoes into evenly sized pieces of about 3/4 inches. At this size, they should be perfectly cooked after a 4 minute cook time in the Instant Pot. If you’re using a different type of potato or you cut the pieces bigger, it may take a bit longer to cook them. If they’re still hard after the 4 minute cook time, you can simply set the Instant Pot to Saute and continue cooking them, uncovered, for a few more minutes, until softened.

Can I Make Substitutions?

You can substitute onions and pickles for the celery and scallions. You can also substitute your favorite vinegar-based potato salad dressing.

Can I Omit the Eggs?

The eggs can be omitted from this recipe. The dressing can be made as written without the cooked egg yolk, and the Instant Pot potato salad is still delicious.

Can you freeze potato salad?

Potato salad can be frozen, but the quality isn’t as good after defrosting. Rather than freeze the finished potato salad, it’s a better idea to freeze the plain cooked potato chunks. Once they’re defrosted, steam them briefly to heat them up, then add the remaining ingredients.

Instant Pot potato salad in a bowl

This Instant Pot potato salad really couldn’t be easier to make. My family enjoys it all year long.

Try my Instant Pot German potato salad for another variation of this delicious side dish. And this Instant Pot cauliflower is simple to make in your pressure cooker. It takes a cook time of zero minutes!

Instant Pot Potato Salad

This Instant Pot potato salad features red potatoes and a creamy dressing. (gluten-free, dairy-free)
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4.95 from 20 votes
Instant Pot potato salad in a bowl
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red skin potatoes chopped into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 4 scallions diced (white and light green parts only)
  • 1/3 cup organic mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp stone ground mustard or your favorite kind
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh chives for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot, then add a steamer basket to the pot. Place the chopped potatoes and eggs in the steamer basket. Cover the lid, turn the valve to sealing, and set the Instant Pot to 4 minutes on manual high pressure. Once it’s done cooking, do a quick release and remove the steamer basket from the pot using a pot holder.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl, and put the eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool a bit. Then peel each egg, cut in half, and remove the yolks to a small bowl. Mash the egg yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Stir to combine evenly.
  • Chop the egg whites and place them in the large bowl with the potatoes, along with the chopped celery and scallions.
  • Pour the dressing onto the potato mixture. Stir gently to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16
Calories: 81kcal
Cost: $.24 per serving

Instant Pot Red Potato Salad Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $3.90 to make, or $.24 per half cup serving. Try this easy red potato salad in the Instant Pot the next time you’re feeding a crowd. Everyone will love it!

Note: This post was originally published in 2018, and it was updated in 2022.

23 Comments

    1. Taylor, you could use the steam rack that comes with the 3 quart Instant Pot. Just make sure you cut the pieces of potato big enough so they don’t slip through into the water.

  1. 5 stars
    New to my iPot. Excited to learn about how to make everyone’s favourite: potato salad!
    Thanks so much! Yes, will leave those skins on!

  2. 5 stars
    Instant Pot is a total game changer for potato salad, so much easier and I agree that the texture comes out perfect every single time!

  3. 5 stars
    Four minutes to cook potatoes!?? Ok I need an instant pot! I love a good potato salad recipe and this one sounds great – a little vinegar is always super important.

  4. 5 stars
    I love a good potato salad, andI especially love this one because you can make it in the instant pot! Those tangy flavors are my favorite.

  5. 5 stars
    I just LOVE the Instant Pot, it makes life soooooo easy. And this recipe would be a great pair up with so many proteins! Definitely going to try it soon.

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