Instant Pot Potato Salad

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): cook potatoes & eggs together with no extra rack or bowl! A balance of rich flavors and textures.

Make this Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe: creamy, crunchy, fluffy Pressure Cooker Potato Salad makes an instant classic crowd-pleaser! Cook the potatoes & eggs together at the same time with no extra rack or bowl. So rich & addictive to eat that friends will beg for your secrets! 😉

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Are you excited that Summer is just around the corner? I know I am!! ?

Warm Sunshine . Picnics in the Park . Fun at the Beach . Hiking . Fishing . Camping . BBQ .

Let the fun in the sun begin!

Back when I was a kid in Hong Kong, summer meant summer workbooks (yes! Our school teachers actually assign homework for the summer – even when we’re only in elementary school), piano lessons, swimming lessons, dancing lessons, tutor lessons…you get the idea. ?

If we’re lucky, parents might get a break from work and we’d have a short vacation.

But things have turned upside down when we came to North America! Every summer, my parents would bring us around the city to explore different parks.

Amy riding a bike in the park.
One last ride before school starts!

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We’d enjoy lovely picnics and delicious BBQ surrounded by beautiful trees and water.

The best part? You can probably tell from my big smile…No homework! hehe~

Dad would load up the grill & tools, along with our bikes on the car. Then, mom would prepare lots of yummy sandwiches, hot dogs, salad, corn on the cob, pop, and popsicles. Yum!

After we finish our food, I’d race my brother on our bikes around the trails and go crazy like monkeys at the playgrounds.

Who knew these simple moments would become some of my most treasured memories. 🙂

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): cook potatoes & eggs together with no extra rack or bowl! A balance of rich flavors and textures.Jacky promised to bring me by the waters this summer for some picnic fun. hehe~

We were discussing perhaps we’ll bring our guitar, play some music and sing some songs. Let’s hope we won’t scare the little animals away! ?

And, how can we miss out bringing this Instant Classic Potato Salad?

In pursuit of a heart-winning bowl of Classic Potato Salad to satisfy our palates…?

Time for an Instant Pot Potato Salad Experiment!! 

What We Look for in a Perfect Instant Pot Potato Salad


  • Potatoes are tender, light, fluffy, seasoned to the core
  • Salad dressing is light, flavorful, rich – sweet, tangy, savory flavors are well balanced
  • A mouthful of creamy, smooth potato salad is full of crunchy bits while potatoes are tender to the bite
  • From flavors to textures, the Potato Salad is exciting in your mouth!

Instant Pot Potato Salad Experiment


What?
Experiment for Potato Salad?!
Why?

Because life is too short for boring food! ?

Potato salad might be one of easiest classic sides or party dishes that everybody seems to know how to make. I’m sure many of you have been whipping out bowls of potato salad for years!

But, of the numerous restaurants & parties we’ve been to, the perfect bowl of Potato Salad is not easy to come by…

Common Problems with Potato Salad


  • Using the wrong types of potatoes – not all potatoes are created equal!
  • Potatoes come out too hard, too mushy or soggy
  • Salad dressing is too thick, heavy, or bland
  • Potatoes are underseasoned
  • Potato salad is out of balance – potato:dressing ratio, flavors, or textures

Russet Potatoes vs Red Potatoes Battle


So first off, choosing the right types of potatoes.

Since Kenji, author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science recommended Russet Potatoes over Red Potatoes for making the perfect Potato Salad, we thought we’d test it out to see the difference. 🙂

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): russet potatoes vs red potatoes

Potatoes Battle

  • Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Altitude: close to sea level
  • Potatoes: Russet Potatoes vs Red Potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Liquid: 1 cup of cold tap water + 2 1/2 teaspoons fine table salt + 1 tablespoon (15ml) unseasoned rice vinegar
  • Time: 0 min
  • Pressure: High Pressure
  • Release Method: immediately Quick Release
  • Cooking Method: directly in the water mixture

Potatoes Battle Test Results:

  • Russet Potatoes: slightly more tender, similar in saltiness, more tangy
  • Red Potatoes: slightly harder, similar in saltiness, less tangy

In conclusion, it’s true that Russet Potatoes absorb the seasonings & flavors better than Red Potatoes in the Pressure Cooker. Though you can taste the differences in flavor & texture, the differences are relatively minor.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad) Experiment

Best Cooking Method for Instant Pot Potato Salad


Now that we’re confident in using Russet Potatoes, we need to find out the perfect cooking condition to make the potatoes tender, light, fluffy, and flavorful.

Then, we can proceed to test if it works with cooking both potatoes + eggs together in the Instant Pot.

We conducted 7+ tests with Potatoes & Eggs using different amounts of liquid, table salt, cooking time, on a steamer rack or directly in the Pot in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Here are the Instant Pot Potato Salad Experiment Results:

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad) Experiment Results
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*HP = High Pressure; LP = Low Pressure; QR = Quick Release

We achieved our desired Instant Pot Potato Salad with Test #7.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Potato Salad Because:

  • You’ll be a star at the party and picnic for bringing this crowd-winning Instant Classic Potato Salad 😉
  • Super easy to make – you can cook the potatoes AND eggs together in the same pot at the same time (no extra racks/bowls needed)
  • A delicious balance of savory, tangy, spiced, and sweet flavors with crunchy, fluffy, and creamy textures – so satisfying to eat!!
  • Made with simple ingredients from your pantry

Ingredients for Instant Pot Potato Salad


Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad) Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

Instructions for Instant Pot Potato Salad


Preparation

Ingredient

3 1/3 lb russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes

First wash, peel, then cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): diced potatoes

*Pro Tip: try your best to cut the potatoes evenly into 1 inch cubes – this ensures the potatoes are cooked evenly to the core & consistent among the whole batch of potatoes.

Step 1
Pressure Cook Potatoes and Eggs

Ingredients & Tools

2 1/2 teaspoons fine table salt
1 tablespoon (15ml) unseasoned rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 cups (1L) cold water
Cubed potatoes
3 (200g) large eggs

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Colander

Add 2 ½ tsp fine table salt, 1 tbsp (15ml) unseasoned rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and 4 cups (1L) cold water in the pressure cooker.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): pressure cooking potatoes and eggs

Submerge all the potato cubes in the water mixture and layer the 3 large eggs on top.

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 Electric Pressure Cooker
Pressure Cook at Low Pressure at 0 Minute

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Low Pressure for 0 minute, then
  • Pressure Release Method: Quick Release

*Pro Tip 1: the “get up to pressure” time will take roughly 23 minutes, and the potatoes and eggs will be done.

Immediately release the pressure and carefully open the lid.

Taste one of the potato cubes to make sure they’re done. If your potato cubes are larger, they may need to sit in the hot water for a few more minutes to finish cooking.

Place hard boiled eggs in cold water and gently drain the potato cubes with a colander.

*Pro Tip 2: Handle with Care – The potatoes will harden up once cooled and chilled in the refrigerator 🙂

Step 2
Prepare the Ingredients

Ingredients

1 (102g) small red onion, finely diced
1 (55g) dill pickle or cornichon, finely diced
3 (120g) stalks celery, finely diced
8 – 10 stems fresh dill, finely chopped

While the potatoes and eggs are cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad) Preparation - diced red onion, dill pickle, celery

*Pro Tip: Don’t put away the knife and the chopping board as you will have to finely chop the hard-boiled eggs later.

Step 3
Cool Potatoes

Ingredients

Hot potato cubes
2 tablespoons (30ml) unseasoned rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Hard boiled eggs

Inactive (Cooling) Time: 30 mins

Gently layer hot potato cubes on a large tray.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): pressure cooked diced potatoes

Drizzle and season potato cubes with 2 tbsp (30ml) rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar while they are hot.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): adding unseasoned rice vinegar

Let the potatoes cool for 30 minutes.

Finely chop the hard-boiled eggs once they are cool to touch.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): diced pressure cooked eggs

Step 4
Make Salad Dressing

Ingredients & Tool

Dressing Ingredients
1 cup (250g) full fat mayonnaise
Finely diced red onion
Finely diced dill pickle or cornichon
Finely diced celery
Finely chopped hard-boiled egg
1 tablespoon (15g) whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon (15ml) unseasoned rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Finely chopped fresh dill
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Silicone spatula

In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup (250ml) mayonnaise, finely diced ingredients (red onion, pickle, and celery), finely chopped hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp (15g) whole grain mustard, 1 tbsp (15ml) rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and ½ tsp garlic powder.  Mix well with a silicone spatula.

Drizzle in the finely chopped fresh dill and mix one more time with a silicone spatula.

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): making potato salad dressing

Gently fold in the cooled potatoes with a silicone spatula. Taste the salad and season with more kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste.

*Pro Tip 1: Don’t overmix as you don’t want the potato salad to be too mushy.

*Pro Tip 2: You will want the potato salad to be a little on the salty side because putting it in refrigerator will decrease the perception of seasoning.

Cover & place potato salad in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The potatoes will harden a little once they are cooled.

Step 5
Serve Instant Pot Potato Salad


Serve as a side dish, bring them to a potluck or picnic!

Man, I just want to swim in this creamy smooth, rich & fluffy Instant Pot Potato Salad!

Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): cook potatoes & eggs together with no extra rack or bowl! A balance of rich flavors and textures.

*Pro Tip: Be sure to print out a few copies of the recipe because I am sure someone will ask. Hehe! ?

*Storage Duration: Potato salad will last for 3 days in the fridge or no more than 2 hours under a hot sun!

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Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): cook potatoes & eggs together with no extra rack or bowl! A balance of rich flavors and textures.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Creamy, Crunchy, Fluffy Instant Pot Potato Salad makes an instant classic crowd-pleaser! Cook the potatoes & eggs together at the same time with no extra rack or bowl. So rich & addictive to eat!!
4.99 from 50 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 - 12
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky | Pressure Cook Recipes

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pressure Cook Potatoes and Eggs: Add 2 ½ tsp fine table salt, 1 tbsp (15ml) rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and 4 cups (1L) cold water in the pressure cooker. Submerge all the potato cubes in the water mixture and layer the 3 large eggs on top. Close lid and pressure cook at Low Pressure for 0 minute + Quick Release (the “get up to pressure” time will take roughly 23 - 24 minutes, and the potatoes and eggs will be done). Immediately release the pressure and carefully open the lid. Taste one of the potato cubes to make sure they're done. If your potato cubes are larger, they may need to sit in the hot water for a few more minutes to finish cooking. Place hard boiled eggs in cold water and gently drain the potato cubes with a colander.
  • Prepare the Ingredients: While the potatoes and eggs are cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Don’t put away the knife and the chopping board as you will have to finely chop the hard-boiled eggs later.
  • Cool Potatoes: Gently layer hot potato cubes on a large tray. Drizzle and season potato cubes with 2 tbsp (30ml) rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar while they are hot. Let the potatoes cool for 30 minutes. Finely chop the hard-boiled eggs once they are cool to touch.
  • Make Salad Dressing: In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup (250ml) mayonnaise, finely diced ingredients (red onion, pickle, and celery), finely chopped hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp (15g) whole grain mustard, 1 tbsp (15ml) rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and ½ tsp garlic powder. Mix well with a silicone spatula. Drizzle in the finely chopped fresh dill and mix one more time with a silicone spatula.

    Gently fold in the cooled potatoes with a silicone spatula. Taste the salad and season with more kosher salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste. Don’t overmix as you don’t want the potato salad to be too mushy.

    You will want the potato salad to be a little on the salty side because putting it in refrigerator will decrease the perception of seasoning.

    Cover & place potato salad in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The potatoes will harden a little once they are cooled.
  • Serve: Serve as a side dish, bring them to a potluck or picnic! Be sure to print out a few copies of the recipe because I am sure someone will ask. 😀 Hehe!
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Recipe Notes:

Total Cooking Time: indicated total cooking time excludes the inactive cooling time.
Storage Duration: Potato salad will last for 3 days in the fridge or no more than 2 hours under a hot sun!

Nutrition:

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 706mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Party Food, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Super Easy, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
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Easy Creamy Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe (Pressure Cooker Potato Salad): cook potatoes and eggs together with no extra rack or bowl! A balance of rich flavors and textures.

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Hesimmons
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Hesimmons

I don’t understand the 0 minute.How does that cook anything. I am using the IP ultra

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Angela Chason
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Angela Chason

Perfect!5 stars

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tom
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tom

I tried this for Labor Day and it was as easy and as tasty as you describe. So good, in fact, that I’m making it again today in my 5-quart Instant Pot.5 stars

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Emily
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Emily

Best potato salad I’ve ever had, and it was so easy in the instant pot. The dill really sets it apart!5 stars

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Anna Looez
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Anna Looez

Amazing5 stars

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Leanne
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Leanne

Great recipe! I didn’t have celery so I used a tsp celery seed per stalk called for. Also, didn’t have fresh dill so I used dill seed 2tsp. Then – no surprise – I didn’t have dill pickles but had dilly beans! Turned out delicious!5 stars

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Lori Mann
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Lori Mann

My IP has low & high pressure but also less, normal, and more settings. I’m not sure which of the 3 settings (less, normal or more) should it be on with the low pressure setting for test #7
Thank you
Lori

Diane Taradash
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Diane Taradash

I used the prep and cooking method #7 with red potatoes turned out great! Thanks for helping me update my potato salad using my grandmother’s recipe.5 stars

Meghan
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Meghan

Wow, thank you! I’m surprised it even made it to the fridge. During the cooking phase, I was sneaking pieces and dipping it into the dressing, and as I was mixing it by hand, I was shoveling it into my greedy mouth. Copious amounts of dill, and the bite of vinegar equals a very happy camper.5 stars

Tina Zamora
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Tina Zamora

So good, so simple.5 stars

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