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Best Instant Pot Potato Salad

This is the most amazing Instant Pot potato salad you’ll ever make in just 5 minutes! Loaded with eggs and pickles it’s the perfect side dish to any meal.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Boiling potatoes in one pot, eggs in another, then in a bowl to mix it all together is fine but literally you can now make this totally loaded Instant Pot potato salad in no time! It’s probably our favorite side dish in our Instant Pot recipes roundup page. Special thanks goes out to Kitchen Deluxe for sponsoring this post so I could share how we made this with you. (originally published 10/17, affiliate links present)

Of course potato salad is made to taste. If you love a lot of mustard then load it up. If you don’t like celery then just leave those out. You can use your Ninja Foodi pot too.

  • Just personalize this Instant Pot potato salad recipe!

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

The main thing I’ll teach you is how to cook eggs AND potatoes together in your Instant Pot. It is quicker than you probably think!

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In order to cook potatoes and eggs to make Instant Pot potato salad you need a few things:

What kind of potatoes should I use for potato salad?

I like using baby red potatoes. You can find in a bag at your local grocery store. They work perfectly for this recipe.

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If you can’t find them or prefer baking potatoes just ensure that they’re bite sized so the eggs and potatoes are done perfectly at the same time.

A good gage for sizing is if you have a regular bag red potatoes I would cut them in fourths or just small enough to barely slide each piece into the bottom tier of your vegetable steamer with the top steamer attached as you see here.

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Pressure cooker potato salad

  • I used 1.5 lbs. of baby red potatoes. Most of them slid right in. Larger ones I cut in half, russet you’d need to make into diced potatoes (bite size). 
  • Then open your top tier and place 5-6 eggs on top. White eggs are best when boiling eggs in an electric pressure cooker or on the stovetop. They peel easier.
    • Then just close your lid and set to manual, high pressure, for 5 minutes cooking time and do a slow release (meaning just move steam valve slightly so it comes out slowly).
    • Of course they will be very hot so make sure to twist the safety handle contained in your Kitchen Deluxe 2-tier vegetable steamer to secure it to the top tier and then lift the whole thing out.
    • Allow your potatoes to cool and then cut them into bite size pieces.
    • Put your eggs in a bowl and immediately fill it with cold water and ice so they can cool.
    • Once cooled peel them and dice them into chunks of your desired size to make classic potato salad.
    • In a large mixing bowl fold all your other ingredients together for the perfect Instant Pot potato salad!

If you’re looking for other Instant Pot side dishes when you’re done with this one you should try this Instant Pot cauliflower mash & other potato recipes.

Potato Recipe Ideas

Instant Pot potato salad

  1. Small red potatoes
  2. Eggs
  3. Onion
  4. Celery
  5. Diced dill pickles or sweet pickles
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Mustard
    1. some prefer a bit of apple cider vinegar
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Garlic powder and salt maybe

Here are a few other yummy potato Instant Pot recipes 


If you want to use your crockpot for a killer side dish, try our slow cooker cheesy potatoes or Mediterranean pasta salad too.

What if you want to make Instant Pot potato salad with no mayo?

  • Some prefer to use softened cream cheese instead to bind it together. In a bind I have used whipped cream cheese too if I’ve forgotten to leave it out to soften or reach room temperature.

Instant Pot potato salad with no steamer basket

Yes you can either use this standard vegetable basket and lay the eggs on top of the potatoes, or put them this way on top of a trivet.

  • The main point is you need to keep them out of the water in order to steam both of them vs. boiling. The potatoes will become too soft and break apart that way.
instant pot vegetable steamer basket

How do you store homemade potato salad?

  • Pint size freezer bags work great, or use plastic containers. Either way ensure they’re airtight so it stays creamy and doesn’t dry out.
  • It should stay well in the refrigerator stored this way for 2-3 days but personally I think it is best the day after for leftovers.

Can potato salad be frozen?

Yes but once it is thawed out it will not be as smooth and the potatoes may become a bit dry.

Simple potato salad

Can potato salad be made 2 days in advance?

A great option if you’re having a barbecue or during the holidays.

  • Yes! I actually think it is better the day after I make it.
  • Mix all ingredients together well, cover with plastic wrap or foil and allow to get nice and chilly in your fridge.

Are you ready to make our 6 minute Instant Pot potato salad??

  • And if you’re asking, yes you can totally make Instant Pot potato salad with no eggs, but that is so wrong to me! lol
  • The best way to make it is packed with bacon and chunks of diced pickles I tell you! 

Here are printable directions on how to pressure cook potatoes and eggs together.

egg potato salad

If you want to serve a different out of the box variety with this, try our pickle pasta salad too.

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Instant Pot Potato Salad

This is the most amazing Instant Pot potato salad you’ll ever make in just 5 minutes! Loaded with eggs and pickles it’s the perfect side dish to any meal.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dill, easy, instant pot, potato salad, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 335kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1.5 lbs red potatoes small – baby size, if larger cut in half so they're bite size
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 c onion diced
  • 1/2 c celery diced
  • 1 pickle whole, dill, diced
  • 3/4 c mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp mustard or more depending on your taste
  • 1/2 c bacon precooked, diced, optional


  • Add 2 c. of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot.
  • Place your 2 tier vegetable steamer inside with the legs down so it isn’t resting on the bottom of the pot.
  • Close the top tier and place your baby size red potatoes on that level. If they don’t fit in the space between the two levels just cut them in half so they all cook evenly.
  • Open top tier and place eggs there (white is best, easier to peel)
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to manual, pressure, high, for 5 minutes.
  • Do a natural release for 4 minutes and then release the rest of the steam.
  • Remove entire 2 tier vegetable steamer from pot and set aside.
  • Put potatoes in a bowl to cool, and then cut into 4-6 pcs each when cool.
  • Put eggs in a bowl and run cold water on them, remove shells and slice into small pieces.
  • Add cooled diced potatoes and egg into a bowl and add all other ingredients. Stir well until combined.
  • Can serve immediately, I prefer to put it in the fridge for at least an hour but either way is excellent.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 148mg49%
Sodium 437mg19%
Potassium 628mg18%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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