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The Best Instant Pot Bread Recipe

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Instant Pot Bread is the easiest way to get that homemade bread without any fuss. Tender and light white bread that is sliceable and great for serving up for dinner.

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Instant Pot Bread

This Instant Pot Bread Recipe is so simple and only requires 4 ingredients! No stand or electric mixer required. 

I have made this instant pot bread recipe so many times. You will see different pictures, as I have updated my post and recipe, since I first created this recipe!

Homemade Bread

We LOVE homemade bread in our home. Pair with butter and our day is made. I wanted to try my hand at making bread in Instant Pot and I was pretty impressed with the turnout.

Try my Instant Pot Sticky Buns recipe! This is a fantastic recipe. Or if you want a sweet bread recipe try my Italian Easter bread recipe. 

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Instant Pot Bread

I have always had trouble making bread using my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It always seems to overmix and leaves my bread tough and a flop.

So using a bowl and wooden spatula always is the route I take when working with dough for bread. 

I had this cooking while I prepped dinner on the stove, and it all turned out perfectly. Baking bread is something that takes trial and error, but this recipe is so simple.

What Flour To Use

I used all-purpose flour, and within no time my Pressure Cooker was saying the bread is ready.  You can use bread flour if you would prefer.

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Pressure Cooker Bread Recipe 

Simple, easy, and a must make recipe. You might have all these ingredients on hand, and ou will love how easy this bread comes together.

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What If I Don’t Have Yogurt Setting on Pressure Cooker

If you don’t have the yogurt setting, place a towel over your bread dough, and allow it to rise for around an hour or so on the counter.

This takes a bit longer, but it will still rise the bread dough. Then cook in the Instant Pot as directed.

How to Know Your Yeast Is Proofed 

Your yeast when mixed with the water and other ingredients will begin to foam. Generally, this happens within three to five minutes. If you don’t see your yeast is getting bubbly it could mean that your yeast has gone bad or expired. 

If your yeast doesn’t bubble up it will not rise and cook properly. 

Why Did My Bread Stick To the Pan

Make sure to line with parchment paper or grease your pan. This will help prevent any sticking during the rising of the dough and baking process. 

How to Store Leftover Bread 

You can leave your bread at room temperature in a sealable bag or airtight container. Your bread will last 4-5 days on the counter, and it will begin to get dry. 

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 Can I Freeze Instant Pot Bread 

Yes, you are welcome to freeze your loaf of Instant Pot Bread. Just allow the bread to cool and then wrap in aluminum foil then place in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can store the bread for up to three months in the freezer. 

To use, just sit out on the counter and allow to thaw, then slice and serve. 

How to Measure Flour Properly 

You want to spoon your flour into your measuring cup. Use a knife to use as a straight edge to level off the flour once you scoop it into the measuring cup. 

If you don’t measure your flour properly you could end up with a dry over floured dough or even under floured and gooey.  

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When to Serve Instant Pot Bread

You can serve this for dinner, use to make sandwiches, or a treat to break up the day. This easy bread recipe is mild in flavor and pairs with almost any recipe. 

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Instant Pot Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Super easy 4 ingredient Instant Pot Bread! A very easy pressure cooker bread recipe, that takes minimal work.


  • 1 cup of warm water or milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/4 - 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Start by taking your warm water or milk (needs to be 105 degrees) and pour it into a bowl. Add in your sugar and yeast. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. This is where your yeast will bubble. This shows the yeast is activated.
  2. Now you will slowly add in your flour and salt. Now, you might not use all the flour. You want to work your flour in slowly until it forms a ball that isn't sticky to touch. When you reach that texture, don't add any more flour.
  3. Take your dough and knead it on a floured surface for about 2 minutes, or until the ball comes together nicely.
  4. Place your bread in the Instant Pot, and cover with a glass lid. Turn your yogurt setting on low, and do a 30-minute cook.
  5. After the bread has doubled in size, remove bread dough from Instant Pot and layout on a floured surface. Work the dough a bit more, and form into a ball.
  6. Place in your parchment-lined or greased pan. You can use a springform pan or even a cake pan. Cover and let rise on the counter for 20 minutes.
  7. Now take a cup of water and pour it into your Instant Pot, pot. Then add your trivet or a silicone sling and place your aluminum foil covered pan in the pressure cooker.
  8. Place pressure cooker lid, select 45 minutes high pressure. Then allow it to natural release for 10 minutes. Release off any leftover pressure.
  9. Now uncover your bread, and then place in oven or use air fryer lid, to broil the top of the bread. It will give it a nice brown color. This takes only 3-5 minutes to get the color you want.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit, then slice and serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 399mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
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Alisa Duncan

Friday 21st of August 2020

What if I don't have an oven to broil the top afterwards? Is there a setting I can use on my instant pot for that part? Or is it bad if I don't do that step?


Friday 21st of August 2020

Unfortunately no you can't do the broil part in IP unless you have the duo crisping lid. Otherwise, you can still eat it straight from the IP and skip the broil. It will just be a bit softer in texture and pale in color since essentially it is steaming vs actually baking like an oven.

Dawn Hutchins

Monday 27th of July 2020

I didn't have luck with this recipe. I'm sure it's user error. I didn't have a glass top for proofing and didn't fully understand the reason for the glass top. All I had was the lid to the Instant Pot so I used that. It seemed to cook the bottom layer and it got stuck to the bottom. I still tried to follow the rest of the instructions. I tried to let it rise for much longer than the 20 minutes but it didn't seem to rise much. Then I placed it in a springform pan and wrapped it with foil. There was still steam that got into the bread so I had to cook it for longer.


Monday 27th of July 2020

were you on the yogurt setting? You don't want a super tight seal and I wonder if that could be why it cooked. On the yogurt setting it makes the dough warm and should rise faster just as if you put in a lightly warm oven. I am not sure how it cooked the bottom a bit.


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

I made this today during lock down and it was delish! I used 1 cup less flour then called for and it was perfect! Proofed only the Instant Pot and finished off for 3 minutes under the broiler. I brushed the outside with olive oil to get that crusty finish.


Friday 15th of May 2020

Can you make this with no foil or oven?


Friday 15th of May 2020

Yes, you sure can!!


Monday 4th of May 2020

I can't get my yogurt setting to go to 30 min.....I am using slow cook for 30 min-ok?


Tuesday 1st of September 2020

@Teresa, The 1st time I used the Yogurt setting, I was surprised to see that it counts up to 30 minutes, rather than counting down like the pressure cook or sauté settings. I hope this helps the next time you attempt proofing bread in the Instant Pot.


Monday 4th of May 2020

The slow cooker feature will be too hot and kill the yeast. You can always do 10 minutes yogurt and then repeat 3 times.

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