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Instant Pot Potato Salad Recipe With Cheese and Bacon

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Instant Pot Potato Salad is the ultimate summer side dish recipe. This potato salad in Instant Pot is paired with a cream sauce, crisp bacon, and cheddar cheese.

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A loaded potato salad that will win over your family at dinner, or guest as your next cookout or potluck event.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Instant Pot Red Potato Salad is one that you can whip up and serve warm or chilled. I personally love warm potato salad, but so many prefer to eat it chilled.

red potatoes diced and sitting in instant pot

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So feel free to serve warm or cold. Either is totally satisfying. I love that this can whip up fast for a weeknight side or potluck side dish.

Can I Use A Different Type of Potato

Yes, you are welcome to use white or even yellow small potatoes. Or reach for a classic russet. I find though with say a russet potato to peel it first. As the skins are a lot chewier than a new potato.

Red potatoes have a waxier skin so they don’t have to be peeled. But if you prefer a creamier texture then peel away.

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Natural Release Vs Quick Release When Making Potato Salad

This potato salad in Instant Pot takes 5 minutes to cook. Then you will do a quick release on your Instant Pot.

That means you will push the valve to vent and your steam will push out fast. Then open the pot and move to the next step of the recipe.

The one thing you have to take into consideration is it takes time for your pressure cooker to come to pressure. So, even though it cooks for 5 minutes, it will take around 8 minutes to come to pressure before it begins to cook.

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How To Make Instant Pot Potato Salad

  • Pressure Cook Potatoes
  • Quick Release pressure
  • Run potatoes under cold water to cool them off
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Add in other ingredients to make the creamy sauce
  • Toss in bacon
  • Stir
  • Serve or chill in the fridge

See how easy it is to make this eggless potato salad! It is different than a mustard potato salad but extremely satisfying.

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Build Flavor With Bacon

Isn’t everything better with bacon? Or in our house, that is our motto. The Instant Pot is crazy simple to use when cooking bacon.

Dice it up small before you toss in and it cooks in minutes. Then that bacon will add so much flavor to your potato salad.

If you want a vegetarian potato salad, go ahead and leave the bacon out.

close up view of cheesy potato salad in bowl

Can I Make This In Advance

You bet! All you have to do is make and then cover and store in the refrigerator. This is great when chilled so feel free to make it up to 24 hours in advance.

Then give it a toss right before serving and then serve it up.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Instant Pot Potato Salad is the perfect side dish. This cheesy and bacon loaded potato salad stands out from the rest. Serve up this pressure cooker potato salad for an easy side dish.


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons season salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp shredded cheese
  • Green onions for garnish, optional


  1. Add 1 cup of water to the pot in the Instant Pot.
  2. Take a steamer basket and place your potatoes in the basket and place in the Instant Pot.
  3. Place lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is sealed. Do 5 minutes high pressure with a quick release.
  4. Once potatoes are done remove and place in a bowl and run water over the potatoes to cool them down faster.
  5. Once the potatoes have cooled you will drain off water and pour into mixing bowl. Toss in the salt, pepper, and season salt and coat your potatoes in seasoning.
  6. Add in mayonnaise, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and chopped bacon.
  7. Stir to combine. Then store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
  8. Feel free to top your Instant Pot potato salad with green onions if you would like before you serve. This is an easy side dish great for weeknights or even summer cookouts.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 985mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading.

red potato salad with cheese and bacon in bowl

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Kathy Fish

Friday 11th of September 2020

I've made potato salad for 40+years and people rave about it. Made this recipe because my son hates mustard. My husband actually said "this is better than the way you usually make it"


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Haha too funny! Thank you for sharing! Glad you guys enjoyed it so much!!

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