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Soft Pretzels Recipe – Proofing Dough in Instant Pot Method

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Soft Pretzel Recipe will be your new go-to homemade soft pretzels recipe. An easy pretzel that is so good. If you own an Instant Pot I will share how to proof the dough in the Instant Pot to speed up the rising of the dough.

These easy soft pretzels are great for dipping in warm cheese sauce, beer cheese, or eating plain.

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Bread is a guilty pleasure of mine, and when you say the words homemade soft pretzel twists I can’t resist.

Also, if you are looking for more Instant Pot recipes to try, check out my pantry recipes!

Why You Will Enjoy This Soft Pretzels Recipe…

  • Easy Ingredients
  • Quick Prep if you proof dough in Instant Pot
  • Bakes to Soft and fluffy pretzels
  • Easy to shape into twists
  • Family-friendly recipe
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Homemade pretzels don’t have to be hard. I want to share a simple way on how to make pretzels that are just like the ones you love. Add on a little salt, pair with cheese dip, and devour!

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Butter
  • Coarse Salt

How to Make

Full directions and measurements for this recipe are in the printable recipe card below.

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Step 1: The first thing you are going to want to do is activate your yeast. Add your warm water to a bowl, add your yeast, and sugar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until the yeast begins to foam up.

This means your yeast is activated. Then you can move on to the rest of the pretzel dough recipe.

Step 2: Now work on mixing in the rest of your ingredients mixing it up until all the ingredients form a dough.

Step 3: Grease your Instant Pot liner or a bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Let it rise on the counter for 1-2 hours or until it doubles.

Or in the Instant Pot on the yogurt setting, for 30 minutes. Put a plate on the lid area to allow the dough to warm up.

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Step 4: Now you will shape your dough. Roll out into lines, and twist them up. Drop in the hot water, as directed.

Place on the baking tray, brush with butter, and salt and bake in the oven until golden brown.

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Ways To Serve Up Homemade Pretzels

  • Add cinnamon and sugar for a sweet pretzel
  • Dip in honey butter
  • Sprinkle on Pretzel Salt
  • Dip in Cheese Sauce
  • Any other favorite pretzel dipper


Soft pretzels can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or sealable bag for 2-3 days. They will dry out kind of fast. So you can warm them in the microwave to help soften and give that fresh out of the oven texture.

You can freeze your pretzels as well. Just place in an airtight freezer container, and freeze for 1-2 months. Then warm up in the microwave or even in the oven wrapped up in aluminum foil.

I love making soft pretzels and the freezing a bunch to have on hand to just reheat and eat.

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Recipe FAQs

Here are some helpful tips and common questions on making this homemade pretzel recipe. A soft baked pretzels that is so easy to make.

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How To Get Golden Brown Pretzels

The key is after your dough is formed and on the baking sheet, spread the melted butter all over the pretzels. I use a silicone brush to dip and brush all over.

You then get that ultimate golden brown look you know and love when it comes to pretzels.

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Soft Pretzels

Yield: 24 Pretzels
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes 15 seconds
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes 15 seconds

Soft Pretzels that are homeade and so easy to make. Learn how to make soft pretzels while proofing your dough in the Instant Pot. Give this easy soft pretzels recipe a try for a tasty pretzel recipe to enjoy.


  • 1 package yeast (active dry yeast)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt


  1. Start by adding your yeast in a bowl with warm water that is 105 degrees. Add in your sugar as well. Let the yeast sit for 5 minutes to wait for it to bubble up.
  2. Once the yeast is activated (bubbles up) you will add in your flour and salt. You can hand stir or use a stand mixer with the hook attachment. You will want to knead the dough for 3-5 minutes on the stand mixer setting of medium.
  3. Now you can move your pretzel dough to a greased bowl and cover to rise for one hour. Or turn your Instant Pot to low on the yogurt setting and place your dough inside. Cover with a glass lid for 30 minutes.
  4. Once your dough has risen from whatever method you chose, you will turn down the dough and roll out on a floured surface.
  5. Cut your dough into long logs, and make even strips.
  6. You want to roll your dough into thin strips and then twist the strips to make a knot and set aside. Repeat till all your knots are done.
  7. Now turn the oven on to 400 degrees to preheat the oven.
  8. Now you will want to bring a pot of water to a boil, and add in the baking soda. You will heat until baking soda is dissolved. Then remove from the heat.
  9. Now you will dip each of your pretzels in the hot water (in and out), and then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  10. Move all your dipped pretzels to a baking sheet that has parchment paper. Now spread some melted butter on each of the pretzels. Then top with the coarse salt.
  11. Bake in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until your pretzels are golden brown.


Make sure to allow time for your yeast to activate. If your yeast is not activated, it won't allow your bread dough to rise.

Coarse salt is going to give you that classic salt texture you want on the pretzels.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 681mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
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Monday 4th of January 2021

What is the best way to store the soft pretzels? If I made a big batch, can they be frozen? They are delicious by the way. I definitely will be making more.


Monday 4th of January 2021

Yes they can be frozen. Just allow them to cool then freeze properly for up to three months! So glad you enjoyed them!


Saturday 18th of April 2020

I did the 30 min in instant pot and it cooked my dough. What did I do wrong.


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Did you do the low setting on the Yogurt setting?

Kitty Aspen All

Thursday 16th of April 2020

You say to dip in and out of boiling water but also to remove water from heat? Before dipping? The water will not be boiling if I do that, could you please clarify? Thank you and I am excited to try your recipe.


Thursday 16th of April 2020

You want the water to be boiling when you remove it from the heat. Then dip in and out. You just need the water really hot or it won't work.

Gina Andrews

Saturday 11th of April 2020

How long to you put them in the billing water? Just in and out?


Saturday 11th of April 2020

Yes just in and out, sorry about that!


Friday 3rd of April 2020

How much is a package of yeast? (I have a jar of it and I’m a bread newbie!) Thanks.


Friday 3rd of April 2020

I think a packet of yeast is 2 teaspoons if I am correct :-)

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