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Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Red Potatoes

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Make delicious parmesan garlic red potatoes in just a few minutes in the Instant Pot!

I got an Instant Pot for Christmas. I wasn’t really sure what I was going to cook in it, but everyone was raving about them so I decided to give it a try. I’ve always wanted a pressure cooker but was worried about it exploding. I figured an electric pot that does all the thinking for itself would be a good start.

And I love it! I haven’t used it a ton, but the recipes I have tried have been amazing and easy to make. We’ve made everything from hard boiled eggs to macaroni cheese with amazing results. And these potatoes are a super easy side dish you can throw together in a jif!

Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Red Potatoes

Red potatoes are one of my favorite summer side dishes. We usually grill them, but they are so easy to whip up in the Instant Pot.  Plus the list of ingredients here is so small – potatoes, water, oil, garlic and basil.

Start by using a knife to put a small cut in each potato. This makes sure that the potatoes don’t explode in the Instant Pot. You could also use a fork to make holes.

Place the steamer rack that came with the Instant Pot into the bottom of the pot. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot.  Put the potatoes on the rack. You can add more or less depending on how many you need.

Seal the lid and close the pressure. Turn the Instant Pot on manual for 15 minutes.  The pot has to come pressure first, then the potatoes cook for 15 minutes. So if you’re on a time schedule, make sure to give enough time for the pressure to rise. I’d give it about 30 minutes total.  When the pot beeps that it’s done, let it sit for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release of the pressure.

BE CAREFUL when releasing the pressure! VERY HOT steam will come out of the top of the pot. I use a wooden spoon to turn the gasket to release the pressure. Putting your hand close to this will result in a burn!

While the pressure is releasing, heat garlic and oil in a pan or cast iron skillet. Carefully remove potatoes from the pressure cooker using tongs. Put the potatoes on a plate or cutting board and smash them with the bottom of a drinking glass. You just want break them up a little.

Use the tongs to put the potatoes into the pan with oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove the potatoes to a serving platter or plates. Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil and serve. This is an easy way to make potatoes with a little flair for dinner.
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Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Potatoes

Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Potatoes


  • 6-8 red potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


Place steamer basket into the bottom of the instant pot. Pour 2 cups water into the pot. Seal the lid and close the pressure. Heat on Manual for 15 minutes. Release pressure after 5 minutes.

In a skillet heat garlic and oil. Carefully remove potatoes from pressure cooker using tongs. Smash them with the bottom of a drinking glass. Place into the pan with oil and garlic and heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Season with salt and pepper.

Top with cheese and fresh basil before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1564Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 5252mgFiber: 29gSugar: 22gProtein: 43g
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  • SUzanne
    June 14, 2017

    Wonderful dish, thank you so much for bringing to the party!

  • Miz Helen
    June 13, 2017

    These potatoes will be delicious! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • What a fantastic dish to share at Fiesta Friday party! Thank you for partying with us!

  • The whole meal looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. I’ve pinned and shared. Have a great week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  • Amy
    June 6, 2017

    I love red potatoes and this looks like such a good way to fix them. It is always nice to find a variation. I have had an insta pot for a while and have really just started using it. I love finding new recipes to use it. Shared and Pinned. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays link party.

  • These look great! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!