The BEST Instant Pot Potato Salad is made with gold potatoes cooked together with whole eggs on top. No steamer basket or special equipment is needed.

I’m all about Instant Pot recipes that actually save me time! I’m always working to develop all-in-one instant pot meals that allow me to dump everything in the pot for an easy dinner, like this popular Instant Pot Chicken and Rice and IP Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya.

Potato salad in a wood bowl with a towel behind it.

Instant Pot Potato Salad

I will never make potato salad any other way than this instant pot potato salad! I love that you don’t have to boil a pot of water, the eggs are cooked at the same time, in the same pot, and I’m not babysitting anything as it cooks! Both the potatoes and eggs get cooked perfectly, and making putting together the rest of the potato salad is so easy!

This recipe is adapted from my favorite Traditional Potato Salad, so if you don’t have an instant pot, you can use that recipe!

How to make Instant Pot Potato Salad:

  • Add water and chopped potatoes to the bottom of the instant pot.
  • Place the eggs on top of the potatoes.
  • Cook on high pressure/manual for 4 minutes; quick release.

An instant pot with peeled and chopped potatoes and four eggs resting on top.

  • Separate egg yolks from the whites of the hard-boiled eggs and place the yolks in a bowl.
  • Mash the yolks with a fork and then stir in the mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard, a splash of pickle juice, and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes, add chopped egg whites, celery, onion, and pickles.
  • Stir well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.

A clear bowl with potato chunks in sauce, next to an overhead photo of the bowl with chopped egg, onion, pickle and celery added on top to make potato salad.

Potatoes; skin or no skin?

Feel free to make instant pot potato salad with or without potato skins, depending on your preference.  I personally prefer to peel the potatoes beforehand.

Can you make potato salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make instant pot potato salad 2-3 day’s ahead of time.  In fact, it’s best to make it a few hours ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend and the salad to cool in the refrigerator.

How to store potato salad:

Store your instant pot potato salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

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Recipe

Potato salad in a wood bowl with a towel behind it.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard (or half dijon mustard)
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1/4 cup red onion , chopped
  • 2 pickles , minced + splash of pickle juice

Instructions
 

  • Add water and chopped potatoes to the bottom of the instant pot. Place the eggs on top of the potatoes. 
  • Secure the instant pot lid and turn the valve to sealing. 
  • Select high pressure/manual and set timer to 4 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps, quick release the pressure. Remove the eggs to a bowl of cold water and drain the water from the pot. 
  • Separate egg yolks from the whites of the hard-boiled eggs and place the yolks in a bowl. 
  • Mash the yolks with a fork and then stir in the mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustard, a splash of pickle juice, and salt and pepper, to taste. 
  • Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes. Chop the egg whites and add them to the potatoes along with the celery, onion, and pickles. 
  • Stir well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. 

Notes

Don't have an Instant pot? Here is my traditional potato salad recipe, made on the stove. 

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 360mgPotassium: 639mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 165IUVitamin C: 16.2mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 4.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! This has become my go to potato salad recipe all year long. Thank you, Lauren, for easy, healthy and tasty recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    Perfect recipe! I did substitute sour cream for the buttermilk, but honestly I believe it would be super nummy either way. Otherwise I followed the directions, and the potato salad turned out very tasty. I made two batches as it’s for a teachers’ staff luncheon tomorrow. This was a time saver as well as an A/C saver… warm summer day, and my kitchen is still cool after making not one, but two batches of potato salad. A+ on this recipe! Thank you so much!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I hadn’t use my IP for potatoe salad yet or added egg so gave it a go at high altitude. I added an extra tbsp of water and rinsed the eggs. It added an extra minute to it (they’re smart) and I let it sit for a few minutes. It turned out perfectly. I added a little garlic and anaheim to it and sprinkled with fennel semi dried. Delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This potato salad is so delicious! Step by step instructions were so much easier to follow than grandma’s throwing in a little of this and that. We are making this again soon.

  5. 5 stars
    O.MY.GAWSH!!

    I’m 60 this year and I’ve failed at making potato salad my whole life, but this was a huge success!

    I was doing my annual can of potato salad recipes, and when I read that you mashed the egg yolk to begin the dressing, I was in!

    This was also my first time trying my Instant Pot, which I’ve had in a cupboard for almost a year.

    I think my lifelong failures have come from being in HOT Texas and having an aversion to boiling *anything* to make it hotter! I refuse to turn my oven on from May to September.

    The Instant Pot removed the “boiling water into the air” step and I am now a convert.

    I’ll be trying a lot of your recipes for the Instant Pot now.

    THANK YOU!!!!

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