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Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt

All of my dreams have come true. I’ve learned how to make Greek Yogurt in an Instant Pot and I am obsessed. Instant Pot  Homemade Yogurt is what the cool kids are doing.

Bowl of instant pot homemade yogurt with fresh blueberries, strawberries, pepitas, granola and a drizzle of honey in a vintage bowl with blue and purple napkins.

As you probably know by now, I love yogurt for breakfast. I especially love it when it’s thick and creamy Greek Yogurt. Things kind of crazy when my friend, and owner of La Barba here in Utah told me that she’s making yogurt in her Instant Pot for their shop. Um, yes. I tried it, it was amazing and I’ll never go back. She also blogs at Vintage Mixer and is totally living in Europe for a few months so seriously, she’s kind of one cool kid, with kids. 😉

Bowl of instant pot homemade yogurt with fresh blueberries, strawberries, pepitas, granola and a drizzle of honey in a vintage bowl with blue and purple napkins.

Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. In college I was trying to still eat like normal, but on a ridiculously tiny budget. When yogurt would go on sale I’d buy a few and considered it my splurge on groceries. I know, it’s the little things, guys. Anyway, I couldn’t afford granola so I’d wait for granola bars to go on sale as well and break some up over my yogurt for breakfast.

It’s really hard to be in college and try to balance so many things, but I LOVED it. I loved being on my own, I felt totally capable of sticking with a budget and the feeling of accomplishment from excelling in my classes but I hated trying to figure out how to cook for just one person. I soooo wish I would have had an instant pot back then.

In fact, that should totally be the new graduation and wedding gift of choice. Think about it, one little appliance that can do everything. Even the kids who go into a dorm room could make themselves a real roast with their roomies every now and again and not need a stove at all!

instant pot Homemade yogurt in a tupper ware container with a small serving of honey

How to Make Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt

To make instant pot homemade yogurt or Greek yogurt you only need two things, milk and a starter. Your instant pot (or slow cooker) will take care of the heating, and the fermenting, especially if you bought this Instant Pot 6 qt 9 function (our personal choice) with the yogurt button which makes everything extra easy.

If you think making this yogurt is easy, you will love our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet that makes cooking all the basics extra easy!

Must Haves for Making Homemade Yogurt

Ok, this isn’t a MUST, but it sure will make your life easier. Buy yourself this 6qt 9 function Instant pot.

Weck 1/2 Liter Jars for yogurt storage. They are cute,  easy for the kids to open and keep a good seal in the fridge.

Thermometer- You really do need this. It’s a great thermometer and you need to make sure your milk has come to a specific temperature, so you need it. If the Lavatools isn’t a price you’re comfortable with, we’ve used this cheaper Thermopro one, and it does ok.

Nut Milk Bag– If you plan to make Greek yogurt, which you should as it’s our favorite, make sure you get a nut milk bag to strain out the whey and liquid. For half the price you could also use a cheesecloth, this is the one I have.

Which Milk for Homemade Yogurt

Homemade yogurt does best made with 2% or whole milk. We don’t buy either on a regular basis, so we go with whichever is on sale that week.

Yogurt Starter

Yogurt is the easiest yogurt starter. That’s right, regular ol’ yogurt, plain yogurt, Greek yogurt etc. The most important thing is that the yogurt must have ACTIVE cultures so check out the ingredient list to make sure it includes Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. In fact, many now say, contains active cultures without you even remembering those names. Once you have made homemade yogurt, the homemade yogurt can be used as the starter. Winning!

Instant pot homemade yogurt in a vintage bowl with a drizzle of honey and granola with pepitas and fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries for a healthy breakfast recipe

How is Greek Yogurt Different Than Regular Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a little different than regular yogurt. Both yogurts are heated, cooled and bacterial cultures are added. The mixture then ferments and you end up with creamy yogurt.

This is where the difference comes in, Greek yogurt is now strained to remove whey and lactose, leaving behind an even thicker and creamier yogurt.

Why is Greek Yogurt Healthy for You

Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein than a regular yogurt which will help you to keep a healthy waistline.

Make sure you grab the nonfat Greek yogurt and then the fat isn’t as bad, otherwise it has about 3 times the saturated fat.

There’s about half the sodium in Greek yogurt.

Finally, there’s generally half the amount of carbohydrates, but if you add in honey or other sweeteners that number begins to rise.

How to Make Homemade Greek Yogurt

You actually only need to do one thing to take homemade yogurt and make Greek yogurt. The trick is knowing when to strain homemade yogurt.

After the yogurt is totally done, place a large piece of cheese cloth over a strainer and pile in the yogurt. Wrap the cheesecloth over the yogurt and twist the top, squeezing out the liquid as you twist.

Set the cheesecloth in the strainer and put the whole thing in the fridge overnight to drain out the liquid.

In the morning, store the yogurt in a plastic container with a lid.

How and When to Sweeten Homemade Yogurt

You don’t have to sweeten homemade yogurt at all. It gets tangier the longer you let it ferment, so just don’t take it past the 6-8 hours and it won’t need as much sweetening. But if you do want to sweeten it you should use a natural sweetener like honey and or vanilla which won’t add as much sugar and fat and it will blend in easier.

Sweeten homemade yogurt after you have heated it the first time and are about to let it ferment.

Instant pot homemade yogurt in a vintage bowl with a drizzle of honey and granola with pepitas and fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries for a healthy breakfast recipe

Can Homemade Yogurt be Frozen?

You can freeze yogurt, but we advise against it. Frozen homemade yogurt, or even store bought can take on a harsh, acid like flavor. It’s texture also become runny and grainy. It’s still healthy to eat frozen yogurt, but it won’t be very pleasant.

How Long Does Homemade Yogurt Last in the Fridge?

Homemade yogurt will last for about 2 weeks, if you can get everyone to stay out of it. We recommend you eat it within a week so that you can use a little starter to begin a new batch, and to keep the one you’re eating nice and fresh.

My Homemade Yogurt Didn’t Set

Your yogurt probably wasn’t kept warm enough during incubation which is why an  instant pot really is so important as it does that hard work for you. Don’t worry though, failed yogurt can be salvaged by re-heating it carefully over low heat back to 110 degrees and incubating it for the second time.

Culturing your homemade yogurt for too long, at too high a temperature, or with a starter culture lacking active cultures can cause yogurt to separate or turn lumpy. If your yogurt turns lumpy, strain it to remove the whey, then using a whisk, beat the yogurt solids in a bowl until it turns smooth.

Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt

Instant pot homemade yogurt in a vintage bowl with a drizzle of honey and granola with pepitas and fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries for a healthy breakfast recipe

Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Additional Time: 58 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours
Servings: 3 quarts
All of my dreams have come true. I've learned how to make Greek Yogurt in an Instant Pot and I am obsessed. Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt is what the cool kids are doing.


  • 1 Gallon Milk preferably whole or 2%
  • 3 Tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt with active cultures we use Fage Plain.
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or to taste
  • Honey for serving


  • Begin by heating the milk to 180°F - 200°F by placing the entire gallon of milk in the inner pot. Close lid, venting knob position doesn’t matter, and lock it.
  • Use the Yogt function button, and press it repeatedly until it says, boil. Or use the adjust button to reach "boil". Allow the milk to heat for 1 hour to get the milk to at least 180°F. The Instant Pot screen will usually change to “yogt” when the boiling is done, depending on your model. Giving the milk a whisk usually does the trick, but if it hasn't reached 180, press saute and continue to heat until it reaches 180.
  • Remove the inner pot and place it on the counter to cool until it has reached 110 degrees. Remove any of the skin that forms off of the top and whisk in the 3 tablespoons of yogurt starter.
  • Stir in the vanilla now or we like to do it later so it doesn't get strained out.
  • Place the pot back in the instant pot and hit yogt again. Adjust the time to 7 or 8 hours, up to 10 hours depending on how tangy you want the yogurt.
  • Stir in the vanilla here if you want more flavor.
  • Remove the yogurt into a container to refrigerate, or if you want greek yogurt, place a nut bag or cheesecloth over a strainer and allow the liquid to be strained out in the fridge over night.
  • Stir in honey to taste for serving.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt
Amount Per Serving (6 ounces)
Calories 734 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 705mg31%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 53g106%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bowl of instant pot homemade yogurt with fresh blueberries, strawberries, pepitas, granola and a drizzle of honey in a vintage bowl with blue and purple napkins.

Homemade Instant Pot 2 Ingredient Apple Sauce

A while back I shared our 2 ingredient instant pot applesauce recipe on an instagram story and now I share it here along with how to can applesauce.

A while back I shared our 2 ingredient instant pot applesauce recipe on an instagram story and now I'm sharing it here along with how to can applesauce.

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  • I don’t mean to be stupid but since the lactose and whey are removed when you strain the yogurt. I can use regular 2% or whole milk and not have any digestive issues?

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    • That’s a great question, I know that the thicker Greek style yogurts aren’t as hard on tummies especially without all the sugar added but I’m not an expert so I don’t know enough to truly answer.

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  • if your ip has the yogurt button, why wouldn’t you just use the very simple cold start method?
    It’s just ultra filtered (Fairlife 52 oz whole milk-red bottle) with 2 Tablespoons of active yogurt
    as starter whisked in thoroughly. optional: natural bliss brand vanilla creamer (smaller bottle)
    if you want vanilla flavor and little sweet. but can leave that off for unflavored yogurt.
    then cover with dinner plate or glass lid from any pot, push yogurt button and it automatically
    goes for 8 hours. remove cover, place cotton dish towel or paper towel over top of pot (not touching
    content), replace cover and refrigerate for 6 hours. presto! best yogurt EVER

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    • Thanks for the great tips! Sounds yummy!

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  • When do I add pineapple to make pineapple yogurt? Is going to be ruined if I put the yogurt starter in before I boil it? OOPS!

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    • Oh goodness! I’m not sure! We haven’t tried adding flavoring to ours yet. We’ve only added fruit after it was done. How did it turn out?

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    • I would love to make pineapple yogurt. Paula, how did yours turnout? When did you add the pineapple? TIA.

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  • You said that the yogurt can be cooked up to 10hrs depending on how tangy you like it. Does that mean that the longer you cook it the tangier it is? Or is it less time? Thanks! 

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    • Yes, the longer you cook, the tangier! Enjoy!

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  • I have thoroughly enjoyed your explanation on making greek yoghurt, thank you so much. To many explanations online but not enough details when it comes to making yoghurt. Thank you, now can you make almond milk yoghurt?, as I have been having stomach issues eating certain milk foods, including greek yoghurt which happens to be my most favorite food. Again thank you God bless.

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    • Hmmmm, I haven’t done that yet. I’ll have to experiment.

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  • I want to try it out in a smaller batch…will the cook time of 6-7 hrs change?

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    • I believe the cook time will still be the same, but I’m not 100% sure.

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  • Once you make the yogurt, can you then use the yogurt you made as the starter for the next batch? Thanks.

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    • Absolutely! We always do that.

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  • when should I put the 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt? it doesn’t say on the direction or maybe I miss read

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    • Hi Shirley, it’s in step 3.:)

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  • What if I only have a 6 qt and no yogurt button?

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  • I’ve only made yogurt in the Instant Pot once. I need to change that.

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    • Oh it’s a weekly occurrence for us!

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  • I make yogurt in my IP every week and invested in two yogurt strainers – Euro Cuisine GY50 Greek Yogurt Maker  – easy, less mess. I also save the whey in a quart jar adding about 1/3 cup of my unsweetened yogurt  (shake well) to make buttermilk. 

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    • Ohhhh I’ll have to try that!!!

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  • We bought an Instant Pot three weeks ago and on our 9th batch.  It is sooooo yummy!  Also, made homemade granola to go on it.  Also, good with chocolate syrup on it.

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  • This works great for straining as an alternative to cheesecloth or a nut milk bag!

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