Cheesy potatoes made quick and easy in the Instant Pot! They are creamy and oh so cheesy and beyond easy to make. Layer upon layer cheesy potatoes done in half the time!

A casserole dish filled with cheesy potatoes. The cheese is melted to perfection and there are strings of cheesy hanging from the serving spoon.

Ok, by now you all know that I was a picky eater growing up. My mom has a whole stock pile of blessings waiting for her in heaven for all that I put her through! Potatoes au gratin is one thing that I never complained about!

I mean, what is there not to love?! Potatoes, cheese, cream and more cheese! It is definitely a dish that the whole family will love.

What Ingredients Do I Need for Cheesy Potatoes?

The ingredients for cheesy potatoes is exactly what you would expect. Some people are surprised by the nutmeg, but trust me on this one! Everything else is straightforward:

  • Potatoes
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese

Three cheers for CHEESE! Hip, hip, hooray! Hip, hip, hooray! And hip, hip, hooray! And you all know we only use Tillamook because it’s the best of the best!

A bowl of six peeled potatoes. There are small containers of grated cheese,

How to Make Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes

Ok, is everyone all over Disney+ like we are? Have you watched The Mandalorian? I’m not a super big Star Wars fan (shhhhhh…don’t tell anyone), but this show was pretty dang good! And so now I call our mandolin “the mandalorian”. The reason for this whole tangent…this recipe starts with using your Mandalorian to thinly slice the potatoes…

  • Wash, peel, and thinly slice the potatoes using a mandolin.

Raw, peeled, sliced potatoes with a red and white kitchen towel in the background.

  • Whisk together all the ingredients except the cheeses.
  • Spray a round pan that you can put in your Instant Pot with cooking spray.
  • Place half the potatoes in the pan, then half of the cheese, then half of the liquid mixture.
  • Add the rest of the potatoes, then the remaining liquid mixture.

A casserole dish filled with sliced raw potatoes. A cream sauce is poured over the top.

  • Pour water into your Instant Pot.
  • Place your pan of potatoes in the Instant Pot on top of a trivet.
  • Close the lid. Seal the pressure release valve.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes and do a Quick Release of the pressure when the cooking is done.
  • Remove the pan out of the Instant Pot and top the potatoes with the rest of the cheese.
  • Place your pan in the oven to broil on high for 3 minutes.
  • Bon appetit!!

A casserole dish with cheesy potatoes topped with melted cheese and parsley leaves. There is a stack of dinner plates in the background and an instant pot.

What to Eat with Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes?

Cheesy potatoes go with just about anything. From chicken to beef to pork, it’s a yes to Instant Pot potatoes! A few of our favorite meals to eat the with are classic meatloaf, smoked ribs, grilled BBQ chicken, or smoked brisket!

Don’t forget a side of potato rolls!

A plate of instant pot cheesy potatoes. The cheese is melted and the potatoes are creamy. It is topped with a parsley leaf.

Tips for Making Cheesy Potatoes

  • Potatoes: good ol’ Russet potatoes is what we like the best! They hold up in the pressure cooker and have great flavor.
  • Choose your favorite cheese: we love the combination of mozzarella and cheddar, but use whatever cheese you like best. You could use pepper jack if you like a little kick, or a smoked gouda would be divine!
  • Melt the cheese on top: we like to throw our pan in the oven to broil so the cheese gets a little crispy on top, but you could leave it in the Instant Pot. Add the cheese on top and place the lid back on for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Trivet: if you don’t have a trivet for your Instant Pot, you can use any heat resistant object that will keep the pan up out of the water.

A serving of instant pot potatoes with a leaf of parsley on top. A fork is piercing the melted cheese on top of the potatoes. There is a white linen napkin in the background.

What Does An Instant Pot Do?

An Instant Pot is a kitchen appliance that does just about everything. It’s a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, a warmer, and a saute-er. I use it the most often as a pressure cooker or a yogurt maker. We love our Instant Pot!

Print off our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet and save yourself some hassle! It has all the info you need to make all the basics in the Instant Pot!

Is It Safe To Use An Instant Pot?

Yes, it is definitely safe to use an Instant Pot. I’ve used ours over a hundred times and have never had any issue. Just follow the instructions carefully and you should never have an issue.

A casserole dish full of cheesy potatoes. The cheese is melted and toasted.

Are Potatoes Good For You?

Potatoes are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamins C and B6, and they are low in cholesterol. As long as you don’t bathe them in butter or bury them in cheese and cream (oopsies!), they are healthy and great for heart health.

Are Potatoes Keto?

Potatoes are starchy and contain more digestible carbohydrates than fiber which makes them not good for a keto diet. They should be limited if you are doing keto.

A serving of instant pot cheesy potatoes are being lifted from a white casserole dish with a serving spoon. the melted cheese is stringing out below the spoon. there is a stack of dinner plates in the background and a red and white kitchen towel beside the casserole dish.

How Long Will Cheesy Potatoes Keep?

Cheesy potatoes will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

How to Reheat?

Potatoes au gratin can be reheated in the microwave, over or in the skillet. We like to reheat in the oven to get that golden crispy cheese on top!

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Instant Pot Cheesy Potatoes

3.74 from 15 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


Creamy and oh so cheesy and beyond easy to make. Layer upon layer cheesy potatoes done in half the time!


  • 6 Potatoes, Russett, washed and peeled
  • 1 Cup Cream, Heavy Whipping
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper, ground
  • 1 Cup Cheese, Mozzarella, grated
  • 1 Cup Cheese, Cheddar, grated, divided


  • Thinly slice the potatoes using a mandolin.
    6 Potatoes
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the heavy cream, garlic, nutmeg, flour, salt, black pepper.
    1 Cup Cream, 3 Cloves Garlic, 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, 2 Tablespoons Flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt, 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • Spray a round pan that can easily fit inside your pressure cooker (I used 8″ round with 2″ high sides) with non stick spray. Layer half of the potatoes in the pan, followed by half of the cheese. Pour half of the liquid over the top. Repeat with the rest of the potatoes, and liquid, reserving the remaining cheese for later.
    1 Cup Cheese, 1 Cup Cheese
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups of water into the liner of your pressure cooker and place the round pan on top of your trivet. Slowly lower your pan down into the liner of your pressure cooker. Close the lid and turn the pressure release valve to seal. Cook on HIGH pressure for 25 minutes, followed by a QUICK RELEASE of the pressure.
  • Carefully remove the pan out by the trivet handles and place pan on a baking sheet. Top with the remaining cheese and place under the broiler in your oven for 3 minutes. (Or leave the potatoes in the pressure cooker, top with cheese and cover for 5 minutes to melt the cheese before removing from liner).
    1 Cup Cheese, 1 Cup Cheese
  • Enjoy!


These potatoes can be frozen for 2 months.


Serving: 1CupCalories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 11gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 831mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 961IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 300mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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