Packed with flavor, this Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad will be the the star of your next summer cookout! Say goodbye to your traditional potato salad recipe, this will become your new go to potato salad recipe!

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad is my new go to picnic dish! Summertime is full of fun events, and even better, so many of them revolve around food 🙂 Picnics, festivals, BBQs, all made better by food! I feel like I am constantly making pasta salads, potato salads, and other picnic foods, and I am always looking for the next best recipe. If you are looking for an Instant Pot Potato Salad recipe with bacon (and come on, who doesn’t want bacon in their potato salad) then you definitely need to give this easy recipe a try.

If you haven’t hopped on the Instant Pot train yet, you really need to! It greatly speed ups the cooking process and imparts so much flavor into your food. I absolutely love cooking slow cooked meats and soups in the Instant Pot, but this was my first time trying potatoes! I actually haven’t pulled out my slow cooker in months because I have been doing all my roasts in the Instant Pot! Not only does it take a fraction of the time, but there is just so much more flavor! Instant Pot Potatoes are so good and have such an incredible texture so I will definitely be experimenting with more Instant Pot recipes with potatoes soon!

Here’s the key as to why this potato salad recipe is so good! Bacon grease!! But here’s the secret, the potatoes don’t actually touch the grease so you get all the bacon flavor, but none of the calories! Here’s what I did: Cook the bacon in the Instant Pot and then remove the pieces, but leave the grease. Add the trivet that comes with your pot or a steamer basket to your pot insert, and then place the potatoes on top of that. So while the potatoes cook, they are actually being steamed in all that delicious bacony flavor!!

So not only do you have delicious, bacon steamed potatoes, but once they come out of the Instant Pot after only a four minute cook time, then you add ranch seasoned sour cream, a big handful of cheese, the precooked bacon, and lots of green onions. I actually thought these potatoes tasted delicious warm as well, so you could serve it as a hot side dish or let it chill in the fridge for a while and serve it as a salad.

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad is so good and so easy and will definitely be a new family favorite around your table!

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Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad


  • 6 large red skin potatoes cut into cubes
  • 10 slices of bacon cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 5 green onions diced
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 a packet of dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat your Instant Pot's saute function. Once ON turns to HOT, add 1 tsp. oil to pan and let heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove bacon from the pot and set aside. Hit the pot's cancel button.
  2. Place a trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot above the bacon grease. Add 1 cup water to the pan and then add your potatoes on top of the trivet or in the basket. Hit the manual button and set the timer to four minutes. Put the lid on and turn the vent to sealed.
  3. While potatoes cook, mix together 8 oz. sour cream with half a packet of dry ranch seasoning. Set side.
  4. When the timer for the potatoes goes off, hit cancel and do a natural pressure release.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes and then mix in the sour cream mixture. Add the cheese, bacon pieces, and green onions. Serve immediately hot or refrigerate until serving.

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad. This easy side dish recipe will replace your traditional potato salad recipe!

If you are looking for another delicious potato salad recipe then you have to try my Bacon and Roasted Corn Potato Salad! So good!

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12 thoughts on “Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad

  1. Planning on making tonight! About how many pounds of potatoes do you use, it says 6 large red. Would you say 3 pounds?

    1. Yep! Just let it release for as long as it takes. It doesn’t take long since it was such a short cook time!

  2. 5 stars
    How many people would this feed? And could you give me exact lbs of red potatoes I need? Thank you!!

    1. This would feed approximately 8 people as a side dish, and I used about 3-4 lbs!

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