Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

Salt potatoes (aka Syracuse Salt Potatoes) made in the Instant Pot are a delicious, easy, and popular recipe.  They are creamy on the inside and drenched in a butter ranch seasoning making for the best salt potatoes you have ever had. This elevated salt potato recipe is simple and fast to make thanks to the Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker.

The original recipe and photos are all over the internet and social media. However, though it is delicious as is, I wanted a bit more seasoning and flavor. I admit it was one of the first recipes I tried when I got my Instant Pot years ago. Since then I have tried to add more flavor to the basic boiling potatoes in salted water recipe and came up with this tastier version. You will surely love it!

Pressure cooking has made a comeback in the last few years for sure. Whether you have an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker, these are not your grandmother’s pressure cookers. That is for sure.  Most noteworthy, they do not seem as “scary” as those manual versions in the past.   No need to be scared of these, I promise.

 

 

Pressure Cooker Circa 1940
Pressure Cooker Circa 1940

 

Here is the model I have had for a few years. It does so many things like making homemade yogurt, rice cooking, saute, and soup mode.  The 8-qt size is the one we have.  It is also big enough for our family of 5 – now when the boys are teens that may be a different story but for now, it is just perfect!

Instant Pot Duo 80 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer, 8-QT, Stainless Steel/Black

 

Why is Salt Potatoes so Popular

The reason they are so popular is simple.  They are:

 

Ranch Salt Potatoes are even Better!

So take all those above reasons for why salt potatoes are amazing and then add traditional ranch flavoring.  Melted butter and the dried ranch dressing mix just put it over the top for more flavor without taking away from the crisp skin that salt potatoes have.  This adds a bit of tang from the buttermilk and earthiness of the dried onions and herbs that are in the ranch seasoning.  This is hands down the best mini potato recipe you can make in the Instant Pot.

 

Making the Best Instant Pot Salt Potatoes is Easy

Creamy on the inside and drenched in butter ranch seasoning makes for the best salt potatoes you have ever had. Easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot. You only need a few ingredients to make these and several things you probably already have in your home.

If your family likes ranch dressing or ranch dip, you probably already have the packets or the big container of the ranch seasoning. If not, you will be buying these more often once you get addicted to these potatoes. Fresh chives are optional but we love having them on these plus it adds a pop of color and freshness.

 

What Kind of Potatoes Work for Salt Potatoes

You will want 3 pounds of small potatoes. You can use whatever are your favorite as long as they are small and bite-sized. The kinds of potatoes we have used and find work great are the following:

  • Yukon Gold
  • Red Potatoes
  • Dutch Yellow
  • Fingerling
  • Petite – comes in many colors like red, white, and purple?

To find out more about potato varieties, check out IDAHO POTATOES OFFICIAL WEBSITE

 

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes
Ranch Salt Potato Ingredients

 

 

Here are the fees steps you need for the perfect side dish. Scrub the potatoes and remove any that look bad.   In the insert of the Instant Pot, add 1 cup of salt and top with 6 cups of warm water. You want to make sure the water is warm enough to help dissolve the salt.  Stir to ensure all the salt is dissolved.

Once dissolved, add the potatoes.  Lock the lid in place and set the valve closed.  Select MANUAL on the Instant Pot and set to 3 minutes.

Once the potatoes come to pressure and cook for the 3 minutes, leave the lid on and let it continue.  Once the clock comes up to 15 minutes, release any remaining pressure.  Move the valve to open carefully – STEAM WILL BE HOT!

 

potatoes submerged in the salted water
potatoes submerged in the salted water

 

 

Drain the potatoes in a colander.    The potatoes will be hot, tender, and the skins will be a bit shriveled from the salted water.  Place the salt potatoes in a serving bowl and get the ranch mixture ready while the potatoes are still warm and will adhere to the mixture easily.  Try to NOT gobble up too many at this time, they are so good even just this way but just wait – OMG!

 

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes
“naked” salt potatoes

 

Melt the butter and whisk in the ranch seasoning mix.

Melted Butter & Ranch Seasoning
Melted Butter & Ranch Seasoning

 

 

Pour the ranch butter mixture over the potatoes. Stir gently to coat evening.    Dice the chives and sprinkle over the Ranch Salt Potatoes.

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes
Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

 

What to Serve with Salt Potatoes

 

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Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes PIN

 

 

 

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Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

Instant Pot Ranch Salt Potatoes

Angela
Tender bite-sized potatoes are tossed with butter and ranch seasoning for a family favorite. These salt-crusted electric pressure cooker potatoes are easy and the best side dish recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds bite-sized potatoes use thin-skinned like those described above
  • 1 C sea salt or kosher table salt
  • 6 C hot water
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/4 C ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 TBS fresh chives minced - Optional but so good

Instructions
 

  • Scrub the potatoes clean. Toss any that look bad (very soft, split, etc)
  • Pour salt into the insert of your Instant Pot. Add the hot water to the insert. Stir to dissolve the salt. Once dissolved, add the potatoes.
  • Put the lid on and lock it in place. Set the valve to ensure it is closed and it will come to pressure. Select MANUAL and the time to 3 minutes.
  • Mine usually takes about 10 or so minutes to come to pressure. The pot will then begin counting the cooking time down. Once the 3 minutes is up, the Instant Pot will then begin counting up.
  • Let it count up to 15 minutes for it to naturally release. You will then need to release the remaining pressure by opening the valve carefully – STEAM WILL BE HOT!
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander, DO NOT rinse. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter and the ranch seasoning. Whisk until smooth. Pour the butter ranch mixture over the potatoes and toss gently to coat evenly.
  • Dice some fresh chives and sprinkle on the top. Serve warm.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving  
Calories 239
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.7g 15%
Saturated Fat 7.3g 37%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 1217mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 27.1g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 10%
Total Sugars 1.7g  
Protein 3.4g  
Vitamin D 8mcg 40%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 780mg 17%
Keyword comfort, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, instant pot, pressure cooker

 

 

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