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Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe: Simple Steps

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Instant Pot yogurt recipe is my go-to for a creamy, tangy treat. Just two ingredients, a bit of patience, and voila - homemade yogurt that's simply delicious!

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Ever tried making yogurt at home? I gave it a shot using my trusty instant pot and boy, was I surprised! Smooth, creamy and just the right amount of tang, all whipped up right in my kitchen. Homemade yogurt, not only healthier, but also a rewarding experience. So, get ready to try this simple method. Can't wait for you to give this a spin!

Ingredients for Homemade Instant Pot Yogurt

  • Milk: Essential for creating the creamy base of the yogurt, providing the main liquid component for fermentation and texture.
  • Plain yogurt: Acts as the starter culture for fermentation, introducing live active cultures necessary for turning milk into yogurt.

Essential Tools for Making Yogurt in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for fermenting the yogurt at a consistent temperature for the required time.
  • Thermometer: Helps to monitor and maintain the milk temperature during the heating and cooling process.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 8 hours

Total time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt with live active cultures


  1. Pour milk into the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid and set to Yogurt function for 8 hours.
  3. After 8 hours, remove the pot and let it cool.
  4. Mix in the plain yogurt.
  5. Cover and let it sit for 4-6 hours.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 150 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 8 g | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 30 mg | Sodium: 100 mg | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 12 g | Calcium: 300 mg | Potassium: 250 mg | Iron: 0.5 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 2 mg

Storing and Freezing Your Homemade Yogurt

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the yogurt as usual and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freezing Instructions

  • Freeze the yogurt in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

When making yogurt in the instant pot, using whole milk will result in a creamier and richer yogurt compared to using low-fat milk.

Common Questions About Making Yogurt in the Instant Pot

Can I use any type of milk for this recipe?
It's best to use whole milk for a creamier consistency, but you can also use 2% milk if you prefer.
How long does the yogurt need to incubate in the instant pot?
The yogurt needs to incubate for 8 hours in the instant pot.
Can I use flavored yogurt as a starter?
It's important to use plain yogurt with live active cultures as a starter for the best results.
How long should I let the yogurt sit after adding the starter?
Let the yogurt sit for 4-6 hours after adding the starter to allow the cultures to activate.
How long should I refrigerate the yogurt before serving?
Refrigerate the yogurt for at least 4 hours before serving to allow it to set properly.

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