The Simplest Way to Make Instant Pot Yogurt

 Plus All of your Instant Pot Yogurt Questions Answered!

We love making food like bone broth and chicken soup from scratch in our Instant Pot, and now yogurt is a favorite too! Making your own yogurt is cost-effective and allows you to prepare it without any additives, preservatives or extra sugar. In this article we are sharing our favorite way to make yogurt and answering the most frequently asked questions about yogurt-making using the Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Vanilla Yogurt


  • 1 gallon milk ultra-pasteurized
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  1. Pour the entire gallon of milk into the Instant Pot. Add the yogurt and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Put the lid on the pot.

  2. Press the Yogurt button on the Instant Pot. The timer will automatically be set for 8 hours. 

  3. The pot does not actually come to pressure on the Yogurt setting so feel free to remove the lid and taste test the yogurt around the 8 hour mark. If it is not quite tart enough, you can continue to cook the yogurt for another hour.

  4. When the yogurt is done, remove the inner pot, cover with plastic wrap, and place the pot in the refrigerator. Do not stir the yogurt or transfer it to another container.  Allow the yogurt to set up in the refrigerator for 8 hours.

  5. After the 8 hour refrigeration period you may transfer the yogurt to another container. I store mine in 1/2 gallon size mason jars but any type of container will work.

  6. At this point, a sweetener of your choice can be added in. My favorite sweeteners are maple syrup and raw honey. Other great mix ins include granola, cinnamon. nuts, fruit syrup, or fresh fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it cost effective?

Making your own yogurt from scratch is actually very cost effective! Organic store bought yogurt can cost up to $5.00 per 32 oz container. For the cost of one gallon of organic milk(averages $7.00/gallon), you can make  approximately 128 oz of yogurt in the Instant Pot. So, 128 oz of store bought yogurt would cost upwards of $20, but instead you can make it at home for $7! This is a substantial savings!

What is the difference between cold start and the boil method?

The cold start method basically allows you to skip the step of having to boil the milk.  You just add the milk and starter to the Instant Pot and you are ready to go! You must use ultra-pasteurized milk for the cold start method. The boil method is a bit more complicated and time consuming. It involves heating the milk to 180 degrees and then letting it cool to 110 degrees. It requires the use of a food thermometer to monitor the temperature. Any type of milk may be used for the boil method.

What do I use for a culture to start making yogurt for the first time?

Using a quality starter is essential when making Instant Pot yogurt for the first time. All you need to use is plain yogurt that contains active cultures. Check the yogurt packaging closely when looking for a starter yogurt to make sure it contains active cultures and no ingredients other than milk. After making your own homemade yogurt, save a little so you can use it as a starter for your next batch.

What type of milk should I use?

Whole milk is best to use because it creates the thickest yogurt, but you can also use 2% milk. When using the cold start method, make sure you are using ultra-pasteurized milk, If you choose to use regular pasteurized milk, you will need to use the boil method to make yogurt.

Can I make dairy-free yogurt in the Instant Pot?

The answer is yes! Dairy-free yogurt can be made using coconut cream and gelatin. Here is a great recipe to try!

Can I make Greek yogurt in the Instant Pot?

Greek yogurt can be made in your Instant Pot by adding just one simple step to the yogurt-making process. Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey to make the yogurt thicker. After the yogurt is done chilling, you will want to strain it  with a fine mesh strainernut milk bag or this Greek Yogurt Maker in the refrigerator for a few hours to drain out the extra whey.

Can I use the leftover whey for anything?

You can use the leftover whey to make bread and pancakes, add into protein shakes, ferment veggies and it can also be used as a starter for your next batch of yogurt!

How long will the yogurt last in the refrigerator?

Homemade yogurt will last up to two weeks stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What container should I use to store the yogurt in?

We like to store our yogurt in 1/2 gallon size mason jars, but any type of container will work. These single-serve glass jars are great for storing yogurt (and they are adorable too!).

Do I have to have the yogurt function on my Instant Pot in order to make yogurt?

Ideally, you will want to make yogurt in an Instant Pot with the yogurt function.

Can I make yogurt in my 3 qt mini Instant Pot?

The Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1Instant Pot DUO Plus 3 Qt 9-in-1, and
Instant Pot Ultra 3 Qt 10-in-1 models all have the yogurt making functions!

What should I do if my yogurt turns out too thin?

If the yogurt turns out too thin, simply strain it with a fine mesh strainernut milk bag or this Greek Yogurt Maker like you would if you were making Greek yogurt. You may need to let it strain overnight in the refrigerator if the yogurt is very thin.

Can I make flavored or sweetened yogurt?

There are several ways to flavor to your plain yogurt. Our favorite way to sweeten yogurt is with raw honey or maple syrup. You can also make fruit puree by heating fruit and a little sweetener on the stove and drizzling it on top of your yogurt. Add granola, nuts, or mixed fruit into your yogurt for a filling breakfast or snack. Coffee creamer or sweetened condensed milk are often used to make a sweeter yogurt, but keep in mind that this adds a LOT of unnecessary calories and sugar.

Are there any accessories required to make Instant Pot Yogurt?

No accessories are required to make Instant Pot yogurt, but there are a few you might want to have on hand. Purchasing an extra inner cooking pot allows you to still utilize your Instant Pot while the yogurt is cooling in the refrigerator. You can use a glass lid in place of the regular lid while the yogurt is cooking since you won’t be using high pressure. Extra sealing rings are a must when switching between cooking sweet and savory foods. You may also want a good strainer if you want to make Greek yogurt.


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  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life
    Posted June 7, 2018 8:12 am 0Likes

    I didn’t realize you could make yogurt in the Instant Pot! I like that you make your own healthier version.

  • Angela Giles
    Posted June 7, 2018 8:13 am 0Likes

    Really interesting and easiest method. I was really looking for a solution. Now i have found it.

  • Julia
    Posted June 24, 2018 11:24 am 0Likes

    Do you the nutritional breakdown for this. I really need it!

    • Julia
      Posted June 24, 2018 11:25 am 0Likes

      5 stars
      By the way, I forgot to mention just how much I love this recipe! It is so good! Thank you

  • Nicole
    Posted July 12, 2018 10:38 am 0Likes

    5 stars
    Omg, I love this! Everyone should know about this– it looks so easy!

  • Candice
    Posted July 12, 2018 8:02 pm 0Likes

    Fascinating! What a great way to save money and eat even healthier! I had never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Vicki Wagner
    Posted April 30, 2019 3:52 pm 0Likes

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I think it is important to remind people that making your own yogurt is keeping many, many plastic containers out of the landfill, which will never break down. Thank you so much!

  • Colleen
    Posted July 16, 2019 11:40 pm 0Likes

    Has anybody tried using goat milk??

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