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Instant Pot Yogurt | Easy Cold Start Method

Tangy, creamy, and easy homemade Instant Pot yogurt only requires 2-ingredients and requires no boiling! You'll never buy store-bought yogurt again!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 30 mins
Chilling Time4 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot, Yogurt
Servings: 8 Cups
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Clean Fingers Laynie


  • 52 oz Ultra Pasteurized / Ultra High Temperature Milk
  • 2 tbsp Yogurt, Containing Active Live Cultures
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk* Optional


  • Open your Instant Pot, and pour milk into the inner liner**. Add 2 Tbsp of yogurt (or starter), and whisk very well!
  • Optional: If desired, add sweetened condensed milk*, and again, whisk very well until all ingredients are combined and mixture is the same consistency.
  • Cover the inner liner with the lid of Instant Pot, or use any plate, pie pan, or glass lid that completely covers the top of the inner pot.
  • Press the Yogurt button until the displays shows 8:00. If desired, press the + / - buttons to increase / decrease the incubation time. (I like to set mine for 8:30).
    Once set, the display will show 0:00, and it will start counting UP to the designated incubation time.
  • After the designated incubation time, the display will show: YOGT. Remove the inner pot of the Instant Pot. At this point, try to minimize handling of yogurt, and do not stir!
  • Optional: To save starter for future batches of yogurt, reserve 1 tbsp portions of yogurt, and place in ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, remove yogurt from ice cube tray, and store frozen in a freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 6 months.
  • Optional: Place a heat proof bowl below a lined colander, and add the yogurt to strain the whey.
  • Place a clean kitchen towel or paper towel beneath a large plate, and place on top of the inner pot (or straining bowl) to collect any condensation. Place the pot into the fridge to cool and set for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Transfer yogurt, in a food-safe air tight containers. Store yogurt in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 
  • Add additional sweeteners or toppings to yogurt, and serve. Bon appétit!


Estimated Nutrition (per serving): Fat  7 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Dietary Fiber g, Protein 12 g, Sodium 106 mg
Please read post above for troubleshooting tips! 
*Instead of sweetened condensed milk, you can substitute one bottle (16 oz) of Natural Bliss coffee creamer.
**Before starting your yogurt, make sure your Instant Pot & utensils are cleaned very well and free of soap residue.