The EASIEST Instant Pot Yogurt – Just 3 Ingredients “No Boil” Method
How to make yogurt in the Instant Pot
This is my favorite way to make yogurt in the Instant Pot! I was intimidated to try making yogurt, but this recipe makes it easy. No boil, no straining, no thermometer needed, and it is delicious! It is a set-it-and-forget-it recipe. And you only need 3 ingredients for this homemade Instant Pot yogurt!
The only trick to making this Instant Pot “No Boil” Yogurt work out PERFECTLY, is using the right ingredients. It’ll make it or break it. I take you STEP BY STEP through the process of making instant pot yogurt AND tell you the “why” for these essential ingredients, right here:
Scroll down for the recipe, and if you prefer reading… just read the following instant pot yogurt directions:
First of all, check to make sure your Instant Pot has the yogurt button! Not all models have the yogurt (or boil) setting. Also, you will want your Instant Pot insert and any utensils you will be using to be nice and clean, free of residue. I like using my trusty OXO silicone whisk so I don’t scratch up the Instant Pot insert.
Plan ahead on this yogurt recipe. Let it cook in the Instant Pot for 8 hours, then chill covered in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4-6 hours. If you let it cook for longer than 8 hours, it will be more tangy.
Now let’s talk ingredients…
What milk should I use for Instant Pot yogurt?
Fairlife ultra filtered whole milk works really well to make a nice, thick and creamy yogurt. A key to quick start Instant Pot yogurt is using ultra pasteurized milk. Because Fairlife is also ultra filtered, it has more protein, more calcium, and less sugar. The reason Fairlife whole milk makes a thicker yogurt is the high protein and fat content.
You can try any brand of ultra pasteurized milk, but your results may vary as the nutrition and ingredients of the milk may vary.
If you want to try a dairy-free milk, like coconut milk or almond milk or soy, you will probably want to add a thickening agent to the milk before adding it to the Instant Pot.
How to add flavor to Instant Pot yogurt?
A 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk is an easy, great sweetener for the yogurt and you can just add it to the Instant Pot with the milk. You can use our easy homemade sweetened condensed milk too! Sixteen ounces of Natural Bliss creamer is another option.
For many added flavorings, it is better to add it after the yogurt has chilled. Feel free to skip the sweetened condensed milk and add warmed honey, fruit, jam, lemon curd, flavored syrup, vanilla, drink mixes, or protein powder after the yogurt is done. Or add savory herbs and garlic or Ranch seasoning to make it a veggie dip! This savory lemon yogurt dip recipe is excellent with zucchini fries. 😉
If you leave the yogurt plain and omit the sweetened condensed milk (or other sweetener), you can use it just as you would any plain yogurt. Substitute plain yogurt for mayo or sour cream! You can even use your homemade plain yogurt as a starter – freeze tablespoon portions of it for your next batch.
What kind of yogurt starter do I need to make homemade yogurt?
A store-bought yogurt is the easiest way to start homemade yogurt. Make sure the yogurt you use includes live active cultures. (Not just “made with live active cultures.”) You can use dairy-free, Greek, powdered yogurt, etc., but be sure to choose a plain yogurt with flavor and texture that you like! Fat content of the yogurt doesn’t matter.
Fage and Oui brands and most Greek style yogurts are considered mild, while Chobani, Siggis, and Greek Gods are more tangy. Oikos brand can be considered to be either, depending on how it tastes to you! Different brands may have different blends of cultures so your results may vary a bit.
Yogurt with L. Casei may be thicker and set up more quickly. Fresher yogurt is better for those cultures to get to work!
Go for a plain yogurt that hasn’t been opened for longer than 7 days. You can use vanilla yogurt, if you need to, but don’t expect it to be a source of flavor for your Instant Pot yogurt.
I place a glass lid from my pots and pans on top of the Instant Pot while the yogurt cooks. You can use a dinner plate, silicone lid, or the Instant Pot glass lid instead. The lid does not need to seal.
Once it is done in the Instant Pot, just cover the pot insert and place it in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours. Do not stir until it is fully chilled.
This Instant Pot yogurt is so thick and creamy! Especially, right out of the pot after chilling. It will thin out when you stir it because you are breaking up the protein strands.
How to store homemade yogurt?
Any food safe containers with an airtight lid will work! Canning jars, mixing bowl with a lid, and yogurt tubes or pouches are all great options. I ordered some of these cute yogurt containers for myself!
When storing your Instant Pot yogurt covered in the refrigerator, it should stay good for about 2-3 weeks. If you add fruit or syrups, then it will keep for about 4-10 days.
If the Instant Pot yogurt isn’t thick enough for you, try using a milk with higher fat and protein next time. Also, you can strain the yogurt to make it thicker.
How to strain Instant Pot yogurt?
Use a strainer lined with cheesecloth, a coffee filter, or high quality paper towel. Then pour the yogurt into the lined strainer over a container and let the liquid drain off, while in the refrigerator, for about 2 hours.
One of my favorite ways to eat yogurt is with homemade granola and chopped strawberries. Yum!
Check out more of our favorite Instant Pot recipes!
To calculate accurate nutrition info for your yogurt, you will want to use an app like My Fitness Pal and enter in the exact ingredients you use and how many servings you will get out of it.
The EASIEST Instant Pot Yogurt – Just 3 Ingredients “No Boil” Method
- 52 ounces ultra filtered ultra pasteurized Fairlife whole milk
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (optional)
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (containing live active cultures)
- Make sure the Instant Pot insert is clean and free of residue.
- Pour about half of the milk into the Instant Pot insert. Add the sweetened condensed milk and whisk until combined. You can tell it is combined well enough when you tilt the pot and don't see any sweetened condensed milk on the bottom of the pot. Pour in the remaining milk and whisk to combine. Whisk in the yogurt, until smooth.
- Place pot insert into the Instant Pot, if it isn't already, and cover with a glass or silicone lid or plate. Does not need to seal. Press the yogurt button and verify it is set on normal pressure for 8 hours. Instant Pot will count up to the 8-hour mark, then beep and display "YOGT" when it is done.
- When done, remove the lid and remove the insert pot. Cover pot and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4-6 hours. Do not stir yogurt until it is fully chilled.
Store Instant Pot yogurt in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
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