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3 Cups Bread Flour
1.5 tsp Salt
0.75 tsp Dry Active Yeast
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
0.5 cup Water

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Instant Pot® Sourdough Bread

Instant Pot® Sourdough Bread

Making bread using an Instant Pot® may seem a little strange at first until. I mean baking crusty bread in a pressure cooker just doesn’t sound possible.

  • Serves 4
  • Medium



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Making bread using an Instant Pot® may seem a little strange at first until. I mean baking crusty bread in a pressure cooker just doesn’t sound possible. Well, the baking part might not work out in the Instant Pot® but what does is making a fantastic, flavorful dough. By using the yogurt button on the Instant Pot® and placing the bread dough inside for several hours, the dough ferments and a fantastic sourdough is formed. If you know a little about sourdough bread, then you know that some “sours”, as they are called, are decades old. Sourdough bread is made using pieces of these old, flavorful sours that have aged and developed their unique flavor overtime. But we don’t have time to age a sour for years and years, we want sourdough now! And by using the Instant Pot®, you will get a quick yet amazingly tasty sourdough bread in a fraction of the time.
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Begin by mixing the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl or just using the Instant Pot® metal liner as your bowl.


Add the yogurt and water and stir together. Once the dough begins to form, use your hands to knead it into a smooth ball.


Line the Instant Pot® metal liner with a piece of parchment paper and place the dough ball in the center of the paper. Place the lid on the Instant pot and close, making sure the steamer valve is set to “seal”. Press the Yogurt Button and set the timer for 4 hours.


Open the Instant pot and remove the proofed sourdough from the bowl, discarding the parchment paper. Give the dough a few quick kneads and then place into a floured bowl. Cover and let sit for 45 minutes


While the dough is resting (also called ‘proofing’), preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place the dutch oven inside the oven as it preheats. You want the dutch oven to be very very hot in order to create a nice crust on your bread as it bakes. Once 45 minutes has passed, your dough should be ready and your dutch oven should be nice and hot as well. Carefully lift your dough out of the bowl and place it in the dutch oven. Place the cover on the dutch oven immediately (this will help get some steam inside to make the crust on the bread form) and put it inside the preheated oven.


Bake the bread for 30 minutes and once baked, remove from the Dutch oven and let cool on a wire rack. Allow your bread to cool completely before slicing!

How did the flavor of this sourdough compare to one with century old sours? Pretty darn good right?! Thanks Instant Pot® for making that flavor happen! If you have any sourdough questions before you start cooking, leave them in the comments below and we will answer ASAP!


My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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Dough was fairly plain even though I used excess whey instead of water. Baked in the oven at 350 on French bread racks for 24 minutes. Tastes like sourdough. Not too strong. Smothered it in butter. Tastes delicious

Just made this and it is AMAZING!! Everyone loved it and I’ve got another loaf going so we can have French toast in the morning.🥰

Before placing the dough in my Dutch oven do I grease the Dutch oven or just bake it without greasing or lining with parchment paper I don’t want the bread to stick to the south oven when it’s done baking and I take it out of container

I only have one instant pot with the yogurt setting and now it seems as if one bread….at a time…isn’t enough. Can I make two dough balls in the instant pot at the same time?

I am interested in ” real” sourdough recipes.I have real starter the flour and water sit on the counter in a crock kind. Anything out there?

Hi! First-time bread maker here. About to try this recipe. Is the active dry yeast instant or not? I have regular active dry yeast. Do I have to put it into the water and let it activate first? Will this recipe still work that way? Thanks.

OMFG! This is soooo good. I’ve been experimenting with many different bread recipes during the quarantine, but this one is definitely a keeper!

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