Instant Pot Greek Yogurt, this low cost, simple method for making greek yogurt in the instant pot DUO and LUX. A simple method with great results.
Delicious greek yogurt made using the Instant Pot. This simple method means homemade yogurt overnight, where you control the thickness, the sugar, the flavor, and more. Now that I know how easy it is to make, I make it weekly. My family loves this yogurt, and I love the price tag, convenience, and control I have.
Instant Pot Greek Yogurt Recipe
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After putting it off for months and months I finally decided to try making yogurt in my instant pot. I do not know why it took me so long. I guess I was a little intimidated by the idea. But now that I have done it, and know how totally easy it is to do, I will never go back. I can make 12 jars (1/2 pint) overnight, and for under $5. I get to control the sugar content, flavor, and thickness. This easy, delicious yogurt is awesome.
Full printable recipe at bottom of post with instructions for DUO and LUX instant pots!
What you Need to Make Instant Pot Greek Yogurt:
- Instant Pot: The Duo or one with a “yogurt” button function is super helpful, but Lux instructions are included as well.
- Instant read thermometer: I like this one because it has a long probe, which makes it easier to get an accurate reading throughout the pot.
- A stainless steel wire whisk.
- A live culture starter (Plain yogurt with live cultures Oui is a great option).
- A strainer: You can use a cheesecloth or a Greek Yogurt Strainer like this one. If you do not want Greek Style, you can skip the strainer.
- Extra: Yogurt jars: I just got 1/2 pint canning jars (pictured) but find they are a little big for a serving for my kids. I like these smaller options.
This method is courtesy of This Old Gal. You can find her informative post here. She offers a lot of information and trouble shooting. I have simplified things, and kept the basics of the method, and a few tips for achieving the best results.
Instant Pot Yogurt Method (simplified):
The recipe card below has more detailed instructions, but I want you to see just how easy it really is to make yogurt in your instant pot.
- Pour cold milk into pot, bring up to 180 degrees.
- Cool to 110 degrees
- Mix in yogurt starter live cultures (and sweetener if desired)
- Incubate for 8 hours, maintaining temp
- Chill for 6-8 hours.
- Portion and enjoy!
Tips for Great Greek Yogurt
- 180 degrees: Get your milk to 180-185 degrees for thick, delicious yogurt. Sometimes the Instant Pot doesn’t get it there on the yogurt setting, if this is the case for you, then use the “Saute” function, and stir continuously until you get there. Hold at a temp between 180-185 for 2-3 minutes.
- 110 degrees: you need to get your milk back to 110 degrees (or lower) before adding your live cultures. If you are above that you could kill them.
- Incubate: You need a good 6-8 hours or more to incubate your yogurt. I usually start it late at night (10-11pm) and then chill it in the morning.
- DO NOT STIR while incubating or chilling. It needs time to set up.
- Chill, then strain: You want to chill your yogurt before you strain it. This will give you more yield (less whey).
- Strain your yogurt. Unstrained yogurt is just regular yogurt, even if it is thick. Strained is Greek. Strain for 2 hours minimum in the fridge. If you use a cheesecloth, you may want to double it up so you don’t lose any yogurt. I recommend the Euro strainer, especially if you eat a lot of yogurt.
My Favorite Mix-ins:
- Fresh berries or berry compote
- Lemon Curd (I use the easy 3 ingredient recipe from this dessert)
Other Instant Pot Favorites:
IP Accessories Links
Here are the ones my community of Instant Pot lovers recommend the most:
- Egg Steamer Rack: Quickly make more hard boiled eggs (or soft boiled) than ever before, and without cracking.
- Additional Inner Pots: This one is a stainless steel one made for the 6 QT Instant Pot. I highly recommend this, especially if you want to make yogurt, or other foods that may need another liner for.
- Silicone Egg Bite Molds: Great for making those Starbucks coycat Sous Vide egg bites, or for making brownies, cakes, etc.
- Stackable steamer pots: Great for cooking pot in pot, cooking veggies, rice, etc.
- Tempered Glass lid: Great for making yogurt, or anything you don’t need the pot to actually come to pressure to cook.
- Colored Sealing Rings: One for sweet, one for savory so you don’t accidentally flavor your cheesecake like your Mexican Shredded Chicken.
- Steamer Basket: Great for cooking veggies, potatoes, etc. and has a silicone handle to make it easier to get out.
- Fat Diddio’s 7” Cheesecake Pan: Make your cheesecakes in a pan that actually fits into your Instant Pot.