Instant Pot Yogurt without a Yogurt Button

Can you make Instant Pot yogurt without a Yogurt button?

When I started writing my best-selling Instant Pot Cookbook I knew I had to include this recipe for Instant Pot Yogurt without a Yogurt Button. First, I did not have an Instant Pot Model with a yogurt button, but also because I could not find a recipe for it.

I’ll get right to the recipe for Instant Pot Yogurt without a Yogurt Button, because I prefer the blogs that do so, but I’ll share more yogurt tips below… so keep reading if you so desire.

Instant Pot Yogurt without a Yogurt Button


Homemade Yogurt with Fruit Topping Bar

Recipe from my best-selling Instant Pot cookbook:

I have one of the Instant Pot models that doesn’t have a “yogurt” setting, so I had to figure out how to make yogurt without one. If you do have that feature on your Instant Pot, you can just use the manufacturer’s instructions for yogurt making and refer to the topping bar suggestions below.

Makes 14 servings | Serving size: 1/2 cup | Cook time: 10 to 12 hours | Prep time: 3 minutes

Per serving: calories 71; fat 3 g; saturated fat 3 g; fiber 0 g; protein 5 g; carbohydrates 7 g; sugar 7 g


1/2 gallon milk (I use 2%)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

Topping Bar (all optional)

Sliced strawberries

Sliced banana



Peeled, diced peaches


Real maple syrup


  1. Set the Instant Pot to “keep warm.” Add the milk and heat uncovered for 40 minutes. Whisk, then change the setting to “sauté, medium heat.” Use a thermometer to check the heat periodically; when it’s reached 185°F (this will take about 15 minutes), hit “cancel” and use oven mitts to carefully remove the inner pot.
  2. Let the milk cool for 40 minutes, then whisk in the yogurt. Return the inner pot to the Instant Pot, cover, close the pressure vent, and wrap the entire Instant Pot in a towel. Let the mixture sit for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Scoop the yogurt into a glass bowl, cover, and refrigerate until cold.
  4. To serve, scoop 1/2 cup yogurt into each bowl and add your favorite toppings, or if serving a crowd, put the toppings out on the table for everyone to choose their own.

Greek Yogurt

To make thicker, Greek-style yogurt, after step 2, ladle the yogurt into a cheesecloth-lined sieve and drain for 2 to 3 hours, until thick and creamy. Proceed with step 3.

Now that I’ve shared my recipe for Instant Pot Yogurt without a Yogurt Button, I’d like to chat a bit more about other ways you can make yogurt. I’ll go more in depth, including recipes, at a later date on the Lose Weight By Eating blog… But I want to touch on a few points now.

Making Vegan Instant Pot Yogurt

I often see the question: “Can I make vegan yogurt in an Instant Pot?” and through all my research and testing (I am currently perfecting a recipe for all of you) it is possible and not to different from making non-vegan yogurt. Here are a few tips:

  • Get a vegan starter, I like Belle + Bella Non-Dairy Yogurt, Starter
  • “Cook” it longer, a dairy yogurt takes about 8 hours, a Vegan yogurt will take from 14 to 24 hours.
  • Get full fat, canned coconut milk… not the refrigerated kind. (I know this will increase the calories, but it truly is necessary). Or boxed Soy milk, I like Westsoy.
  • Don’t sweeten until later… Adding honey will ruin the process, so instead opt for maple syrup. Or better yet, make it unsweetened and add sweetener upon eating it. This way you can use it in place of sour cream and crème fresh, yum!

Making Greek Yogurt vs. Regular Yogurt

Greek yogurt is simply a denser yogurt, so when you make yogurt in an Instant Pot you are making yogurt. No extra step needed there. To make it Greek yogurt you simply have to strain it in through cheese cloth for a few hours to remove some of the liquid.

Storing Instant Pot Yogurt

Storing your Instant Pot yogurt is simple and easy, and so that you don’t have to read all the way through the tips I will say upfront, yes you can freeze it.

I like to store my yogurt in individual containers, call me a creature of habit, but I like the single serving yogurts just like I got when I was a kid. I prefer glass containers with plastic lids, Pyrex makes a good individual container.

If you choose to store everything in a large container, I recommend placing a sheet of parchment paper over it, just as Fage yogurt does., This will keep it fresh longer.

You’ll want to use up your unfrozen yogurt in a week, but yes you can freeze it for up to a month.


Making yogurt in an Instant Pot is one of the most popular ways to use the device, and there are so many ways to make it, with and without a yogurt button. Try out this method and comment with your notes, we love topping suggestions as well!

Be sure to check out my best-selling cookbook LOSE WEIGHT WITH YOUR INSTANT POT and my Instant Pot recipes below.

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