How to Make Yogurt at Home in the Instant Pot

I’ve learned how to make yogurt a few different ways including using a heating pad wrapped around a pot, which was interesting! Growing up, my family had an actual yogurt maker and now I use the Instant Pot, which is by far my favorite way to make yogurt. My Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe is super easy and provides consistent results. I have five kids, so we go through food in large amounts. I love that I can make yogurt in big batches for the price of a gallon of milk.

How to Make Yogurt - the best homemade instant pot yogurt recipe via @PagingSupermom

Making yogurt is not at all difficult, but it does require a day when I can stick close to home so I can whisk and take temperatures at different times. I usually get an early start on the day I make my Instant Pot yogurt, since it needs to incubate for ten hours, and I want to get it in the fridge before I go to bed. The prep is pretty minimal, and once it’s set to incubate, the yogurt makes itself!

How to Make Greek Yogurt - Homemade Insant Pot Yogurt Recipe & Tutorial via @PagingSupermom

This yogurt is so mild, thick and creamy and my kids love it. When I’ve made yogurt before, it has been so tart that I’ve had to add a lot of sweetener, but with this recipe just a swirl of honey or maple syrup is enough. The key to making yogurt more mild than tart, is in the temperature and timing. That’s why I love my Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe — the Instant Pot makes it easy to get these two factors just right so you can make yogurt that comes out perfectly every time. You’ll also want to be sure you have a good kitchen thermometer.

Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe

With this one recipe you can make Regular Yogurt and Greek Yogurt

:: 1 gallon Whole Milk (whole milk makes the creamiest and thickest)
:: 2 Tb. plain high-quality Greek Yogurt to use as a starter (any brand with live active cultures)
:: Instant Pot
:: Thermometer
:: Cheesecloth
:: Strainer

Start with a sterilized Instant Pot. Pour milk into the pot, lock lid and turn valve to pressure.

Next push the Yogurt button and then adjust the + button until you get to the “boil” setting. Let it go until you hear the beep, then open the lid, whisk and take the temperature of the milk. If it is not 183-185 degrees, continue the boil step until it reaches that point.

Easy Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe - How to Make Yogurt at Home via @PagingSupermom

Once it reaches the desired temperature, take the cooking pot out and set it on the counter to cool.  Whisk and/or place in a sink of cool water to speed the process until it reaches 100 degrees.

How to Make Yogurt at Home via @PagingSupermom

Now whisk 2 tablespoons of the plain Greek yogurt (starter) into the milk (I usually temper it first by whisking a small amount of warm milk into the yogurt before adding it to the entire batch.)

MAKE YOUR OWN YOGURT! Homemade Yogurt Tutorial & Recipe from @PagingSupermom
To avoid curdling, temper the yogurt starter by first whisking a small amount of warm milk into the starter before adding it to the entire batch.

Put the cooking pot back into the Instant Pot to incubate the yogurt. Replace the lid and push the Yogurt button. Hit the “Adjust” button to 10:00 hours and NORMAL (a longer time equals less tart yogurt). You can also do 8 hours for a more tart flavor.  The Instant Pot will then start counting up from 0:00 to 10:00.

After you hear the beep signaling completion, carefully remove the cooking pot and place in the refrigerator overnight. Don’t stir or bump it.  In the morning you will have regular yogurt.

Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt that has had the whey strained off, making it thicker.

Finished yogurt - Get the recipe for Easy Homemade Yogurt with an Instant Pot from @PagingSupermom


Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt that has had the whey strained off, making it thicker. To make Greek Yogurt, place 2-3 layers of cheesecloth over a strainer and let the whey strain out for two hours.  You may have to do this in batches.  The whey that you strain off can be used in place of buttermilk.

How to Make Yogurt at Home - Recipe and Tutorial @PagingSupermom
To turn regular yogurt into Greek Yogurt, simply strain the whey off using cheesecloth and a strainer.

Enjoy with homemade granola (click for my favorite recipe!), fresh fruit, raisins and a swirl of honey or maple syrup.  Parfaits are particularly delicious (and beautiful).

Be sure to save 2 tablespoons of your yogurt in the freezer for your next starter!

Homemade Greek Yogurt via @PagingSupermom

If you missed our easy homemade granola recipe be sure to check it out…

How to Make Granola - healthy and homemade recipe via @PagingSupermom