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Instant Pot Greek Yogurt Recipe

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt puts store bought in the back seat. It’s incredibly Easy to make.

After the yogurt is finished, You sieve out the tangy whey from the yogurt.

What’s left is creamy and Delicious Greek style yogurt.

This recipe is a great way to stretch a dollar and kids LOVE this mild flavored yogurt.

Eat it plain or with a sweetener. It’s so thick and rich you can use this Greek Yogurt for dressings, baking and desserts like yogurt parfaits.

The Instant Pot is one of your most useful kitchen tools. My 6 quart instant pot has replaced my slow cooker.

And often my stove top soup pot.

Instant pots make wonderful recipes. Simple soups, Meaty Italian Pasta Dinner, pulled pork, and batches and batches of instant pot Greek yogurt.

Greek Yogurt

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It’s also bringing back the time consuming recipes of old that make frugal, healthy home cooking doable again. The instant pot reduces the long times we used to face for soaking beans and simmering pots of stew and bones.

Instant Pot Bone broth recipe, Six Gun Chili, bean and sausage soup, home cooked pinto beans, Tortellini soup, and French Dip sandwiches made with a delicious Cajun style roast beef.

To get a feel for REALLY cooking from scratch and saving lots of money and time. Try our four bean soup recipe in the instant pot.

Don’t have an instant pot? Learn how to make Homemade Greek yogurt in your slow cooker or in any large cooking pot In this post.

Greek Yogurt
Homemade Instant Pot Greek Yogurt

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt:

  • The instant pot is the easiest method I have found with no fuss and not much mess either.
  • I LOVE that it safely boils the milk to exactly 180 degrees F and I don’t have to watch it OR stir it to avoid burning the milk. (I have burned a lot of milk boiling it on my stove over the years).
  • I also don’t have to worry about incubating the milk and yogurt starter in less than ideal circumstances.
  • The instant pot has preset the correct temperatures for both the boiling the milk and incubating the yogurt. Set it and forget it! I Love that.
  • The biggest challenge I have with using my instant pot for yogurt is I can’t use it for other things while it’s incubating
Greek Yogurt

Tips For Making Greek Yogurt in the Instant Pot:

  • I most often incubate the yogurt at night and switch the yogurt to a different large pot or my cuisinart strainer for the final strain. That way I can get the instant pot back in business if I need it.
  • The 8 quart Instant Pot makes a gallon of milk into a half gallon of Greek Yogurt with room to spare. The six quart will also hold a gallon of milk for this process.
  • Use whatever milk you prefer. For kids, I recommend using organic whole milk. That is nutritionally the best for them. They need healthy fats and organic milk is actually nutritionally superior to conventional milk. Look for organic whole milk on sale. Milk just past its sell date it still perfect for making yogurt and often on sale. Even buying it at regular price you can find less expensive organic milks if you look around. You will still save money and organic Whole fat yogurt is REALLY hard to find. So make your own.
  • One more thing…when you strain yogurt you are removing the hard to digest lactose. Learn more about how Greek style yogurt is more digestible for the lactose intolerant.

Let’s learn How to use the yogurt button on your instant pot.

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt
Yield: 8 cups Strained Greek yogurt

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 hours
Total Time: 16 hours 5 minutes

Homemade Greek yogurt makes so much sense. Especially if you make it in your Instant pot pressure cooker. It's delicious, easy to make and saves you so much money. The kids in our family love it!


  • 1 Gallon whole milk, organic preferred
  • 1/2 cup plain organic yogurt, (no additives)


  1. Pour the milk into your instant pot.Pouring Milk Into Instant Pot
  2. Press the yogurt function key. Press the adjust button and set to BOIL.
  3. Close the lid but don't bother to seal it. We are not working under pressure.
  4. Once the instant pot chimes to tell you it's done remove the lid. Let the yogurt cool to 115 degrees F. (this will take some time. Set it your fridge an hour. Set the timer and check it.Measuring Temperature Of Milk
  5. When the milk is cooled to around 115 degrees F. add your yogurt starter and whisk it into the milk.Adding Yogurt Starter
  6. Set the lid on the instant pot and press the yogurt function. Press the yogurt button until the control panel show a time.
  7. Press the adjust key until you find the time that best works for you. (I usually use from 8 to 16 hours)
  8. Let the instant pot sit until the timer dings or you are ready to check your yogurt. Jiggle the pan a bit to make sure its set. Add more time if you want your yogurt more set.
  9. Your yogurt is now ready to eat BUT IT IS NOT GREEK STYLE YET.
  10. GREEK STYLE: You must strain the yogurt through a cloth until it thickens for the Greek yogurt style.Instant Pot Greek Yogurt
  11. Let the yogurt strain several hours to all day to thickness you prefer.
  12. The more you strain it the more lactose you remove. If you strain it long enough it will go to a soft cheese texture.
  13. Scoop the greek yogurt out of the strainer.Scooping Sieved Greek Yogurt Into Container
  14. Pour the whey into a mason jar and store in fridge. (Whey is useful for baking breads and making greek yogurt pancakes)


The fermenting time shown is VERY adjustable. I like to make yogurt after dinner and then let it sit on the yogurt function all night.

I strain it the next day until I like the thickness. Your yogurt is fairly fail safe so you can adjust the times as you prefer.

Collect the whey that this straining process leaves and store it in your fridge (at least a week) in an airtight container to use in baking. Your baking products will improve and use will use up all that milk you purchased!

Sometimes I just leave the yogurt straining in my fridge all day. When I check it if it's too thick I just add back some of the whey and whisk it back into the yogurt until I like the consistency.Homemade Greek Yogurt So Easy To Make And Saves You Half The Money Of Store Bought! Http://

Watch our demonstration video below for a complete demonstration of this recipe.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 153Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 110mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 8g

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Monday 14th of September 2020

Hi Janelle, Homemade yogurt is one of our favorites. I’m so happy you enjoyed it too. Have a great weekend!


Saturday 12th of September 2020

This turned out perfect! It’s the first time I’ve made yogurt and it was particularly yummy. Thank you for posting this.


Saturday 12th of September 2020

Hi Janelle, Homemade yogurt is one of our favorites. I'm so happy you enjoyed it too. Have a great weekend!


Saturday 15th of August 2020

Hello! Can I cut this recipe in half? Will I have to adjust the cook times?


Saturday 15th of August 2020

Hi Sara Yes you can cut it in half. Follow the instructions as you see them. The milk still has to get to 180 degrees F and cool to room temp. The number of hours you culture the milk is all about how you like your yogurt to taste. Not about how much yogurt you are making. That also applies to the straining step if you choose to do that. The yogurt will strain a bit faster if you cut the recipe in half but not enough to make a big difference. Hope this helps!


Wednesday 29th of April 2020

What a great website and a great recipe for yogurt. Thank you. I noticed that there were many questions about different ways to get a starter. If a starter is not available at all, try using one green chilli pepper like Serrano or Jalopeno or any green chili pepper that's fresh and stil has a stem at the top. Boil and cool the milk as required and drop the pepper into it, cover it up in warm place overnight and you'll have yogurt in 10-12 hours that can be used as a starter for larger quantity. The first batch may have a slight smell of the pepper, but subsequent batches will smell fresh and "yogurt-y"


Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Hi Perry, Welcome to Homemade Food Junkie. Thanks for contributing your ideas for this recipe. Wow! I never dreamed peppers would work as a yogurt starter. That's really interesting.

Shirley Rushfeldt

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Diane, thank you for sharing the delicious yogurt recipe, I made it for the first time yesterday, it is so delicious. Thank you again. Cheers, Shirley


Sunday 15th of March 2020

hi Shirley, I'm so glad you made instant pot homemade yogurt. There is really no going back to store bought in my opinion. It's so easy and so good. Thanks a million for letting us know this recipe was a success for you. Have a great weekend!

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