How to Make Homemade Yogurt in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Steph Jenkins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 34 hours
  • Total Time: 34 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot


A simple, fool-proof method for making homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot.


  • ½ gallon whole milk
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt


  1. Pour the milk into the Instant Pot and close the lid.
  2. Set it to Yogurt and the Boil setting. Press Start (keep in mind that each Instant Pot model is different. Refer to your owners manual for the exact yogurt setting process).
  3. When the boiling process is done, use oven mitts and carefully remove the inner pot and place it on the stove. This will help the milk to cool faster. Set your timer for one hour.
  4. In one hour, check the temperature of the milk. You want it to get to about 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is still too hot, set a timer for 15-30 minutes and check it again. Continue checking the temperature periodically until the milk is 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Return the inner cooking pot to the Instant Pot. Use a ladle to scoop 2 cups of milk out of the Instant Pot and into a mixing bowl. Add the plain yogurt and whisk gently (you aren’t beating eggs – you simply want the yogurt to mix completely with the milk).
  6. Pour the milk and yogurt mixture back into the Instant Pot, then whisk everything together (also gently).
  7. Close the lid. Set the Instant Pot to Yogurt and the Low/Ferment setting. Select the amount of time you want your yogurt to ferment. Most people like the flavor of a 4-8 hour ferment. Some people need or prefer longer. Press start and let the yogurt ferment for the selected time.
  8. Remove the lid of the Instant Pot. Gently carry the inner pot to your fridge, then replace the lid or cover the pot with plastic wrap. Let it sit in the fridge for a full 24 hours.
  9. Remove the inner cooking pot from the fridge. Pour or scoop the thick, creamy yogurt into jars (this is where we like having a funnel).
  10. Enjoy your yogurt immediately or store in the fridge and enjoy as desired.


How to Check the Temperature Without a Meat Thermometer:
Since you are trying to get the milk to just above body temperature, feel a little bit on your wrist (like you would for a baby bottle). When the milk is about 100-110 F, it should feel just warm, not hot.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 127

Keywords: fermented, yogurt, dairy