How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

by Kaitlynn Fenley

Come learn how to easily make yogurt in an instant pot! This recipe includes everything you need to know to make organic goat milk or cow milk yogurt in an instant pot with a yogurt setting. The yogurt only takes about 5 minutes of hands-on time to make, then 12 hours of incubation.

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt Recipe

Various probiotic bacteria play important roles in the production of yogurt. Most often, species of LactobacillusBifidobacterium, and Streptococcus are the microbes found in various types of yogurt. Specific types of yogurt, such as Greek and Belgian, are distinguished by the species of bacteria used to culture animal-sourced milk into yogurt. When in animal-sourced milk, the bacteria can use up lactose present for energy. This produces a byproduct of lactic acid. Lactic acid builds up in the milk causing the coagulation of milk proteins. This transforms the milk into a semi-solid mass with a drastic change in taste. It’s delicious!

Here’s the species of microbes that classify yogurt as “Greek”:

  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus 

Making Yogurt in an Instant Pot with Goat Milk

Yogurt is what I call a sterile culturing process. The “substrate” (the milk) is sterilized and then inoculated with chosen microbes. This is very different from the wild fermentation process we normally write about. You’ll have yogurt within just 12 – 24 hours of inoculating sterile milk with friendly bacteria! 

I highly suggest using organic goat milk or cow milk sourced from the farmer’s market. Raw milk works wonderfully, too, if you have access to someone with a dairy cow… but I still recommend sterilizing raw milk before using it to make yogurt.

There are some great options for organic milk at the grocery store. Here we used Meyenberg Goat Milk from Whole Foods. Goat milk yogurt is naturally thinner than cow milk yogurt because goat milk has less lactose and different fat composition. If you prefer thick and more solid yogurt, you should use cow milk. You can also do a half goat milk and half cow milk mix and then strain off the whey with cheesecloth to thicken it more.

Here’s what you will need to make this yogurt in an instant pot:

Here are the settings you will use to make this recipe.

  • First, you sterilize the milk on the high setting at 181° F
  • Then, you allow the milk to cool
  • Next, add your starter cultures or already made yogurt
  • Last, you will incubate the yogurt for 12 hours on the medium setting at 107° F.

Is Greek Yogurt Good for You?

Yes!! Real fermented yogurt, kefir, and some cheeses can absolutely be part of a healthy, plant-based diet. The key is to watch out for ultra-processed and sugar-loaded products. Also, if you choose to consume fermented dairy, just be sure it is in tandem with a lot of fresh and fermented plant foods that are rich in fiber. Since cheese, yogurt, and kefir are cultured and fermented by beneficial microbes before you consume it, these foods are very nutritious and loaded with bioavailable vitamins and minerals. Plus, these types of fermented foods can provide a species-rich dose of probiotics for gut health! I highly suggest shopping at your local farmers’ market for fermented dairy products or even milk to make your own… because the animals on small local farms are healthier, the milk products will be healthier. You can read more about my thoughts on dairy products and gut health here.

The Quickest and Easiest Plain Yogurt Recipe

I just can’t get over how quick and easy this plain yogurt recipe is!! This is a simple recipe for plain yogurt, but you can easily add any flavor you’d like. You can add in flavor components (like strawberry puree, or mango puree) before boiling the milk, or you can just flavor the plain yogurt right before eating. Here are some recipes to try with this instant pot yogurt:


How to Make Yogurt in an Instant Pot

Come learn how to easily make yogurt in an instant pot! This recipe includes everything you need to know to make organic goat milk or cow milk yogurt in an instant pot with a yogurt setting. The yogurt only takes about 5 minutes of hands-on time to make, then 12 hours of incubation. 

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Yogurt
  • Method: Fermentation
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • 64 Fluid Ounces Organic Cow Milk or Goat Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt with Live Active Cultures


  1. Plug in and turn your instant pot to the yogurt setting.
  2. Pour the milk into the instant pot insert container and secure the lid in place.
  3. Adjust the yogurt setting to boil/high at 181° F. Then press start. The milk should come to a boil and this setting sterilizes the milk.
  4. When the instant pot beeps and the boil cycle is over, turn off the instant pot.
  5. Remove the insert container so the milk can cool. 
  6. Place a thermometer in the milk to monitor when it reaches about 115° F. This may take some time, so be patient.
  7. Remove the thermometer, you may see a film on the surface of the milk from the heating process. You can remove it with a clean spoon. 
  8. add in the two tablespoons of yogurt with live active cultures. (tip: dissolve the yogurt you are using as a starter in a small bit of milk before adding it to the lot of milk, it will mix in easier)
  9. Whisk until the starter culture yogurt is evenly combined with the milk.
  10. Place the insert container back in the instant pot, and adjust the yogurt setting to medium (107° F) and adjust the time to 12:00 for 12 hours of incubation. 
  11. Secure the lid in place and press start. 
  12. The time readout should say 0:00. It will incubate for 12 hours. Once you press start, the timer will indicate the time passed. You can incubate for up to 24 hours for more tart yogurt. Simply taste test at 12 hours, then restart the yogurt setting to incubate for longer if you wish. 
  13. After 8 to 12 hours of incubation, the yogurt should be slightly set, and a jelly-like consistency. 
  14. Allow the yogurt to cool at room temperature for a couple of hours, then chill in the fridge to finish setting the yogurt. 
  15. Transfer to jars, and chill before eating. 


  • You may see a lot of liquid whey separation after incubation, for a thicker yogurt you can strain it off with cheese cloth. For a thinner yogurt, you can simply stir it in.
  • Reserve some whey or some of the yogurt to culture your next batch.
  • This yogurt should keep in the fridge for three weeks.
  • You can use a freeze-dried starter instead of already made yogurt. Just use the amount as directed on the package.
  • Goat milk yogurt is naturally thinner. For thicker yogurt, use cow milk instead.

Keywords: yogurt, goat milk, instant pot

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Laura June 14, 2022 - 12:24 pm

So, so easy!!
How have I never made my own yogurt before??! I can not believe how easy it is in the instapot! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. It is now apart of our weekly routine!

Bre G July 14, 2022 - 9:53 am

I love this recipe! I’m getting a high quality product with the simplest ingredients possible while saving money. And there is a very small amount of hands on time used up. Personally I use the 24 hour setting because I like my yogurt on the tangier side

Teresa Harper July 31, 2022 - 9:52 pm

I have never tried making my own yogurt. But this sounds delicious and so much more nutritional than any store bought! Where do you suggest getting the freeze dried starter?

Kaitlynn Fenley August 1, 2022 - 9:30 am

Cultures for health is a good option, but I prefer to use already made yogurt as a starter culture.


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