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Easy Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt

With only 2 ingredients, you can make your own easy instant pot cold start yogurt right in your own home. Better tasting and less expensive than store bought yogurt!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Resting Time8 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Deanna



  • 2 Litres (1/2 Gallon) 2% Milk ultra pasturized or ultra filtered
  • 2 Tbsp Yogurt with active cultures


  • Pour 1 cup of milk into your clean, sterilized instant pot.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and whisk to combine
  • Add remaining milk and stir
  • Place the lid on the instant pot (you can use a glass or metal lid if you like) and press the yogurt button. It should read "normal". Set for 8 hours.
  • After the 8 hours are complete, remove the inner pot, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight to set.
  • After the yogurt is set you can transfer to airtight containers for storage.

To thicken your yogurt

  • If you want your yogurt thicker, you can strain it after it has been chilled.
  • Line a sieve with coffee filters and place over a large bowl.
  • Pour the yogurt into the lined strainer.
  • Allow to strain for a few hours, or until the yogurt is your desired consistency.
  • Transfer strained yogurt to airtight containers for storage.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 169mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg