Probiotic Yogurt in the Instant Pot

Making yogurt from scratch may sound daunting, but it is actually very easy to do. I started making yogurt years ago when I was on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Back then, I used the Yogourmet yogurt maker, but now that the Instant Pot has a yogurt setting, making it is even easier.

Homemade probiotic yogurt is the cornerstone of the SCD. When made from scratch, you can increase the fermentation time to allow for more beneficial bacteria to be produced and all the lactose from the milk to be digested. This yogurt is fermented for 24 hours whereas commercially produced yogurt is typically only fermented for 8-10 hours. Most store bought yogurts contain a lot of sugars, artificial sweeteners, and colors. Making your own gives you control over sweetening it as well. You pick the sweetener and the amount you want to add. This lactose-free, high probiotic yogurt is wonderful for helping to restore or maintain balance in the gut.


Half gallon whole milk (for Keto use half and half or heavy cream)

½ cup good quality plain commercial yogurt with active cultures


10 grams of freeze dried yogurt starter


  1. Pour milk into the inner pot of the Instant Pot and put cover on with vent turned toward “sealing”.
  2. Push the “Yogurt” button, then “Adjust”.
  3. The word “Boil” will light up and it will start heating the milk to 180 degrees.
  4. The word “Yogt” will light up when it is finished heating.
  5. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot being careful not to let the condensation from the lid drip into the milk.
  6. Use a thermometer to confirm it is 180 degrees.
  7. With the lid off, press “Yogurt” and “Adjust” again and allow to heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Press “Cancel” to turn off the machine.
  9. Remove the inner pot and place in a large bowl filled with ice and water to cool.
  10. When the milk reaches 80 degrees, remove any “skin” that has formed.
  11. In a small bowl, place ½ cup yogurt or 10 grams of yogurt starter.
  12. Add 1 cup of the cooled milk and whisk well.
  13. Pour milk back into the inner pot and place it in the Instant Pot
  14. Put the cover back on with vent turned toward “sealing.”
  15. Push the “Yogurt” button and increase time to reach 24 hours.
  16. After 24 hours turn off and unplug the Instant Pot.
  17. Place yogurt in a large or individual containers and refrigerate for 8 hours.

The yogurt is now ready to eat and will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Use as you would plain store bought yogurt.



Gluten FreeGrain FreeKetoSCD

16 responses to “Probiotic Yogurt in the Instant Pot”

  1. Emily says:

    Hi Dixie.

    You should be able to press the + and – buttons to adjust the time. I hope that helps!

  2. Dixie says:

    Hi Emily, I have the Instant Pot Ultra and I do not know how to set the timer for 24 hours. Can you tell me how to do this?

  3. Emily says:

    Hi Deborah.

    Does your Instant Pot have a plus button and minus button on it? If so you can use those to adjust up and down.

  4. Emily says:

    Hi Lynn. I am sorry that your yogurt turned out runny and kind of chunky. I am wondering if your Instant Pot temperature was too hot during the fermentation. It should maintain a temperature between 108 and 112 degrees. It could also be the starter you used. If you want to email me at emily@emilysfreshkitchen.com we can message back and forth and hopefully get to the bottom of it. Thank you!

  5. Lynn says:

    I followed the directions but my yogurt came out runny, kind of chunky. Definitely not the consistency that I was expecting. Any thoughts to either fix or what I did wrong?

  6. Emily says:

    Thank you Donna!

  7. Emily says:

    Hi Deborah, The Instant Pot should read boil.Try pushing the yogurt button 2 times as Donna suggested or the + button. I hope this helps!

  8. Donna says:

    To get the Instant Pot to say “Boil,” you push the Yogurt button 2 times.

  9. Deborah says:

    Hi Emily, I have the 8qt IP Duo and am making yogurt for the first time. I put in the 1/2 gal whole milk and pushed the yogurt button and it said 8:00. I don’t have an “adjust” button. Do I just leave it to cook as is and is it going to be 8 hours before it gets to 180 degrees?

  10. Deborah says:

    Hi Linda, I have the 8qt IP Duo and am making yogurt for the first time. I put in the 1/2 gal whole milk and pushed the yogurt button and it said 8:00. I don’t have an “adjust” button. Do I just leave it to cook as is and is it going to be 8 hours before it gets to 180 degrees?

  11. Emily says:

    Hi Linda. I like grass fed yogurt by Stoneyfield Farm, Organic Valley, or Nancy’s.

  12. Linda says:

    Can you give me a suggestion of what yogurt to buy that isbif good quality with active ingredients please. Y

  13. Emily says:

    Hello Miriam, I have the 6 qt size and that works great.

  14. Miriam Friend says:

    Hi! What size instant pot would I need to buy for a half gallon of milk?

  15. Emily says:

    Hi Maria! I am sorry but I haven’t made yogurt in an Instant Pot without the yogurt function. I wish I could be of more help!

  16. Maria says:

    Hi! Thanks for the amazing recipe! I’ve just bought an instant pot but mine (IP lux) does not have the yogurt function. Do you know if I can substitute the yogurt function for another one? Thanks!

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