Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe without Yogurt Button

April 12, 2018Van
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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 11 hours

Serves: 7

I have an Instant Pot Duo, so why would I create recipe to make yogurt in the Lux model?  I have a ton of yogurt recipes on my blog and whenever I share any of the recipes, the question about making yogurt in a Lux Instant Pot always comes up – so being the ever curious person that I am, I wanted to figure out a way to do it.

The Keep Warm function is on every model and usually keeps food at around 135°F-165°F which is too hot to make yogurt  – the ideal temperature for making yogurt is 110°F-115°F, but yogurt will still culture at temps as low as 100°F.   So I placed the trivet in the pot, pressed the Keep Warm button and placed a jar that had water that I heated up to 115°F onto the trivet – I left the lid off of the Instant Pot because I knew that would be too hot.  I checked the temperature every few hours and it stayed steady around 100°F-102°F.  I tried putting a towel over the top of the Instant Pot, but the water reached 125°F which is too hot for yogurt.

After seeing that it could keep a jar of liquid at around 100°F I mixed some yogurt starter with milk and tested this technique.  I press the Keep Warm button and set it for 11 hours – when the time was up I refrigerated it overnight and the next day I had delicious yogurt!  It was thick enough that it doesn’t drip out when the jar it’s placed on it’s side and the yogurt was nice and creamy.  Since this is made with the Instant Pot lid off, the room temperature can effect the temperature of the milk, so if you try this method, keep the Instant Pot away from any cold or drafty areas.  Glass yogurt jars or 4oz Mason jars work great for this technique, if you have a cake pan that fits into the Instant Pot with the trivet you could use that as well. You can also invest in a yogurt maker instead, they are quite cheap and come with glass jars (link to one here).

Tips on making thicker yogurt without straining:
*Use Whole Milk, low fat milk will produce thinner yogurt
*If you’re doing the boil method, hold the temp at 180°F – 190°F for 20 minutes – this helps evaporate the milk which will make thicker yogurt
*Blend dry milk powder into your milk – adding more protein will make your yogurt thicker
*Use sweetened condensed milk as your sweetener, works by adding more protein to your milk
*Use Fairlife brand milk, it’s Ultra-Pasteurized and Ultra-Filtered and has a much higher protein content than regular milk.

Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe, How to Make Yogurt without a Yogurt Button

Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe, How to Make Yogurt without a Yogurt Button

Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe, How to Make Yogurt without a Yogurt Button

Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe, How to Make Yogurt without a Yogurt Button

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Instant Pot Lux Yogurt Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 11 hours
  • Serves: 7

How to make Yogurt in the Instant Pot without a Yogurt Button

Ingredients for 7 - 4oz Jars

  • 3½ Cups Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Plain Yogurt with live active cultures
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple, Honey, Agave, or Sweetened Condensed Milk as sweetener, (Optional)

Ingredients for 7 - 7oz Jars

  • 6¼ Cups Milk
  • 4 Teaspoons Plain Yogurt with live active cultures
  • ⅓ Cup Maple, Honey, Agave, or Condensed Milk as sweetener, (Optional)


  • 1)

    Raw or Pasteurized Milk: Pour the milk into a saucepan and heat on low until it hits 180°F.  Turn off the heat and let the milk cool to 115°F. Use a kitchen thermometer to monitor the temperatures. You can place your pan into a cold water bath in the sink to help cool it faster. If a film forms on top of the milk, be sure to remove it or it will give your yogurt a bad texture.

    Ultra Pasteurized Milk:  Pour the milk into a saucepan and heat the milk to 115°F.  Use a kitchen thermometer to check the temperature.

  • 2)

    Add a few tablespoons of sweetener if you prefer (whisk extremely well if you’re using Sweetened Condensed Milk).  Place your yogurt starter into a bowl and add a small amount of the 115°F milk and whisk very well so it’s completely smooth, mix the yogurt with the rest of the milk and stir well.

  • 3)

    Ladle the mixture into your jars and seal the lids on the jar.  Place the trivet into your Instant Pot and press the Keep Warm Button and set it for 11 Hours.  Place the jars on top of the trivet (don’t place any lids on the Instant Pot).

  • 4)

    Once the timer is up, place the jars into the refrigerator for at least 6 hours before serving.  Enjoy!

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  • Louise

    April 17, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hello! Can I leave it in keep warm mode for 8 hours vs 11 hours? Thank you!

    1. Van

      April 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Louise, you can try 8 hours, it is set by that time, but it’s not very tart, you can always taste it and add more time if you prefer.

      1. Louise

        April 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        Thank you! The jars go straight into the refrigerator as soon as the time is up? Do I need to cool it on the counter before it goes into the fridge? Sorry got all the questions!

        1. Van

          April 17, 2018 at 8:13 pm

          You’re welcome! They go straight to the refrigerator when the time is up, I’m glad to be able to help out 😀

          1. Louise

            April 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

            Thank you!!!!

  • Patti

    June 28, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Good Morning ! OMG ! I made your French Style Potted Yogurt yesterday ! (the one using sweetened condensed milk) I have a small Cuisinart Pressure Cooker and only 10 jars fit into it and it wouldn’t hold a high enough temp, even covered with a towel. So I pulled out my Ball Fresh Tech Water Bath Canner and set it to Low. It held between 111F and 115F… I made 13 half pint jars. 5 with 2 Tbl raspberry jam, 5 with 2 Tbl. Apricot jam and 3 plain, processed for 9 hours ! IT”A PERFECT !!! And SOOO GOOD ! No Tang ! I’m Sold ! TU, TU, TU !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Connie Wallace

    July 8, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Hello,When you say not to place lids on the instant pot are you talking about the large instant pot lid or canning lids?

    1. Van

      July 8, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hi Connie, I mean the large instant pot lid, it’s fine to place lids on your yogurt jars.

  • Joanne Adkins

    July 31, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Do you have a recipe to make vanilla flavored yogurt? I am going to try making yogurt for the first time. Thank you!!!

    1. Van

      July 31, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Joanne, you can use this same recipe and add 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract and a few tablespoons of sugar if you want it sweetened.


    August 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Do I have to use individual jars?


    August 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Do I have to use individual jars?

    1. Van

      August 9, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Kerry, you could also use a bowl or cake pan that fits into your Instant Pot. Since this method uses the trivet, you can’t make it directly in the pot (the temp is too high).


        August 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

        Thank you!

        1. Van

          August 9, 2018 at 6:39 pm

          You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy the yogurt 😀

  • Gabriel

    August 25, 2018 at 10:20 am

    The jars are not in the water bath, right? Just water under the trivet?

    1. Van

      August 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Gabriel, the jars are not in a water bath with this method, they are just placed on top of the trivet with no water at all in the pot (the pot should be dry)

      1. Gabriel

        August 25, 2018 at 3:48 pm

        Wow! Ok, thanks

  • Ade

    September 21, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Hi, I can’t drink dairy milk but I can eat yogurt and cheese. Can I substitute with Almond or Soy milk?
    Thank you!

    1. Van

      September 27, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hi Ade, you can’t substitute Almond or Soy milk in this recipe – they don’t set the same as standard dairy milk. I have never made soy milk yogurt, but I believe it’s the only non-dairy milk that doesn’t need thickeners. Almond milk will just be liquid unless you add thickeners, like gelatin or agar agar. If you can eat cheese, then just use Lactose free milk – you get the best textured yogurt using dairy milk.

  • Delanie Crew

    October 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I made it using these directions, but used heavy whipping cream, a packet of yogurt starter, Splenda Zero and vanilla, holy moley it was devine! Thanks for this recipe! I don’t feel bad not getting the DUO now!

  • Bobbi

    November 24, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I am a little confused…use the Mason jars with metal tops in IP? What are the other jars for???

    1. Van

      November 24, 2018 at 5:50 am

      Hi Bobbi, you can use little mason jars for this technique, but it’s better if you use the plastic lids for them. The metal ones start to rust after a few uses for yogurt. What other jars are you referring to?

  • Megan

    November 29, 2018 at 7:26 am

    I’m very new to the instant pot. Can I stack a second layer of 4 oz Mason jars on top of the first layer in the pot and make 14 4oz jars?

    1. Van

      November 29, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Hi Megan, yes you can stack the jars on top of each other. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Deirdre

    November 29, 2018 at 9:04 am

    If I use a bowl or cake pan does it need to be covered/sealed?

    1. Van

      November 29, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Hi Deirdre, cover the bowl or pan with foil. Good luck!

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