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Making Yogurt in a Lux Instant Pot

by Tiffany in Recipes

So you have an instant pot and you want to make yogurt. Everyone is making yummy yogurt in their Instant Pot’s right? Sadly, all the recipes you come across tell you to use the yogurt button and you don’t have that button because you have the Lux version. Well you too can make yogurt, no worries.

Here is is the basic process…

How to Make Yogurt in a Lux Instant Pot

Add a half gallon of milk (I prefer whole, organic) to the pot. Select the keep warm feature. In about 30-40 minutes it will be good and warm. I like to let it warm up more gradually and I like to make yogurt while I am doing other things…like house cleaning. Once warm, give it a good whisking and then press the saute button to heat it further until you get to 180-185 degrees. Use a thermometer to be sure.

Once it has reached full temperature remove the inner pot and allow it to cool to about 110 degrees. Once it has cooled sufficiently add two heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt and whisk. Put it back inside the instant pot, which is now turned off, seal the lid, and close the vent. Wrap the whole Instant Pot unit in a towel and allow it to sit for 8 hours or overnight. When done remove the pot, transfer to a glass storage bowl, and place in the refrigerator. Enjoy! You now have homemade yogurt!

This recipe makes super creamy yogurt. If you want thicker, greek style yogurt, simply let the yogurt strain through cheesecloth for a couple hours to remove the whey. This will leave you with a thicker yogurt.

  • Jaime Wade

    I’ve read other recipes and they have you sanitize your pot with 1 cup water for 1 minute on the steam setting. Do you do this? If not, why not?

    • No I dont…my inner pot gets sanitized in the dishwasher before use.

      • Jaime Wade

        Good point. I haven’t washed mine in the dishwasher yet.

  • Alexandra Martin

    Is wrapping it in a towel really necessary?

    • I use one because I don’t seal the pot and I want to keep the warmth inside.

      • Carol

        I’m a little confused…in your instructions you said…”Put it back inside the instant pot, which is now turned off, seal the lid, and close the vent. Wrap the whole Instant Pot unit in a towel and allow it to sit for 8 hours or overnight”. Should I seal it?

  • yoga4life

    Do you have yogurt recipe that’s non dairy?

    • B.A.

      How can you culture non dairy????

      • spazzzz

        I use Cultures for Health’s Vegan starter with canned coconut milk. Been letting it set on the counter for 2 days. Excited to see this and try it!

  • Anna Koné

    How long does it normally take to go from 180 down to 110?

    • Susan Hillenbrand Avallon

      I did it last night and it took about 20-25 minutes.

    • Beth Carwile

      mine took an hour

  • Kathy Kohlstedt Williams

    Can one add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla to this recipe?

    • Lynn Whitaker

      I like to no this to

      • Kathy Kohlstedt Williams

        Ummmm what were you trying to say??

  • Cathy Waskewicz

    Thank you so much..I was gifted an loder Lux Instant Pot….and my yogurt maker died last week, I know I could do it with this thing…but all the recipes were for the duo…..

  • Robin Ann McQueen

    My yogurt will have been sitting in the pot for 8 hours at 11 pm this evening. Can I leave it until the morning or should I stay up and get it in the refrigerator at 11?

    • I leave mine overnight often.

  • Lucy

    Interesting. I was expecting that when doing yogurt with this model, some kind of low heat was necessary to culture the milk for 8 hours and assumed the “keep warm” or feature or the “less” warm in slow cooking mode would work. Does it really stay warm enough in OFF mode for 8 hours to make yogurt with regular (non liquidy) consistency?

    • Yes, I have been very happy with the consistency. I do not use the stay warm feature after adding the culture because it keeps it too warm. It is stay hot in my opinion and I do not want to kill my culture.

  • SG

    Made this last night and this morning woke up to beautiful, creamy yogurt. It is now straining in the refrigerator and I’m excited for Greek yogurt!!! Quick question, if I add pure vanilla during the process, will it still firm up?

    • Yes, you can add vanilla when you add the yogurt starter or anytime thereafter.

      • SG

        Thank you!!!

  • Lilia R. Barlow

    So glad I found your site. I’ve had my Instant pot for years but never used it until recently. (I won it then forgot about it.) Anyway, all the recipes tell you to press the yogurt setting, well mine doesn’t have one! :/ So glad to have found your post. I’m off to the store to buy me some milk and a starter yogurt! Thanks again for the recipe. Wish me luck. :)

  • Michelle

    Can you use this recipe with coconut milk?