Instant Pot Cracker Barrel cheesy hash brown casserole recipe is perfect to make in the pressure cooker as a side or main dish, for breakfast or dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword cheesy potatoes with ham, cracker barrel copycat recipes, cracker barrel hash brown casserole, instant pot breakfast casserole, instant pot casserole, instant pot cheesy hash brown casserole
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 35minutes
Time to bring Instant Pot to pressure and to release 10minutes
Total Time 50minutes
Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker)
7" cake pan or freeform pan
sling (see notes for how to make a foil sling)
1(20 ounce) packagefresh shredded hash brown potatoes(can substitute 16 ounces of frozen hash browns, if thawed)
1(10 ounce) cancream of chicken soup(see notes below for canned soup substitution)
1/2onion, finely chopped
2cupssharp cheddar cheese, grated, divided
16 ouncesdiced ham
Pressure cooking Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Lightly grease 7" - 7.5" cake pan or springform pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together hash browns, soup, sour cream, onion, 1 cup of cheese, garlic powder, and ham (if using). Add to prepared pan. Cover with remaining grated cheese.
Tear off a long piece of aluminum foil, about 18" long. Spray the underside of the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Wrap the hash brown casserole pan in foil across the top and under the bottom of the pan. This is to keep the water from getting into the pan during the pressure cooking cycle.
Add trivet to Instant Pot pan and pour 1 cup of water into the bottom. Place foil-wrapped pan with cheesy potatoes into a silicon sling or foil sling (see notes below for making a foil sling). Lower the sling with the pan of hash browns into the Instant Pot on the trivet. Secure lid and twist the pressure valve to seal (if needed). Select high pressure for 35 minutes.
When pressure cycle is over, allow a 5 minute natural release. Then perform a quick release to release the remaining pressure. Using pot holders, lift sling from the Instant Pot and carefully remove the foil from the springform pan.
If serving without browning (see below), let cheesy hash brown casserole cool for at least 10 minutes if using springform pan to ensure that the casserole stays together and doesn’t spread out.
Browning the cheesy hash brown casserole with air fryer lid, air fryer, or oven (optional)
Using pot holders, carefully drain water from Instant Pot liner. Place the casserole back on the sling. Lower the sling back into the Instant Pot or place in your air fryer.
Set air fryer to 350º for 5-10 minutes, until golden and bubbly on top. If you don't have an air fryer or air fryer lid, you can broil the hash browns casserole in your oven.
If using a springform pan, let cheesy hash brown casserole cool for at least 10 minutes to ensure that the casserole stays together and doesn’t spread out.
*Make a foil sling: tear off a 30" strip of heavy-duty foil. Fold the strip into thirds, lengthwise. Use the ends to make a handle for lowering and raising the pan. To make this recipe without canned soup: mix 1 tablespoon flour, 3 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup chicken broth, and 1/2 cup milk. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. When melted, use a whisk to stir in the flour and continue whisking until smooth and bubbly. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk. Turn heat to low and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly, until the soup thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Nutritional facts are calculated without ham.