No-Knead Instant Pot Bread With Rosemary – Ultimate Guide

By Alexandra Caspero on June 10, 2021
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Instant Pot Bread! Yes, one of the best things about owning an Instant Pot is that it makes bread-making a breeze. No-knead bread recipes are great for those who don’t have time to spend in the kitchen but still want a delicious fresh loaf.

My no-knead bread recipe made in the Instant Pot! If you’ve got an Instant Pot, then you are going to want to save this recipe. This no-knead version allows you to make rosemary bread right in your Instant Pot. Perfect for serving with soups, in sandwiches or salads.

I know I’ve been a broken record about the whole Instant Pot thing, but I promise it’s worth it. I use mine at least a few times a week. And now that I’ve figured out how to make bread in it, I know that number will only increase.

The Inspiration Behind This Instant Pot Bread Recipe

Have you ever had no-knead bread before? This is based on the famous NYT bread recipe, using whole-wheat flour, fresh rosemary, and flaky sea salt. If you’ve ever eaten at Macaroni Grill and know their rosemary bread, that was my inspiration.

My husband and I used to eat there all the time in graduate school and would easily down a loaf of bread while we waited for our pasta meals.

No Knead Instant Pot Bread

How to use the Instant Pot to Proof Dough

To proof the dough, you will use the yogurt setting in your Instant Pot as a continuous warm spot that allows the bread to proof in a fraction of the time. 

The Instant Pot just saves you time, but it’s not a necessary thing. Original no-knead bread recipes take hours to proof overnight, and using the Instant Pot cuts that prep time in a third. You can start homemade bread at noon and have it warm and ready to eat for dinner that night. 

However, in the spirit of being a kinda-sorta-minimalist, I will continue to provide stove-top alternatives for those who don’t want yet another thing in their kitchen and prefer the old method.

Instant Pot No Knead Bread

Ingredients Notes for No-Knead Bread

As with most bread recipes, you’ll need bread flour along with either whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour. The same is true for this Instant Pot bread recipe.

Bread flour contains more gluten than all-purpose flour and is essential for making chewy bread with texture. 

You’ll also need salt, fresh rosemary, and water. I use instant yeast for this recipe over regular yeast. Since you are only proofing for a few hours, you’ll want to make sure the yeast is fast-acting. You should be able to find the yeast next to regular yeast in the grocery store!

How to Make this Instant Pot Bread Recipe

See below for step-by-step directions with photos, or scroll down to the full recipe card below.

Start by Making the No-Knead Dough

Bread Dough For Instant Pot Dough

You’ll need a glass bowl large enough to fit in the Instant Pot. Instead of using the inner pot that the Instant Pot comes with, you’ll remove that first and place a heat-resistant bowl, like a glass bowl on top of a trivet. 

You can use the rack that came with your Instant Pot, or a large mason jar top turned upside down. You can see this in the photos and in the video in the recipe card below. 

Once your Instant Pot is prepped, mix together the flour, salt, yeast and 2 tablespoons of the fresh rosemary in the bowl. Add in the room temperature water and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until just incorporated, taking care not to over mix. This yeast mixture will be very sticky and shaggy, like the photo above.

Proof the Dough

No Knead Bread To Be Proofed In The Instant Pot

Cover the glass bowl with plastic wrap and place on the trivet in the pot. Cover, press the yogurt button to turn on the yogurt setting and turn the vent to “venting”. Set for 4 hours to proof. When the dough is done proofing, it should be double in size. If not, proof another 30 minutes.

Prep the Bread for Baking

Instant Pot Bread Ready To Be Baked

Now you are ready to bake. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and place a dutch oven with a lid in the cool oven to warm up. This helps the bread get a crispy, exterior crust. 

Turn the proofed dough out onto a lightly floured counter and gently shape into a ball. I do this by pulling a corner up and to the center of the dough, then turn and repeat with the remaining 3 corners.

Then I flip the dough over and shape into a smooth ball– this technique helps to stretch the dough one last time before baking and provide height and structure.

Bake the Bread

Baked Bread In The Instant Pot

Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and the remaining fresh rosemary. Let stand on the counter while the oven is preheating.
Carefully remove the hot dutch oven from the oven and uncover. To prevent sticking, I like to place the dough ball on a piece of parchment paper; this also gives you a handle with which to place the dough into the hot dutch oven. 
Gently place the dough ball into the dutch oven and cover with the lid. Place back in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, covered. Remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.

Let Cool and Enjoy

Baked Instant Pot Bread Recipe

Remove bread from oven and let cool completely before slicing with a sharp knife and serve

No Knead Whole Wheat Rosemary Bread Slices With Soup Bowls

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover bread in a plastic bag, a bread box, or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. 

If you’re not going to eat the loaf in 2-3 days, the best option is to freeze it for later. You can do this by wrapping the sliced bread in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and place in the freeze for up to 3 months. 

Counter Top Instructions for Instant Pot Bread

If you don’t own an Instant Pot, you can proof the dough on a warm spot on a counter until it has doubled in size, roughly 12-18 hours.

Before you add the dough to the bread pan, you want to make sure the bread baker to be piping hot when you put the dough in for the ultimate crust. I like to use either my dutch oven or this la cloche bread baker.

Tips For Making A Delicious Rosemary Bread Loaf In Your Pressure Cooker

Here are a few tips to making this recipe if you want crusty, bakery bread in just 4 hours. 

Don’t like rosemary? Swap it out for fresh thyme or other fresh herbs. Or, you can also skip the rosemary altogether!

If you have any rosemary leftover, use it to make this sweet and spicy nut mix.

No Knead Instant Pot Bread

What To Serve Alongside No-Knead Rosemary Instant Pot Bread

See that gorgeous golden crust? It’s so delicious on its own, dipped into soups or made into sandwiches. Some of my favorites are this tempeh bacon BLT or just a simple vegan grilled cheese. My family and I love this bread paired with my Tuscan Kale Soup or my Slow-Cooker Tomato Basil Soup.

So yum!

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I hope you enjoy this rosemary Instant Pot bread as much as we do. If you try it, make sure to come back, leave a comment, and rate it. Your feedback helps others, and seeing you make my recipes makes my day!

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No Knead Instant Pot Bread

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread made in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf bread 1x
  • Category: instant pot, whole wheat bread, bread
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan, Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

No Knead Whole Wheat Bread made in the Instant Pot! Want crusty, bakery bread in just 4 hours? Then you’ve gotta save this recipe!


  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf bread 1x
  • Category: instant pot, whole wheat bread, bread
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan, Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf bread 1x
  • Category: instant pot, whole wheat bread, bread
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan, Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon white whole-wheat flour (or regular whole-wheat flour)
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast (not regular yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups room temperature water
  • Olive oil, for brushing

Instructions

1.First, in a glass bowl large enough to fit in the Instant Pot, mix together the flour, salt, yeast and 2 tablespoons of the fresh rosemary. Then, add in the water and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon until just incorporated, taking care not to over-mix. Note the mixture will be very sticky and shaggy, like the photo above.

2.  After that, place a trivet on the bottom of the Instant Pot, I used the top of a large mason jar turned upside down. Then, place the trivet directly onto the heating unit, as shown in the photos and the video– you will remove the inner cooking pot for this recipe.

3. Next, cover the glass bowl with plastic and place on the trivet in the pot. Then, turn on the yogurt setting and turn the vent to “venting”. Set for 4 hours to proof.

4. When the dough is done proofing, it should be double in size. If not, proof another 30 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and place a dutch oven with cover in the cool oven to warm up.

6. Turn the dough out on a floured counter and gently shape into a ball. I do this by pulling a corner up and to the center of the dough, then turn and repeat with the remaining 3 corners. Then I flip the dough over and shape into a smooth ball– this technique helps to stretch the dough one last time before baking and provide height and structure.

7. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and the remaining rosemary. Let stand on the counter while the oven is preheating.

8. Carefully remove the hot dutch oven from the oven and uncover. Gently place the dough ball into the dutch oven (I added a piece of parchment paper to prevent sticking) and cover. Place back in the oven and cook for 30 minutes covered. Remove lid and bake an additional 15 minutes until golden brown.

9. Remove bread from oven and let cool completely before slicing and serving. Cover any leftovers, which should last for 2-3 days.

Notes

No Instant Pot? No problem. First, make the dough as directed, then let proof in a warm spot for 12-18 hours until doubled in size. Then, bake as directed. See more in the post above.

*Bread flour will provide more structure, but all-purpose flour will work in a pinch!

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This recipe was first posted in 2014 and updated in 2024. 

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    1. Kay Leigh Thomas
      November 18, 2021 AT 12:48 pm

      Hello, I live in a RV so I don’t really have a oven, but I do have a IP/airfryer. How can I do the final baking ( highest temp 400) with the airfryer? Tank you for your advise.

      1. Alex
        November 20, 2021 AT 7:52 am

        Hi Kay, I’m not sure how that would work in an air fryer. I haven’t tried it before and not sure if that temperature is high enough.

    2. Shannon
      October 10, 2021 AT 9:27 am

      I don’t have a trivet like that! Will I cause a disaster if I place the bowl directly on the bottom of instant pot?

      1. Alex
        October 11, 2021 AT 4:37 am

        I’d recommend using the lid of a mason jar to create space between your glass bowl and the heat.

    3. Shannon
      October 10, 2021 AT 9:20 am

      I have whole wheat pastry flour. Do you think that would work if I only used this instead of using bread flour?

      1. Alex
        October 11, 2021 AT 4:36 am

        Hi Shannon, it won’t give the same structural integrity as bread flour as pastry flour has less gluten. You’ll still get bread, but it won’t rise as high as this recipe.

    4. Lyssa
      April 12, 2020 AT 7:23 am

      I don’t have a glass bowl large enough to cover with plastic. Can i skip the plastic part?

      The last time i made it it was delicious but the bread rose and stuck to the plastic paper…

      1. Alex
        April 13, 2020 AT 11:40 am

        The plastic helps from the top of the dough becoming hard, but should be ok to skip!

    5. Chandler Richards Richards
      April 7, 2020 AT 8:42 pm

      Hi how can I proceed if I don’t have quick acting dry yeast, just regular yeast? Sorry all I can find in quarantine

      1. Alex
        April 13, 2020 AT 11:42 am

        Hi Chandler– should still work, but you will likely need longer proofing time.

    6. Casey
      March 28, 2020 AT 12:07 pm

      Wondering if I can use one more cup of all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour. The stores are out of all flour (due to quarantine) and it’s all I have.

      1. Alex
        March 28, 2020 AT 12:31 pm

        Yes!

    7. Megan Kent
      January 24, 2020 AT 12:03 pm

      Making this right now! I do wonder if I could use a silicone top/cover on the glass bowl instead of plastic wrap. Any thought on that? I assume it would be safe but I wasn’t sure. I have worked hard to phased out single use plastics. Thanks! Love all you do and the knowledge you spread.

      1. Alex
        January 24, 2020 AT 12:10 pm

        I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as long as it’s heat safe? Let me know how it turns out- would love not to use plastic wrap for this recipe!

    8. Jessie R
      January 24, 2020 AT 9:06 am

      I wanted to try and make this for my infant daughter. Has anyone tried the recipe with no salt?
      All store options are just too high in salt/sodium.

      1. Alex
        January 24, 2020 AT 9:37 am

        I made this recipe often for my son when he was ~8 months and omitted the salt. It def. lacks flavor for adults, but my son didn’t know the difference! It also freezes well; slice the bread, freeze them, then toast as needed!

    9. Julie
      December 29, 2019 AT 11:30 am

      No, yogurt setting, what other setting can I use?

      1. Alex
        January 2, 2020 AT 11:17 am

        Hi Julie, the keep warm setting should also work here.

    10. Shawna
      October 16, 2019 AT 7:49 pm

      I am doubling this recipe so I can show off my favorite bread to the in-laws (I have made this Rosemary bread with Bread flour instead of Whole Wheat at LEAST nine times in the past three months – my husband and I LOOOOVE it). With doubling the recipe and moving from a 2qt cast iron with lid to a 5qt cast iron with lid, what would the cook time adjust to?

      1. Alex
        October 18, 2019 AT 12:55 pm

        Hey Shawna- I’m not sure as I haven’t done it. It will depend on how deep the bread is. I’d recommend increasing cook time to 10 minutes, and checking from there. It may take a few times to troubleshoot. However, you should be able to double the recipe, then halve the dough and cook in two separate containers.

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