Instant Pot No Knead Dinner Rolls

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Instant Pot Dinner Rolls are airy, buttery, and so easy to make! Mix and proof right in your electric pressure cooker insert – no kneading necessary.

Suitable for vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

completed instant pot dinner rolls served in a bowl lined with a cloth towel

The more I use my Instant Pot, the more I fall in love with it. And these no knead dinner rolls are a testament to the versatility of an electric pressure cooker, and I didn’t believe it was possible until I tried them. Honestly, I don’t think I could go back to the traditional method of making yeast rolls.

Yeap, this Instant Pot Dinner Rolls recipe really is super easy, and the flavor and texture of these rolls are out of this world! With minimal effort, your instant pot, a wooden spoon, a baking dish, and an oven, you will have golden delicious dinner rolls on the table in less than 2 hours. 

Related Recipe : Instant Pot Pizza Dough.

If you want to impress the guests at your next dinner party or please the family as you gather for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, I highly recommend these homemade yeast rolls. 

Why You’ll ♡ These

  • No Mixer Needed. You can find lots of recipes that use an Instant Pot to proof the dough for yeast rolls, but this dinner roll recipe is mixed right in the bowl of the Instant Pot and then set to rise. Leave your mixer in the corner and save yourself some time.
  • Fast. The dough for these rolls mixes up fast and only requires one hour to rise. You can have a freshly baked batch of easy dinner rolls on the table in under two hours.  
  • No kneading necessary. Yes, you read that correctly. This dough doesn’t need to be kneaded!
  • Comfort food. Dinner rolls are pure comfort food. Whether you plan to make these easy pressure cooker rolls for supper, a holiday gathering, or to use for sandwiches, they are scrumptious and comforting. 
top down view of a bowl filled with instant pot dinner rolls

Tools Needed

I can practically smell the bread baking already. It’s time to make these easy, no knead Instant Pot dinner rolls. Let’s get started…

How To Make No Knead Rolls In Your Instant Pot

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté and add the milk, water, and butter heating until the butter has completely melted.
  2. Turn off the Instant Pot and mix in the sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes until the yeast starts to bubble.
  3. Add the flour and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir and combine. The dough should be somewhat elastic.
  4. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and walk away to let the dough rise for about 1 hour.
  5. Next, roll the dough into 10 balls, place them into a baking dish, cover, and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  6. Brush the dough with the cream and egg mixture.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350F / 190C and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. 
image collage showing the steps for making instant pot no knead dinner rolls

Easy Instant Pot Dinner Roll Tips

  • Don’t overheat the milk, water, and butter. You want to melt the butter gently and heat the milk and water but do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  • Once you add the yeast, let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast starts to bubble.
  • Don’t forget to preheat your oven!

Recipe Variations

These No Knead Pressure Cooker Dinner Rolls are easy and delicious, but here are a few suggestions for mixing it up a bit. 

  • Change the sweetener – this recipe calls for traditional white sugar. Use brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or even molasses for a richer flavor.
  • Add herbs and spices – adding garlic powder or chopped herbs like thyme or sage can make plain dinner rolls exciting and flavorful.
  • Top them off – sprinkle with sesame seeds or Everything Bagel seasoning before baking.
  • Smear it – plain butter on dinner rolls is traditional. Try using compound butter or honey butter for a burst of flavor.
the completed instant pot dinner rolls inside a baking dish

Meal Prep and Prep Ahead

This Easy Pressure Cooker Yeast Roll recipe is perfect for prepping ahead.

Prep Ahead – You can easily prep this entire recipe up to 18 hours ahead of time. Once you have formed your rolls and placed them into a pan, cover with plastic wrap and store them in the fridge until you are ready to bake the rolls. Set the pan onto the counter about 1 hour before baking as directed.

Store – These rolls are the best when they are still warm, straight out of the oven. But you can keep them for several days in a plastic storage bag and use them for sliders or reheat in the microwave (only for a few seconds) to serve with leftovers.

Freeze – Follow the handy tips below for how to freeze these;

To freeze and bake later:

  • Prepare the rolls as directed and place the individual rolls on a baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet into the freezer until the dinner rolls are frozen solid.
  • Store the rolls in freezer bags until ready to bake.
  • When ready to bake, place the desired number of frozen rolls into a baking dish. Allow them to thaw and rise at room temperature for 3-5 hours before baking as directed.

To freeze and reheat:

  • Prepare and bake the rolls as directed.
  • Once the dinner rolls have cooled completely, wrap them tightly in foil.
  • Store them in the freezer in a freezer bag for up to one month.
  • Place the frozen rolls onto a baking dish and reheat at 350F / 190C for 15-20 minutes or until heated all the way through.
the finished instant pot dinner rolls ready to serve

Troubleshooting

My Dough Didn’t Rise. Now What?

The ingredients were too hot. When you first set your Instant Pot to sauté, you want to generate enough heat to just warm the milk and gently melt the butter. If you heat this mixture too much and do not allow it time to cool, you may kill the yeast when you add it. 

The yeast may be old. Yeast does expire. Always check the expiration date on yeast packets and jars before using them. If you prefer to purchase yeast in a jar, try storing it in the refrigerator after opening to extend its shelf life. See our tips in the FAQs below for how to use the unrisen dough.

The Dough Is Really Sticky

This pressure cooker dinner roll dough is meant to be sticky, and in most cases, you shouldn’t be concerned if it is. But if it is really, really sticky, you may need to add a bit more flour.

I have found that when it is hot and humid I will need more flour than when it is cool and dry. Begin by adding in a few tablespoons of flour at a time until the dough reaches a consistency you are comfortable with. 

side view of the finished instant pot dinner rolls inside a bowl

My Rolls Were Dry And Crumbly, Not Light And Fluffy

Several things can contribute to your dinner rolls not being the texture you are expecting. Common culprits include using old yeast, using too much flour, not letting the dough rise enough, or forgetting to preheat your oven. 

My Instant Pot Rolls Are Doughy On The Inside

More than likely the rolls needed to bake longer. Did you remember to preheat the oven? If you did, you might not have let the dough rise long enough, which can cause dense and doughy middles. Most of the time, allowing the dough to rise longer than called for is better than not letting it rise enough.

a bowl of instant pot dinner rolls ready to be served

FAQS

How Do I Proof Dinner Rolls In My Instant Pot?

Many Instant Pot roll recipes require you to use a mixer to make the dough. For this easy dinner roll recipe, you simply mix everything right in the Instant Pot insert. #onepotforthewin

The heat that is generated while you melt the butter in the first part of the recipe will create enough heat to let your dough rise once you mix and place the lid on. You do not need a yogurt function to make this recipe!

What Can I Do If The Dough Didn’t Rise?

If your dough didn’t rise, see our troubleshooting section for possible causes. Fortunately, all is not lost. You can certainly toss the dough and start over, but you can also use it to make flatbread! Just follow these easy steps:

  • Roll the unrisen dough into three or four disks and brush with olive oil.
  • Top flatbread dough with chopped herbs, veggies, and cheese.
  • Bake at 450F / 230C for 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy your delicious flatbread!
instant pot dinner rolls inside a serving bowl lined with a cloth kitchen towel

Serving Suggestions

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And, be sure to check out this collection of 18 Easy Instant Pot Bread Recipes!

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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completed instant pot dinner rolls served in a bowl lined with a cloth towel
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5 from 4 votes

Instant Pot No Knead Dinner Rolls

Delicious Instant Pot Dinner Rolls are easy to make – no mixer or kneading required!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Rising Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: side
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 10
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons (70g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (118mL) milk
  • 1/4 cup (59mL) water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (384g) flour
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to sauté and add the milk, water, and butter heating until the butter has completely melted.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and mix in the sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes until the yeast starts to bubble.
  • Add the flour and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir and combine. The dough should be somewhat elastic.
  • Place the lid on the pressure cooker and walk away to let the dough rise for about 1 hour.
  • Next, roll the dough into 10 balls, place them into a baking dish, cover, and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Brush the dough with the cream and egg mixture.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F / 190C and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
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Notes

  • Don’t overheat the milk, water, and butter. You want to melt the butter gently and heat the milk and water but do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  • Once you add the yeast, let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast starts to bubble.
  • Don’t forget to preheat your oven!
There are 8 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hoping to find an Instant Pot under my Christmas tree this year so I’ve been compiling a list of recipes to try out – this is the first bread recipe I’ve found and it looks amazing.

  2. 5 stars
    Who knew you could make dinner rolls in the instant pot! This looks so easy to make and so delicious. I bet I can eat the whole batch in one sitting.