Simple Hashbrown Casserole (Instructions for Instant Pot, Crock Pot, or Oven!)

Hooray! Simple Hashbrown Casserole is my first (of many?!) Instant Pot recipes to share. But guess what else?

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I’m well aware that not everyone has an Instant Pot, so I’m also providing instructions for baking this in an oven. Not only that, because there are times we might need a slower cooking option (like, if we need to get dinner started, then head out to ball games, then come home to a cooked meal) – so I’m also including Crock Pot cooking instructions!

As best I can, I will provide all these options each (or most of the) time I share an Instant Pot recipe. Here’s a quick glance at cooking times for this Simple Hashbrown Casserole so you can make your best plan on the day you make this.

Cook Time Options for Simple Hashbrown Casserole

Instant Pot: 15 minutes
Oven: 1 hour
Crock Pot: 3-6 hours, depending on low or hi setting

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You need just five ingredients to make this recipe! One of the ingredients is this Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, which I love to have on hand at all times. Another ingredient is cooked meat. This time I made hamburger meat in my Instant Pot and I can’t wait to tell you about it! This is the easiest meat-cooking method there is – and possibly my “if you get an Instant Pot for no other reason, this is it!” shout out. I’ll share about this meat-cooking method soon!

You might remember a variation of this new simple recipe: Bacon Ranch Hashbrown Casserole. You can most certainly make that recipe in your Instant Pot or Crock Pot following these instructions! And if you don’t love the “ranch” flavor this calls for, simply sub it out for any spices you like! Truly this recipe is most forgiving, and allows you to make it with any meat you prefer or have on hand, so you can create it to your family’s taste!

And then there’s the variety of cooking methods that allow you to make this no matter how busy your day, so I think we can all agree that this recipe wins the “Cooks Choice Award!”

Simple Hashbrown Casserole

Simple Hashbrown Casserole (Instructions for Instant Pot, Crock Pot, or Oven!)
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound cooked meat (hamburger, ham, bacon, sausage, or any of your choosing!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese
  • 3 cups sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns
  1. In a large bowl, stir together cooked meat, shredded cheese, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix.
  2. Fold in frozen hashbrowns until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Instant Pot Method: Add ½ cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot before adding remaining ingredients. Cook for 15 minutes on manual mode, hi pressure.
  4. Oven Baking: Bake uncovered in a 350° oven for 45-60 minutes or until casserole is lightly browned and bubbly.
  5. Crock Pot Method: Cook on low for 6 hours or on hi for 3 hours.

Simple Hashbrown Casserole (for Instant Pot, Crock Pot, or Oven)

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  1. Janette says

    I am so excited that you got an Instant Pot! I am looking forward to your recipes to use in it! Thanks :)


  2. Laura says

    Thank you for the cooking options!!! It’s frustrating to see yummy recipes for the instant pot that I can’t make! I really appreciate that you’ve done this! ????


  3. says

    This sounds amazing!! I also appreciate all the cooking options since I don’t have an Instant Pot. However I do have a crockpot that I am constantly searching for more recipes for! It’s the only way I can feed the family on the weekend without everyone having a meltdown the minute we get home:) Weekends are kind of full for us at the moment and for the forseeable future so I am always looking for more things to make in the crockpot. Definitely going to be using this one!


  4. Chris says

    Just tried this in our Instant Pot and it never got to pressure and just scalded the bottom. Scooped it all out of the pot, put it in a baking dish, put the trivet in the bottom and added 1/2 cup of water to generate steam. Waiting now to see the result of the second attempt.


    Susie McLain Reply:

    Chris, Did that work?


  5. Kris says

    For the hashbrown casserole in the Instant Pot…….what liquid is creating the steam? I imagine there has to be some added.


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, add about 1/2 cup water to this. I will edit the recipe to add this!


  6. Tabitha Spivey says

    I halved the recipe because I have a 3 qt, and the half cup of water still didn’t bring my recipe to pressure. I’ve added an extra half cup and it’s working now.


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