Instant Pot 101

For all of you who have Instant Pots or for those of you thinking of purchasing one. The control panel can seem overwhelming, and each new model is like a new smart phone with new features and buttons. Trying to figure it all out sometimes feels like a daunting task. I hope I can help you out just a little bit.

Instant Pot® is a programmed smart cooker that has preset cooking times for different food ingredients and cooking methods. It also remembers your most recent setting per cooking program for a more personalized cooking experience. To return to factory default settings, press Keep Warm/Cancel to return cooker to standby mode displaying OFF, then press and hold the Adjust key for 3 seconds.
The Adjust key switches cooking modes between Less, Normal and More. Return to factory default setting by pressing and holding the Adjust key for 3 seconds when the cooker is in standby mode.
The Keep Warm/Cancel key ends a cooking program at any time. Once a cooking program is selected, the Auto Keep Warm function is ON by default but it can be turned OFF by pressing the same cooking program key again. The function light indicator will turn OFF
Program
ModeTimeSuggested UsesNotes
Soup / BrothLess
Normal
More
20
30
4.00
Vegetable soup
Soup with meat
Rich bone broth
The soup/broth remains clear due to lack of boiling
motion under pressure cooking.
Meat/StewLess
Normal
More
20
35
45
Soft texture
Very soft
Fall off the bone
Choose different modes based on the meat texture desired.
PoultryLess
Normal
More
5
15
30
Soft texture
Very soft
Fall off the bone
Choose different modes based on the meat texture desired.
CakeLess
Normal
More
25
40
50
Light moist
Denser moist
Cheesecakes
Adjust cooking time for different recipes.
EggLess
Normal
More
4
5
6
Soft boiled
Medium boiled
Hard boiled
Pre-set times are intended for extra large eggs. Adjust
cooking time to account for different egg sizes.
Saute/BrownLess
Normal
More
30Simmer & reduce
Vegetables
Browning Meats
NEVER have the lid on when sautéing. Maximum time is 30 minutes as a safety precaution.
RiceN/AWhite rice varietiesAutomated cooking program. The Adjust and
+/- keys will not work in this program
MultigrainLess
Normal
More
20
40
60
Wild Rice
Brown Rice
Rice & Mix of beans
Choose different modes based on the type of grains
and the desired texture.
PorridgeLess
Normal
More
5
20
20
Oatmeal
Porridge/Congee
Rice / beans
DO NOT use Quick Release as thick liquid will spatter
out and block the pressure release valve.
Beans/ChiliLess
Normal
More
25
30
40
Firmer
Softer
Very soft
Choose setting based on bean texture desired, or adjust cook time manually. When cooking beans or legumes, always
use NR to release pressure. Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water.
SteamLess
Normal
More
3
10
15
Vegetable
Seafood
Meat
Use the steam rack provided to elevate food above the water. Use Quick Release method to prevent food from overcooking.
ManualN/AManual programming of
cooking time
Press the + / – keys to change cooking time. The Adjust key will not work in this program

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