Instant Pot features preset Smart Programs for common pressure cooking tasks:
- Meat & Stew
- Beans & Chili
- Slow Cook
- Keep warm
- Yogurt, with Pasteurize, Ferment, and Jiu Niang-making settings
These one-touch programs have been dutifully tested and carefully refined through thousands of experiments. Each preset has been designed to produce consistent cooking results. Even more, most programs can be further refined. If you prefer a longer or shorter cook time, the Instant Pot will remember your preference and save the adjustment for next time.
Instant Pots provide a fully automated cooking process, timing each step of the cooking task. The cookers will switch from pre-heating, to the cook cycle, and then into Keep Warm once cooking completes. Because the process is automated, there is no need to watch the cooking time or monitor the temperature levels. You are no longer tied to the kitchen to make an amazing meal!
Planning Meals with Delayed Cooking
The Instant Pot can also delay cooking by up to 24 hours, allowing you to plan meals ahead of time. Long-term delay is useful for foods that do not require refrigeration, like potatoes, beans, and rice.
Short-term delay start cooking (less than 2 hours) is helpful when preparing meals. For instance, preprogramming your main course frees up a ton of time to create appetizers, sides, and dessert. Most importantly, you don’t actually have to be in the kitchen to produce a healthy, tasty meal!
Because Instant Pot can reduce cooking times by up to 70%, it also works wonders to get dinner on the table in a hurry.
Pressure cookers cook evenly and deeply, and thanks to the advanced technology of the embedded microprocessor, cooking cycles are precisely controlled to prepare delicious meals time after time.
Meals are sealed into an airtight environment for cooking, so vitamins, nutrients, flavors and aromas remain trapped inside the ingredients. This allows flavors to develop quickly and with greater depth than when using other cooking methods.
Tender & Tasty
Instant Pot really flexes its muscle when cooking tougher cuts of meat. Pressure cooking allows tough proteins and intramuscular fats to break down quickly, resulting in tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. Moreover, pressure cooked beans and legumes are firm yet supple, and do not need to be soaked before cooking.
The Instant Pot’s intelligent programming ensures cooking is consistent regardless of the volume of food. Whether you want to cook one egg or one dozen eggs, the cooking duration will not change.
Instant Pot electric pressure cookers are eco-friendly!
Compared to cooking with other appliances, such as roasting in an oven or boiling/steaming on a stovetop, Instant Pot boasts energy savings of up to 70%.
- Pressure cookers reach temperatures above boiling, and the higher the temperature, the faster the food will cook. Less cooking time means less energy consumed, and the Instant Pot can reduce the cooking time by up to 70%.
- Pressure cooking requires less water than is used for other cooking methods— for instance, about 75% less water is used when steaming in an Instant Pot. This reduces the energy consumption in making a meal, as significantly less water needs to be heated to boiling.
- The cooker base is fully insulated, with two layers of air pockets between the inner pot and the brushed stainless steel exterior, so although the internal temperature will be higher than boiling, the cooker base will be safe to touch, even during long cooking processes.
- The Instant Pot’s unparalleled insulation pairs perfectly with its intelligent monitoring system to prevent wasteful energy consumption. The cooker only heats the inner pot to maintain a certain pressure level, so it does not need to constantly exert energy in maintaining heat. During the cook cycle, the element only needs to engage about 60% of the time.
- All of this adds up in the summertime! The Instant Pot won’t heat your home with the same ferocity that an oven might, which means less energy spent on air conditioning.
When people think about stovetop pressure cookers, images are conjured of clunky, rattling, steam-spewing monsters. In stark contrast, the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker is sleek, airtight, and virtually inaudible during cooking. By locking in aromas and flavors, food tastes amazing, and, it won’t heat up your house like an oven might— a bonus during summer months!
Even more, with preprogrammed cooking options and over 10 safety mechanisms, you can literally set it and walk away. The Instant Pot’s intelligent programming ensures food is cooked quickly, deeply, and evenly, so you can spend time doing the things you enjoy.
Another significant benefit to note is that Instant Pot helps to keep your kitchen clean. Cooking with Instant Pot not only reduces your cleanup to one pot, it reduces the number of appliances in your kitchen. This may save money and will definitely save time.
Minimize clutter and keep your kitchen organized with Instant Pot!
BEAN/CHILI – Using this program results in different doneness levels for beans. For a firmer bean texture, use the Less mode; for a softer bean texture, use the Normal mode; for a very soft bean texture, use the More mode.
MEAT/STEW – Best for cooking large cuts of meat at high pressure. For a soft texture, use the Less mode; for a very tender meat texture, use the Normal mode; for fall-off-the bone texture, use the More mode
MULTIGRAIN – Includes a presoaking time, and is best for brown rice, wild rice, and tougher whole grains. For a firmer texture, use the Less mode; for a normal texture, use the Normal mode; for a softer texture, use the More mode. The More setting includes the pre-soak prior to pressure cooking
PORRIDGE – Use the Less mode for Oatmeal; use the Normal mode for making rice porridge (congee); use the More mode for a porridge / congee that contains a mixture of beans or tougher grains
PRESSURE COOK – This is the setting you’re likely to use the most. The temperature, pressure levels, and cooking times can be controlled through the operation keys on the control panel. Here, press the Pressure Level key to adjust the pressure level and the +/- keys to change the cooking time
RICE – This program cooks on low pressure, and is best used for white rice. For rice with a firmer texture, use the Less mode; for rice with a normal texture, use the Normal mode; for rice with a softer texture, use the More mode.
SAUTÉ – Yes, you can sauté food in your Instant Pot® just as you would in a pan.
Use Less mode for simmering, thickening, reducing liquids and for foods that may burn easily; use Normal mode for searing; use More mode for browning and stir-frying. Remember, the maximum time for sauté is in 30 minute intervals as a safety precaution
SLOW COOK – Use the Less to correspond to a low (8 hour) slow cooker setting; use the Normal mode to correspond to a medium (6 hour) slow cooker setting; use the More mode to correspond to a high (4 hour) slow cooker setting
SOUP/BROTH – Brings soups to a slow simmer, and results in a clear broth. For meatless soups, use the Less mode; for soups with meat, use the Normal mode; for soups that requires longer cook times, such as rich bone broth, use the More mode.
STEAM – For steaming vegetables, use the Less mode; for seafood and fish, use the
Normal mode; for meats, use the More mode. Always use the steam rack to elevate food above the water and use the QR (Quick Release) method to prevent overcooking the food
YOGURT – The Less mode is designed for Jiu Niang, a sweet fermented rice dish; the Normal mode is for fermenting milk when making yogurt, while the More mode is for pasteurizing milk
KEEP WARM – 3 temperatures to maintain food at different serving temperatures
Click here to view the Cooking Programs Options Chart