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The Sautéing/Browning Function of IP-LUX60

By , February 25, 2012

Sautéing is a method of cooking food with a small amount of oil or fat at relatively high heat. Food that is sautéed is browned while preserving its texture, moisture and flavor.  A typical use of sautéing is to brown the meat before pressure cooking.

The new Instant Pot IP-LUX60 is equipped with an advanced sautéing/browning function key.  3 levels of temperature can be chosen with the “Adjust” key for best results.

  • “Normal”: ~160°C (320°F) for regular browning,
  • “More”: ~170°C (338°F) for darker browning,  and
  • “Less”: ~105°C (221°F) for light browning.

The “Sauté” function can also be used to thicken the sauce after pressure cooking, by adding starch or simply evaporating liquid. In fact, it can be used for anything related with a sauce pan, e.g warming a canned soup, reheating porridge, etc.

During sautéing, the lid needs to be opened at all time to avoid pressure building up.  If the lid is closed, the display will show a flashing “Lid”.

The procedure of using “Sauté”.

  • Press the “Sauté” function key.
  • Select a temperature with the “Adjust” key for “Normal”, “More” or “Less”.
  • Sauté Temperature ReachedWhen Instant Pot reaches the given working temperature, it displays “Hot” and you can start sautéing/browning meat.
  • One full “Sauté” session will run for 30 minutes. You can cancel it at any time by pressing the “Cancel/Keep Warm” key and continue with a pressure cooking function.

A brief video demo of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 for browning (sautéing) in action.

Red Bean Soup

By , September 15, 2010

red bean soup dessert 300x237 Red Bean Soup Red bean (also known as Azuki bean) soup has been loved by many Japanese, Korean and Chinese for centuries. It is also one of the most common after-diner dessert in Chinese restaurants. If you inquire about how the red bean soup is made, the waitress would give you a list of ingredients, and tell you to soak the beans overnight and boil it for hours and hours.  Not anymore with Instant Pot! You could enjoy the mouth-watering red bean soup within an hour, including preparation.

Prepare Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 55 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 cups of red beans
  • 1/2 cup of dry lotus seeds, with the sprouts removed
  • (Optional) 1/2 cup of dry chestnuts
  • (Optional) 2 small pieces of dried mandarin or lemon peel, broken into tiny pieces
  • 4 table spoon of sugar (change this amount depending how many sweet teeth you have)
  • 8~12 cups of water, depending on whether you prefer thick or thinner soup


  • Put all ingredients in the cooking pot
  • Press “Bean/Chilli” function key, and press “Adjust” once to extend the cooking time
  • When the cooking is done, stir well before serving