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Instant Pot Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Gluten Free)

By , April 19, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

YUMMY! Use ground beef or ground chicken for this recipe. You can also have the option to add potatoes for a full meal.


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 small can drained mushrooms (I like to chop these)
  • 1 cup milk


  • Thick sliced potatoes (about 1/2 ” slices) Sea salt and dry garlic grinder


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar


Spray inner pot with non-stick spray.

Mix Meatloaf ingredients, shape into a round loaf and place inside pot, forming to fit.

I like to form meatloaf more to one side of the pot and add thick potato slices stacked up in the remaining area next to the loaf. (If you decide to add potatoes, season them now with sea salt/garlic.)

Make your meatloaf topping and add to the top of your loaf.

Close and lock Instant pot lid and make sure the Steam Release Handle is in “venting” position. Choose the Slow Cook key and adjust (using – or +) for time. Then adjust for Temperature (using the Less/Normal/More keys – Less=Low/Normal=Med/More=High)

Cooking Time:

  • LOW 6-8 hours or on HIGH 4-6 hours

Apple Butter (easiest one around!)

By , December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie Brody.

We live in an area surrounded by 40+ orchards/farms.  During a recent trip to the local farmers market I bought a peck of Fuji apples.  On a whim I decided to try apple butter in my Instant Pot.  Couldn’t have asked for an easier way to make it!  I’ve made it several times and it’s a no fail way to make apple butter with the least amount of effort!

I used one of those hand utensils that core and section the apple, very easy to use.  I then cut each section in half. NO need to even peel the apples!


  • Fill your inner pot to the line with apples.
  • Add 1 cup water.
  • Put the inner pot into the Instant Pot.  Put on the lid, plug in and set Instant Pot to steam setting.  Adjust time to 4 minutes using the + and – buttons.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it’s done, just leave it.  Let the pressure return to normal on its own.
  • Open lid and using an immersion blender, blend until it reaches apple butter consistency.
  • Put in cinnamon, sugar (I use Splenda) to taste.  You can also add a touch of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice, whatever your tastebuds tell you would be to your taste.
  • Put into containers, or into canning jars with new lids, and into a waterbath for 25 minutes.
  • This is a great holiday breakfast treat on fresh baked bread, or over pancakes and waffles.


Steamed Bread Pudding in the Instant Pot

By , October 8, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

TSteamed Bread Puddinghis is already such a favorite.  My husband is now convinced that he loves the Instant Pot!  I made one batch of this tonight and then had to make a second because I had none left to share with neighbors!


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 c Goya Coconut milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 c cubed stale bread
  • ½ c cranraisins
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Optional ingredients can be:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Macadamia nuts or other nuts such as walnuts or pecans Apple ½ of a fresh apple minced


  • Put 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.  Add the steam rack.
  • Use a casserole small enough to fit into the Instant Pot, but large enough to hold the bread and liquids.  I use a casserole dish that is sloped up to 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches high.
  • Cut bread in cubes.  I like to use my homemade challah but any sweet or white bread will do.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl to combine.  Put in the cubed bread crumbs. Mix well.
  • Cover with wax paper and secure (I use silicone rubber bands that can withstand temperatures up to 600 degrees).
  •  Set Instant Pot to steam and adjust time to 15 minutes.  Let pressure drop of its own accord.
  • I usually wait an additional 15 minutes before removing the lid.  Remove the casserole dish carefully.  Remove the wax paper and whatever secured it.
  • At this point I like to put it under a low broiler flame for about 5-8 minutes just to brown the top.


French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken

By , June 23, 2012

Submitted by Lily J.

French Cassoulet French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken Ingredients: Makes 8 servings

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 1/2-inch-thick slices of pancetta (4 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound French green lentils
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 large head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled * Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 lemon-pepper  rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 pound garlic salami, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 ounces lean slab bacon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley


In the inner pot, use Saute function to heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the pancetta and onion and cook until the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, thyme, water, chicken broth, garlic, chicken, salami, and bacon.

Put cover on cooker. Use Manual mode to cook for 15 minutes.  Wait 10 minutes. Ensure that pressure is fully released and remove the lid.

Discard thyme and add salt to taste. Run the Saute function to thicken the sauce. Stir in parsley and serve.

* Peel garlic cloves quickly by immersing them in boiling water for a few seconds.

Seared Marinated Artichokes

By , June 21, 2012

Seared Marinated Artichokes 300x225 Seared Marinated ArtichokesRecipe by Natural Chef Dana Miller


  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


1.     Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel knife cut off the stems about ½ inch from the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke. Trim the thorny tips of the petals with kitchen shears.

2.     Place the artichokes, bottom up, in the inner pot of the Instant Pot fitted with a steamer basket and 2 cups of water.

3.     Choose the “Steam” setting and reduce cooking time to 8 minutes.

4.     While the artichokes are steaming prepare the marinade by placing the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small jar with a lid. Shake well to incorporate all of the ingredients. Set aside.

5.     When the “Steam” cycle is complete, release the pressure and carefully remove the artichokes.

6.     Allow to cool slightly so you can handle them. Cut the artichokes in half. Remove the center cone of purple prickly leaves. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke.

7.     Drizzle the marinade over the warm artichokes. Turning to make sure to coat them well with marinade. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes to overnight.

8.     When ready to serve, sear artichokes cut side down on a grill pan or BBQ for 3 to 5 minutes

Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove-top Pressure Cooker

By , May 24, 2012

Our customers ask whether electric pressure cooker is slower than stove-top pressure cooker.  Someone claimed that stove-top cooker can be 2~3 times faster in reaching working pressure.  This may be possible with a gas-stove.  However the majority of North American families use electric stoves. We decide to run a test on this typical scenario.

Test equipments:

  • Instant Pot IP LUX60 heating stage 174x180 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    Instant Pot IP LUX60 at the heating stage

    Instant Pot IP-LUX60: 1000W, 6L inner pot. Plugged-into an electronic power meter (Kill-A-Watt P4400).

  • T Fal Safe 2 on Maytag electric range 180x135 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    T-Fal Safe 2 on Maytag electric range

    T-Fal Safe 2 Model 3271 stove-top pressure cooker, 6L capacity, which likely has a pressure rating of 11psi.

  • Maytag SuperCapacity Plus electric range with glass ceramic cooktop, coil element power rating: 2100W
  • Thermoworks Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen, accuracy +/-0.4°C (0.2°F).

Test conditions:

  • Fill both Instant Pot and T-Fal with 3 liter tap water at 13.6°C
  • Set to cook at full pressure for 10 minutes. The “Manual” mode of Instant Pot was used.

After running multiple tests, the following is the results:

  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 took 23:30 ~ 24:15 (minutes:seconds) to reach working pressure 11.6psi.  Hold pressure for 10 minutes. Total power consumption 0.35~0.36 KWH.
  • T-Fal on Maytag electric range took 24:05~24:50 to reach pressure (steam release started leaking steam and rotating).  Afterwards, power was turned down to 30% to maintain the pressure. Total power consumption based on the power rating: 0.945~0.974 KWH.

In conclusion,

  • The stove-top T-Fal + Maytag electric range take about 20~30 seconds longer to reach working pressure than Instant Pot IP-LUX60.
  • Instant Pot IP-LUX60 uses around 63% less electricity than the T-Fal in this specific test.

There are two possible explanations regarding the electricity consumption:

  1. The glass ceramic cooktop reduces heating efficiency. The whole stove was warm and the T-Fal radiated heat along the way. That’s where the energy had gone.
  2. curved 3 ply bottom of InstantPot cooking pot 180x68 Which is Faster: Electric vs Stove top Pressure Cooker

    Curved 3-ply bottom of Instant Pot stainless steel cooking pot

    Instant Pot has two layers of air insulation, which minimize energy leakage. The bottom of its inner pot is curved inwards which fits tightly on the heating element curved outwards. Thermal conduction is excellent.

When we first designed Instant Pot, the intention is to make it fast in terms of convenience.  A press-a-button set-and-forget smart cooker is our objective.   Now heating efficiency makes Instant Pot faster than stove-tops on an electric range.

Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

By , February 10, 2012

If you make baked potatoes in the conventional way, you and kids will remain hungry for 70~90 minutes, depending on the size of the potato. With Instant Pot, your baked potatoes will be ready in 25 minutes, regardless of the size.

This speed is achieved with high-pressure steaming. Steam cooks evenly; high temperature cooks fast.


  • Large russet potatoes, one per serving. Russet potato is also called baking potato, rich with starch.
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream or your favorite topping.


  1. Brush-clean the potato thoroughly. Some people like the potato skin. Put the potato in a ceramic or steel bowl. brush cleaned potato 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  2. Put two cups of water in the inner pot
  3. Place the bowl on top of the steam rack (included in the Instant Pot package).placed in InstantPot
  4. Choose the “Steam” program with 12 minutes time, or 15 minutes if the potatoes are over a pound each.
  5. When the “Steam” program finishes, release the steam. Take the potatoes out.
  6. Poke holes on the potatoes with a fork or chopstick. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil (optional).poked hole 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot
  7. Put the whole potato, or split with salt and topping, on a grill for 5 minute for the crisp/dry skin effect. I use a small toast oven at toast mode. put on a baking tray 420x280 Baked Potatoes in 25 Minutes with Instant Pot

The inside of the baked potato retains a sweet moisturized texture.  My daughter and her friends finished the potatoes in a few gulps, and gave me a thumb-up with the verdict: “it’s good!”.cheddar-cheese-topping potatosour-cream-topping potato

Potato Bacon Chowder

By , December 1, 2011

Glenda Embree is one of a kind grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. She maintains a creative blog for busy wives and moms. The blog is full of wonderful and practical tips and recipes. The following is her recent creation of a Potato Bacon Chowder recipe using Instant Pot. The recipe is posted here with permission from Glenda.

Potato bacon chowder Potato Bacon Chowder

Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt (I used Country Bob’s)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and rough chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onion for garnish


  1. Place potato chunks into inner pot of pressure cooker.potatochunks Potato Bacon Chowder
  2. Add celery, onion, garlic, seasoning salt, pepper and butter. Stir to combine.onions Potato Bacon Chowder
  3. Add bacon and chicken stock to pot and then stir to combine. (I debated on whether to add the bacon, now, or when the soup was done. Now, meant sinking that smoky flavor deep into the potatoes. Later, meant having that crispier texture element to enjoy in my finished soup. Tonight, I opted for the deep flavor (Totally delish, by the way!), but you could go either way and it would be tasty and perfectly acceptable.) If you decide to wait, you will add the bacon when you stir in the milk and cream.)bacon Potato Bacon Chowder
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot slow cooker and lock it into place.puttingonlid Potato Bacon Chowder
  5. It will start, off to the side, so it drops into the slots in the rim and then you will grip the handle to spin the lid into the locked position. See how the arrows line up when it’s locked?lidlocked Potato Bacon Chowder
  6. Push the Manual mode button and set the timer for 5 minutes. (I started with 10 and then checked half way through. At five minutes, the potatoes were fork tender and perfect. Amazing!)
  7. Quick-release the steam from the pressure cooker.
  8. When steam is fully gone, remove the lid of the slow cooker. There should still be liquid in the pot with your veggies.
  9. Use a potato masher to crush vegetables, resulting in a thick, semi-smooth mash. I left a few bigger chunks of potato, in mine, for texture. That’s totally a preference thing, so adjust for what your family likes.)
  10. Add cream and whole milk, stirring to incorporate.cream Potato Bacon Chowder
  11. Serve hot and steaming, topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar and sliced green onion.Potato bacon chowder1 Potato Bacon Chowder

Pressure Steamed Eddoes

By , January 16, 2011

eddoes steamed under pressure 300x234 Pressure Steamed EddoesEddoe is a small tropical root vegetable, a variety of Taro family originated from China and Japan.  They offer an intensely flavorful alternative to potatoes and yams. It’s commonly known that eddoes contain carbohydrate and fiber which are excellent for people with digestive problems. Eddoe flour is used in infant formula and canned baby foods. Other benefits of eddoes may include lowering cholesterol levels, slowing absorption of glucose, reducing insulin requirements and reducing the likelihood of colorectal cancer.

To add eddoes to your daily diet, the following is probably the simplest desert recipe.  Cooking eddoes with Instant Pot is easy and fast.

Prepare Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 8 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 pounds of eddoes
  • White sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup


  • Wash the eddoes clean.  Don’t need to peel them.
  • Add 2 cups of water in the Instant Pot inner pot. Put in the steaming rack that came with Instant Pot.
  • Put the eddoes in a ceramic/metal serving bowl. Place the bowl on top of the steaming rack.
  • Press the “Steam” key and select 8 minutes.
  • The semi-hard shell of eddoes will be very easy to peel off.  Cut the peeled eddoes into bite-size and roll them in the sugar of your choice (white sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup

Multigrain Rice

By , October 29, 2009

Whole grains are high in fiber. low in fat, and rich in nutrients. Consumption of whole grains has  been consistently linked with a significant decrease in risk factors for heart disease and type II diabetes.whole-grain-rice-recipe

Whole grains are more forgiving than white rice when over cooked. Multiple grains can be mixed together to create large variety of wholegrain meal. They remain pleasantly full of texture after cooking.

Prepare Time:  2 minutes

Cooking Time: about 70 minutes

Ingredients: 6~8 servings

  • 3 cups  brown rice, wild rice or other whole grains, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon of oil (olive oil preferred)
  • 3.75 ~ 4.5 cups of water.  Less water makes the cooked rice fluffy and more water makes the rice stickier.
  • 1 ½  teaspoon salt (optional)



  • Combine the grains, water, oil and salt (if used) in the inner pot.
  • Press the Multigrain key.
  • After the cooking is completed, let it steam in the residual heat for 5 more minutes.
  • Open the lid, stir to fluff up the grains before serving.

Pineapple and Cauliflower mixed Rice

By , June 14, 2009

pineapple picture 300x270 Pineapple and Cauliflower mixed RiceKids would love the Pineapple and Vegetable mixed Rice with Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker. Even the most picky kids will love to enjoy this healthy, delicious rice with good smell of pineapple and cauliflower. What you need to do is to prepare ingredients, put them into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker then press rice button to cook in fully automated cooking process, and switch to keep-warm after cooking.

Prepare Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 30 minutes with Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1/2 pineapple or ½ can pineapple minced
  • 1 cauliflower minced
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fill water to the level 2 mark on the inner pot. Note: amount of water required varies significantly depending on the type of rice. You may need to experiment with your rice type to achieve the desirable rice softness.

Cooking: Put all ingredients into Instant Pot EPC then press the rice button. Then that is it! Simple, fast, delicious, retaining flavour and nutrition, consistent results all the time.

Salt baked Chicken (No water added)

By , June 14, 2009

chicken picture 299x263 Salt baked Chicken (No water added)

Salt baked Chicken (No water added) cooked in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker is perfect for parties. This fragrant and tasty dish will make a remarkable party or memorable family time. What you need to do is to prepare ingredients, put them into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker then press the “Poultry” button to cook in fully automated cooking process.


Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 1 medium size chicken
  • 1 green onion minced
  • 1 small piece of ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine or 2 tablespoons wine


  • Mix the 2 teaspoon salt,  2 tablespoons sugar and seasoned the outside/inside chicken with them evenly
  • Cover the bottom of inner pot with one teaspoon salt
  • Put seasoned chicken, soy sauce, wine into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Press the “Poultry” button and wait till it is done
  • Turn the chicken over then press the “Poultry” button again

Then the delicious chicken, retaining flavor and nutrition, is ready to be served.


  • Cut the chicken into pieces
  • mix ginger and green onion with chicken oil to make a dipping sauce

NOTE: This recipe is specifically for chicken, which typically contains sufficient moisture to create pressure, hence no need to add additional water.