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Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?

By , May 29, 2013

InstantPot steam release 2 267x300 Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?Because most pressure cooker recipes are designed for 15psi pressure cookers. Many users are looking for 15psi electric pressure cooker.  We are asked whether Instant Pot operates at 15psi.

To answer this question, we need to clarify a concept here.  The max working pressure of a pressure cooker is the pressure which pushes up the safety device (i.e. steam release, pressure valve or by some other names) and the cooker starts letting out steams to reduce pressure. The max working pressure of stove-top pressure cookers ranges from 12psi to 21.7psi. For the high-end stove-top models, it is typically in the 16~21.7psi range. This is specified in product document and also commonly marked at the bottom of the steam release.

Instant Pot has a max working pressure of 15.23psi (105kpa). This is marked on the steam release handle, see the image on the top.  One of the design objectives of Instant Pot is not to let out steam and make noise during its operation.  So normal working pressure has to be below 15.23psi.  Instant Pot’s working pressure is in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi. If you have small amount of food/liquid in the cooker, Instant Pot may touch 15.23psi momentarily due to the heat conduction delay.

When a stove-top pressure cooker reaches its max working pressure  and starts whistling out steams, you’d turn down the heating to stop the whistling.  In such a condition, your stove-top pressure cooker may be operating at a pressure level similar to Instant Pot. You only cook the food at the max working pressure when it’s whistling continuously.


  • Does Instant Pot have the same 15 psi max working pressure as common stove-top pressure cookers? Yes! It’s 15.23psi.
  • Does Instant Pot cook your food constantly at 15psi? No, it’s in the range of 10.15~11.6 psi.
15psi1 150x150 Which Electric Pressure Cooker Operates at 15psi?

Illustration of Instant Pot working pressure curve

You can see the working pressure chart on the right. Most electric pressure cookers available on the market work like this, but may not have the same max and working pressure range.

If your recipe specifies cooking at 15psi, you can adapted to Instant Pot by increasing the cooking time by 7~15%.

Note: the max working pressure is not an indicator of the max safety pressure that the cooker can withstand. If a cooker is certified with UL or equivalent, it should withstand 5 times the working pressure without leaking.

Many electric pressure cooker has a max working pressure of 13.05psi (90kpa).  You can find this out by looking at the bottom of its steam release.  A properly certified and manufactured cooker always has such rating on the parts.


One (Instant) Pot Basmati Rice (with optional veggies)

By , April 18, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

This is a great one pot recipe for a family or even a college student!


  • 1/2 small to med onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup basamati rice,
  • 3 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 garam masala
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • ** OPTIONAL Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables (use about 1-1/2 cups)**


Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE

Heat oil and add Cumin,Garam Masala and stir to temper the spices. Then add onions and saute until they turn translucent.

Add rice to pan and pour in water. Stir in salt and switch Instant Pot over to RICE until done. Stir and serve.


OPTION: You can add frozen veggies to the top of the rice before closing lid. Once rice has completed cooking, stir to incorporate the vegetables.

Sweet Carrots

By , March 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Makes 2 cups. About 100 calories per cup.


  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups baby carrots


Place the butter, brown sugar, water and salt in Instant Pot. Press saute button and stir for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Add carrots, stir to coat carrots. Put lid on cooker, close the pressure release value (set to sealing), press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

When beeps finished,  do a quick release of pressure. Remove lid, press saute button and saute until liquid has evaporated. Remove carrots. (Add a little water to the pot to prevent sticking until you can clean the pot.) Serve.



Multi-Grain or Brown Fried Rice

By , March 26, 2013

Multigrain Fried Rice 300x199 Multi Grain or Brown Fried RiceSubmitted by Robin R.


  • 3 cups TOTAL of the following types of rice:
  • Brown rice OR multi-grain rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of diced ham, chicken, or pork
  • 1/4 cup of sliced scallions
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil or butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot
  2. Set pot to Multi-Grain setting
  3. When cooking cycle is complete, fluff rice and serve

Options: You may also add 1 cup of frozen peas and/or mushrooms at the end of the cooking cycle–if you add them at the beginning they will turn out mushy

NOTE: This rice is going to be a much drier/less sticky rice than most of the recipes that are posted on the website or the ones in the recipe book. It is more like what we are used to here, in our Chinese restaurants.

Red Lentils with Sweet Potato

By , February 20, 2013

Submitted by Angela W.

Here is a simple recipe I made with my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker that serves two:


  • 1 small/medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder (mine is Kroger grocery store brand)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sushi Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  1. Place all items in Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.  Stir to combine.  Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  2. Release the pressure.
  3. Serving suggestion: spoon over hot broccoli into bowls.

Cheese Flan

By , February 2, 2013

cheese flan 300x228 Cheese FlanSubmitted by Lesa P.


  • 1  14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1  12-oz can of evaporated milk
  • 1  8-oz cream cheese bar-softened
  • 5 eggs
  • 1  tsp Vanilla Extract
  • A dash of Cinnamon
  • A dash of Nutmeg
  • Caramel
  • 6 T sugar


  1. Make the caramel: Use your flan pan* to melt the sugar.  Stir until it is melted and a medium brown color.  Don’t let it burn. Remove from heat and swirl the liquid sugar to coat the sides of the pan.  Make the custard while it cools.
  2. Put the cream cheese in a medium sized bowl.  Add each egg one at a time until nicely blended.  Add remaining ingredients and put in your caramelized pan. Secure the lid.
  3. Put a couple inches of water in the Instant Pot and place* the flan on a trivet, cook it on manual for 15 minutes.  Let the pressure drop naturally. Remove flan from Instant Pot and let cool to room temp, then refrigerate for 6 – 8 hours or longer if you want.
  4. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, flip onto a plate that has a rim to catch the caramel .  Slice and enjoy!

*Notes: If you don’t have a flan pan, you can use a springform pan covered with foil, or any pan that has tall sides and will fit in the Instant Pot. Also, make a “lifter” out of a triple-folded piece of foil.  Put your pan on the strip and carefully lift it into the Instant Pot, leave the foil lifter in while it is cooking and use it to remove the flan when it is done depressurizing.


Easy Fresh Green Beans

By , January 31, 2013

Gbeans 300x240 Easy Fresh Green BeansSubmitted by Kay A.

My three year old granddaughter loves these green beans. I love the fact that I can throw them in the Instant Pot and walk away. In slightly over half an hour we have healthy and tasty fresh green beans that are super soft but not mushy.

Makes 4 cups, 70 calories per cup


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh stringless green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 slice nitrite free bacon
  • 4-5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper


Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir to distribute the spices. Put the lid on, push the stream button and set the time for 25 minutes. (The pot will take 8 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 25 minutes.) When beeps finished, do a quick release of pressure. Transfer the contents to a serving bowl. (Save any extra liquid for use in other recipes. My broth came from cooking chicken breasts in the Instant Pot to make enchiladas.)

These are usually a side dish. They go really well baked sweet potatoes and cornbread.


Steamed “Soft-Boiled” Eggs

By , January 25, 2013

soft boil egg 300x225 Steamed Soft Boiled EggsSubmitted by Julie S.

Editor’s note:  Pressure cooker boiled/steamed eggs have easy peel-off shells.  Apart from time and energy saving, this is another advantage.  Hard boiled eggs are good for making sandwiches, salad and other dishes. Julie has figured out the timing to do Soft-boiled eggs. Please read on.

I came across a couple websites describing pressure cooker hard boiled eggs, which sounded so simple and delicious!

However, being brand new to our Instant Pot (and pressure cooking), I was unsure how to adapt the “low pressure” directions and timing to our Instant Pot.  Got it right on the first try!  LOVE how easy the Instant Pot is to use!  Here’s my method:


  • Eggs

egg positions1 225x300 Steamed Soft Boiled EggsEquipment:

  • Steam rack and/or steamer basket
  • Canning lids or metal cookie cutters


  1. Pour 1 cup water into the pot and position a steamer basket or trivet atop the steam rack.
  2. Place 3-5 eggs, using canning lids or metal cookie cutters to separate/hold the eggs.
  3. Close lid and steam valve.  Press Steam setting, and adjust time down to 4 minutes.  (5 minutes for hard boiled).
  4. At end of cycle, place a cool cloth on the lid and quick release the steam valve. Use tongs to transfer eggs to a cold water bath for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Peel and enjoy!

Turkey Breast Easiest Ever

By , January 23, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.


  • 1 frozen turkey breast with frozen gravy packet
  • 1 whole onion


  1. Run water over frozen turkey breast and packet enough to remove the plastic on each. Leave the mesh on the turkey breast.
  2. Place frozen turkey breast, rozen gravy packet and whole onion in Instant Pot. Push poultry button and set minutes to 35. When finished, allow to depressurize for a few minutes. Remove lid, turn turkey breast over. Replace lid, press poultry and set time for 30 minutes. When beeps, allow to fully depressurize. Check internal temperature of turkey breast with meat thermometer. Mine was 180F degrees.
  3. Remove lid.  Check internal temperature of turkey breast with meat thermometer. Mine was 180F degrees.
  4. Remove mesh. Remove turkey and slice. Places slices and turkey gravy into serving dish.

Turkey was tender and better tasting than brining and cooking in oven.

Tomato Bisque

By , December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

I usually buy those wonderful tomatoes on the vine every couple of weeks.  But my husband doesn’t eat them fast enough.  So I’ve developed a good recipe to transform them into Tomato Bisque that is delicious and inexpensive.  But you can use good plum tomatoes as well.


  • Cut tomatoes in half or quarters.  Put into the inner liner pot.  No need to peel the tomatoes!
  • If you put in enough to go to the fill line add 1 cup water, or if you only had enough for 1/2 pot full just add 1/2 cup water.
  • Put the lid on and plug in the Instant Pot.  Then set to steam and adjust time (using the + and – buttons) to 6 minutes.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it is done do NOTHING.  Just let the pot return to normal pressure.
  • Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, blend to a very smooth consistency.
  • You can add whatever you like at this point.
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste (white pepper is best) Basil or oregano (fresh or dried)
  • Add as much half and half as you like.  I added 1 cup for a half batch.
  • Serve with a fresh leaf of basil on the soup and fresh bread on the side.

No brainer college student healthy chicken stew

By , November 21, 2012

Submitted by Olivia T.


  • Whole cooked and seasoned roast chicken from grocery store.
  • Chopped celery of desired amount
  • Chopped mushrooms
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped carrots
  • Any other veggies of your choice ( squash, cucumber, tomatoe etc)


  • Pull the chicken meat into shreds, dump them along with the bones in the pot.
  • Dump in all the veggies
  • Add 2-3 cups of water. May vary depending in the serving size
  • Push “Stew”
  • Remove the bones, add salt to taste and serve over pasta or rice

Easy Breezy Carrots Or Beets

By , November 17, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.


Place butter, a tablespoon or two into your instant pot…..melt it somewhat, Peel and cut up your carrots, add a 1/4 tsp baking soda, stir.

Pressure cook for about 4 minutes

You end up with delicious caramelized carrots.

You can prepare beets the same way…..pressure cook them slightly (water in pressure cooker), run under cold water,  the peel then just slides off,   slice them and then proceed as with the carrots.

So nutritious and delicious.

Khichdi Dal

By , October 22, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

I developed this recipe to help on those nights when I need comfort food with flavor.  It’s very quick and easy and tastes delicious!  You can make it vegetarian or add chicken.  My husband prefers it vegetarian style as a side dish.

I buy the Khichdi mix at a local Indian/Asian grocery store.  The mix is 40% Moong split, 35% Sona Masoori and 20% Moong Dal.


  • 1 c Khichdi mix
  • 1 Tbsp ghee (butter or oil)
  • 1 tsp Balti seasoning from (Penzey’s Spice Company) If you want this spicier just double the Balti amount
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt
  • 2 c water


  • Rinse the Khichdi mix several times and drain.
  • Put the ghee in the Instant Pot and set saute.  Let it heat up and then put in the  Balti seasoning and stir.  Let the spices heat for about a minute.
  • Add the Khichdi mix, salt and water.  Heat up to boiling then close the Instant Pot.  Put on rice setting for 10 minutes.  Once done, let the Instant Pot  return the normal pressure.
  • Fluff up the Khichdi mix with the paddle and serve.

Cooking Bone-in Turkey

By , September 2, 2012

Submitted by Larry P. Northern Minnesota



  • Thawed turkey breast with bone that will fit in the pot on the trivet
  • Wash the turkey and put it in the pot on the trivet with one cup of water
  • Use manual set for 45 minuets
  • Let the pressure release natural – takes about 20 minutes
  • Check the temperature of the turkey just to make sure – 180 to 190F
  • Consume the moistest turkey breast ever

2012 Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest

By , April 2, 2012

two InstantPot IP LUX60 300x238 2012 Spring Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest In our popular Winter Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Contest, we realized how much fun it was to interact with our users.  Most importantly, the submitted recipes substantially enhance everybody’s cooking experience.  In the spirit of sharing, we start this Spring Recipe Contest and will award two Instant Pot IP-LUX60 to the winners.

To help everybody visualizing the cooking result of the recipe, please attach pictures of the dish.

The rules of the contest.

  1. The recipes must be for electric pressure cooker, published on publicly accessible websites.  If you don’t have a blog or a place to publish, we can put them on recipe section.
  2. Two prizes of Instant Pot IP-LUX60 will be awarded.  Free shipping to continental US (excluding Hawaii & Alaska) and Canada.
  3. The participant needs to give the right to publish one of their recipes on
  4. The winning entries must be original and will be judged by
    • the details of description,
    • the practicality, and
    • the creativity
  5. The winners will be chosen by Instant Pot staff on June 30, 2012.
  6. Entries are accepted as comment to this post, or submission to

The winners of this contest is announced here and the new Summer recipe contest also starts.

Braised duck with potato

By , March 30, 2012

Submitted by Angel C.

Braised duck with potato 300x225 Braised duck with potatoThis recipe can be use for other poultries. But I like to use the instant pot to do the duck because the depth of the instant pot can do the best job of keeping the oil splatter in the pot that not a single splatter shield can do. We all know how hard is to remove the oil splatter on the stove and on the wall. And duck fat and potato is a perfect match. The instant pot is the ultimate solution to a quick, easy and delicious meals.


  • 1 Whole duck chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato chopped into cubes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced
  • 2 green onions cut into 2 inches length
  • 4 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 4 table spoons of sugar
  • 4 table spoons of rice/sherry wine
  • 1/2 tea spoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

1. Heat up the instant pot by pressing “Saute” for 1 minute.
2. Sear the chopped duck in the instant pot with skin side down till golden brown.
3. Stir in and mix all ingredients into the instant pot, except the potato, and press “Poultry.”
4. After the poultry cycle, release pressure and open the lid. Stir in the potato cubes and press “manual” for another 5 minute.

Steamed Coffee Can Bread!

By , March 28, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.

Here is my web link if you would like to see more photos and my how-to video: or you may use this smaller URL:

THE SUPPLIESSteamed Coffee Can Bread 241x300 Steamed Coffee Can Bread!

  • Favorite Bread recipe (Boxed, Frozen or from Scratch for – 1 loaf)
  • 1 – Coffee Can that will fit into your Instant Pot. Mine was a 1-lb Coffee Can that was 5.5′ high
  • Oil, Butter or spray Oil for inside the Can
  • A couple of Tbls – Flour
  • Foil wrap
  • A Trivet  (I used one that was about 1/2 high)
  • Your Instant Pot


1. Mix you favorite bread recipe up. (let rest a few minutes while you put your Instant Pot items together) 2. Oil, Butter or a spray Oil the inside of the Can.

3. Completely Flour the inside of the Can after you Oil it.

4.  Roll up your Bread into a soft ball and insert it inside the Can.

5. Add Foil to the top of the Can so it is about 1 inch higher then the lip of the Can. (notice Video) 6. Let the Bread raise until it’s 1″ from the top. (Bread will raise higher during the pressure cooking) 7. Add 8 cups of water where it’s at least 1/3 to 1/2 up the side of the can.

8. Put the lid on and “Manually” set the Instant Pot for 15 minutes. (If it’s a very heavy Bread like Multi-grain or Rye/Wheat, add another 5 minutes on top of that equaling 20 minutes total time.

9. Let the Bread cool down for 10 minutes then let out the rest of the steam.

10. Use a knife and slide around your loaf of Bread and gently slide it out to cool.


Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwiches

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.



  • 2 pounds – Beef of choice
  • 2 cps – Water
  • 4 cps – Finely shredded Cabbage (the secret ingredient and you’ll never know it’s in there.)
  • 1/2 cp – Of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cp – Ketchup
  • 1/3 cp – Worecestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbls – Horse Radish
  • 1 tbls – mustard


  1. Add and stir in ingredients to your Instant Pot and set it on the “Meat” setting. (35 minutes)
  2. Once done, let set until steam subsides and then take off the lid.
  3. Pull out the Beef and fork shred it. Return it to the sauce and simmer until it cooks down. Do this on the “Saute” setting.

I make a steamed Bread in my Instant Pot in coffee cans. I mount the Pulled BBQ Beef atop the bread along with Swiss or Cheddar Cheeses and grilled caramelized Sweet Vidalia Onions or fried Onion Ring.


Savory Swiss Steak

By , March 10, 2012

Submitted by Ruth A.W.


  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 1/2″ thick round steak, cut in serving size pieces
  • 1 28 oz an Dei Fratelli crushed all natural tomatoes, no salt
  • 1 6 oz can V-8
  • 1 T Worchestire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Beau Monde Seasioning
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Lawrys seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion cut in chunks
  • 4 stalks celery, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup small carrots


  • Brown round steak lightly on both sides Add 1 small 6 oz can V-8 to the Instant Pot cookpot, then add the steak.
  • Add celery, carrots and onion
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables.
  • Secure lid, set to seal and select Meat setting. Increase to 50 minutes and then when cycle is finished, let pressure drop automatically.

Home Made Raisin Butter Rice

By , February 28, 2012

Submitted by Crystal J Zh.


  • rice, raisin, butter, salt and (optional) fresh parsley.
  • 3 or more cups of  long grained or wild rice •¼  salted butter •one teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of raisin
  • parsley (optional) for garnishing


  • Washed the rice, and mix all the ingredients in instant pot, excepted for the parsley. Add water, the water needs to be 1cm-2cm above the rice line.  The texture of the rice depends on the amount of water.
  • Set up Instant Pot as ‘rice cooking.’  After, the rice has been cooked, release the pressure, open the cover and stir the cooked rice to mix the ingredients.  Add chopped parsley for garnishing.
  • Sweet buttery creamy rice, mixtures of texture and flavours, a taste of oriental and middle east culture,  sure to be a hit for the whole family, especially loved by children.

For savoury options add meat, vegetables or nuts.