The Sautéing/Browning Function of IP-LUX60

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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.

26 replies
  1. Carol
    Carol says:

    my saute mode is a 40 min cycle it looks like. it worked fine ie 30 mins until today. now when i press saute i see 40 mins flash on the screen instead of 30 before it switches to ON. please help

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    • mjun
      mjun says:

      Hi Kim,
      It depends on the amount of oil. A little isn’t going to cause an issue. If it’s over a tablespoon I’d pour out the oil first.

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  2. Carrie H
    Carrie H says:

    If I need to adjust the saute temperature, I have to turn the pot off, then turn it on again, and then within a few seconds I can adjust the level by pressing the adjust button repeatedly until it gets to the correct setting. Once it is turned on to a setting, I’ve found I cant adjust the temp from there without turning the unit off again.

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  3. Joy Richey Svoboda
    Joy Richey Svoboda says:

    My Adjust button doesn’t seem to do anything. The sauté function just stays at normal. Is there something wrong with my pot? I tried the + & – buttons too, no change.

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    • Denise
      Denise says:

      I was about to ask the very same question regarding increasing the temperature in the sauté mode. My pot stays at normal. I’ve tried everything. Is it defective? Has anyone replied yet?

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    • Lori
      Lori says:

      I wondering the same thing. When I press the + & – buttons, the light indicator just stays in the middle at “normal” so I’m not sure if it’s actually adjusting the temperature or not.

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    • Katherine
      Katherine says:

      I’m having the same problem. Except mine seems to stay really hot which isn’t very good for onions and garlic. Even when I turn it off, there’s so much residual heat they keep cooking.
      I’ve had no luck adjusting mine either 🙁

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    • J nor
      J nor says:

      I’ve recently purchased instant pot and have same problem- the sautee temp is too hot and doesn’t change when you try and adjust using the + – buttons?? I keep having to switch function on/off to stop burning food! Any ideas????

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  4. Elizabeth Delgado
    Elizabeth Delgado says:

    I have not purchased the Instant Pot yet but my confusion is what size should I purchase. I do not want to go small and then realize I need to purchase bigger. Would the 6 quart be enough for a family of 5?

    Thank you, Liz

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    • Donna
      Donna says:

      Can I do canning with Instant Pot?

      There are two types of canning: boiling-water canning at 100°C/212°F (for acid fruits, tomatoes, pickles and jellied products) and pressure canning at 115~121°C/240~250°F (for low acid vegetables, meat and poultry). Please refer to “USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning” for more details.

      Instant Pot can be used for boiling-water canning. However, Instant Pot has not been tested for food safety in pressure canning by USDA. Due to the fact that programs in Instant Pot IP-CSG, IP-LUX and IP-DUO series are regulated by a pressure sensor instead of a thermometer, the elevation of your location may affect the actual cooking temperature. For now, we wouldn’t recommend using Instant Pot for pressure canning purpose.

      See also: http://www.hippressurecooking.com/pressure-canning-faq-put-em-up/#epc

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  5. Irma
    Irma says:

    Can you adjust the saute after it starts? It would be nice to be able to turn it town. Do I have to turn it off and reset it? Seems silly.

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    • Instant Pot Staff
      Instant Pot Staff says:

      Hi Irma,

      You can press Cancel and press Saute to restart the program. The program will operate based on current sensor reading. So it doesn’t matter which temperature it’s at.

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    • MrSouderton
      MrSouderton says:

      Instant Pot has made a great pressure cooker. Sautéing in the pot and then starting high pressure cooking is really efficient and doesn’t require dirtying additional pots/pans. I especially like the button simplicity, it doesn’t limit any of the capabilities one bit.

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