How long does it take an instant pot to pressurize?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long does it take an instant pot to pressurize” with an in-depth analysis of the time that is required by the instant pot to pressurize. Moreover, we are going to discuss some important points that you need to know before starting instant pot cooking.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long does it take an instant pot to pressurize?

It takes about 5-15 minutes for the instant pot to pressurize but sometimes it can takes about 20-25 minutes to pressurize the instant pot if the quantity of food added in it is quite large. So once the instant pot gets pressurized, the float valve present on the top of the pot will pop-up. At this instant, the instant pot will beep once and a countdown starts from the 5 minutes. This is the time in which you will hear a lot of hissing sounds and you can also see some of the steam escaping from the float valve of the instant pot.

As soon as the countdown for the 5 minutes ends, the instant pot will change its mode to the “keep warm mode” and afterward you will see the LCD displaying count uptime (the time for which the instant pot is on the “keep warm” mode).

What do you need to know to get started with about instant pot cooking?

Minimum liquid required

So when it comes to the quantity of water that you should add to the instant pot to cook food in it, then this quantity varies for different recipes. But generally, you should add at least 1 cup of water to the instant pot.

So the reason for adding water in the instant pot is that the instant pot cooks the food with the help of the pressure and steam, therefore it needs water for making this steam and pressure. 

Fill level

Now if you notice the inner pot of the instant pot, then you will see some markings on it. There will be two markings, ½, and ⅔. Now when you are adding the food that you need to cook in the instant pot it is advised never to fill the instant pot beyond this ⅔ line.

Moreover, in the case of foods that tend to expand when they are cooked like quinoa, barley, rice, etc. it is recommended that you should never fill the instant pot with these foods beyond the ½ line. 

Pressure cook/ manual button

So to start a pressure cooking cycle you need to press the pressure cook button. Different models of the instant pot have labeled this button as either the “manual” button or simply as the “pressure cook” button.

+/- buttons

These are the buttons that are used to adjust the cooking time of the instant pot.

Keep warm/ cancel button

Now when it comes to the keep warm or cancel button, you can use it to either end the cooking time or it can also be used to start or end the “keep warm” mode of the instant pot.

It is worth mentioning here that as soon as the cooking time is done, the instant pot automatically switches to the “keep warm” mode so all you gotta do is to press this “keep warm/ cancel” button to end this mode.

Saute button

So if you want to saute some vegetables or want to thicken your sauce after you are done pressure cooking it in the instant pot, you can press the “saute” button and by default, a timer of 30 minutes will set in. you can increase or decrease this time according to your preference. It is worth mentioning that you should never cover the instant pot in the “saute” mode.

Adjust button

So the adjust button is used to control the amount of heat that the instant pot is providing. You can set it to less, normal, or more cooking modes according to your preference.

Pressure button

So the pressure button is used to switch between the “high” and “low” pressure settings. You can opt for either of them according to what the recipe calls for. Some of the models of the instant pot only have a high-pressure setting, therefore this button won’t be present in those varieties. 

Program button

The program button has some pre-set cook timings for various food items like soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, multigrain, porridge, steam, slow cook, etc. 

Using the trivet

You will need the trivet only when you want to cook something that you want to keep away from the water present in the base of the instant pot or something for which you do not need the direct heat.

Are the cooking time of the recipe and the total time it takes to cook in an instant pot the same?

 No, the cooking time mentioned in the recipe is less than the actual time it takes for the instant pot to cook that particular food. The reason behind this is the time it takes for the instant pot to pressurize before the actual cooking of the food starts. Moreover, you also have to account for the time it needs to release the pressure and steam out of the instant pot once the cooking is done.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long does it take an instant pot to pressurize” with an in-depth analysis of the time that is required by the instant pot to pressurize. Moreover, we discussed some important points that you need to know before starting instant pot cooking.

Citations

https://kristineskitchenblog.com/instant-pot-guide/

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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