How long does the instant pot take to warm up? (+5 functions)

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does the instant pot take to warm up?”, and what are the functions of an instant pot?

How long does the instant pot take to warm up?

An instant pot takes about 10-15 minutes to warm up depending on the number of contents present in the instant pot. The more the contents inside the instant pot, the longer It will take to come to pressure. The pressure is released from the instant pot in two ways. 

In a quick or natural release, the control knob above the pot from the seal is tuned resulting in quick depressurization of the pot. In case of a slow-release, the pot is allowed to sit and release pressure slowly and naturally. This is particularly important when cooking delicate foods like beans.

Instant pot stuck on preheat 

This is a very common problem for newcomers. The display panel reads as “ON’ when the pot is preheating. After reaching the set temperature, It starts to pressurize to trigger the timer. The following factors may be the reason why your instant pot is stuck in the preheating phase.

Release valve not set to seal

If the release valve is set on vent instead of seal, It won’t pressurize and the cooking process won’t start. Once the pot starts to pressurize, you will notice steam coming out of the float valve and not the release valve.

Seals misaligned or damaged

If the sealing rings are misaligned or damaged, they won’t let the pressure build-up. Before operating the instant pot, check the seals. Replace them every 12-16 months. You must have at least two rings and use different rungs for sweet and sour dishes.

Functions of an instant pot

  • You can use an instant pot in place of a slow cooker or pressure cooker to cook delicious food in a short time.
  • Instant pot is great for cooking rice. When the timer goes off, the rice will be cooked. You can do other chores during the cooking period without having to stand by it.
  • Instant pot can be used to steam food as well as caramelize vegetables using the saute mode.
  • You can keep your food warm in an instant pot.
  • Instant pot can be used to set yogurt. Some advanced versions of instant pot also enable you to boil eggs bake cakes.

Tips for using the instant pot

  • Instant pot is great for making one-pot recipes. It can be used for multi-purposes. For example, you can use it to sautee vegetables as well as cook them.
  • Instant pot can be adjusted to different temperatures as directed in the recipe giving you a lot of autonomy over its use.
  • For boiling, steaming or pressure cooking, add about a ½-1 cup of water. Adding too much water can result in mushy or soggy food.
  • Instead of water, boil or steam your dishes in broth or stock for the infusion of extra flavor.

Other FAQs about Instant Pots which you may be interested in.

How to delay start instant pot?

Common instant pot problems and how to fix them

Instant pot is taking too long to start the timer

The instant pot will take at least 15 minutes to pressurize and start the timer. If the recipe says “pressure cook in Instant Pot for 5 minutes”, add 15 minutes to this time. 

However, If It takes longer than 20 minutes to start the timer, check the settings and adjust the mode If needed. Plus the more food you stuff in your pot, the longer It will take to start the timer.

The pot is showing a “Burn” message 

This is a sign that the food might burn or the pot might suffer damage. It may be because the water is scarce in the pot and is not reached the bottom and sidewalls of the pot. Let the pot cool down If you have been sauteeing on high heat. 

Layer the starches and sauces for complex meals and elevate your meal with the help of a cooking rack. After sauteeing a vegetable or sauce, make sure the pot is clean of any bits and pieces before moving to the next cooking process.

An error code message 

If you pot shows an error code message, refer to the support page. For example, C1 means your temperature sensors are not functional, similarly, C5 means the inner pot does not have sufficient water in it.

The instant pot keeps beeping 

The pot normally beats when the timer sets on and off, If It beats otherwise, check for a coded message on the screen and fix the problem. This usually happens due to overheating.


In this article, we answered the question “How long does the instant pot take to warm up?”, and what are the functions of an instant pot?


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