There are a few things to aware of when cooking meat.

instant Pot Meat

  • Raw meat is a perishable food, which should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours (or 1 hour if room temperature is above 32C/180F). When using delayed cooking start, do not set delayed start for more than 1 ~ 2 hours. We recommend to cook the meat first and let the automatic Keep-warm function to maintain the food at serving temperature.
  • Do not try to thicken the sauce before cooking. Corn starch, flour or arrow-root may deposit to the bottom of the inner pot and be burnt on the base and in turn block heat dissipation. This could cause the cooker to overheat and possibly cut out.
  • You may want to brown the meat to seal the natural juice before starting pressure cooking.

Please note that the cooking time is pressure cooking time on Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker operating at 10.2 – 11.6 psi or 70-80 kPa. Cooking times are approximate. Please use them as a guideline only.

Pressure Cooking Timetable For Meat

MeatCooking Time
(in Minutes)
Beef, stew meat15 – 20
Beef, meat ball10 -15
Beef, dressed20 – 25
Beef, pot roast, steak, rump, round, chuck, blade or brisket, large35 – 40
Beef, pot roast, steak, rump, round, chuck, blade or brisket, small chunks25 – 30
Beef, ribs25 – 30
Beef, shanks25 – 30
Beef, oxtail40 – 50
Chicken, breasts8 – 10
Chicken, whole20 – 25
Chicken, cut up with bones10 – 15
Chicken, drumsticks, legs or thighs10 – 15
Cornish Hen, whole10 – 15
Duck, cut up with bones10 – 12
Duck, whole25 – 30
Ham slice9 – 12
Ham shoulder25 – 30
Lamb, cubes,10 -15
Lamb, stew meat10 -15
Lamb, leg35 – 45
Pheasant20 – 25
Pork, loin roast55 – 60
Pork, butt roast45 – 50
Pork, ribs20 – 25
Turkey, breast, boneless15 – 20
Turkey, breast, whole, with bones25 – 30
Turkey, drumsticks (leg)15 – 20
Veal, chops5 – 8
Veal, roast35 – 45
Quail, whole8 – 10