Cooking Time Tables

As with conventional cooking, cooking with Instant Pot is full of personal choices, creativity, a lot of science and experimentation. No two people would have exactly the same tastes, preferences of tenderness and texture of food. The cooking time chart provided in this recipe booklet is for reference purpose. The user is encouraged to experiment and find your own time setting for the best result to the user’s own liking.

There are other factors that may affect the cooking time. Different cuts of meat and different types of rice, for example, may require different cooking time to yield the same tenderness or texture.

When cooking frozen food, there is no need to defrost the food in the microwave first. However frozen food will prolong the pre-heating time and cooking time by a few minutes depending on the amount of food.

All timing here is based on the cooking pressure being in the range of 12 psi at “High Pressure” setting.

Seafood & Fish Fresh Cook Time (in minutes) Frozen Cook Time (in minutes)
Crab 2-3 4-5
Whole Fish (Trout, Sea Bass etc.) 4-5 5-7
Fish Fillet 2-3 3-4
Fish Steak 3-4 4-6
Lobster 2-3 3-4
Mussels 1-2 2-3
Seafood Soup or stock 7-8 8-9
Prawn or shrimp 1-3 2-4
Rice & Grain Water Quantity

(Grain:Water Ratios)

Cooking Time (in minutes)
Barley, pearl 1:2.5 20-22
Barley, pot 1:3-1:4 25-30
Couscous 1:2 2-3
Corn, dried, half 1:3 25-30
Oats, quick cooking 1:2 2-3
Oats, steel-cut 1:3 3-5
Porridge, thin 1:6-1:7 5-7
Quinoa, quick cooking 1:1.25 1
Basmati Rice 1:1 4
Brown Rice 1:1 20-22

Jasmine Rice

1:1 4
White Rice 1:1 4
Wild Rice 1:2 20-25
Dried Beans & Legume Dry, Cooking Time

(in Minutes)

Soaked, Cooking Time

(in Minutes)

Adzuki 16-20 4-6
Anasazi 20-25 5-7
Black beans 20-25 4-6
Black-eyed peas 6-7 4-5
Chickpeas (chick peas, garbanzo
bean or kabuli)
35-40 10-15
Cannellini beans 25-30 6-9
Gandules (pigeon peas) 20-25 6-9
Great Northern beans 25-30 7-8
Lentils, French green 4-6 n/a
Lentils, green, mini (brown) 4-6 n/a
Lentils, red, split 1-2 n/a
Lentils, yellow, split (moong dal) 1-2 n/a
Lima beans 12-14 3-6
Kidney beans, red 15-20 7-8
Kidney beans, white / Cannellini 25-30 6-9
Navy /Haricot beans 20-25 7-8
Pinto beans 23-25 6-9
Peas 16-20 10-12
Scarlet runner 20-25 6-8
Soy beans 35-45 18-20
Meat Cooking Time

(in Minutes)

Beef, stew meat 20 / 450g
Beef, meatball 5 / 450g
Beef, dressed 20 – 25 / 450g
Beef, pot roast, steak, rump, round,
chuck, blade or brisket, large
20 / 450g
Beef, pot roast, steak, rump, round,
chuck, blade or brisket, small chunks
15 / 450g
Beef, ribs 20 – 25
Beef, shanks 40 mm wide 25 – 30
Beef, oxtail 40 – 50
Chicken, breasts bone in 6 – 8
Chicken, whole 2-2.5Kg 8 / 450g
Chicken, portions with bones 10 – 15
Chicken, dark meat 10 – 15
Cornish Hen/Poussin, whole 10 – 15
Duck, portions with bones 12 – 15
Duck, whole 10 / 450g
Ham slice 9 – 12
Ham picnic shoulder 8 / 450g
Lamb, cubes 10 -15
Lamb, stew meat 12 -15
Lamb, leg 15 / 450g
Pheasant 8 / 450g
Pork, loin roast 20 / 450g
Pork, butt roast 15 / 450g
Pork, ribs 15 – 20
Turkey, breast, boneless 7 – 9
Turkey, breast, whole, with bones 20 – 25
Turkey, drumsticks (leg) 15 – 20
Veal, chops 5 – 8
Veal, roast 12 / 450g
Quail, whole 8/450g
Vegetables Fresh Cooking Time

(in Minutes)

Frozen Cooking Time

(in Minutes)

Artichoke, whole, trimmed without
leaves
9-11 11-13
Artichoke, hearts 4-5 5-6
Asparagus, whole or cut 1-2 2-3
Beans, green/yellow or wax,
whole, trim ends and strings
1-2 2-3
Beetroot, small, whole 11-13 13-15
Beetroot, large, whole 20-25 25-30
Broccoli, florets 1-2 2-3
Broccoli, stalks 3-4 4-5
Brussel sprouts, whole 2-3 3-4
Cabbage, red, purple or green,
shredded
2-3 3-4
Cabbage, red, purple or green,
wedges
2-3 3-4
Carrots, sliced or shredded 2-3 3-4
Carrots, whole or chunked 6-8 7-9
Cauliflower florets 2-3 3-4
Celery, chunks 2-3 3-4
Collard Greens 4-6 5-6
Corn, kernels 1-2 2-3
Corn, on the cob 3-5 4-6
Aubergine, slices or chunks 3-4 4-5
Endive 1-2 2-3
Escarole/Chicory, chopped 2-3 3-4
Green beans, whole 2-3 3-4
Greens (beet greens, collards, kale, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens), chopped 4-5 5-6
Leeks 2-3 3-4
Mixed vegetables 2-3 3-4
Okra 2-3 3-4
Onions, sliced 2-3 3-4
Parsnips, sliced 2-3 3-4
Parsnips, chunks 3-4 4-5
Peas, in the pod 1-2 2-3
Peas, green 1-2 2-3
Potatoes, in cubes 4-5 6-7
Potatoes, whole, baby 8-10 12-14
Potatoes, whole, large 12-15 15-19
Pumpkin, small slices or chunks 4-5 6-7
Pumpkin, large slices or chunks 8-10 10-14
Rutabaga/Swede/Turnip, slices 3-5 4-6
Rutabaga/swede/Turnip, chunks 4-6 6-8
Spinach 1-2 2-3
Squash, acorn, slices or chunks 5-7 7-9
Squash, butternut, slices or chunks 4-6 6-8
Sweet potato, in cubes 2-4 4-6
Sweet potato, whole, small 10-12 12-14
Sweet potato, whole, large 12-15 15-19
Sweet pepper, slices or chunks 1-3 2-4
Tomatoes, in quarters 2 – 3 4-5
Fruit Fresh Cooking Time
(in Minutes)
Dried Cooking Time
(in Minutes)
Apples, in slices or pieces 1-2 2-3
Apples, whole 3-4 4-6
Apricots, whole or halves 2-3 3-4
Peaches 2-3 4-5
Pears, whole 3-4 4-6
Pears, slices or halves 2-3 4-5
Plums 2-3 4-5
Raisins n/a 4-5