How many appliances does the Duo Crisp + Air Fryer replace?
The Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer is capable of replacing your traditional pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté pan, and food warmer. It also stands in as an air fryer, roaster, mini-oven, broiler and food dehydrator.
Why do I need to do the Initial Run?
The Initial Test Run helps you become familiar with how your Instant Pot works, ensures the cooker is operating at peak performance, and sterilizes the cooking chamber so you can start preparing your delicious dishes right away.
How much liquid should be in the inner pot when cooking?
For pressure cooking, if you aren’t following a trusted recipe, pay attention to minimum liquid requirements and maximum fill lines as indicated on the inner pot.
For non-pressure cooking, the minimum liquid requirement listed below does not apply.
When using an air frying Smart Program, there should be little or no liquid in the inner pot. Avoid crowding the inner pot and cooking accessories when using these programs, as air needs to circulate freely to ensure proper cooking. Do not overfill the air fryer basket—food must not touch the heating element, or the element cover on the underside of the air fryer lid.
The recommended minimum amount of liquid for pressure cooking, unless otherwise specified in a recipe, depends on the size of the cooker. If a recipe specifies a certain amount, always follow the recipe.
• 6 Quart: 1 ½ cups (12 oz / 375 mL)
Note: These liquids should be water-based, including stock, broth, juice, cooking sauces, as well as wine and beer. Oils and oil-based sauces do not have enough water content to account for the required liquid volume. Add suitable liquid to thin condensed cream-based soups and thick sauces.
When pressure cooking, do not fill the inner pot higher than the PC MAX — 2/3 line as indicated on the inner pot.
When cooking foods that expand (e.g., rice, beans, pasta) do not fill the inner pot higher than the — 1/2 line as indicated on the inner pot.
Overfilling the inner pot may risk clogging the steam release and developing excess pressure. This may cause leakage, personal injuries, or damage to the cooker.
Are the parts for different models of the Instant Pot interchangeable
Not always. It’s a good idea to only use the parts that came with your Instant Pot, or authorized replacement parts and accessories that are designated for your size and model of Instant Pot.
• Using a pressure cooking lid from another model may result in improper sealing/locking, and is unsafe.
• The air fryer lid is not compatible with other models of Instant Pot.
• Instant Pot silicone sealing rings can be used in any matching size of Instant Pot pressure cooking lid.
• Instant Pot inner pots can be used in any matching sized Instant Pot, except for the Duo Evo™ Plus, which features a new inner pot design.
If you need assistance choosing accessories or replacement parts, chat with one of our Customer Care agents.
What is the Inner Pot made of?
The stainless steel inner pot is made primarily from 304 (18/8) stainless steel and is dishwasher safe.
The 3-ply bottom has an aluminium core for optimal heat dispersal, but no aluminium comes into contact with your food. With no chemical coating, the inner pot is compliant with FDA food safety standards.
The steam rack is also made from food grade 304 (18/8) stainless steel, so you can be sure that all of your food is cooked safely.
The air fryer basket has a ceramic non-stick coating, so food is easy to remove and the basket is easy to clean.
Can I adjust my settings after cooking has started?
Yes! You can adjust the time, temperature and pressure level even after the Instant Pot has started cooking.
How do I know if the pressure cooking process has started?
The Duo Crisp begins when you press Start, and displays On to indicate that pre-heating has begun. When the cooker builds up enough pressure the float valve rises, then the cooker beeps and counts down the cooking time.
How do I know when it’s safe to open the lid after pressure cooking?
Before opening the lid, make sure the float valve has dropped.
• Do not attempt to open the lid if the float valve is still up.
• Do not attempt to open the lid if it is locked and cannot be easily opened.
• Do not force the lid open at any time.
If the float valve has not dropped, ensure the quick release button is pressed down into the Vent position. If no steam releases, use a long utensil to nudge the float valve down.
Note: When opening the lid, the inner pot may adhere to the lid. This is caused by vacuum due to cooling. To release the vacuum, press the quick release button down into the Vent position.
Are there any foods I can’t put into the Instant Pot?
Ingredients that are high in sugar content may trigger the burn warning.
We recommend caution when cooking food such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal or other cereals, split peas, noodles, macaroni, rhubarb or spaghetti, as they tend to foam, froth or spatter and can cause clogging. When preparing these foods, do not fill the inner pot higher than the — 1/2 line as indicated on the inner pot and followed a trusted recipe.
Note: Regular cleaning of the lid and its parts (e.g., steam release handle, anti-block shield, steam release pipe and float valve) is important for proper function and to ensure the cooker’s longevity.
Can I use third party accessories with my Instant Pot?
To ensure the highest level of safety, we recommend only purchasing spare parts and accessories authorized by Instant Brands Inc.