Instant Pot General

Instant Pots are categorized by referring to the number of appliances a single Instant Pot can replace.
For example, the Duo 7-in-1 replaces the following appliances: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, sauté pan, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker and food warmer.
Some Instant Pots, like the Duo Evo™ Plus are so versatile it’s impossible to say how many products it can replace! The Duo Evo Plus is a pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sous vide, sauté, food warmer, cake maker, and stock pot to name a few—and it can do so much more!

Instant Pots are available in a variety of sizes. 3L, 5.7L or 8L.
3L: Called the “Mini”, this size is perfect when cooking for just 1 or 2 people, or for preparing side dishes or rice.
5.7L: This size is suitable for up to 6 portions and is our most popular size.
8L: Cook for up to 8 people or use it for large batch meal preparation.
Visit our Product Comparison Chart for details on all models.

Pressure cooking has many advantages, among which is saving time and energy, preserving nutrients and eliminating harmful micro-organisms from food are most significant. Visit our Benefits Page for more information.

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.

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 requirements listed below do not apply.

Minimum

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.

  • 3L – 250 ML
  • 5.7L – 375 ML
  • 8L – 500 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.

Maximum

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.

Instant Pot Cooking & Recipes

We have a large array of recipes available on the Instant Pot website. View our eBook collection, recipe pages or download the Instant Pot App available on iOS or Android.
If you are new to cooking with an Instant Pot, then check out our base recipes to get you started.

As with conventional cooking, cooking with Instant Pot is full of personal choices, creativity, a lot of science and experimentation. However, to get you started, our Pressure Cooking Times page give you some suggested timings for a variety of foods.

After sautéing and before pressure cooking, always deglaze the bottom of the pot by scraping it with a wooden spoon and a bit of liquid (water, stock, wine) to remove any burnt-on or caramelised bits.

Avoid using flour or thickeners before pressure cooking, thicken after, watch out for pre packet mixes sometime these contain thickeners.

Tomatoes and tomato-based sauces have a habit of catching and making the pot give you a Burn error OR fail to reach pressure. This is also the case of ready-made and thick sauces. A few tricks:

  • Add ingredients that release liquid as they cook, e.g. vegetables like courgettes or mushrooms. The liquid they release helps create the necessary steam
  • Remember minimum liquid / stock in the pot for pressure cooking (if you add ingredients that release liquid, you can get away with less)
  • Some people place the tomatoes on top of the ingredients without stirring
  • You can use the Low Pressure setting and increase the pressure cooking time

Yes!

  • Modern Multi-cooker Cookbook: 101 Recipes for your Instant Pot by Jenny Tschiesche is available to buy on Amazon.
  • Modern Vegetarian Instant Pot Cookbook: 101 veggie and vegan recipes for your multi-cooker by Jenny Tschiesche is available to buy on Amazon. 

Air Fryer General

Air fryers use a powerful fan to circulate hot air around food to quickly brown and give it a distinctive crispy, deep-fried flavour and texture without the deep frying. The Vortex reaches a maximum temperature of 205°C / 400°F.

Yes! Air frying is a healthier choice in food preparation. Instead of submerging food in oil or fat, simply toss your food in a small amount of oil (as little as 2 tablespoons) to create beautiful, crispy golden French fries, chicken wings, fish and courgette sticks, mushroom caps, and much more.

You can fit a lot in the air fryer, but for best results, remember to give your food room to breathe and don’t crowd food items. Place food items in a single layer and ensure there is room for the hot air to circulate freely.

We recommend preheating the Vortex as most food items benefit greatly from the immediate high heat of a preheated cooking chamber — preheating only takes 5 minutes!

Air Fryer Cooking & Recipes

We have a large array of recipes available on the Instant Pot website. View our eBook collection or dedicated Air Fryer recipe page.

Always follow a trusted recipe when air frying.

You can make all kinds of things in the air fryer oven!

  • All your favorite fried and pan-fried dishes, like sausage, schnitzel and steak
  • Yummy baked dishes like pizzas, pies and cakes
  • Fresh or frozen convenience foods like fries, wings and mozza sticks are a snap
  • Cool healthy snacks like kale, beet, and sweet potato chips, or homemade fruit leather roll-ups
  • Do-it-yourself dehydrated jerky with beef, buffalo, trout, turkey, venison, elk, kangaroo, wild boar and so much more!

Compared to an oven, the Vortex is also a fast, convenient and energy-efficient way to reheat and re-crisp leftovers.

Yes! The Vortex is an easy way to add crispness to your favourite convenient foods.

Anything you can cook in a conventional oven can be cooked in your Vortex, but for best results, always arrange foods in a single layer and cook in small batches.

Avoid foods dipped in batter, such as calamari, tempura shrimp and buttermilk fried chicken. If you want breading, go for an egg wash and breadcrumb coating.

Depending on the Smart Program, the Vortex may beep part way through to remind you to turn your food. If you don’t remove the air fryer basket, the air fryer continues cooking at the selected temperature until the timer completes.

Depending on the food item, failing to turn your food may result in uneven cooking. Refer to the Troubleshooting table in the User Manual for further assistance.

Anything you can bake in an oven, you can bake in your Vortex air fryer!

You can use any oven-safe baking dish that fits in the air fryer. Just ensure to leave room for air to circulate freely.

Your Vortex air fryer is designed to produce deep-fried results without being submerged in oil, but it may need help from you:

  • Pat dry moist food items (like potato or zucchini sticks) with a clean dish towel or paper towel
  • Toss your food in up to 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Preheat the air fryer to blast your food with hot air
  • Turn or toss your food in the basket when reminded

Care & Cleaning

The discolouration on stainless steel cooking pot is called “rainbowing” which can be caused by exposure to high heat, cooking starchy things (e.g. rice, pasta) or even detergent staining after hand or machine wash. This is common in all stainless steel cookware. It’s normal and harmless.

The Instant Pot sealing ring is made from silicone rubber, which is more durable than natural rubber based products, however may pick up food smells during cooking. Some of our customers use one ring for sweet and one for savoury. You can purchase additional sealing rings here.

All Instant Pot Inner Pots and accessories are dishwasher safe.

The Vortex cooking tray is dishwasher safe, but we recommend everything else to be washed with a sponge or cloth.

Support

All Instant Brands products come with 1 year manufacturers warranty form date of purchase. For more details on the warranty, please visit Warranty Information

Please visit the support page dedicated to your Instant Pot Model.

No – Everything you need to get cooking will come in the box. However, we do sell extra accessories on our shop.

Technical

Please visit our How Electric Pressure Cookers Work page for all information about pressure cooking.

All manuals can be found and downloaded by visiting our Product Manuals Page

After rigorous testing and development process, we finally took the guesswork out of cooking. The Instant Pot uses pre-programmed cooking instructions for one-touch preparation of various food ingredients and cooking methods.
The Instant Pot also remembers the changes you make to each Smart Program, providing a smarter, more personalized cooking experience.

Yes! We at Instant Brands pride ourselves in designing best-in-class appliances that are convenient, dependable and above all, safe. Instant Pot electric pressure cookers are designed with at least 10 safety mechanisms to ensure your safety.