1. Love your blog! Thank you for all your tips and suggestions. Very helpful. My Mom used to make pot roast in the pressure cooker. After cooking a pork roast, she also made the best barbecue in the pressure cooker.

    1. Hi Kim,

      We love ours too. Plus they have come along incredibly over the years compared to the old days when you would end up with mushy peas splattered on the ceiling!

      Kind regards


  2. The big cooking times graphic shows 5 minutes for hard-boiled eggs and 10 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Color me bewildered.

    1. Hi Teresa

      Yes it was an error. We have uploaded another graphic with the correct information.



    1. Hi Dianne

      Yes it was an error. We have uploaded another graphic with the correct information.



  3. I don’t understand the Steam function as opposed to the regular manual pressure cook function? What is the difference? You say that the Steam function needs to come to pressure. So what gives? Why not just use the regular pressure setting?

    1. Hi Mark

      Yes you can use the regular pressure setting instead of the steam function. The difference is with the manual setting you can set the pressure between low normal or high but on the steam setting it is fixed to high and you cannot change it. You can change more things on the manual setting compared to the pre-programmed buttons.

      Kind Regards


      1. Why does Instant Pot differentiate between a STEAM setting and a PRESSURE COOK setting? If you pressure cook vegetables too long on a high setting they will disintegrate.

        My Instant Pot does not have a STEAM setting. It has PRESSURE COOK.

        How would a person cook a steak and kidney pudding?

        1. Hi Jean,

          A lot of the earlier Instant Pots have the steam setting as well as pressure cook, i am not sure the difference but when we tried with our old instant pot the steam did not cook as quick as the pressure cook, but only a slight difference. The newer ones do not have a steam setting just pressure cook, we have not tried a steak and kidney pudding but i would guess it could be cooked on low pressure, but until we try things out we do not really know 🙂

    2. Steam function cooks as its coming to pressure. I use steam function for soft cooked Ramen eggs for instance are done in 1 minute minute( runny yolk) 2 minutes for jammy yolk.
      Steam cooks faster for veg.

    1. Hi Emily

      If they are small crabs legs i would try 3 minutes, but i have never tried to cook them from frozen or fresh in the Instant Pot.

      Kind Regards


  4. This is a question…I have some over baked muffins and wondering if IP steam setting would rejuvenate them, and in general rewarming rolls and breads?

    1. Hi Cindi,

      I would not try to rejuvenate them in the instant pot because even though it is steaming them and giving them moisture it is also cooking them so if they are already over cooked it could make them worse and alot of mess, but you can try and if you do put it onto half pressure for 1 minute and see what happens. For warming and reheating breads and rolls we use our airfryer on a low setting and it does a really good job 🙂

  5. I was wondering why you can’t just use the steam function with an alternate lid instead of sealing? I know it won’t time itself without the lid but wouldn’t it still work?

    1. Hi

      I am not sure as we have not tried it but if the lid is not fixed on i think it will just turn itself off and not continue steaming, without the lid 🙂

      1. I know that slow cooking or yogurt or sous vide does not require the locking lid and Instant Pot actually sells a glass lid that can be used for that type of cooking

  6. Hi Recipe This,
    I’m considering an Instant Pot and I just found this article. Will the Instant Pot automatically shut off when the timer is done? How long will one cup of water last? I keep burning my steaming pot on the stove, that’s why I’m asking.
    Thank you so much for your help!

    1. Hi Holly,

      After the time has run down the Instant Pot goes into keep warm mode. But alot of recipes need you to turn it off and release the pressure straight away called quick pressure release, then you have Natural pressure release which is where you leave it until all pressure has been released by itself. One cup of water will last the whole time of the food you are cooking because you have a lid on it and the instant pot is sealed the water does not evaporate so stays in the pot, replace it everytime you use as you have to wash it anyway after each cook.

      If you have anymore questions please feel free to reply to this comment 🙂

    1. Hi Candace,

      No the sauté button does not steam, it is for sealing the meat, making it brown before pressure cooking. You could look for a pressure cook button instead of the steam button 🙂

      1. Does anyone know what the PSI is for the pressure cooking mode on the Instant Pots. I know what PSI means. I just want to know what the pressure is for low, medium, and high.

        1. Hi Jean,

          The cooking psi between 10 – 12.5 between the different cooking ranges, but different places have different measurements 🙂

  7. Hi! Thank you for this! Question for you. My instant pot (which is a new one with air fry etc) will only let me steam for maximum 30 minutes. Not sure why this is. I actually bought the pot to steam soy beans for natto, and I need them to steam for 40 minutes. So I am guessing my options are to steam them for 30, then another 10, or what I am trying now, which is to set it to pressure cook for 40 minutes, but then assemble it as a steamer, with a steaming basket and water. Thoughts?

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