Instant Pot Christmas Pudding

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How to cook an instant pot Christmas pudding. Bought a supermarket Christmas pudding and want a quick way to cook it? Then you will love our recipe and top tips for pressure cooker Christmas pudding.

This Christmas pudding instant pot recipe is easy to follow and you can be enjoying time with your family whilst the pressure cooker does the hard work.

Instant Pot Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Tis the season for Christmas pudding. Are you ready for it? Its one of the main foods I remember from Christmas growing up as a kid and it always tasted so, so good.

So, imagine marrying someone that hates raisins, hates fruit puddings and absolutely hates Christmas Pudding.

That is what I like about this Christmas pudding in the instant pot. It’s easy, you can use supermarket bought Christmas puddings and just do an individual portion or do a large one, the choice is totally yours.

What I did last Christmas was a fun experiment. I bought some Christmas Puddings from Aldi and decided to see how they did in the instant pot and if they tasted just as good as Christmas pudding from a restaurant, and I have to say that they did.

So go to Aldi, Lidi, Asda, Tesco or whichever is your supermarket of choice and buy some of those Christmas puddings and then let us show you how to steam your pudding in the instant pot.

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Can You Steam A Pudding In The Instant Pot?

Yes, you can steam a pudding in the instant pot, and you will love it. We have done many steamed puddings in the instant pot including instant pot treacle sponge pudding, instant pot jam sponge pudding and my favourite instant pot sticky toffee pudding.

You could also do a savoury pudding too such as steak and kidney pudding or any of your other favourites.

Can You Steam A Christmas Pudding Too Long?

Yes, you can. Its important that you stick to the time we give you in the instant pot Christmas pudding instructions otherwise you risk having a very dry Christmas pudding and that will not be very nice.

How Much Water Do You Use To Steam A Christmas Pudding?

You need the amount of water that your instant pot needs to cover your Christmas pudding to ½ covered.

Therefore, if you are doing a small Christmas pudding and have a low trivet you will need less compared to a tall trivet and a large pudding.

We found for us that 2 litres (just over 8 cups) were perfect.

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Christmas Pudding Instant Pot Ingredients

Christmas Pudding Instant Pot Ingredients

Pudding – You will need to source a Christmas Pudding that is of a good size and will fit on a trivet in your instant pot.

Water – You will need approximately 2 litres (just over 8 cups) of boiling water that you can pour over the Christmas pudding prior to pressure cooking.

Sauce. Then for that final touch I recommend some brandy sauce that you can pour over your xmas pudding.

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How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?

  • Setup. I recommend starting with your setup. Place your trivet in the instant pot and then add the Christmas Pudding. Discard the box but keep the plastic coating.
  • Pour. Then pour enough boiling water into the instant pot until it half covers the Christmas pudding.
  • Cook. Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook your xmas pudding for 25 minutes followed by a quick pressure release. 
  • Option. When cool enough to handle remove the Christmas pudding from the instant pot and transfer to a serving dish. Pour over brandy cream before serving.

And I am sure you can see now how simple and easy it is steaming a Christmas pudding in the instant pot and why you should be doing the same.

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How Long To Steam Christmas Pudding?

It takes JUST 25 minutes to pressure cook Christmas Pudding. Not only is that fast, but you can then go back to family time whilst you wait, as you don’t need to stand over it and keep checking on it.

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Instant Pot Christmas Pudding

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Instant Pot Christmas Pudding
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Instant Pot Christmas Pudding

How to cook an instant pot Christmas pudding. Bought a supermarket Christmas pudding and want a quick way to cook it? Then you will love our recipe and top tips for pressure cooker Christmas pudding.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 4
Calories: 495kcal


  • 400 g Christmas Pudding
  • 240 ml Brandy Sauce

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  • Cooking Christmas pudding in a pressure cooker starts by adding in the trivet and adding the Christmas pudding and keeping the plastic on it.
    How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?
  • Then pour enough boiling water into the instant pot to half cover the Christmas pudding. For us that was 2 litres (just over 8 cups).
    How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?
  • Then place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and pressure cook for 25 minutes.
    How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?
  • Do a quick pressure release and then carefully remove the Christmas pudding.
    How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?
  • Tip the Christmas pudding upside down and pat the bottom and then it will easily pop out onto a serving dish and then pour over brandy sauce.
    How To Pressure Cook Christmas Pudding?


Liquid. We have found that 2 litres of boiling water were the perfect amount but it may differ if using a different sized Christmas pudding or a different sized instant pot.
Boiling. The water must be just boiled before being poured into the instant pot.
Thanks for reading our instant pot Christmas pudding recipe on Recipe This. We have many more instant pot recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to see more similar instant pot recipes then do check out our instant pot sticky toffee pudding next.


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 639mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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1 thought on “Instant Pot Christmas Pudding”

  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic so good, this was just what i was looking for and tried it and my pudding turned out fantastic and so quick, cannot wait to re-do this on the big day.


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