How Long Does An Instant Pot Take To Preheat

How Long Does An Instant Pot Take To Preheat? Full Guide

Last Updated on June 15, 2024 by Shari Mason

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The highly versatile Instant Pot is a must-have kitchen appliance that boasts a variety of functions including pressure cooking, slow cooking, sautéing, and more.

One of the most common questions about Instant Pot is how long it takes to preheat.

We will discuss the answer to this question and provide additional information about Instant Pot preheating.

How Long Does It Take For An Instant Pot To Preheat?

Close Up Shot of an Instant Pot

Generally, an Instant Pot takes around 10 to 15 minutes to preheat. This time can be affected by the type of cooking you’re doing and the size of the Pot. 

For example, if you’re using the Instant Pot for pressure cooking [1], it may take longer to preheat than if you’re using it for slow cooking. Additionally, the larger the Pot, the longer it will take to preheat.

It’s important to consult the manual for your specific Instant Pot to estimate the preheating time accurately. Many Instant Pot models have a preheat function, which will automatically preheat the Pot before you start cooking. 

This can save you time and ensure that the Pot is fully preheated before you add your ingredients. Some Instant Pot models will also display “HOT,” or the indicator on the lid will turn on when the Pot is fully preheated. 


Why Do You Need To Preheat It?

Preheating [2] the Instant Pot is important because it helps to ensure that the food is cooked evenly. When the Pot is preheated, the temperature inside is consistent, which means the food will cook more evenly. 

This is especially important when cooking with pressure, as the preheating process will help the pressure to build up and maintain the desired temperature during the cooking process. 

“When I wake up in the morning, I just can’t get started until I’ve had that first piping hot Pot of coffee. Oh, I’ve tried other enemas.”

– Emo Philips, American Actor

Additionally, preheating the Instant Pot can reduce cooking time. When the Pot is already hot, it will take less time for the food to reach the desired cooking temperature, thus reducing the overall cooking time.

Another advantage of preheating the Instant Pot is that it helps prevent the food from sticking to the bottom of the Pot, making it easier to clean.

How Do You Know When The Instant Pot Is Preheated?

When the Instant Pot is preheated, the display will show “HOT,” or the indicator on the lid will turn on, depending on the model.

Some models have a preheat function, which will automatically preheat the Pot before you start cooking and indicate when it is fully preheated. 

Additionally, you may notice that the metal ring around the lid gets hot, and the Pot starts to steam.

It’s always important to consult your Instant Pot manual for specific instructions on determining when your Instant Pot is preheated.

Can You Start Cooking Before It Is Fully Preheated?

cooking in an instant pot

It is generally recommended to wait for the Instant Pot to preheat before adding ingredients and starting the cooking process fully. 

This is because the Instant Pot uses pressure to cook food, and allowing it to preheat fully ensures that the pressure inside the Pot is at the proper level before cooking begins. 

Starting to cook before the Instant Pot is fully preheated can result in uneven cooking and potentially under or over-cooking your food.

Are There Any Other Tips For Preheating The Instant Pot?

  1. Allow enough time for preheating: The Instant Pot needs about 10-15 minutes to preheat fully, so plan accordingly.
  2. Use the right amount of liquid: The Instant Pot needs a minimum of 1 cup to create the pressure needed for cooking. So make sure to add enough liquid before preheating.
  3. Place the lid properly: Make sure the lid is properly placed, and the sealing ring is in the correct position. This will ensure that the Instant Pot can reach and maintain pressure.
  4. Press the “Keep Warm” button: After preheating, press the “Keep Warm” button to keep the Instant Pot at the desired temperature for cooking.
  5. Be careful when you open the lid: Once the cooking is done, be careful when you open the lid, as the pressure will be released, and the steam can burn you.


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The Instant Pot displays u0022preheatingu0022 to indicate that the heating element inside the Pot is warming up and reaching the desired temperature. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eThis is necessary for the Instant Pot to create and maintain the pressure needed for cooking. 

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The time it takes for an Instant Pot to release pressure naturally, also known as u0022natural pressure releaseu0022 (NPR), varies depending on several factors, such as the type and amount of food and the Instant Pot’s size, and the initial pressure level. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eTypically, the pressure can take 10-40 minutes to release naturally.

Key Takeaways

Preheating an Instant Pot typically takes around 10-15 minutes. It’s important to allow enough time for the Instant Pot to preheat before cooking.

This ensures that the pressure inside the Pot is at the proper level and that the food will cook evenly. 

Additionally, it’s recommended to use the right amount of liquid, place the lid properly, press the “Keep Warm” button, and be careful when opening the lid. 

By following these tips, you can ensure that your Instant Pot is preheated correctly and that your food will cook safely and efficiently.


Shari Mason

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