Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies book cover

Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies

Authors:
Wendy Jo Peterson ,
Elizabeth Shaw
Published: April 7, 2020

Overview

Over 100 Quick and Easy Recipes  

Wondering how get the most out of your Instant Pot or your favorite multi-cooker? This one-of a kind guide will walk you through what you need to know to start cooking with your Instant Pot today. It covers what you can cook to setting functions to keeping your pot looking (and smelling!) like new, plus what will happen step-by-step through the cooking process. You will also get over 100 tasty, family-friendly recipes for making delicious mains, appetizers, sides, breakfasts, and desserts—in a flash. 

Inside, you’ll get the lowdown on getting to know your pot and all its features. Discover all that you and your Instant Pot can achieve, from cooking fluffy rice, beans from scratch, and creating roasts, soups, vegetarian, Mediterranean, Keto, and Indian dishes, to making homemade yogurt, baby food, and decadent desserts.

  • Prep, set it, and go
  • Compatable with Instant Potmodels and brands like Ninja All-in-One Multi-Cooker
  • Get hours back in your day
  • Save time without losing flavor
  • Baby-friendly recipes

Includes recipes to suit the entire family, including baby-friendly, keto, gluten free and vegan options created by two dietitians! Now you can serve up home-cooked meals in a fraction of the time of a slow cooker—without feeling guilty about not spending a lot of time in your kitchen.

Over 100 Quick and Easy Recipes  

Wondering how get the most out of your Instant Pot or your favorite multi-cooker? This one-of a kind guide will walk you through what you need to know to start cooking with your Instant Pot today. It covers what you can cook to setting functions to keeping your pot looking (and smelling!) like new, plus what will happen step-by-step through the cooking process. You will also get over 100 tasty, family-friendly recipes for making delicious mains, appetizers, sides, breakfasts, and desserts—in a flash. 

Inside, you’ll get the lowdown on getting to know your pot and all its features. Discover all that you and your Instant

Pot can achieve, from cooking fluffy rice, beans from scratch, and creating roasts, soups, vegetarian, Mediterranean, Keto, and Indian dishes, to making homemade yogurt, baby food, and decadent desserts.

  • Prep, set it, and go
  • Compatable with Instant Potmodels and brands like Ninja All-in-One Multi-Cooker
  • Get hours back in your day
  • Save time without losing flavor
  • Baby-friendly recipes

Includes recipes to suit the entire family, including baby-friendly, keto, gluten free and vegan options created by two dietitians! Now you can serve up home-cooked meals in a fraction of the time of a slow cooker—without feeling guilty about not spending a lot of time in your kitchen.

Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You might have a slow cooker in your cupboard, gathering dust, and think to yourself, “Why do I need another slow cooker? I’ll pass on the Instant Pot.” But the Instant Pot is so much better than a slow cooker. When you own an Instant Pot, cooking is faster and easier than ever before. But it’s not just about speed. You can use your Instant Pot to reduce food waste and save money on the road, too. [caption id="attachment_268785" align="alignnone" width="556"] ©Siim79/Shutterstock.com[/caption]

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Accessories and Tools for Instant Pot Cooking

Use this article to figure out which Instant Pot accessories may benefit you, as well as which other kinds of accessories and kitchen tools will make your life easier as you become the master of your Instant Pot.

Accessories for Your Instant Pot

Yes, your Instant Pot will make your life easier all on its own, but when you discover all the Instant Pot accessories, well, that’s a game changer. Here are some of our favorite accessories — the ones we think you’ll want as you expand your culinary experiments with the Instant Pot:
  • Silicone accessories: Silicone is a great addition to your Instant Pot accessory collection. From protective slings (to keep your precious hands safe as you remove pot-in-pot-style recipes) to steamer baskets, egg racks, roasting racks, and tongs, there is an accessory out there for you!
  • Springform pan (7- or 7-1/2-inch): If you love a good cheesecake or lasagna, investing in a quality springform pan is wise. You can use oven-safe bakeware you have on hand, too!
  • Round pan (7-inch): Many of the casseroles and dips in this book are made using a simple round casserole dish. It helps when you want to bake or pressure cook without the fear of getting a BURN You can use oven-safe bakeware you have on hand, too!
  • Tempered-glass lid: The clear lid comes in handy for steaming or slow cooking. The lid has a steam vent. It’s also dishwasher safe, which makes for easy cleanup!
  • Egg steamer rack: If you’re like our European friends who eat boiled eggs almost daily, you’ll definitely want to invest in this contraption! You can cook 18 eggs in mere minutes, pressure cooked to perfection.

You don’t need to run out and buy everything on this list. Find the items that speak to the style of cooking you like to do in your Instant Pot and start with those. You’ll soon see many of the recipes throughout the book can be made by investing in just a 7-inch pan!

Buying the right tools for the job means you’ll get the job done right, every time! You can search your favorite retailer to find Instant Pot–compatible accessories for the price point and need you’re looking to fill!

Play it safe, especially when dealing with such a powerful appliance, and use the tools that were made for it.

While you’re stocking up on accessories, consider adding a couple extra basics to your list. For example, buy an extra sealing ring or an extra inner pot. These little extras aren’t necessary, but they can be time-saving or valuable, especially if you use your Instant Pot as often as we use ours!

Stock Up on Other Kitchen Tools

A well-stocked kitchen helps every home cook. If you’re new in the kitchen, or your idea of cooking in the past has meant popping a frozen dinner in the microwave, you may not have all the tools you need. The following list is a great place to start:
  • Box grater: Grating cheeses, vegetables, or hard fruits is quick and simple with a box grater.
  • Chef’s knife: This is, hands down, the most versatile and efficient knife to have on hand for all your basic cutting skills.
  • Cutting board: A small wooden cutting board can help keep your counters looking great and keep your knives sharp. We prefer keeping several cutting boards on hand — one for meats, one for vegetables and breads, and one for seafood.
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer: If you’re a baker at heart, a hand mixer or stand mixer is essential.
  • Mason jars: You can make personalized cakes, breads, cheesecakes, or custards with ease using these famous tempered-glass jars. We like to meal prep with Mason jars, too!
  • Measuring cups and spoons (both dry and liquid): Measuring cups and measuring spoons are essential! Be sure to pick up versions for both liquid and dry ingredients.
  • Microplane or zester: The essence of citrus zest adds a pop to even the blandest of recipes. We use our microplanes for grating chocolate, garlic, Parmesan, and ginger, too! It’s one of our favorite tools.
  • Potato masher: A potato masher can help mash up fruits and vegetables with ease — and you can do it directly in the pot!
  • Silicone spatulas: Protect the surface of your pots by using silicone spatulas. If you scratch a nonstick pan, you should really throw it away, so prevent that from happening by using soft, gentle tools.
  • Tongs: If you’re braising meat, it’s nice to be able to lift the meat out with ease. Tongs are useful if you want to grab something out of a hot pan, too. You can even use tongs to lift Mason jars out of your pot if you don’t have a set of wide-mouth tongs on hand.
  • Whisk: We often use a whisk in our recipes. Whether it’s for whisking in cornstarch for a gravy or whisking eggs before you whip up a frittata, this tool is essential.
  • Wide-mouth funnel: Pouring into a mason jar can be tricky without a wide-mouth funnel.

If you’re totally new to cooking, consider picking up Cooking Basics For Dummies, 5th Edition, by Bryan Miller and Marie Rama.

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How to Release Pressure Inside the Instant Pot

What goes up, must come down, right? Well, that old adage applies to the Instant Pot as well! The temperature gradually rises inside the pot to build up pressure to cook the food, and you eventually have to release that pressure.

The more liquid you have in the pot and the cooler the temperature, the longer the pot will take to come to pressure.

The lid that comes with your Instant Pot has a built-in mechanism that allows you to control the way in which the pressure is released inside the pot. But before pressure can build up, you have to adjust the valve on the top part of the lid and make sure it’s placed in the Sealing position. The Sealing position locks the lid in place and prevents steam from escaping, which would hinder your pot from heating up to the appropriate temperature to heat your food. That same valve also has a Venting position, which allows the pressure to quickly release to avoid overcooking your food. To understand this a little bit better, you need to understand the pressure release options for the lid: Natural Release and Quick Release.

If you release the pressure too quickly, steam and potentially some liquid may escape from the pot. Take note of our suggested pressure release method for each recipe.

Here are the two methods for releasing pressure from the Instant Pot:
  • Natural Release: Natural Release is a slower method of releasing the pressure from the pot. When you use Natural Release, the food continues to cook inside the Instant Pot as the pot gradually releases the pressure.

Some recipes may call for only a Natural Release. In others, both a Natural Release and a Quick Release time are given to avoid overcooking the food. Natural Release can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on the recipe.

Here are the most common reasons we enlist the Natural Release function in this book:

  • To complete cooking
  • To keep food warm
  • To prevent liquids from coming out the vent
  • To allow foods to cool and thicken
  • To keep foods tender
  • Quick Release: You likely purchased (or maybe were gifted) an Instant Pot in the spirit of saving time. In that case, the Quick Release function may be your new best friend! The Quick Release functions just the way you’re imagining it does: You quickly release pressure from the pot by immediately pressing Cancel and then turning the valve to Venting when the cooking cycle completes.

If you’re looking for a recipe that enlists this time-saving spirit, be sure to read the heading section of the recipe and make sure it says Quick Release.

Here are the most common reasons we enlist the Quick Release function in this book:
  • To avoid overcooking the food
  • To save time
  • To prevent delicate ingredients from becoming mushy
  • To save time

Don’t vary the release method for the recipes—follow the instructions we’ve provided. Trust us, there’s a method to our recipe writing madness!

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Instant Pot Models

Whether you’re a baker, you’re a slow cooker, or you’re just looking for a multifunctional piece of equipment, there’s an Instant Pot model (or similar multiuse pressure cooker) made just for you! Whether you’ve been a loyal Instant Pot user from the beginning or you’re just starting out, you’ll quickly realize the versatility you have in creating timeless classics in minutes.

Various Instant Pot Models

Did you know the very first Instant Pot made its debut back in 2010? It’s amazing to see in just a decade how the pot has evolved and continues to evolve! If you’re wondering why your pot may have different functions than your friend’s pot does, don’t worry: This section is just for you. Nearly all Instant Pot models have the following basic functions: Pressure Cook, Rice, Soup/Broth, Steam, Yogurt, Multigrain, Meat/Stew, and Poultry. You likely have one of the following Instant Pot models in your home right now:
  • Max: Includes up to 8 hours of pressure cooking at max pressure (15 pounds per square inch, or psi) to low pressure (6.5 psi), with Sous Vide and Canning functions and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes. Optional custom temperature control for the Sauté function as well.
  • Ultra: Includes up to 6 hours of high and low pressure and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes. Optional custom temperature control for the Sauté function as well.
  • Duo Plus: Includes up to 4 hours of high and low pressure and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Duo: Includes up to 4 hours of high and low pressure and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Nova Plus: Includes up to 4 hours of high and low pressure and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Viva: Includes up to 4 hours of high and low pressure and three Keep Warm settings up to 99 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Lux: Includes up to 4 hours of high pressure and two Keep Warm settings up to 10 hours. This model does not contain the Yogurt
  • DUO EVO Plus: Includes up to 8 hours of high pressure and two Keep Warm settings up to 10 hours. Sterilize function included under Pressure Cook and Steam. Includes Sous Vide and Bake settings, where custom temperatures can be adjusted up to 347 degrees.
Finally, as if that wasn’t enough information, there are also various sizes for each pot—3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart.

The recipes in this book were tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Each pot size can feed a large number of people, depending on what specific recipe you’re preparing, but rest easy knowing that you can also scale up (or down) a recipe to fit your family’s needs. If you’re looking to cook less or cook on the road, a 3-quart mini Instant Pot can work, too. You can cut recipes in half to accommodate. Just remember to keep the contents of the inner pot below the max fill line.

The Newest Instant Pot: The DUO EVO Plus

The star of the Instant Pot family recently made its debut. The DUO EVO Plus Instant Pot has a new function: Bake! The Bake function built in allows for a custom temperature range to be selected to proof and bake your favorite classics.

Before you dive in, here’s a few tips we’ve learned about the new baking feature we thought you’d like to know:

  • Pressure cook according to the baked item you’re preparing first. There are five presets under the Bake setting: Custom, Cake, Cheesecake, Pudding, and
  • Select the function, then set the time, pressure level, and temperature (if you’re using the Custom Bake) Press the knob in to select and move to the next setting.
  • When pressure cooking first, don’t forget to add water and use the metal trivet with the pot. The valve should also be set to sealing whenever pressure cooking is being used, even under the Bake Take note: The new Bake setting goes up to 347 degrees.
  • To create the crisp, browned, baked texture, finish cakes, cookies, and breads with the Custom Bake
  • Don’t use water when using the Custom Bake temperature setting.
  • Always add the trivet when using the Custom Bake
  • Keep the vent open when baking with a custom temperature.
The DUO EVO Plus is just the second pot in the line to have the Sous Vide function. Essentially, this function allows that tender, melt-in-your-mouth restaurant-quality end result for those traditionally tough cuts of meat. The Sous Vide function offers users the ability to select the protein source (such as eggs, poultry, beef, pork, or seafood) and customize the temperature as needed.

Vegetables are pure perfection when cooked with Sous Vide. They come out crisp yet tender, just like fancy restaurants serve.

When working with the Sous Vide function, be sure to keep the lid secured but venting open!