Have you been staring at your brand new Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker with bazillion Instant Pot Buttons staring back at you? Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little bit. 😛 But, if you’re unsure what to do with your Instant Pot after taking it out of the box, this guide is for you!
Where’s the Start Button? Where’s the Stop Button?
Yes, there are 16 – 18 buttons on the Control Panel depending on which Instant Pot you have.
But most Instant Pot Recipes online are developed using these 6 Buttons (highlighted in above picture), because they give us control to cook precisely and accurately.
We also use the “Manual” Button(“Pressure Cook” Button for newer models) to develop recipes, so readers with other pressure cooker brands can enjoy the Pressure Cooker Recipes too. 🙂
Let’s take a look at what these Instant Pot Buttons do
1. Manual Button (“Pressure Cook” Button for newer models)
Use this to set your desired Pressure Cooking Time (Max: 240 mins)
2. “+” & “-” Buttons
Increase or decrease the cooking time or timer with these 2 buttons
3. Adjust Button
Press this to change from Normal Setting (default) to More Setting to Less Setting
Amy + Jacky’s Tips! For newer Instant Pot models with no “Adjust” Button: press the program buttons to scroll through the three functions (i.e. Press “Saute” button twice to go from Saute Normal to Saute More)
Press this to cancel the operations or turn off the Instant Pot
Press this to start the Keep Warm Function (up to 10 hours)
For IP-Smart: Press “Adjust” Button to Change Temperature Settings
Default Setting: ~63°C/145°F
More Setting (press once): 75°C/167°F
Less Setting (press twice) ~56°C/133°F
Don’t worry if all this sounds like mumble jumbo to you right now, you’ll get it in a minute.
Read on 🙂
Programmed Instant Pot Buttons
I am wondering why you didn’t use the chili button? I also noticed everyone uses the Manual button for all recipes. What are these buttons actually for?
Great question! We actually get asked this question all the time!!
These 6 highlighted buttons below have the exact same cooking function (Let me rephrase that! They may not be exactly the same, but the temperature charts we got from the Instant Pot Smart show very similar results) as the Manual Button/Pressure Cook Button (except Multigrain Button’s More Setting), but default at a cooking time pre-set by the manufacturer (see below).
All they do is suggest a cooking time for the selected type of food. You can use the “Adjust” Button, “+” or “-““Pressure” Button to make adjustments.
But we like to use the “Manual” Button (or “Pressure Cook” Button for newer models) for more precise control of the cooking method and cooking time, depending on factors such as the cut of meat, the size of the food, or the container it is being cooked in.
Bean/Chili Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 30 mins; More Setting: High Pressure 40 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 25 mins
Meat/Stew Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 35 mins; More Setting: High Pressure 45 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 20 mins
Multigrain Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 40 mins; More Setting: Warm water soaking for 45 mins, then High Pressure 60 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 20 mins
Porridge/Congee Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 20 mins; More Setting: High Pressure 30 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 15 mins
Poultry Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 15 mins; More Setting: High Pressure 30 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 5 mins
Soup Button – Normal Setting: High Pressure 30 mins; More Setting: High Pressure 40 mins; Less Setting: High Pressure 20 mins
For Newer Models:
Egg Button – Normal Setting – High Pressure 4 mins; More Setting – High Pressure 5 mins; Less Setting – High Pressure 3 mins
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