7 Simple Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Safety Tips

Instant Pot pressure cooker is a very safe kitchen tool with 10 proven safety mechanisms.

Instant Pot is a very safe pressure cooker with 10 proven safety mechanisms. Don’t worry. It is not going to explode on you anytime soon. 🙂 Most accidents happen due to user error and can be easily avoided. We have compiled a list of safety tips to further minimize the chance of an accident.

7 Instant Pot Safety Tips

#1 Don’t Leave Me Alone

Hey, it’s me. Your Instant Pot. Some of you put Tattoo stickers all over me. Some of you even gave me a name. Please don’t leave me home alone when I am going up to pressure. 🙁

It is not advisable to leave your house when your Instant Pot is cooking. If you must leave it alone, make sure it has gotten up to pressure and absolutely no steam is coming out anywhere.



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#2 No KFCing with the Instant Pot

Don’t attempt to pressure fry in the Instant Pot or any other pressure cookers.

KFC uses a commercial pressure fryer (modern ones operate at 5 PSI) specially made to fry chickens. Instant Pot (10.5 – 11.6 PSI) is specially made to make our lives easier.

We developed a workaround – Crispy Pressure Cooker Chicken with Homemade Chicken Gravy Recipe.

#3 I am Just Like You!

We need 8 glasses of water per day. The Instant Pot needs minimum 1 1/2 cup of liquid (Instant Pot Official Number) 1 cup of liquid to get to and maintain pressure. The liquid can be a combination of meat juice, vinegar, water, chicken stock…etc

#4 You Fill Me Up & I will Throw Up

I don’t like eating too much grain. Do not fill me up (the inner pot) more than half way with rice, congee, one pot pasta, oats, cornmeal, and beans, or I might spit them back out to you.

The Max Line printed on Instant Pot’s Inner Pot is not intended for Pressure Cooking.

  • For Pressure Cooking: maximum 2/3 full
  • For Pressure Cooking Food that Expands During Cooking (such as grains, beans, and dried vegetables): maximum 1/2 full

#5 I am no Facial Steamer

Facial Steamer

Trust me! You will not get a deep cleaning with a single dose of pressure cooker steam.

Always tilt the lid away from yourself when opening. Wear Waterproof Heat Resistant Silicone Gloves especially when you are doing a Quick Release.

Save the Instant Pot Silicone Mitt for Sesame Street Elmo’s impersonation.


#6 Never Use the Force

Unless you want to feel like getting struck by a light saber in the face, under ZERO circumstances should you try to force open the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker’s lid.

#7 Wash Me Up & Check Me Out

If you want to be Ultra Safe, wash the lid, clean the anti-block shield, and the inner pot after every use. Make sure the gasket (silicone sealing ring) is in good shape and no food residue is stuck inside the anti-block shield before every use.

The Silicone Sealing Ring typically needs to be replaced every 18-24 months. It is always a good idea to keep an extra one around.

Avoid buying sealing ring from third party as it is an integral part of the Instant Pot safety features. Direct Quote from InstantPot: “There may be serious safety concerns associated with using an untested sealing ring on Instant Pot products.”

Straight from the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Manual:

  • Prior to each use, inspect to make sure the sealing ring is well seated in the sealing ring rack and the anti-block shield is mounted properly on the steam release pipe. A properly seated sealing ring can be shifted, with a bit of effort, clockwise or anti-clockwise inside the sealing ring rack.
  • Never pull the sealing ring by force, as the pulling may cause deformation and affect its function in sealing the pressure.
  • A sealing ring with cracks, cuts or other damages should not be used.

Bonus: 10 Common Mistakes You Can Avoid As New User

Avoid these mistakes will save you some stress & frustrations in using your Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker! 🙂

Avoid these 10 Most Common Mistakes by New Instant Pot Users will save you some stress & frustrations in using your Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker!

I hope you had as much fun reading as I did writing this post 🙂 – Jacky

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Safety Tips
Food Lovers in our 30s who worked directly with Instant Pot CEO, Manufacturers, and 35+ Restaurants. Culinary Families & Food Magazine Publishers.
  1. Hot my Insta pot as a gift for Christmas. Used it twice at Easter. I turn the valve to vent after cooking time is over but little steam escapes. Takes 30 mins. To depressurize. Friends say theirs take 1 to 5 minutes. Doesn’t look blocked. Could this be a manufacturers defect?

    1. Hi Beckie,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      If it takes over 30 minutes to vent at the venting position, something is wrong.

      Please contact the Instant Pot support and see what they say.

      Please take care & have fun cooking

  2. When I ordered my Instant Pot I could not wait.for it to arrive, when it finally did it was as though I was staring at the headlights like a deer. I froze. It took two weeks for me to finally open the box another week for me to finally take those baby steps.
    I feel fortunate that I discovered your site your easy to understand expressions I find very helpful. ‘you have calmed my fears’.
    Thanks again for being there.
    Ventura, California

  3. I have a stainless steamer basket with a handle and it says the handle is oven safe up to 350 degrees. Would it be safe to use inside the instant pot? (Making hard boiled eggs for example with the 1 cup of water.) No idea how hot/at what temp it gets inside the IP. Thanks for your help!

  4. I have a an Power XL pressure cooker. I have been separating the inner lid and the sealing ring and placing both of them on the top rack in my dishwasher for quite some time. So far I have not had any problems. QVC gave me the impression that the electric pressure cookers are safe and never explode because of all the built in safety features. For the past 2 or 3 years that I have owned one of these (this is my second one), I have not had an explosion, but my cousin brought it to my attention that explosions can happen with these and now I’m a little concerned. I don’t want my kitchen on fire, my stuff trashed or my face and hands burned to a crisp. I always make sure my pressure cooker has 1 to 2 cups of liquid in it. Even if the recipe says less. But I pretty much make up my own recipes. I have been making my own bone broth for a while and I fill it almost to the top with water. Sometimes some of the veggies go slightly above the fill line.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Late Reply (We were on a trip to Asia)! Thank you for your comment 🙂

      The current generation of Electric pressure cookers are very safe. Most “explosions” happen when users are trying to force open the lid.

      Please take care & have fun cooking

  5. Can you tell me if I have to unplug instant pot every time I cook because manual says so? I prefer to keep it plugged but am afraid if it would not last long or something. Is there a way to turn if off completely without red OFF light somewhere in setting? Thank you

    1. Hi Pal,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you for your question. It will be fine as we have some Instant Pot plugged-in for a few years already.

      Happy New Year & please take care

  6. It’s Black Friday and I got my 8-quart for $59! at Walmart. I haven’t used it yet but i know I will love it! Thank you for the tips!

  7. My instant pot fell on its side from approximately 12” onto a cement floor. It’s not dented but I am afraid to use it.. any ideas of what I should do?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Nora,

      Sorry to hear what happened, but thank you for your question.

      You would want to contact the Instant Pot support for this.

      Hope everything goes well! Happy New Year to you and your family

    2. Nora,

      If it were me, I would buy a new one. You never know what’s been damaged internally. The smallest defect could lead to a disaster under pressure, as it’s the weakest point.

  8. My electric pressure cooker is Crock-Pot brand. It doesn’t have a button that just says “manual”. I pushed the button for “steam” and changed the time to 4 minutes at high pressure. I’m worried because the recipe I’m using has very little liquid- approx 1/4 soy sauce and 3 tbsp of honey. That’s it- no water, no broth… Is this thing going to blow up my kitchen? Burn the contents into charcoal? Ignite a mushroom cloud??

    1. Hi Kristin,

      No worries. It will not blow up your kitchen 🙂

      Without seeing the recipe, I would say 1/4 cup soy sauce is pushing the limit.

      Happy New Year to you and your family

  9. So the warnings say use at least a cup of liquid. The first recipe we’re trying calls for a half a cup of beef stock; not 1. Are we in trouble?

    1. Hi Zach,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will depend on the other ingredients. Half a cup of liquid will usually be fine.

      Happy New Year to you and your family

    1. Hi Lori,

      If you would like to see-thru the pot while slow cooking or using the keep warm mode, it will be quite handy.

      Happy New Year to you and your family

  10. I want to wait to purchase until the 8qt. comes available. I do not constantly watch or shop online or in stores. If anyone has one in this group I would like to hear feedback and where they purchased and the price. Hope I am not out order. Linda

    1. Hi ChuiLing Chan, thank you for your question 🙂
      We don’t sell the Instant Pot, but you will be able to find it on Amazon.

      Have fun cooking!

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