Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Chart

Living in a high altitude city (over 3000 ft above sea level)? Use this Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Chart to adjust cooking times.

Our pressure cooker recipes are developed and tested at close to sea level. If you live in a high altitude city (over 3000 ft above sea level), you will have to use our Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Chart to adjust the cooking times for our recipes.

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Pressure Cooking Time at High Altitudes:

“Cooking time under pressure should be increased by 5 percent for every 1,000 feet after 2,000 feet above sea level.” – Anderson, B. M. (1980). New High Altitude Cookbook.

“In addition to altitude, the types of meat and the maturity and size of vegetables must be taken into consideration when determining cooking times under pressure. A one-to-two minute increase in cooking times is usually sufficient for most vegetables, except for such bulky roots as potatoes, beets and the like. At an altitude of 5,000 feet, these require an additional 5 minutes of cooking time.” – Anderson, B. M. (1980). New High Altitude Cookbook.

Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Chart:

Living in a high altitude city (over 3000 ft above sea level)? Use this Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Chart to adjust cooking times.

Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Example:

If you are living in Denver, your altitude is at 5280 ft. According to the chart above, you will have to increase our recipes’ cooking time by 15%.


If a recipe calls for a cooking time at High Pressure for 20 minutes at sea level = 20 minutes x 1.15 = 23 minutes.

You will have to cook at High Pressure for 23 minutes in Denver.

Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Questions & Answers:

Can I use this Pressure Cooker High Altitude Cooking Time Adjustment Chart for my Stovetop Pressure Cooker?
Yes, you can use the above chart for both electric pressure cookers and stovetop pressure cookers.

Do I have to adjust the time in other recipe sites or cookbooks?
This will depend on the altitude that the author used to develop their recipes. Be sure to ask them if it’s not stated in their websites or cookbooks.

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I just moved to the Denver area and this chart is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you for publishing!

Cheralee England

My older girls have me a pressure cooker for xmas (they are now my favorites lol). I live at 6,499′ in should I go with the 20% increase or the 25%?

Heidi S

Hi, Amy & Jacky!
I currently live at 14 ft above sea level, but I will be moving up to around 2,450 ft above sea level next year. If I read your article correctly, I won’t need to adjust my cooking time at that level, is that correct?
Thank you!


Thanks for the information. Over the past 5 years, we have learned pretty much how to adjust non-pressure cooking recipes for our 5,000 ft altitude here in W Texas. One of the reasons for buying an instant pot was we thought it would solve the problem by setting pressure to a fixed amount regardless of altitude, however the first two attempts to use it we had to go back and do an extra 6 or 7 minutes after ending up with hard split peas and baked potatoes. So we now understand the pot simply adds a fixed amount to the… Read more »


My silicone sealing ring became stretched after using it several times a week for eight months. I put it in the dishwasher, top rack, after every use, so there was no smell. However, it failed to give me a good seal today, so I put in a new one and continued cooking is ring failure after this amount of use unusual or to be expected?

Gunther Von Hoffman

Dear Amy and Jacky: I came to your website because I belong to Chef AJ Ultimate Weight Loss (UWL) group and one of the members had a hard time cooking sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot. The person came across your Instant Pot recipe of cooking sweet potatoes. He made a picture copy of the recipe along with the name of your website. I love the article about high altitude cooking since I am at 4000 ft. altitude and have subscribed to your website. I have two Instant Pots (6 qt and 8 qt) and hope to get a 3… Read more »

Alice Kuder

Thank you for your cooking tips and your wonderful recipes. I have a mealthy pot that I love. Do you have a yogurt recipe that I can use? I recently bought my mealthy post and it has been fun learning how to use it. I do not have a steam chart so I don’t know how long it takes to stem an assortment of veggies. I would appreciate your help. Sincerely,


I just made rice for the first time in my IP. It was a tiny bit hard. Not fluffy at all… I live at around 5,000 feet. If the rice cooks at 3 minutes, 15% would be 3.45 minutes. Can’t really do that, so should I just do 4 minutes maybe? Or maybe add a tad more water? It could also be the brand. Uncle Ben’s white rice always works best on the stovetop, but I didn’t use it this time.

Joann Lundy

I’ve tried twice to make yogurt in IP no yogurt button. It was a little thicker this time but not by much. Do I need to add more starter. How long should I cook it? I live at 8,000 feet.
I was very happy to find your site as no cook books note the elevation. When I’m near my printer I’ll print out your wonderful time table. Thank you so much for your help.

Kelly Schmeer

You can do the “Boil Stage” a second time. I am also at 8000 ft and at this moment have a batch in the pot now. Have had several successful batches done this way.


I just used the One Pot for the first time. I made an Asian Pot Roast (2.5 lbs) with 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 lime – juice; onions, carrots, garlic, seasoning. Using the stew option it cooked for 40 minutes. The meat was not done, liquid pretty much gone. I added another cup of orange juice and soy sauce and cooked another 35 minutes. It was very tough. Question, in addition to adding more time do you need to add more liquid? Thank you for your help.

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