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Instant Pot Flan (Crème Caramel)

Make this silky smooth Instant Pot Flan (Pressure Cooker Creme Caramel). Fall in love with the divine creamy egg and sweet caramel flavors that delicately melt in your mouth. Wow your crowd with this heavenly dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Mexican, World
Keyword instant pot caramel custard, instant pot caramel pudding, instant pot creme caramel, instant pot dessert, instant pot flan, pressure cooker creme caramel, pressure cooker dessert, pressure cooker flan
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 288kcal
Author Amy + Jacky


Caramel Syrup

  • ½ cup (100g) white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) cold water


  • 1 cup (250ml) 2% milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3 extra large eggs , lightly beaten


  • Make Caramel Syrup: Heat ½ cup (100g) white sugar and 2 tbsp (30ml) cold water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Swirl occasionally until dark golden brown (mahogany) in color. Swirl occasionally until dark golden brown (mahogany) in color. Divide the caramel into six 177 ml ramekins. Then, allow the caramel syrup to cool.
  • Make Milk Mixture: Heat up 1 cup (250ml) 2% milk and 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream in a medium pot. Add ¼ cup (50g) sugar, 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt to the hot milk, then stir until the sugar fully dissolves.
  • Temper Eggs: Beat 3 extra large eggs lightly in a medium bowl. Slowly bring the eggs' temperature up by pouring warm milk mixture into the eggs little by little. Continue to whisk and pour the remaining milk mixture into the eggs.
  • Pour Flan Mixture in Ramekins: Pour the mixture in the caramel-filled ramekins through a strainer. Then, remove all the bubbles on the surface using a spoon or a blowtorch. Cover each ramekin tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Pressure Cook Flan: Add ½ cup (125 ml) of cold water in Instant Pot. Place steamer rack in Instant Pot. Then put the covered ramekins on the rack. With Venting Knob at Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 9 minutes + Natural Release. Release remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
  • Chill in Fridge: Remove ramekins from Instant Pot. Set aside to cool. Refrigerate Instant Pot Flan to firm for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  • Serve Instant Pot Flan: Run a knife around the ramekins and invert onto a plate. Then, serve cold!



Storage: you can store the cooked Instant Pot Flan in the ramekins in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 0.4mg