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Instant Pot Lentils

Learn how to cook lentils in Instant Pot with the no soak method! Super easy Instant Pot Lentils (Pressure Cooker Lentils) Recipe that makes perfectly tender & evenly cooked lentils. You'll enjoy this soul-soothing, hearty, flavorful side dish or tasty sauce over rice or pasta.
Servings 6 - 8
Total Time 1 hr


  • 2 cups (400g) split green lentils
  • 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 (0.5g) bay leaves
  • 2 (228g) carrots , roughly diced
  • 2 ribs (209g) celery , roughly diced
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) ghee or unsalted butter (vegan option - olive oil)
  • 1 pound (454g) smoked kielbasa sausage , sliced (omit if vegan)
  • 1 (240g) onion , roughly diced
  • 1 (70g) shallot , roughly diced
  • 6 cloves (18g) garlic , roughly minced
  • 14 oz (400g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon (2.7g) cumin seed , ground
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fish sauce (you can substitute it with regular soy sauce)


  • A dash balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Brown Sausage: Press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until “HOT” appears on the screen (~8mins).
    Add 2 tbsp (30g) ghee or unsalted butter in Instant Pot. Add in sliced sausages, then saute for 5 minutes.
  • Saute Onions & Garlic: Add in diced onion and shallot, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in minced garlic, 1 tsp (2.7g) ground cumin, and 2 bay leaves, then saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) unsalted stock, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Lentils: Add in 2 cups (400g) green lentils, diced carrots, diced celery, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, and 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce. Pour in 3½ cups (875ml) unsalted stock, then give it a quick mix. Layer 14 oz (400g) crushed tomatoes on top of the other ingredients in Instant Pot - do not mix!
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 10 minutes + Natural Release 10 minutes. Open the lid carefully.
  • Thicken & Season: If desired, stir & thicken the lentils with the "Saute More" function. Taste & adjust the seasoning accordingly.
    *Pro Tip: For reference, add roughly 1 - 2 pinches of salt to open up the flavors & season properly.
  • Serve: Garnish lentils with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You can serve these tasty lentils as a side dish, main dish, or serve them on top of rice or pasta.
    *Pro Tip: You can add a dash of balsamic vinegar for another layer of flavor. Be sure to first taste test with a small portion in a separate bowl to see if you like this flavor profile before adding it to the whole pot of lentils.


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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 455kcal


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5006IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6mg