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How to Use the Instant Pot Slow Cooker Setting

By May 15, 2019June 6th, 2019Freezer Cooking Tips, Slow Cooker Tips

Do you want to use the Instant Pot slow cooker setting? Here’s exactly what you need to do to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker…

First, let me say that I got this info from reading a couple of Instant Pot user manuals online and from my own personal trial-and-error. I own the 7-in-1 Instant Pot and several different slow cookers. (My favorite is the 6-Quart Crockpot Programmable Cook and Carry Slow Cooker.)

How to Use the Instant Pot Slow Cooker Setting:

  1. Turn the valve from “sealing” to “venting.”
  2. Press the “slow cook” button.
  3. Select the heat setting that you want to use. (Less, normal, or more)
  4. Set the timer. (You can adjust the duration from .5 – 20 hours.)

Yes, it’s that easy!!

When the timer ends, the Instant Pot will automatically switch to a “keep warm” cycle for up to 10 hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which heat setting do you use?

According to the Instant Pot manual,

  • Less = low
  • Normal = medium
  • More = high

I always use the low setting on my slow cooker, so I use the less or normal setting on my Instant Pot.

Do you use the same amount of cooking time using the Instant Pot slow cooker setting as you would with a regular slow cooker?

Good question! One thing I’ve noticed is that the slow cook setting seems to take longer to cook than my actual Crockpot slow cooker…so I add two extra hours of cooking.  For example, meals that are finished cooking in 6 hours in my slow cooker require 8 hours in the Instant Pot slow cooker.

Can you use the timer to delay the cooking start time?

Technically, yes, however I would discourage this if you’re making a meal with raw meat because it’s not safe to have it sitting at room temperature.  Instead, I would start cooking the meal immediately and then let it sit on the “warm cycle” until you’re ready to eat it. (It’s fine if it’s on warm for hours!)

10 Freezer Stir Fry Packs for the Instant Pot or CrockpotAdditional questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer ASAP! -Kelly

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Hi, just recently saw your site in a Facebook group I am part off and I just became a fan!! :).

I have a small kitchen and I am in love with my IP, however I have been told that it does not work as well for slow cooking. I have been debating whether to just get the extra appliance of a slow cooker. What are your thoughts? The reason I got the IP in the first place was to replace the need of having too many appliances.


Do I use the same amount of liquid as with the ip recipe?

Teri Davis
Teri Davis

Do u have to liquid in what u r cooking in the slow cooker setting in the instant pot


I dont think this is accurate for all instant pots. My instant pot less setting is equal to a standard keep warm,normal is semi equal to low and high is like a medium tohigh setting
I am not able to cook anything on low. Ruined a couple things untill I figured it out.

Lisa Welker
Lisa Welker

I would use the same amount of time to cook in instant pot as a slow cooker?

Andrew McNelis
Andrew McNelis

Yes, if you’re using the “slow cooker” setting on the Instant Pot.


Have you left your house all day with it slow cooking?? I have seen photos of the instapot catching fire… Makes me nervous to leave it.