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:
- Turn the valve from “sealing” to “venting.”
- Press the “slow cook” button.
- Select the heat setting that you want to use. (Less, normal, or more)
- 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.
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!)