Use this Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet to pressure cook beef, chicken, pork, grains and beans perfectly in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodie or other pressure cooking device.
Keep this printable handy or tape it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet as a reference the next time you are ready to make a meal.
Instant Pot Time and Temperature Chart for Perfectly Cooked Food
Whether you are new to pressure cooking or have been using an Instapot for years, it’s helpful to have a handy reference. With this guide, you won’t ever have to wonder how long to cook something under pressure.
If you don’t yet own an Instant Pot, check out our handy guide to discover the best pressure cooker for you.
If you are new to Instant Pot cooking, be sure to follow our guide that walks you through using an instapot.
Use this time chart for:
- Pressure cooker times for meat including chicken – breast, bone-less, bone-in, whole chicken and chicken wings.
- Cooking times for beef including brisket, chuck roast, corned beef, flank steak, ribs and stew meat.
- Cooking times for pork including ribs, chops, ham, loin roast, sausages and whole ham.
- Instant Pot cook times for other meats including lamb, turkey breast and leg, veal, and venison.
- IP times for scallops, cod, clams, lobster, mussels, salmon, shrimp and tilapia.
- Pressure cook times for beans, legumes and lentils including black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini, Great Northern, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans and peas.
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodie and all pressure cookers vegetable cook times including acorn squash, artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, corn on the cob, carrots, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, yellow squash and zucchini.
- Pressure cooking times for pasta and grains including brown rice, couscous, orzo, macaroni, steel-cut oats, tortellini and white rice.
How to Use an IP Cheat Sheet
For every food on our Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart, we provide the following information:
- Type of Food – Which cut of meat, type of vegetable, or type of bean you want to cook.
- Units – This is how many cups, pounds, or pieces you are cooking.
- Liquid – It’s important with pressure cooking to include some liquid to prevent receiving the “burn” notice. Use this guide for how much liquid to include. This can be water or other liquids such as broth.
- Minutes – How many minutes to set to cook your food. All our measurements are for “high” pressure on “manual” or “pressure cook” unless otherwise stated. Note that the total cook time will be longer because it takes time for the machine to come to pressure. The larger the machine and the more food it is cooking, the longer the time to come to pressure will be.
- Frozen – One of the huge benefits of pressure cooking is that food can be cooked right from frozen. If you are cooking frozen food, our chart indicates how much additional time to add. Some foods are listed as “N/A” which is “not applicable” because that particular food isn’t typically cooked from a frozen state.
- QR/NR – This indicates if your food should be “quick released” which means you release the pressure valve as soon as the timer beeps that the food is done cooking, or “natural release” which means allowing it to slowly decrease pressure until you can open the value with no steam escaping. Note that natural release will increase the total time until you get your meal to the table.
- First brown meat – While not required, these foods have a better flavor if you first brown them using the “sauté” mode.
- Use steamer basket/trivet – These foods have the best texture if you insert a steamer basket, or the trivet that came with the Instant Pot, so that food is not sitting directly in the liquid but instead steams on top.
Free Printable Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart
Use this PDF Instant Pot Cooking Times freebie download so you’ll have a handy reference for pressure cooking.
Note: Abbreviation “p/cup” short for “per cup”.
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