You can avoid these common problems using the Instant Pot with a few simple tips. Plus, get a free printable Instant Pot cooking times chart full of suggested cook times for various meats, vegetables, grains, beans, etc!
The second video in my Instant Pot for beginners series is up on YouTube this morning. I’m so excited to share with you these important tips to help you avoid common problems people experience as they learn to use their Instant Pots.
I want you to love your Instant Pot and to avoid the frustration that happens when your dinner doesn’t turn out or you can’t figure out why a recipe isn’t working.
In addition to Part 2 of the video series, I’m also sharing a printable I should have made years ago– an Instant Pot cooking times chart!
You can find links to watch the videos in the series, get your free printable chart, and find even more helpful posts and resources if you keep scrolling through this post.
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Avoiding Common Instant Pot Problems
- Why your Instant Pot won’t come to pressure
- What causes the BURN notification
- What to do if your food is undercooked
- Foods not suitable for pressure cooking
In addition to covering common problems in the second video of the series, I also demo how to make Ridiculously Easy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts too.
Watch Instant Pot for Beginners Part 2 on YouTube
Watch Part 1 :: Unboxing an Instant Pot || 5 Must Know Rules & Most Used Buttons
Instant Pot Cooking Chart
Download & print your Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart.
The times on this chart are based on my years of experience, but cook times can vary slightly according to personal preference, and location.
I also left a small space at the bottom of each category for you to add your own items to the chart.
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SmoQ BBQ says
Great! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, My wife loves it. She got surprised. Yeah. I am going to try this for my friends too. Nice. Thanks for your guide.
My family is going to have a party tomorrow and your tips about instant pot could help alot. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!
Wow I am totally a newbie with instant pot and your cooking time chart is really really helpful!!! Thanks alot, Lisa
eric levine says
Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.
Thank you, Lisa!
Ann Marie M Jezioro says
We are a family of 6, do you recommend a 6 qt or an 8 qt pot? They both look so big….
Carol Godfrey says
It is remarkably difficult to find your printables. Soooooo much scrolling and still did not find what was shown on Pinterest. Carol
If you are looking for the cook times chart, you can click on the picture of the printable in the post, or click on the text directly below the picture: “Download and print the Instant Pot Cooking Times chart”.
Brian Hebert says
When releasing the steam, my instant pot releases so much steam and water sprays all over the kitchen. Is that normal??
Spraying steam straight up is normal, which is why it is good to release the pressure when the Instant Pot is not underneath a cabinet. However, spray food particulate is not normal/ can be avoided. Certain foods are more prone to foaming and can lead to a very messy pressure release. Beans, rice, oatmeal, etc should have a natural pressure release. Another reason your Instant Pot could be spraying too much is if it is filled too full.