You may have some favorite recipes that you've used with your slow cooker for years. You can now use this handy IP calculator to take those family favorites and speed up your cooking time with an Instant Pot or other branded pressure cooker.
How To Use This Instant Pot Calculator
Be sure to download our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet to put on your refrigerator also!
Additional recipe adjustments
- Liquids - Make sure there is at least 1 cup of liquid in the recipe so the Instant Pot can build up pressure and steam to cook the food. Lift food up from the water with steamers or a small rack if you don't want them in the liquid.
- Thickeners - Add thickeners after your Instant Pot has finished cooking. Depressurize, set the program to saute or cook, adding the thickener. A good example would be a Beef Stew. Cook it in the Instant Pot, then add the flour & water to thicken the broth into a thick, rich stew.
- Beans & Grains - Only fill the Instant Pot half full when cooking rice, beans, or other grains as they can double in size when cooking. Our IP Cilantro Lime Rice is a great example.
- Meats - Large thick cuts of meat like roasts have a higher density, and will require a little more time than cut up meats. If using frozen meats, add an extra 10 minutes to the Instant Pot cook time.
- Dairy - Add dairy items after the main dish cooks, the heat and pressure can make them curdle. A good example of how to add dairy after the Instant Pot cook time is our IP Chicken Tikka Masala
- Canning - The Instant Pot is not made for pressure canning low acid foods. You can hot water bath process jams, preserves, and pickles, but use a pressure canner to make sure that both temperature and pressure properly process low acid foods.
Slow Cooker to Instant Pot Conversion Chart
Estimated Crock Pot or Slow Cooker to Instant Pot times
|Slow Cooker Time on HIGH||Instant Pot cook time|
|2 hours||12 minutes|
|3 hours||18 minutes|
|4 hours||24 minutes|
|5 hours||30 minutes|
|6 hours||36 minutes|
|7 hours||42 minutes|
|8 hours||48 minutes|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can convert any slow cooker or crockpot type recipe to the Instant Pot using this conversion calculator and chart.
Yes, this conversion calculator works for any brand of preprogrammed pressure cooker that is for home use.
Look for the IP cook time in the Instant Pot recipe. If it says 24 minutes for Instant Pot cooking, divide that number by 6. The output of 4 is the number of HOURS to Slow Cook.
Most Instant Pot or preprogrammed pressure cookers have a slow cook function on them already though. Be sure to increase the liquids for the longer slow cooker time.
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