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Depending on your Instant Pot model there are a variety of pre-programmed buttons for easy use. Here is a listing of the programs and recommended settings.

Program
Model
Setting
Cooking Option
Notes
Bean/ Chili All Series Less Firmer texture Choose setting based on bean texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

When cooking beans or legumes, always use NR to release pressure.

Normal  Soft texture
More Very soft texture
Cake Duo Plus Less Lighter moist cake Adjust cook time as directed in recipe.
Normal Denser moist cake
More Cheesecakes
Egg All Series Less Soft -boiled eggs Pre-set times are intended for extra large eggs. Adjust cooking time to account for different sized eggs.

Plunge eggs into ice bath to prevent overcooking.

Normal Medium -boiled eggs
More Hard-boiled eggs
Meat/ Stew All Series Less Soft meat texture Choose setting based on meat texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

Allow meat to “rest” for 5-30 minutes, depending on size. It will reabsorb cooking juices for tender, succulent meat.

Normal Very soft meat texture
More Fall-off-the-bone meat texture
Multigrain All series (6 & 8 quart) Less Brown rice, wild rice, black beans, chickpeas, etc. Select “Less” or “Normal” based on type of grain and desired texture.

Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water.

Normal Brown rice, wild rice, mung beans, etc.
More Tough grains or a mixture of grains and beans Begins with 45 minutes of warm water soaking time prior to 60 minutes of pressure cooking.

Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water.

Porridge All Series Less Oatmeal steel cut or rolled Adjust time as directed in recipe.

Always use NR to release pressure when cooking foods that expand.

Normal White rice porridge/congee
More Rice porridge/congee with a mixture of various grains
Poultry Duo (6 & 8 quart) Less Soft texture Choose setting based on meat texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

Allow poultry to “rest” for 5-10 minutes, depending on size. It will reabsorb cooking juices for tender, succulent meat.

Normal Very soft texture
More Fall-off-the-bone texture
Pressure Cook or Manual All Series Manual programming Press Pressure Level to toggle between High and Low pressure.

Use + / keys to adjust cook time.

Adjust according to recipe or preferred cooking habits

 NA
Rice All Series Less Tender but firm to bite For cooking medium and long-grain white rice.
Use 10-Minute Natural Release after cooking for perfect results.
Normal Normal texture white rice
More Softer texture white rice
Sauté All Series Less Simmering, thickening, and reducing liquids The display switching from “Hot” to “On” indicates cooker is maintaining temperature.

If recipe ingredients are added before “Hot” message appears, it may not appear at all.

As a safety precaution, maximum time is 30 minutes and cannot be adjusted.

Normal Pan searing or sautéing
More Stir-frying or browning meat
Slow Cook All Series Less Corresponds to LOW on most temperature controlled slow cookers Follow recipe directions for slow cooking.

For best results, use the Instant Pot tempered glass lid. If using the stainless steel lid, ensure steam release handle is set to “Venting” position.

Normal Corresponds to MED on some temperature controlled slow cookers
More Corresponds to HIGH on most temperature controlled slow cookers
Soup/ Broth All Series Less Soup without meat Liquid remains clear due to lack of boiling motion.

Due to high liquid content of most soups, always use NR to release pressure.

Normal Soup with meat
More Rich bone broth
Steam All Series Less Vegetables Use steam rack provided to elevate food from cooking liquid.

Use QR to prevent food from overcooking.

Normal Fish and seafood
More Meat
Sterilize Duo Plus Less No pressure steam sterilization Suitable for tempered glass and heat-resistant plastics.
Normal Sterilization of baby bottles, jars, utensils and water-bath canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. Low pressure hot water bath canning.
More Sterilization of baby bottles, jars, utensils and water-bath canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. High pressure hot water bath canning.
Yogurt Duo, Duo Plus Less For Jiu Niang, a sweet fermented glutinous rice dessert Default fermentation time is 24:00 hours.Adjust time based on recipe.

Default fermentation time is “08:00” hours

Adjust as desired up to “99:30” hours.

Normal Fermenting milk after culture has been added yogt’ will be displayed on the screen when completed.
More Pasteurizing milk boil’ will be displayed on-screen while Smart Program is running

yogt’ will be displayed on the screen when completed

Program
Setting
Cooking Option
Notes
Bean/ Chili Less Firmer texture Choose setting based on bean texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

When cooking beans or legumes, always use NR to release pressure.

Normal  Soft texture
More Very soft texture
Cake Less Lighter moist cake Adjust cook time as directed in recipe.
Normal Denser moist cake
More Cheesecakes
Egg Less Soft -boiled eggs Pre-set times are intended for extra large eggs. Adjust cooking time to account for different sized eggs.

Plunge eggs into ice bath to prevent overcooking.

Normal Medium -boiled eggs
More Hard-boiled eggs
Meat/ Stew Less Soft meat texture Choose setting based on meat texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

Allow meat to “rest” for 5-30 minutes, depending on size. It will reabsorb cooking juices for tender, succulent meat.

Normal Very soft meat texture
More Fall-off-the-bone meat texture
Multigrain Less Brown rice, wild rice, black beans, chickpeas, etc. Select “Less” or “Normal” based on type of grain and desired texture.

Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water.

Normal Brown rice, wild rice, mung beans, etc.
More Tough grains or a mixture of grains and beans Begins with 45 minutes of warm water soaking time prior to 60 minutes of pressure cooking.

Ensure dry beans are completely submerged in water.

Porridge Less Oatmeal steel cut or rolled Adjust time as directed in recipe.

Always use NR to release pressure when cooking foods that expand.

Normal White rice porridge/congee
More Rice porridge/congee with a mixture of various grains
Poultry Less Soft texture Choose setting based on meat texture desired, or adjust cook time manually.

Allow poultry to “rest” for 5-10 minutes, depending on size. It will reabsorb cooking juices for tender, succulent meat.

Normal Very soft texture
More Fall-off-the-bone texture
Pressure Cook or Manual Manual programming Press Pressure Level to toggle between High and Low pressure.

Use + / keys to adjust cook time.

Adjust according to recipe or preferred cooking habits

 NA
Rice Less Tender but firm to bite For cooking medium and long-grain white rice.
Use 10-Minute Natural Release after cooking for perfect results.
Normal Normal texture white rice
More Softer texture white rice
Sauté Less Simmering, thickening, and reducing liquids The display switching from “Hot” to “On” indicates cooker is maintaining temperature.

If recipe ingredients are added before “Hot” message appears, it may not appear at all.

As a safety precaution, maximum time is 30 minutes and cannot be adjusted.

Normal Pan searing or sautéing
More Stir-frying or browning meat
Slow Cook Less Corresponds to LOW on most temperature controlled slow cookers Follow recipe directions for slow cooking.

For best results, use the Instant Pot tempered glass lid. If using the stainless steel lid, ensure steam release handle is set to “Venting” position.

Normal Corresponds to MED on some temperature controlled slow cookers
More Corresponds to HIGH on most temperature controlled slow cookers
Soup/ Broth Less Soup without meat Liquid remains clear due to lack of boiling motion.

Due to high liquid content of most soups, always use NR to release pressure.

Normal Soup with meat
More Rich bone broth
Steam Less Vegetables Use steam rack provided to elevate food from cooking liquid.

Use QR to prevent food from overcooking.

Normal Fish and seafood
More Meat
Sterilize Less No pressure steam sterilization Suitable for tempered glass and heat-resistant plastics.
Normal Sterilization of baby bottles, jars, utensils and water-bath canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. Low pressure hot water bath canning.
More Sterilization of baby bottles, jars, utensils and water-bath canning of acidic fruits and vegetables. High pressure hot water bath canning.
Yogurt Less For Jiu Niang, a sweet fermented glutinous rice dessert Default fermentation time is 24:00 hours.Adjust time based on recipe.

Default fermentation time is “08:00” hours

Adjust as desired up to “99:30” hours.

Normal Fermenting milk after culture has been added yogt’ will be displayed on the screen when completed.
More Pasteurizing milk boil’ will be displayed on-screen while Smart Program is running

yogt’ will be displayed on the screen when completed

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