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Summary of Contents for Instant Pot 6QT

  • Page 1 ® INSTANT POT Instant_Pot_6qt-RedSS60-EN_US_GSG-2021-05-29.indd 1 Instant_Pot_6qt-RedSS60-EN_US_GSG-2021-05-29.indd 1 5/31/21 4:11 PM 5/31/21 4:11 PM...
  • Page 2: Important Safeguards

    IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS At Instant Brands your safety always comes first. The Instant Pot 6qt was ™ ® designed with your safety in mind, and we mean business. Check out this Instant Pot’s long list of safety mechanisms at to see what we mean.
  • Page 3 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS • Always use hand protection when removing accessories, and to handle the inner pot. • Always place hot accessories on a heat-resistant surface or cooking plate. 07 The removable inner pot can be extremely heavy when full of ingredients.
  • Page 4 Refer to Pressure control features: sealing ring. • DO NOT attempt to force the lid off the Instant Pot multicooker base. Refer to Releasing pressure. 10 When cooking meat with skin (e.g. sausage with casing), the skin can swell when heated.
  • Page 5 • DO NOT use the appliance without the removable inner pot installed. • To prevent personal injury and damage to the appliance, only replace the sealing ring with an authorized Instant Pot sealing ring. 19 DO NOT attempt to repair, replace or modify components of the appliance, as this may cause electric shock, fire or injury, and will void the warranty.
  • Page 6 IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS 23 This appliance is NOT to be used by children or by persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities. Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used near children and these individuals. Children should not play with this appliance. 24 DO NOT leave the appliance unattended while in use.
  • Page 7 Product specifications To view a full list of sizes, colors and patterns, go to cm: 34L x 31W x 31.7H Instant Pot 60 EPC 1000 W 120 V~ 60 Hz 5.7 Litres / 6 Quart 5.64 kg / 12.43 lbs.
  • Page 8 Product, parts and accessories See Care, cleaning and storage: Removing and installing parts to find out how everything fits together. Top of lid Steam release valve Float valve Quick release button Handle Lid fins Lid position marker Bottom of lid Locking pin Silicone cap (bottom of float valve)
  • Page 9 Product, parts and accessories Inner pot Fill lines Stainless-steel inner pot Multicooker base Outer pot Condensation collector (rear) Condensation rim Heating element (interior) Multicooker handles Control panel Base power socket (rear, 6 Quart only) Detachable power cord (8 Quart is hardwired) Stainless-steel exterior Illustrations in this document are for reference only and may differ from the actual product.
  • Page 10: Get Started

    Don’t remove the safety warning stickers from the lid or the rating label from the back of the multicooker base. 05 You may be tempted to put the Instant Pot on your stovetop — but don’t do it! Place the multicooker base on a stable, level surface, away from combustible material and external heat sources.
  • Page 11 Initial test run (water test) Do you have to do the water test? No — but getting to know the ins and outs of your Instant Pot® 6qt prepares you for success in the kitchen! Take a few minutes to get to know how this baby works.
  • Page 12 Pressure cooking uses steam to raise the boiling point of water above 100ºC / 212ºF. These high temperatures allow you to cook some foods way faster than normal. Behind the magic curtain When pressure cooking, the Instant Pot goes through 3 stages. Pre-heating What you see What you don’t see...
  • Page 13: Releasing Pressure

    • Natural Release (NR or NPR) • Quick Release (QR or QPR) • Timed Natural Release Natural Release (NR or NPR) Cooking stops gradually. As the temperature within the multicooker drops, the Instant Pot depressurizes naturally over time. What to do What to expect After cooking finishes, leave the quick release Your meal continues to cook even after the Smart Program ends.
  • Page 14 Releasing pressure Quick Release (QR or QPR) Stops cooking quickly and prevents overcooking. Perfect for quick-cooking vegetables and delicate seafood! What to do What to expect Press the quick release button down until it clicks and A jet of steam ejects through the top of the steam release valve.
  • Page 15 Releasing pressure Timed natural release The carryover cooking continues for a specific amount of time, then stops quickly when you release the remaining pressure. Perfect for finishing rice and grains. What to do What to expect Let the multicooker rest for a while (the amount A jet of steam ejects through the top of the of time will vary by recipe) then press the quick steam release valve.
  • Page 16: Control Panel

    Control panel Pressure cooking Non-pressure cooking • Soup/Broth • Slow Cook • Meat/Stew • Sauté • Bean/Chili • Yogurt • Cake • Sous Vide Smart Programs • • Keep Warm • Rice • Multigrain • Porridge • Sterilize • Pressure Cook Shows the time in HH:MM format.
  • Page 17: Status Messages

    Status messages The Instant Pot is in standby mode, ready for action! May indicate that the lid is missing or is not properly secured. The multicooker is pre-heating. The Rice Smart Program is running. The Yogurt Smart Program is in the process of pasteurizing milk (i.e., the Yogurt Smart Program is set to More).
  • Page 18 ® 6qt lid with the Instant Pot Instant Pot ® 6qt multicooker base. Using any other pressure cooker lids may cause injury and/ or damage. CAUTION Always check the lid for damage and excessive wear prior to cooking to avoid risk of injury and/or property damage.
  • Page 19 Pressure control features Quick release button The quick release button controls the steam release valve — the part that controls when pressure is released from the multicooker. Vent position Seal position What we love about it What we should know about it The lid says Turn to Seal, but it’s more like a flicking motion.
  • Page 20 CAUTION Only use authorized Instant Pot sealing rings. DO NOT use a stretched or damaged sealing ring. • Always check for cuts, deformation and correct installation of the sealing ring before cooking.
  • Page 21 The float valve and silicone cap work together to seal in pressurized steam. These parts must be installed before use. Do not attempt to operate the Instant Pot without the float valve properly installed. Do not touch the float valve during use.
  • Page 22: Pressure Cooking

    • To avoid personal injury or damage to the appliance, replace the inner pot if it is dented, deformed or damaged. • Use only authorized Instant Pot inner pots made for this model when cooking. Always make sure the inner pot and heating element are clean and dry before inserting the inner pot into the multicooker base.
  • Page 23 For full instructions for use, go to Find tried and true recipes, as well as pressure cooking timetables under the Recipes tab at, and download the Instant Pot app from! DANGER DO NOT attempt to remove the lid while the float valve is up and NEVER attempt to force the lid open.
  • Page 24 Pressure cooking Smart program breakdown Smart Programs Settings and defaults Low (35–55 kPa / 5.1 psi) Pressure High (65–85 kPa / 9.4–12.3 psi) Setting Less Normal More Soup/Broth Default cooking time 20 minutes 30 minutes 4 hours (adjustable) (00:20) (00:30) (04:00) Cooking time range 1 minute to 4 hours (00:01–04:00)
  • Page 25 Pressure cooking Smart program breakdown Smart Programs Settings and defaults Low (35–55 kPa / 5.1 psi) Pressure High (65–85 kPa / 9.4–12.3 psi) Setting Less Normal More Default cooking time 8 minutes 12 minutes 15 minutes Rice (adjustable) (00:08) (00:12) (00:15) The cook time adjusts automatically depending on Cooking time range...
  • Page 26 Other cooking styles The Instant Pot® 6qt is much more than a pressure cooker. These Smart Programs don’t cook with pressure, but are just as easy to use. • Slow Cook • Sauté • Yogurt • Sous Vide WARNING Do not fill inner pot higher than the PC MAX Always cook with the inner pot in —...
  • Page 27 Other cooking styles Slow Cook Slow Cook is compatible for use with any common slow cooker recipe, so you can keep cooking your classics! If the float valve rises, make sure the quick release button is set to Vent. See Pressure control features: Quick release button.
  • Page 28 Other cooking styles Yogurt Yogurt is designed to effortlessly produce delicious fermented dairy and non-dairy recipes. Instant Pot Size Minimum Milk Volume Maximum Milk Volume 5.7 Litres / 6 Quarts 4 cups (1 L / ~32 oz) 4 quarts (3.8 L / ~128 oz)
  • Page 29 Other cooking styles Sous Vide Sous Vide cooking involves cooking food underwater in an air-tight, food-safe bag, for a long period of time. Food cooks in its own juices and comes out delicious and unbelievably tender. Default Temperature Default time Time range Notes temperature...
  • Page 30: Care, Cleaning And Storage

    Care, cleaning and storage Clean your Instant Pot® 6qt and its parts after each use. Failure to follow these cleaning instructions may result in catastrophic failure, which may lead to property damage and/or severe personal injury. Always unplug your multicooker and let it cool to room temperature before cleaning.
  • Page 31 Care, cleaning and storage WARNING The Instant Pot cooker base contains electrical components. To avoid fire, electric leakage or personal injury, make sure the cooker base stays dry. • DO NOT immerse the cooker base in water or other liquid, or attempt to cycle it through the dishwasher.
  • Page 32 Care, cleaning and storage Steam release valve Anti-block shield Remove the steam release valve Remove the anti-block shield Pull the steam release valve up and off the Grip the lid like a steering wheel and use steam release pipe. your thumbs to press firmly against the side of the anti-block shield (pressing The steam release valve must be installed towards the side of the lid and up) until...
  • Page 33 Care, cleaning and storage Float valve and silicone cap Condensation collector Remove the float valve The condensation collector sits at the back of the cooker base and catches any Place one finger on the flat top of float overflow from the condensation rim. valve, then turn the lid over.
  • Page 34: Warranty

    Warranty One (1) Year Limited Warranty This One (1) Year Limited Warranty applies to purchases made from authorized retailers of Instant Brands Inc. (“Instant Brands”) by the original appliance owner and is not transferable. Proof of original purchase date and, if requested by Instant Brands, return of your appliance, is required to obtain service under this Limited Warranty.
  • Page 35 Warranty Product Registration Please visit to register your new Instant Brands ™ appliance. Failure to register your product will not diminish your warranty rights. You will be asked to provide the store name, date of purchase, model number (found on the back of your appliance) and serial number (found on the bottom of your appliance) along with your name and email address.
  • Page 36 Instant Brands Inc., 495 March Road, Suite 200 Kanata, Ontario, K2K 3G1 Canada ™ © 2021 Instant Brands 609-0301-95 Instant_Pot_6qt-RedSS60-EN_US_GSG-2021-05-29.indd 36 Instant_Pot_6qt-RedSS60-EN_US_GSG-2021-05-29.indd 36 5/31/21 4:11 PM 5/31/21 4:11 PM...


How do you prepare Instant Pot for the first time? ›

Rinse the stainless steel pot and lid with soap and water before using it for the first time. Place the stainless steel pot inside your Instant Pot. (Make sure to remove the orange warning label.) Check to see that the anti-block shield is present and secure.

What is the disadvantage of Instant Pot? ›

Con– The Instant Pot uses steam under pressure to cook food and not everything is meant to be cooked in the Instant Pot. I attempted a crustless quiche which turned out well but it was too wet and moist to my liking and I prefer to cook it in the oven with dry heat.

What are the instructions for an Instant Pot? ›

How to cook using an Instant Pot
  1. Sauté your meat (if necessary).
  2. Press the Cancel button and add your other ingredients.
  3. Place the lid on and lock it in place.
  4. Select the pressure (high and low are usually the only options) and time you would like.
  5. Make sure the valve is in the sealed position.
May 27, 2020

How many people does a 6-quart Instant Pot feed? ›

Generally, a meal cooked in a 6-quart model feeds three to six people. Benefits of an 8-quart Instant Pot: The 8-quart models, on the other hand, are ideal when you're feeding a large family, cooking for a party, or cooking in batches for your weekly meal prep.

Should you clean Instant Pot before first use? ›

Before first time use

Clean the pressure cooker with a sponge using a mild detergent or soapy water and 2 or 3 drops of vinegar, before using for the first time. Any oil adhering to the cooker will yellow and harden if it is exposed to heat before the oil is cleaned off and will be difficult to remove.

What foods should not be cooked in an Instant Pot? ›

6 Things You Should Never Cook in an Instant Pot
  1. Creamy Sauces. If there's one food group you should avoid in the Instant Pot, it's dairy. ...
  2. Fried Chicken. The best fried chicken is crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and perfectly golden brown. ...
  3. Cookies. ...
  4. Burgers. ...
  5. Pie. ...
  6. Steak.

Why don t chefs use Instant Pot? ›

They are most commonly used in industrial settings to quickly prepare meat or stocks. However, in most scenarios, Elite Chefs avoid using pressure cookers because they provide less control over the final dish. Chefs often prefer slow cooking techniques that accentuate and pull out the flavors of the food.

Can bacteria survive Instant Pot? ›

The pressure cookers used can inactivate up to 1010 CFU/mL bacteria and 107 CFU/mL fungi. The ultimate test for a sterilization device uses the most heat-resistant organisms, commonly Geobacillus stearothermophilus endospores. If the hardiest of microorganisms is killed, than all other microbes should die as well.

Can you overfill an Instant Pot? ›

Also, an overly-full Instant Pot can lead to a clogged pressure release knob, because food and liquid can get sucked up inside. To stay on the safe side, don't fill your pot over that two-thirds line, and stay below half full for foods that expand while cooking, such as beans and lentils.

Should steam come out of Instant Pot while pressurizing? ›

Is steam leaking out of the pressure valve, even when turned to the upper locked position? It's normal for a small amount of steam to leak from the valve while the pot is heating up, but if it continues to leak steam during the pressure-cooking cycle, you may have a problem.

What is the most popular Instant Pot size? ›

The 6-quart Instant Pot (in any series) is the most popular size by far, and it's the one we recommend for most folks. It offers plenty of capacity for weeknight dinners, soups and stews, a pot of beans, or even a whole chicken, yet it doesn't take up a crazy amount of counter or shelf space.

What is the newest Instant Pot? ›

The Instant Pot Rio is the newest model, featuring a modern design and more cooking area compared to the Duo Plus. We were pleased with the Wide model from the Rio line. The Pro models tend to be more advanced, including the Plus, with a smartphone app.

Can meat be in an Instant Pot? ›

Testing done by the National Center for Home Food Preservation has found that the Instant Pot Max is unsafe to use for canning, despite having a canning function.

Does the Instant Pot have to heat up first? ›

The pot requires a preheating cycle.

While an Instant Pot cooks food faster than the conventional stovetop or oven, its inner pot undergoes a preheating cycle of 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the unit to pressurize properly before food is added.

How do you clean a pot before first use? ›

But before you use those pans for the first time, wash them in warm soapy water with a little vinegar (about 1/4 cup). This removes any oils left over from the manufacturing process so you're starting fresh.

How much liquid do you need in the bottom of an Instant Pot? ›

Your Instant Pot needs liquid to work. If there's not enough, your pot won't be able to create enough steam to build pressure. About 1 cup is the minimum amount of liquid, so if you're cooking a recipe that will absorb water, like rice or beans, you'll need even more.

How long to wait before venting Instant Pot? ›

Simply wait for the float valve (aka pin) to drop (5-40 minutes) indicating the pressure has gone down and it's safe to remove the lid. In other words: Time counts down to 0 and Instant Pot beeps 10 times. Don't do anything, the Instant Pot will depressurize naturally by cooling the inner contents.

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