How Long Does It Take For An Instant Pot to Preheat?

The average time for an instant pot to preheat is between 10 to 15 minutes. However, this may vary based on your instant pot model, its size, and the amount of food you put in the pot.

The instant pot is one of the popular kitchen trends. So many people say it is a must-have for every home cook, and ever since I got mine, I have had to agree with them. This versatile kitchen appliance is a great way to save time and has been a lifesaver in the kitchen during busy weeknights. 

While it’s exciting to think you can do so much with one versatile appliance, it can be challenging to figure out the instant pot cooking mechanism on your own. so today, I’m here to help you solve the big question, ‘’How long does it take for an instant pot to preheat?’’

if you’re new to this iconic kitchen fixture, understanding how long your instant pot takes to preheat will help you cook faster and prevent burns

In this article, I’ll explain all you need to know about your instant pot preheating time and share with you my top tips for using your instant pot faster and more efficiently

So, let’s get started with understanding the big question.

how long does it take for instant pot to preheat

How Long Do You Have To Wait For Your Instant Pot To Preheat?

In order to cook your food properly, your instant pot must first gather an adequate amount of pressure. The gathering of that pressure is called preheating.

So, I tested the preheating times of 6 different models of instant pots. I found that the heating time varied based on certain factors, which I will walk you through below, but most of them will heat up in 10 to 15 minutes.

Factors That May Affect How Long Your Instant Pot Takes To Preheat  

Amount of Food: An empty instant pot tends to preheat faster than one filled with food. Also, the more the food, the longer it will take to preheat.

Model of The Pot: Different instant pot models preheat within different time frames. Check your product manual to see the manufacturer’s prescribed preheating time. If it’s slower than indicated, you may want to consider returning the instant pot.

The Instant Pot’s Size: the bigger the size, the longer it takes to preheat. You should exercise a little patience if you’ve got a big instant pot.

If, after considering these factors, you notice an unusual change in preheating time of your instant pot. Your instant pot likely takes too long to preheat or doesn’t preheat because it has developed a fault. Below are certain things you should look out for if you are facing this issue.

food inside instant pot

What Are The Difficulties That Can Come With Preheating

It is not uncommon for new users to face issues with preheating while using the instant pot. And one of the well-known problems is getting stuck in the preheating stage.  

This appears to be the most frustrating part of using the instant pot and usually indicates that something has gone wrong. 

When this happens, look out for the following:

Sealing Ring

If the sealing ring of your instant pot is misaligned or broken, the preheating phase might not be able to get completed.  This can create pressure inside the pot, and it can lead to a range of issues that can start with food being stuck to the pot and end with the pot being completely broken.

To figure a way around this:

  • Inspect the sealing ring and ensure that it is in good condition.  
  • Always do a routine check on your sealing ring. 
  • Also, once a year, replace the sealing ring. This allows for the proper functioning of your instant pot.
instant pot seal rings

Release Valve

Is the release valve set to seal? If it is not, the instant pot will not work as it should. Instead of the pressure building up in the pot, it will keep getting released; hence, the preheat phase wouldn’t be completed.

To solve this:

  • Check to ensure the release valve is not damaged or improperly attached.
  • Replace the release valve if it’s damaged.

The Types of Instant Pot Releases

Similar to how the instant pot takes time to build pressure, it also takes time to dispense it. When your food is ready, and the cooking session is over, there are two ways to release the pressure in the pot. Your preference depends on the kind of meal you are preparing.

Below are the two types of pot releases: 

Slow Release

This method is also known as the natural release—letting your instant pot release its pressure on its own. Slow-release is simply letting the built-up pressure escape by itself. 

Although this would take a bit of your time, don’t pull the control knob if you want your food properly boiled and soft. Use slow Release for food like legumes, beans, and meat for the best result.

Quick Release

For meals that are delicate and don’t need a lot of time cooking, quick release is the best option. Look for the steam release button and press it!

Note: Don’t use quick release for hard food as it will leave your food partly done and not properly cooked.

FAQs On How Long Does It Take For An Instant Pot to Preheat

Is An Instant Pot Safe?

The instant Pot pressure cooker is very safe and equipped with standard safety mechanisms. Don’t worry. It will not put you in danger anytime soon as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and handle it with care. This way, most accidents can be easily avoided. 

Why Does My Instant Pot Take Time to Preheat?

Factors like the instant pot model, its size, and the amount of food in the pot are things that may cause your instant pot to preheat longer. However, if it’s exceeded 30 to 40 minutes and it isn’t still preheated,  there’s probably a fault somewhere.

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