I can’t believe it’s almost been a whole year since I originally posted my Instant Pot “Cheat Sheet” printable. Time flies when you’re having fun, and I’ve been having a lot of fun getting to know my Instant Pot! In fact, I’ve learned so much over the past year that I decided it was time to give my “Cheat Sheet” a few shiny new updates. 🙂
In addition to becoming more familiar with the Instant Pot, I also made updates based on feedback from my readers. A few readers helpfully suggested a few key additions that would help make my Cheat Sheet even more useful than it was before! So a special “Thank You!” to those readers for their feedback. I really think you’ll like this “new and improved” Instant Pot Cheat Sheet, so make sure to download it using the links at the bottom of this post!
But before we get to the downloads, I wanted to explain a little bit about what is new in the updated version of my Instant Pot “Cheat Sheet.”
What’s New? – 3 Updates To My Instant Pot Cheat Sheet
1. Pressure Release Designations
One addition I made was to add helpful symbols in the upper-right corner of each box. These symbols designate which pressure release method to use after cooking for each item.
The stopwatch symbol indicates you should use the Quick Release method. Just turn the pressure release handle to quickly depressurize the pot.
The steam symbol indicates you should use the Natural Release method. After cooking, leave the pot alone to allow the pressure to escape naturally, until the valve drops and the lid unlocks.
The number 10 symbol indicates that you should use a combination of both pressure release methods. Just allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then turn the pressure release handle to release the remaining pressure in the pot.
2. Sauté Designation
Another addition I made was to add a designation for which foods should be sautéed before pressure cooking. You’ll find this designation in the form of a fire symbol in the lower-left corner of each box.
The “Sauté” function on your Instant Pot is really useful, and it’s an easy way to add a deeper, more savory flavor to meat! Just add some oil to the pot, sear your meat on all sides, then add your liquid and cook with the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” functions.
3. Cooking From Frozen
In this version of my cheat sheet, I added a note about how to adjust your cook time when cooking from frozen. A good rule of thumb is to add 1-3 minutes to your cook time if you’re using frozen food instead of thawing first. When using frozen food, your Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure, which is why you won’t need to add very much additional cooking time.
Add 1 minute to your cook time if you’re cooking a relatively small amount of frozen food, like a couple of chicken breasts. Add 2 minutes if you’re cooking a moderate amount of food, like a roast, and add 3 minutes for large quantities of food.