Friday, July 13, 2012

Review of Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker 6.33 qt

I was about to buy myself a new stainless steel rice cooker when I came across the Instant Pot® IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6.33qt, Latest 3rd Generation Technology, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior (wow that's a mouthful) in stainless steel and got that instead. It turned out to one of the best buys I've made in a while!

Perfect fluffy grains of rice from the Instant Pot

What I look for in a rice cooker
  • Stainless steel. NO aluminum.
  • Large capacity - at least 25 cups cooked rice (the Pot is 6.33 quarts or about 25 cups, thusly 10 cups raw rice)
  • Perfect cooked rice 
  • Keep warm function that won't result in 'crusty bottomed rice'
Instant Pot Magic
The Instant Pot does all the above, and more. It also functions as a pressure cooker and steamer. You can even tell it to have dinner ready by say 7 pm, and it will magically produce a dish that makes you seem to have slaved over all day. (just a small exaggeration). But yes, you can throw all ingredients into the pot in the morning before going off to work, and program it to have your chilli, stew, casserole etc ready for dinner and it will automatically do it for you. 

So Far So Awesome
So far the Pot has conjured up chicken-falling-off-the-bone soup in 15 minutes, unbelievably tender and succulent baby back ribs in 30 minutes, and delicious fluffy rice in about 10 minutes.

Ribs in 30 minutes? For Real?
The '30 minutes' really means cook time under pressure, after the Pot has built up sufficient pressure to go into Super Pressure Cook Mode. So the actual total cook time would be the time it takes to heat up to Pressure + number of minutes in Super Pressure Cook Mode. For the baby back ribs, it was an amazing 40 minutes total. Ain't that something? None of my guests believed me, though that didn't stop them from devouring every tender tasty rib. Heck I wouldn't have believed me either, if I hadn't set the Pot timer myself!

Gracie's Verdict
The Instant Pot has met all my 'must-a-haves' in a rice cooker, with the bonus of an incredibly time- and energy-saving pressure cooker, in an easy-to-use design. I'll be sure to update if I find something I don't like about it, but right now I'm in the Honeymoon Phase! *love*

Would love to hear your experiences using the Instant Pot - Like, Love or Blech? :) Leave a comment!

xo Gracie


  1. I've been looking for more Instant Pot recipes and would love if you could post some of your, especially the chicken soup!

    1. Sure thing! Thanks for your comment and stay tuned!

    2. can you give me some pointer on how to cook the rice so that it's fluffy? I have been cooking rice all my life with the electric rice pot but using the instantpot give mushy and sticky rice.

      I am not sure if it's because I am using Korean rice or not

    3. Hi there thanks for your question. If your rice turns out mushy you could try reducing the amount of water. Also, I usually unplug the instant pot once the rice has cooked - I prefer not to use the warming function. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi gracie.. May i know where did u get your instant pot from? I cant seem to find it anywhere.. Looking forward for your reply. :D thx!

    1. Hi ninie, you can click thru the links above (within my blog post) for the instant pot to buy it on amazon. :)


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