Instant Pot IP-LUX User Manual English

Instant Pot IP-LUX User Manual English
Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker
User Manual
Model: IP-LUX60 V3
July 2016
(Pictures in the manual are for reference only. Please refer to the actual product.)
Thank you for purchasing the multi-functional Instant Pot®. Please read the User Manual
carefully before use and keep it in a convenient place for future reference.
Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ........................................................................................... 3
Special Cord Set Instructions ................................................................................... 4
Product Introduction.................................................................................................... 4
Product Features ..................................................................................................... 5
Specifications ........................................................................................................... 5
Product Accessories Included.................................................................................. 6
Product Accessories for Purchase ........................................................................... 7
Before the First Use ..................................................................................................... 8
Removing and Installing the Anti-Block Shield ........................................................ 8
Removing and Installing the Sealing Ring ............................................................... 8
Safe Lid Opening...................................................................................................... 9
Cooking Preparation ................................................................................................ 9
Controls and States of the Cooker ............................................................................... 11
Control Panel ........................................................................................................... 11
States of the Cooker ................................................................................................ 12
Operation Keys ........................................................................................................ 12
Function Keys .......................................................................................................... 12
Cooking with Your Instant Pot® .................................................................................... 14
Initial Test Run ........................................................................................................ 14
Pressure Cooking ..................................................................................................... 14
Slow Cooking ........................................................................................................... 16
Delay Start ............................................................................................................... 16
Sautéing .................................................................................................................. 17
Warming .................................................................................................................. 17
Advanced Operations .............................................................................................. 17
Care and Maintenance ................................................................................................. 18
Cleaning .................................................................................................................. 18
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................................... 18
Limited Warranty ......................................................................................................... 21
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
Your Instant Pot® cooks with pressure. When using pressure cookers, basic safety
precautions should always be followed.
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
1. Do not touch hot surfaces of pressure cooker. Use handles only.
2. This appliance should not be used near children or by individuals with disabilities or
limited knowledge in using pressure cookers.
3. Do not place the pressure cooker in a heated oven or any hot surfaces.
4. Extreme caution must be used when moving a pressure cooker containing hot liquids.
5. Do not use pressure cooker for other than intended use.
6. For Household use only. Not for outdoor use if unattended.
7. This appliance cooks under pressure. Improper use may result in scalding injuries. Make
certain the unit is properly closed before operating. Please see “Cooking Preparation”.
8. Do not fill the unit over 2/3 full. When cooking foods that expand during cooking such as
grains, beans, and dried vegetables, do not fill the unit over 1/2 full. Overfilling may cause a
risk of clogging the pressure release valve and developing excess pressure. Please see
“Cooking Preparation”.
9. Be aware that certain foods, such as applesauce, cranberries, pearl barley, oatmeal and
other cereals, split peas, noodles, macaroni, rhubarb, and spaghetti can foam, froth, sputter,
and clog the pressure release. These food items should not be cooked in a pressure cooker.
10. Always check the pressure release valve, float valve and anti-block shield for clogging
before use.
11.Make sure the pressure release handle is in the sealing position for all the pressure
cooking programs.
12. Do not open the pressure cooker until the unit has cooled and all internal pressure has
been released. If the handles are difficult to push apart, this indicates that the cooker is still
pressurized – do not force it open. Any pressure in the cooker can be hazardous. Please see
“Cooking Preparation”.
13. Never deep fry or pressure fry in the unit with oil.
14. To protect against electrical shock, do not immerse the cord, power plug, or appliance in
any liquid.
15. Unplug from power outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow the unit to cool
before putting on or taking off parts, and before cleaning. To disconnect, turn any control to
"off", then remove plug from the wall outlet.
16. Do not operate any appliance with damaged cord or plug, or after the appliance
malfunctions or has been damaged in any manner.
17. Use of accessories and parts that are not recommended by Instant Pot® may cause
damages. Cook only in the stainless steel inner cooking pot provided.
18.Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
19.Do not use this product in any electrical systems other than the North American electrical
systems with voltage: 110-120V~/60Hz.
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Special Cord Set Instructions
For safety reasons, the power supply cord is designed to be short to minimize the possibility of
entanglement or tripping. If an extension cord is used, the electrical rating of the cord must be at
least 12 amps and 120 volts. The extension cord must be arranged so that it will not drape over
the edge of a table or counter where it can be pulled by children or tripped over accidentally.
This appliance has a polarized plug (one prong is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of
electric shock, this plug is intended to fit into a polarized outlet in only one way. If the plug does
not fit fully into the outlet, flip the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not
attempt to modify the plug in any way.
Product Introduction
Instant Pot® is a convenient, kitchen-friendly time and space saver. It is a 6-in-1 multi-function
cooker combining the benefits of a Pressure Cooker, Sauté Pan, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer,
and Food Warmer. Its 10 micro-processor controlled intelligent programs make your everyday
cooking as easy as pressing a button. It helps you conserve energy by saving up to 70% of energy
comparing with conventional cooking. In most cases, your Instant Pot® reduces the cooking time
by 70%, and preserves more vitamins and minerals in the food ingredients.
Instant Pot® has earned the entrusted UL certification by going through the rigorous UL lab
testing. The product has been designed to avoid the common user errors and safety hazards of
conventional stove-top pressure cookers through the use of 10 proven safety mechanisms and
patented technologies. These include: 1) safety lid lock, 2) pressure regulator, 3) leaky lid smart
detection, 4) anti-blockage vent, 5) magnetic sensor for lid position detection, 6) auto pressure
control, 7) excess pressure protection, 8) auto temperature control, 9) high temperature
monitoring, and 10) power fuse cut off.
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Product Features

High safety standards: 10 safety mechanisms and UL safety certification. Please visit
www.InstantPot.com for detailed information.

Multi-functional: Braising, pressure cooking, stewing, steaming, simmering, slow
cooking, sautéing/browning, cake baking, and keeping warm.

10 built-in, convenient cooking programs: Simply press one of the function keys to start
cooking. The microprocessor inside the cooker does your job to control the time, cooking
pressure and temperature.

Clean and pleasant to use: Instant Pot® produces very little heat, noise and leaks almost
no steam. This preserves all the aromas, moisture and flavors in the food, and not in your
kitchen.

Up to 24-hour delay start cooking: Long 24-hour timer. Perfect for meal planning.

Up to 240 minutes of manual selection of cooking time.

Auto keep warm: After cooking, the keep-warm function starts automatically for 10
hours.

Dishwasher safe stainless steel inner pot, lid and steam rack.
Specifications

Working pressure: High 10.2 - 11.6psi (70 ~ 80kPa)

Pressure release pressure limit: 15.22psi (105kPa)

Working temperature: 115°C - 118°C (239°F ~ 244°F)

“Keep warm” function: up to 10 hours, 63 - 78°C (145 ~ 172°F);

“Slow Cook” function: 0.5-20 hours, temperatures adjusted as: Normal mode: 87.8-93°C /
190-200°F; More mode: 93-99°C / 200-210°F; Less mode: 82-87.8°C / 180-190°F

“Sauté” function: Normal mode: 160 -176°C (320 -349°F); More mode: 175 - 210°C (347 410°F); Less mode: 135 -150°C (275 -302°F).

Please note that beeping is always ON in all error conditions.
Model
IP-LUX60
V3
Accessories
Power
Supply
Rated
Power
Volume
Inner Pot Size
Weight
Dimension
16x22x24 cm
33x31x32 cm
6.61kg
6.3x8.66x9.45
13x12.2x12.6
(14.57lb)
inch
inch
Rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, steam rack, manual and recipe book
120V~
60Hz
1000W
6 quart
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Product Accessories Included
Accessories Included
Images
Descriptions
 3-ply bottom for even heating
 Food grade 304 (18/8) stainless
steel
 Mirror-polished surface for
easy cleaning
 Dishwasher safe
Stainless Steel Inner Pot
 Durable food safe silicone
passing FDA standards
 Dishwasher safe
 Replace every 18-24 months or
when deformation is noticed
Sealing Ring
Stainless Steel Trivet
 Stainless steel trivet to elevate
food from water for steaming
program
Rice Paddle
 Rice paddle for scooping out
rice or food content
 Stands up straight and lays flat
 Soup spoon for transferring
soup/broth
 Handle hooks onto inner pot
rim
Soup Spoon
 Measuring cup for measuring
quantity of food ingredients
such as rice, multi-grains, etc.
Measuring Cup
Please note that these accessories may discontinue and new accessories may become
available. For additional purchases, replacements or the latest accessories collection, please
visit the Instant Pot website at: www.instantpot.com/store
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Product Accessories for Purchase
Accessories for
Purchase
Tempered Glass
Lid
Silicone Mini Mitt
Silicone Cover
Stainless Steel
Steam Rack with
Handle
Images
Descriptions
 9-inch diameter fits most electric pressure
cooker inserts
 Professional grade tempered glass with
steam release vent and stainless steel rim
 Colorless glass for clear viewing
 Dishwasher safe




Food grade silicone passing FDA standards
Dishwasher safe
Ridged gripping surface, non-stick
Comfortable and easy to put on
 Creates air-tight and water-tight seal on the
Instant Pot® stainless steel inner pot
 Dishwasher safe
 Food safe silicone passing FDA standards
 Stainless steel steam rack to elevate food
content from water for steaming program
 Handle designed for easy transferring of
steam rack into and out of inner pot
Please note that these accessories may discontinue and new accessories may become
available. For additional purchases, replacements or the latest accessories collection, please
visit the Instant Pot website at: www.instantpot.com/store
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Before the First Use
Before the first use, please take out all accessories from the package and read this manual
carefully. Please pay particular attention to operational instructions and cautions to avoid any
injury or property damage. Please wash the inside of the lid and the inner pot with warm soapy
water, rinse, and dry thoroughly. Clean the outside of the cooker base with a clean damp cloth.
Never immerse the cooker base in water or any other liquid. Never clean the cooker base in the
dishwasher. The lid and sealing ring can be washed in dishwasher from time to time. Make sure
water is fully drained after washing. Inspect the lid to ensure that there is no food debris blocking
the valves.
Removing and Installing the Anti-Block Shield
The anti-block shield can
be removed by pushing it
on the side and outward.
To install the anti-block
shield, position it in place
and press it down.
Removing and Installing the Sealing Ring
The sealing ring can be removed by
pulling it outward, section by section,
from the sealing ring rack. To reinstall
the sealing ring, press it down into
the rack section by section. The
sealing ring can be installed with
either side facing up.
Please note the following:

Prior to each use, inspect to make sure the sealing ring is well seated in the sealing ring
rack and the anti-block shield is mounted properly on the pressure release valve. A
properly seated sealing ring can be shifted, with a bit of effort, clockwise or anti-clockwise
inside the sealing ring rack.

After use, remove any food debris from the sealing ring and anti-block shield.

Keep the sealing ring clean to avoid odor. Washing the sealing ring in warm soapy water or
dishwasher can remove odor. However, it is normal for the sealing ring to absorb the smell
of certain acidic foods. It is recommended to have more than one sealing ring at home.
You can purchase additional sealing rings from www.InstantPot.com.

Never pull the sealing ring by force, as the force may cause deformation of the sealing ring
and sealing ring rack to affect its function in sealing the pressure.

A sealing ring with cracks, cuts, or other damages should be replaced immediately.
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Safe Lid Opening
1. Make sure the pressure cooking program is complete or press “Keep-Warm/Cancel” to
terminate the program.
2. Release pressure by one of the following approaches:
Quick Release:
 Turn the pressure release handle to the "Venting" position to let out steam until the float
valve drops down.
Caution:
 Please keep hands and face away from the opening on the top of the pressure release
handle when using Quick Release. The escaping steam is hot and can cause scalding.
 Never pull out the pressure release handle when it is letting out steam.
 Please be aware that Quick Release is not suitable for food with large liquid volume or
high starch content (e.g. porridge, congee, sticky liquids, soup, etc.). Food content may
splatter out from the pressure release. Use Natural Release instead.
Natural Release:
 Allow the cooker to cool down naturally until the float valve drops down. This may take 10
to 15 minutes or even longer, depending on the amount of food inside. After cooking is
finished, the cooker will be in Keep Warm mode.
 Place a wet towel on the lid to speed up cooling.
3. Open the lid: Hold the lid handle, turn the lid counterclockwise to the open position, and lift
the lid up to open. To avoid vacuum suction on the lid, turn the pressure release to “Venting”
position to let in air when lifting the lid.
 Caution: Do not open the lid until pressure inside the pot is completely released. As a
safety feature, the lid is locked and won’t open until the float valve drops down.
 If the float valve is stuck due to food debris or sticky liquid, you can push it down with a
pen or chopstick after you are certain that the pressure has been released completely by
moving the pressure release handle to the venting position.
 To avoid personal injuries, never attempt to force down the float valve to open the lid. DO
NOT open the lid until after the pressure is completely released naturally or manually by
opening the pressure release valve.
Cooking Preparation
1. Open the lid
Pick up the lid handle, rotate approximately 30 degrees counterclockwise until the “
mark on the lid is aligned with the “
“ mark on the cooker base rim.
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“
2. Check whether all parts on the lid are assembled properly
Check the float valve and pressure release valve for obstructions. Make sure that the sealing
ring is well seated inside its holding rack. The anti-block shield is installed properly and the
float valve can move up and down easily.
3. Remove the inner pot, and put in food and liquid
The total amount of food and water should NEVER exceed the
maximum level marking of the inner pot. It is recommended
that you do not fill the unit to over 2/3 full. When cooking food
that expands during cooking such as rice, beans or dried
vegetables, do not fill the unit to over 1/2 full. Over filling may
risk clogging the pressure release and developing excess
pressure. This may also cause leakage or damage to the unit.
4. Place the inner pot inside the cooker base
Be sure to remove any foreign objects. Wipe dry the outside of the inner pot and the heating
plate inside the cooker base.
After putting the inner pot inside the cooker base, rotate the inner pot slightly to ensure
good contact between the inner pot and the heating element.
5. Close the lid completely
Hold the lid handle and put the lid on the cooker, with the “
“ mark on the lid and the
“
“ OPEN mark on the cooker base rim aligned. Rotate the lid clockwise approximately 30
degrees until the “
“ mark on the lid is aligned with the “
“ CLOSE mark on the cooker
base rim.
Instant Pot® has a safety feature to disable the cooker and the display will flash "Lid" if the lid
is not positioned correctly. When using "Soup/Broth", "Meat/Stew", "Steam", "Egg", "Rice",
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"Multigrain", “Cake” and "Porridge" programs, the lid should be fully closed. When using
"Sauté", the lid should be open. "Keep Warm" and “Slow Cook” programs work with the lid
either open or closed.
6. Position the pressure release handle properly
Please note that it is perfectly normal and
necessary for the pressure release handle
to be loose. It works by weight and simply
rests on top of the pressure release outlet.
It can also be removed for washing if
necessary by pulling it straight out.
When running any of the programs except
"Keep-Warm", "Sauté" or "Slow Cook",
align the pointed end of the pressure
release handle to "Sealing" position, indicating that the pressure cooker is in the sealed
position.
The "Sauté" function must be used without the lid. The "Slow Cook" and “Keep-Warm”
functions can operate with or without the lid, or use an optional glass lid available at
www.InstantPot.com.
Caution: When the lid is closed while initiating the “Keep Warm” or “Slow Cook” programs,
the pressure release valve must be in the ‘Venting’ position.
Controls and States of the Cooker
Control Panel
The control panel of your Instant Pot® consists of a LED display, 3 mode indicators, 3 operation
keys and 12 function keys. Each function key has a function indicator light. Operation keys do not
have indicator lights.
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States of the Cooker
Your Instant Pot® has 3 states
which are shown on the LED display
and function indicators.
 Standby state: the LED
display shows “OFF”.
 Pre-heating state: the LED
display shows “On” and the
activated function indicator
lights up.
 Program operating state:
the activated function indicator lights up and the LED display shows time. For pressure
cooking, slow cooking and delay start functions, the time counts down. For “Keep Warm”,
the time counts up.
Operation Keys
The 3 operation keys include “+”, “-“, and “Adjust” keys. The “+” and “-“ are used to change the
time value.
The "Adjust" key can make 3 types of adjustments:
1.
Changing the pressure keeping time for pressure cooking functions, except "Manual"
and "Rice" functions. "Rice" is fully automatic.
2.
Changing the temperature of "Slow Cook" and "Sauté".
Function Keys
The most important key is “Keep Warm/Cancel”. When
Instant Pot® is being programmed or in operation,
pressing this key will cancel the program and return
the cooker to standby state. When the cooker is in
standby state, pressing this key activates the keepwarm program.
The “Soup/Broth” key is for making various soups and
broth. You can use the “Adjust” key to select a
shorter or longer cooking time, depending on the
desired cooking result. Instant Pot® controls the
pressure and temperature to a level that the liquid
never goes into a heavy boiling state. For example,
when making chicken broth with the "Soup/Broth"
function, the broth is clear and the chicken remains
intact after cooking. If you need the food content to
be fully broken down, please stir and mix the soup
before serving.
The “Meat/Stew” key is for cooking meat and stew. The
“Adjust” key can be used to change the cooking time to achieve the desired meat texture. In
general, the "More" setting is for fall-of-the-bone cooking results.
The “Cake” key is a general setting for baking various types of cakes such as New York style
cheesecakes, banana breads, sponge cakes, etc. The ’More’ setting is for baking dense cakes
like New York style cheesecakes, the ‘Normal’ setting is for baking medium density cakes like
banana bread, whereas the ‘Less’ setting is for baking light, airy cakes like sponge cakes. Users
can also press the ‘+’ or ‘-’ key to set customized baking times for different recipes.
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Warning: the stainless steel inner pot is not ideal for baking. For best results, use a ceramic
inner pot that is available as an Instant Pot® accessory, or line the interior bottom of the
stainless steel inner pot with parchment paper.
The “Egg” key is programmed to cook eggs with the results of boiled eggs. You can use the “+” or
“-” key to adjust for less or more cooking time to account for different egg sizes, and also
select your desired texture such as using the ‘Less’ mode for soft boiled, ‘Normal’ mode for
medium boiled, and ‘More’ mode for hard boiled.
The "Sauté" key is used for open lid sautéing, browning or simmering inside the inner pot.
"Adjust" can be used to change the operating temperature in 3 modes. Please see the
“Sautéing” section for details.
The “Rice” key is a fully automated smart program for cooking regular rice or parboiled rice. The
cooking time is adjusted automatically depending on the amount of rice. To cook 2 cups of
rice, it takes about 10 minute pressure keeping time; for 3~5 cups of rice, it takes about 12
minute pressure keeping time; more cups will take longer time accordingly. Total cooking time
is not displayed, whereas the pressure keeping time will be shown when working pressure is
reached. The “Adjust” key has no effect on this program. Please note: You can cook as little as
one cup of rice with the correct ratio of water.
The "Multigrain" key is a program to cook mixed grains of wild rice, hard brown rice, mung beans,
etc. There are three “Adjust” options for multigrain rice cooking. The "Normal" setting has 40
minutes of pressure cooking time. The "Less" setting has 20 minutes of pressure cooking time.
The "More" setting has 45 minutes of warm water soaking time and 60 minutes of pressure
cooking time. The "More" setting is suitable for harder grains such as dry split corn.
The “Porridge” key is to make porridge of various grains. You can use the “Adjust” key to select a
cooking time. The “Normal” setting is for rice porridge. For a mixture of various grains and
beans, please choose the "More" setting. Stir the Porridge before serving. Please note, after
the “Porridge” program is finished, do NOT put pressure release handle in the venting
position, otherwise the porridge will splatter out the pressure release. Please use Natural
Release.
The “Steam” key is designed for steaming purposes. You can steam vegetables, seafood or reheat
food with the steam rack provided. When steaming vegetables and seafood, please note that
using the “Natural Release” method for releasing steam will likely overcook the food. You will
need to use the ‘Quick Release’ method to release the pressure as soon as the cooking time
has reached.
Using 1~2 cups (160ml) of water is sufficient for steaming fresh and frozen vegetables, with
1~2 minute pressure keeping time. Please use the “+” or “-“ key to change the steaming time.
Please note that unlike other pressure cooking functions, the “Steam” function heats at full
power continuously. This may burn food that is in direct contact with the bottom of the inner
pot. Please use the trivet provided to elevate food above the water. Use a metal basket or
(oven safe) glass/ceramic container that fits into the inner pot to contain the food.
The “Manual” key allows manual setting of cooking time. The time set in this mode is pressure
cooking time which will begin to count down when working pressure is reached. The
maximum pressure cooking time is 240 minutes.
The “Slow Cook" key allows you to use your Instant Pot® as a conventional slow cooker. The user
can change the cooking time by pressing the "+" or "-" key to set the cooking time from 0.5 to
20 hours. The "Adjust" key allows the user to adjust the level of heating as in traditional slow
cookers. Please see the “Slow Cooking” section for its usage.
The “Delay Start” key is for delayed cooking. To start delayed cooking, first select the desired
cooking function (all program functions except “Sauté”), and then press the “Delay Start” key.
Use “+” and “-“ to set the delayed hours. Press "Delay Start" key again to change the minutes.
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The time you are setting is the delayed time before the program starts. Please allow
sufficient cooking time and cooling down time before serving. The time delay can be adjusted
with the “+” or “-“ key for up to 24 hours. Please see the “Delayed Cooking with Delay Start”
section for details.
Cooking with Your Instant Pot®
Initial Test Run
In order to familiarize yourself with the Instant Pot® and start
cooking with your favourite recipe, it is highly recommended
for first time users to do a test run. This test run will help you
become familiar with Instant Pot®, make sure the unit is free
of residues from the manufacturing process, and indicate
whether your unit is working properly. This optional, but
recommended, test run will complete in about 15 minutes.
1. Make sure the pressure release handle and float valve are unobstructed and clean, and that
the sealing ring is properly inserted.
2. Place the inner pot in the cooker base and add water to the “3” mark in the inner pot.
3. Close the lid. Make sure that the pressure release handle is pointing to the "Sealing" mark on
the lid.
4. Press the "Steam" button, and press the “-“ button to change the time to 2 minutes.
5. In 10 seconds, your Instant Pot® will go into the preheating cycle (display showing “On”).
Within a few minutes, steam will release for a minute or two until the Float Valve pops up to
seal the cooker. Once working pressure is reached, which may take a few minutes or up to 10
-13 minutes, the countdown timer will begin. When the countdown is finished, the Instant
Pot® will beep and automatically switch into the “Keep Warm” mode.
The test is now complete. Press the “Keep-Warm/Cancel” button and/or unplug the unit. Once the
pot cools down, you can open it and are ready to try your
favorite recipes.
Pressure Cooking
The following procedure is for "Soup/Broth", "Meat/Stew",
"Steam", "Cake", "Egg", “Rice”, "Multigrain", "Porridge",
and “Manual” functions.
1. Follow steps in the "Cooking Preparation" section of
this manual.
2. Connect the cooker to the power outlet. The LED display
shows “OFF” indicating that it’s in standby state.
3. Select a cooking function, e.g. “Soup/Broth”. Once a
function key is pressed, its indicator lights up.
 Within 10 seconds after pressing a function key,
you can still select any other function keys and
adjust cooking time.
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4. Select cooking time.
 You may use the "Adjust" key (except the “Manual”
and “Rice” functions) to adjust cooking time. Press
the "Adjust" key repeatedly to change between
“Normal”, “More" and “Less" modes which will light
up on the display.
 If necessary, change the cooking time with “+” and ““. Press and hold the “+” or “-“ key for faster changes.
 The built-in cooking time is suitable for most type of
food. Please use the cooking time table in the recipe
book to determine the appropriate cooking time
based on the food type, the quantity of food and your texture preference.
5. Cooking starts automatically in 10 seconds after the last key press.
 Three audible beeps will sound to indicate the cooking process has begun. The LED
display shows "On" indicating that the pre-heating state is in progress. Please note:
depending on the food content, the quantity and its temperature (frozen or not), the
preheat cycle may vary from 10 to 40 minutes.
 As the pressure increases inside the cooker, it is perfectly normal for traces of steam to
escape from the float valve until the float valve pops up.
 Once the cooker reaches working pressure, the LED display changes from “On" to the
programmed cooking time. The cooking time counts down to indicate the remaining
time in minutes. During this pressurized state, you should not see any steam leaking out
anywhere from the lid. However, from time to time, you may see a small amount of
steam coming out from the pressure release handle. This is perfectly normal.
 During the cooking operation, the cooker may make soft clicking sounds. This comes
from the normal operation of the heating element switching on and off.
 At any time, you can cancel the cooking program in progress and return to standby
mode by pressing the “Keep-Warm/Cancel” key.
6. When the pressure cooking cycle finishes, the cooker
beeps and automatically goes into the "Keep Warm" cycle,
called Auto “Keep Warm” Cycle. The LED display shows an
“L” on the first digit, such as "L0:02", to indicate the “Keep
Warm” cycle and time duration. The clock counts up for 10
hours. If the 10 hour Auto “Keep Warm” cycle finishes, the
cooker goes into standby state.
 It is not recommended to leave cooked rice in “KeepWarm” state for too long as it may affect the texture
of the rice.
7. To serve food, press “Keep-Warm/Cancel” to stop the
keep-warm cycle and open the lid according to the “Safe Lid Opening” section of this manual.
 When opening the lid, the inner pot may be suctioned to the lid due to vacuum effect
caused by contraction of cooling air. Please turn the pressure release handle to
“Venting” to let in air to release the vacuum.
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Slow Cooking
1. Follow steps in the "Cooking Preparation" section of this
manual. The pressure release handle should be at the
"Venting" positions. An optional glass lid can also be used.
2. Connect the cooker to the power outlet. The LED display
shows “OFF” indicating that it’s in standby state.
3. Press “Slow Cook” key.
4. Change cooking time between 0.5 and 20 hours by
pressing the "+" or "-" key.
5. Select the desired cooking mode with the “Adjust” key. By
pushing the "Adjust" key repeatedly, you can adjust the cooking mode to “Normal”, “More”
and “Less” settings, which correspond to medium, high and low in a conventional slow
cooker.
6. Cooking starts automatically in 10 seconds after the last key is pressed.
7. When the cooking finishes, the cooker beeps and goes into the Auto "Keep Warm" cycle for
10 hours.
Delay Start
Your Instant Pot® has a delay start function to delay the start of
cooking for up to 24 hours. The “Delay Start” function does not
apply to the “Keep Warm”, and "Sauté" functions. The following
shows how to program for delayed cooking with “Delay Start”.
1. Follow steps in the previous “Pressure Cooking” and “Slow
Cooking” sections to set a cooking program.
2. Within 10 seconds after program selection, press the
“Delay Start” key to set the hours and minutes to be
delayed. Use “+” and “-“ to set the delayed hours. Press
"Delay Start" key again to change the minutes. The time is
the delayed time before the program starts. Please allow
sufficient cooking time and cooling down time before
serving.
3. 10 seconds after last key press, the “Delay Start” function starts, the time on LED display
counts down, and the flashing green indicator on the “Delay Start” key changes to solid
green.
4. To cancel the Delay Start program, press the “Keep-Warm/Cancel” key at any time.
5. Your Instant Pot® starts cooking when the delay timer counts down to 0. After cooking, the
cooker will enter the Auto “Keep Warm” cycle for 10 hours. Please Note:
 We highly discourage using the “Delay Start” function for cooking easily perishable foods,
such as meat and fish, which may spoil when left at room temperature for hours. Cooked
rice may yield overly soft texture due to long soaking time. It may also cause a layer of
burned rice at the bottom of the pot if it is left in Keep-Warm mode for too long.
 The “Delay Start” function is not recommended for porridge, oatmeal or other frothy,
sticky foods due to the possibility of the float valves getting blocked and causing
overflow of food content. The Instant Pot® should not be left unattended during the
preheat cycle. Since the ‘Delay Start’ function implies leaving the unit unattended, it is
strongly recommended to not use the “Delay Start” program for the types of food
mentioned above.
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Sautéing
1. Follow steps in the "Cooking Preparation" section of this
manual. Keep the lid open to avoid pressure from building
up inside the cooker. An optional glass lid can be used.
2. Connect the cooker to the power outlet. The LED display
shows “OFF” indicating that it’s in standby state.
3. Press “Sauté” key. For safety reasons, the maximum
operation time of one “Sauté” cycle is 30 minutes.
4. Change the cooking temperature to “Normal”, “More” and
“Less” modes with the “Adjust” key. The "Normal" mode is
suited for regular sauté or pan searing. The "More" mode is
for stir-frying or browning meat at higher temperature. The
"Less" mode is suitable for simmering, reducing juices or
thickening sauces. To avoid pressure build-up, the lid
should not be closed. If you accidentally close the lid,
flashing "Lid" will be displayed to warn about the wrong lid
position.
Caution: partially closing the lid during sautéing could
cause pressure to build up in the cooker. This can be
hazardous.
5. Heating starts automatically in 10 seconds after the last key
is pressed. The “Sauté” program can be cancelled at any
time by pressing “Keep Warm/Cancel” key.
6. When the desired temperature is reached, the LED display shows “Hot”.
7. When cooking finishes, the cooker beeps and goes to the standby state. If you need more
time, simply press the “Sauté” key again.
Warming
Pressing the “Keep-Warm/Cancel” key in the standby state activates the “Keep Warm” function.
When “Keep Warm” function starts, the time counts up by minutes for up to 10 hours. The "Keep
Warm" function can be used with or without the lid closed. You can also use an optional glass lid
for this function. When the 10-hour limit is up, the cooker beeps and goes to the standby state.
Advanced Operations
1. Auto keep warm ON/OFF: In factory setting, ‘Auto Keep Warm’ is ON when a cooking
program button is pressed. ‘Auto Keep Warm’ can be turned ON and OFF by a second press
on the same cooking program button before the cooking program starts. During this period,
the Keep Warm button indicator displays ON or OFF accordingly.
2. Audible beeping ON/OFF: In factory setting, beeping is ON. To turn beeping OFF, press and
hold the “-” button for 3 seconds. The display will show “ S ON” to indicate “Sound ON”.
3. Memorizing the last used program settings per cooking program button: The previously used
cooking settings, including time, pressure and temperature are stored once the custom
settings are defined, even after the Instant Pot® cooker is unplugged from power source. To
reset to factory default settings, press and hold the “Adjust” button for 3 seconds when the
Instant Pot® cooker is in the OFF mode.
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Care and Maintenance
Regular care and maintenance are essential to ensuring that this product is safe for use. If any of
the following circumstances happen, please stop using the appliance immediately and contact the
Instant Pot customer care team.

Power cord and plug appear worn out, deformed, discoloured or damaged.

A portion of power cord or the plug gets hotter than usual.

The cooker heats abnormally or emits a burnt smell.

When powered on, there are unusual sounds or vibrations.
If there is dust or dirt on the plug or socket, please remove the dust or dirt with a dry cloth.
Cleaning
Caution: please make sure the appliance is cooled down and unplugged before cleaning.
1.
Clean the product after each use. Wipe the cooker’s inner black rim and water collecting duct
with a dry cloth.
2.
Remove the lid and take out the inner pot, wash with detergent, rinse with water and then
wipe dry with a soft cloth. The stainless steel inner pot and lid are dishwasher safe, but
ensure that water is fully drained from the lid cavity after each wash.
3.
Use water to clean the lid, including the sealing ring (which can be removed), pressure release
valve, anti-block shield, and wipe them clean with a soft dry cloth. Do not take apart the
pressure release handle assembly.
4.
Clean the cooker base with clean damp cloth. Do not immerse the cooker base in water. Do
not use a wet cloth to clean the pot while the power cord is plugged into the power outlet.
Troubleshooting
If you experience any problem with the appliance, please DO NOT return the product to the
retail store or online merchant. For technical assistance and product return information, please:

Create a support ticket at www.InstantPot.com/support/

Email to support@instantpot.com

Or call 1800 828-7280 for the Instant Pot® customer support team
The cases in the following tables do not always indicate a faulty cooker. Please examine the cooker
carefully before contacting the Instant Pot® customer support team for repair. You can also find
tips, videos and FAQs on www.InstantPot.com/faq/
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Troubleshooting Table
Problem
1
Difficult to close the lid
Difficult to open the lid
4
Steam leaks from the
side of the lid
Steam leaks from float
valve for over 2
minutes
5
Float valve unable to
rise
6
Steam comes out from
6 pressure release
the
valve non-stop
7
Sealing ring not installed
properly
Float valve in the popped-up
position
Pressure exists inside the
cooker
2
3
Possible Reason
7
Display
flashes “Lid”
Solution
Position the sealing ring well
Slightly press the float valve
downward
Position the pressure release
valve to the venting position
to reduce the internal pressure. Open the lid after the
pressure is completely
released.
Float valve stuck at the
popped-up position
Press the float valve lightly
with a pen or chopstick.
No sealing ring
Install the sealing ring
Sealing ring damaged
Replace the sealing ring
Food debris attached to the
sealing ring
Clean the sealing ring
Lid not closed properly
Open then close the lid again
Food debris on the float valve
silicone seal
Float valve silicone ring wornout
Too little food or water in
inner pot
Clean the float valve silicone
seal
Replace the float valve silicone
ring
Add water according to the
recipe
Float valve obstructed by the
lid locking pin
Close the lid completely, see
“Cooking Preparation” section
Pressure release handle not
in sealing position
Turn the pressure release
handle to the sealing position
Pressure control fails
Contact support online
Lid is not in the correct position for the selected program
Close the lid for pressure
cooking or open the lid for
sautéing
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Troubleshooting Table (Continued)
Problem
Display remains
9blank after con8
necting the power
cord
C1
code
C2
code
9
All LEDs
flash with
a code
appearing
on screen
C5
code
C6
code
Possible Reason
Bad power connection or no
power.
Cooker’s electrical fuse has
blown
Faulty temperature sensor
(cannot be detected)
Faulty temperature sensor
(short circuited)
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12
13
Contact support online
Contact support online
Contact support online
Temperature is too high
because inner pot is not
placed into the cooker base
Insert the inner pot properly
Temperature is too high
because there is no water in
inner pot
Put food and water in the
inner pot
Faulty pressure sensor
Contact support online
Too little water
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Solution
Inspect the power cord to
ensure a good connection,
check the power outlet is
active.
Adjust dry rice and water
ratio according to recipe
After cooking cycle
completes, leave the cover
on for 5 more minutes
Adjust dry rice and water
ratio according to recipe
Rice half cooked or
too hard
Cover opened prematurely
Rice too soft
Too much water
Intermittent beeping
after the cooker
starts for a while
Indication of overheating. The
cooker has reduced the
heating temperature, and may
not reach cooking pressure
Starch deposits at the bottom
of the inner pot might have
clogged heat dissipation. Stop
the cooker and inspect the
bottom of the inner pot
Occasional ticking or
light cracking sound
The normal sound of power
switching and expanding
pressure board when changing
temperature
Nothing to be worried about
Bottom of the inner pot is wet.
Wipe bottom of the inner pot
dry before cooking
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Limited Warranty
Instant Pot Company (the “IPC”) warrants this appliance to be free from defects in workmanship
and material, under normal residential use, for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase.
This warranty extends only to the original purchaser and use in USA and Canada. A purchase
receipt, purchase order number or other proof of date of original purchase is required before
warranty service is performed. IPC’s obligation under this warranty is limited to replacing or
repairing, or assisting in the repair at IPC’s option. All repairs for which warranty claims are made
must be pre-authorized by IPC.
This appliance comes equipped with many safety features. Any attempt to interfere with their
operation may result in serious injury/damages and void this warranty. No warranty service will be
provided to any appliance that has been tampered with, unless directed by an IPC representative.
This warranty does not cover normal wear of parts or damage resulting from negligent use or
misuse of the appliance, use contrary to the operating instructions, failure to provide reasonable
and necessary maintenance, or disassembly, repair or alteration by anyone unless directed by an
Instant Pot Representative. This warranty does not cover units that are used outside of US and
Canada. Further, the warranty does not cover damage resulting from Acts of God, such as fire,
flood, hurricanes and tornadoes. IPC is not responsible for shipping cost for warranty service.
Limitation and Exclusions
To the extent permitted by applicable law, the liability of IPC, if any, for any allegedly defective
appliance or part shall be limited to repair or replacement of the appliance or part and shall not
exceed the purchase price of a comparable replacement appliance or part. THE PROVISIONS OF
THIS WARRANTY ARE YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT(S)
COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE APPLIANCES(S)
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED.
IPC is not responsible or liable for indirect, special or consequential damages arising out of or in
connection with the use or performance of the appliance or damages with respect to any
economic loss, loss of property, loss of revenues or profits, loss of enjoyment or use, costs of
removal, installation or other consequential damages of whatsoever nature. Some provinces/
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages.
Accordingly, the above limitation may not apply to you.
You the buyer may have other rights and remedies under your state's or province’s applicable
laws, which are in addition to any right or remedy which may be available under this limited
warranty.
Warranty Service
If the appliance should become defective within the warranty period, please contact Instant Pot
Customer Service team by

Create a support ticket at www.InstantPot.com/support/

Email to support@instantpot.com

Or call 1800 828-7280 for Instant Pot customer service representative
To facilitate speedy service, please provide:

Your name, email address or phone number

A copy of the original purchase receipt with order number, the model and serial number

Description of the product defect, pictures or video if possible
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All contents in this document have been checked carefully. Instant Pot Company reserves the right to interpret any printing mistake or misunderstanding
of content.
For any technical improvement or change in appearance or name plate,
changes shall be placed in the revised manual without further notice. In case
of changes in appearance and color, please refer to the actual product for
detailed information.
Standards: UL 1026, Fifth Edition
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.1335.1-93
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.1335.2.15-93
Instant Pot Company
11 - 300 Earl Grey Dr., Suite 383
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K2T 1C1
Telephone: +1 800 828-7280
Fax: +1 (613) 800-0726
Web: http://www.InstantPot.com
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