Other than cleaning the inner pot, it’s hard to know what else you need to be doing to keep your Instant Pot squeaky clean and working properly. For an exhaustive tutorial, read over this article from The Kitchn. Here are my quick tips:
Every time you use your IP:
Every few times you use your IP:
Everyone once and a while:
Quinoa is a relatively quick-cooking grain, but the Instant Pot makes it even faster. It’s also a very hands-off, heat friendly method—I don’t turn on my stove or oven unless I have to in the hot, hot summer. The IP makes quick and easy work of healthy quinoa without heating up my kitchen. Score.
Instant Pot Quinoa
1 cup rinsed and drained quinoa (any color)
1 1/2 cups water or broth
1 teaspoon oil
1 big pinch salt
Combine all ingredients into the Instant Pot and shake the inner pot to level the quinoa and make sure it is all submerged. Secure the lid and cook at high pressure for 1 minute. Use a natural release and fluff with a fork.
Instant Pot has been featuring recipes from my new book, No Pressure, and here they all are in one place! If you like these recipes, consider getting a copy of my new book, which has 100 creative recipes for your Instant Pot.
It’s here! My second book, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, has arrived! It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine cookbooks are sold. Get yourself a copy and tell your friends!
A little about the book: No-Pressure is for Instant Pot enthusiasts who are looking for new and creative recipes. Drawing inspiration from around the world, No-Pressure treats the Instant Pot as a functional part of your kitchen, and uses it to make fun and flavorful dishes.
I’ve been busy getting ready for the release of my new book No Pressure (out on Tuesday!), but I’m still writing here and there! Catch out my latest stuff below.
Black rice (also known as forbidden rice) has come into vogue lately, and for good reason. It has a nice nutty flavor, a toothsome but tender texture, and it’s packed with nutrients. It also looks very, very cool.
Luckily, it’s also very easy to make in a pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot). I have a recipe for Forbidden Rice With Grapefruit and Jalapeno in my new book (out May 1), but until then, here’s the basics of how to cook black rice:
Pressure Cooker Black (Forbidden) Rice
makes about 3 cups
1 cup black rice, rinsed and drained
1 1/4 cup water or broth
1 teaspoon oil
1 pinch salt
For electric pressure cookers: Cook at high pressure for 23 minutes. Use a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.
For stovetop pressure cookers: Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes. Use a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release.