This is how to deglaze your Instant Pot & what to do when your Instant Pot shows the burn message! If you’re new to pressure cooking we’ve got tips to help.
I am here to show you how to deglaze your Instant Pot so you can avoid the dreaded burn message from coming on. It may not be burning at all, but you just forgot one step after searing your meat on saute. Then, problem fixed and you can go on to try our 101+ Instant Pot recipes!! (originally published 6/18, affiliate links present)
Let us share these cooking basics with y’all.
I know, this whole pressure cooking thing is overwhelming at first. It was for me!
Once I got the hang of it I wrote about how to use an Instant Pot. Something I wish I had when I started this whole journey.
FIRST – You should sign up for my free newsletter so you get new posts emailed to you twice a week and never miss out on anything! Now let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
- This is a great InstaPot cookbook and a set of wooden utensils are great to grab too.
- I HIGHLY recommend you buy this non stick pot.
- You should still deglaze pressure cooker after sautéing but it won’t have as many issues with this better liner.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.
- I haven’t had this “burn” problem often, but it has when first making my pressure cooker chili verde and it was frustrating.
Don’t be alarmed, it’s usually false….okay unless there is smoke coming out. lol
How to deglaze Instant Pot
I have a video here showing you how it’s done. With a wooden spoon and some liquid it is easy to do. Then you’ll avoid the burn notice and you can continue with your cooking time.
Deglazing means that you’re getting all of the stuck on bits of food pieces off of the bottom. If not it will trigger the BURN message and stop cooking all together.
We will show you how to do it step by step in a video in this post here.
This occurs because the heat sensors sense that it is getting to hot on the bottom of the pot and may burn your food. Sometimes it is incorrect entirely, other times you need to scrape the bottom.
Using a bit of broth or water and a wooden spatula, scrape brown bits of stuck on food off the bottom of the inside of the pressure cooker pot.
After sauteeing meat, turn your pot off so it can begin to cool down before pushing high pressure button. Then remove all food sticking to the bottom.
These steps will help you avoid burning an Instant Pot so cooking will continue and not cease part way thru.
If the recipe calls for broth, I just use about 1/2 a cup of that and do not pour it out. Water works just as well if you want to dump out the contents but quite frankly the bits add flavor to your dish, so leave them.
Watch this quick video showing you how to do it…….
Pretty easy now that you see it done right before you right??!!
Especially if you’re cooking a large piece of meat like you see here below, like my Instant Pot pulled pork you’ll need to know this.
- FIRST off you can avoid this almost entirely if you just use this nonstick pot!! Game Changer!
- Then, you really need to deglaze your Instant Pot after browning.
Also let it cool down before turning it from saute to pressure. Those are the two main tips.
- Another thing is to make sure you turn your Instant Pot to OFF/Cancel once you’re done sauteeing anything.
- It may trigger the burn notice if you don’t.
- Your machine does this because it thinks the pot is too hot.
- This may cause it to not reach pressure at all either.
- So just take the extra few minutes and pause in between.
- It may trigger the burn notice if you don’t.
Do not turn it immediately from saute to pressure high/low or it won’t give the pot time to cool off. This may give you a falsely burn “alarm” also and freak you out.
Easy step to follow which will save you some headaches.
The reason it says burn most of the time is that there are bits of meat stuck to the bottom.
A little liquid or broth will loosen them up quickly. Just use a wooden utensil with a flat head to scrape it off and proceed with your recipe.
- You can pour this bit of broth or water out but really these bits have a lot of flavor to them so I usually try to leave it. It will add to the overall flavor.
Totally up to you…..
Now that you know what burn on Instant Pot means you can avoid it.
NOW try these easy Instant Pot recipes! Just a few of our faves are below. 😉
- Instant Pot cheeseburger soup is just pure comfort food
- Pressure cooker fettuccine alfredo is great with some precooked chicken in it too
- Cheesy family favorite Instant Pot chicken parmesan casserole, a family favorite always.
- Try a batch of Salsa verde enchiladas in your pot
- This is a fun Instant Pot Frito chili pie recipe
AND our most popular dish is Instant Pot spaghetti, because who doesn’t like this classic?
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Monday 27th of December 2021
Thanks for the deglaze info. As a Instant Pot newbie, this has been a real nuisance, not to mention frustrating. Twice I've thrown out the contents because I wasn't sure they were fully cooked. I guess I had not been adding a sufficient amount of liquid for my recipe (Chili). I'm going to try again this evening, keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks again, have a safe and happy New Year!
Tuesday 2nd of February 2021
Friday 24th of April 2020
Thank you for the tips and the recipe. Fantastic stuff.
Tuesday 3rd of March 2020
Your burn article was very helpfully. My problem is I haven't used my pot for several months now and have only had it for about 12 months. I used it last night and after I finished cooking I soaked it to clean it after it cooled down. My pot is a non stick and after I cleaned it I noticed the bottom is peeling. I would like to know will this affect the use of the pot in anyway. Thanking you for your reply
Saturday 28th of November 2020
Hi thanks for your article. I want to buy an instant pot. When it says burn and the lid is closed.. I think you have to wait for the pressure to come down before opening the lid right? After that you remove the lid remove the bits with wooden spoon and select the program again? Halfway cooking can you check food like cooking on the stove? Or you have to wait until pressure goes down to open lid and continue to cook? Does pressure take long to go down?
Thanks a lot!
Friday 24th of January 2020
How to deglaze was very helpful. Thank you!