Instant Pot recipes are all the rage, however, not everyone has access to one or a similar programmable pressure cooker. If you are looking for ways to convert Instant Pot recipes to crockpot this post will help.
There is not one simple way to convert recipes. This article is intended to help you troubleshoot the recipe you have and convert it.
A lot of us have a crockpot sitting around, if you use yours everyday or even if you only use it a few times a month, it’s a great device that can help make life in the kitchen easier.
Use these tips and tricks to convert Instant Pot recipes to crock pot cooking so that you can enjoy all the amazing recipes you find online!
Things to Remember:
- Avoid dairy ingredients until the end of the cooking process. This is a good tip for any recipe but especially when dealing with crockpot recipes. If a recipe calls for dairy, add it at the end of your cooking cycle. Dairy is sensitive and if it’s not cooked or added to a recipe properly it can spoil, curdle, and ruin your recipe.
- If you are moving from an Instant Pot to Crockpot cooking you’ll likely need to adjust the size of the recipe, if needed, because Crockpots can handle a larger meal size.
The Quick Way: Pro Tip For Converting From Instant Pot Recipes to Slow Cooker
I try to keep in mind that not everything is meant to be cooked in the crockpot. The same goes for the Instant Pot. Make sure that the recipe you are trying to convert is suitable for the crockpot.
Now for the good stuff: the cheaters path to quickly converting slow cooker recipes.
Find a similar crockpot recipe and use that as a base for your temperature and cooking time base.
A great example is cooking something like my Instant Pot Lasagna. Although my recipe is a healthier alternative you can use a regular crockpot lasagna recipe as a guide for how to layer the lasagna and how long to cook it for.
How to Tackle Cooking Times
Probably the most difficult part of of converting any recipe is figuring out how long to cook and at what temperature. Instant Pot cooking times are much lower than Crock Pot cook times, so you’ll always want to extend the time it takes to cook a recipe in the crock pot.
For example, Crock Pot Carnitas take about 40 minutes in the Instant Pot. It would take about 15 minutes to build pressure and the natural pressure release would add 10-20 minutes, so a total of just over an hour for pressure cooking, but they’d take a few hours to slow cook.
There are some resources out there that will give you a general idea of how much you are cooking and what temperature/time it will require. There is a great guide on Crock-Pot.com but they keep moving it, so I can’t link to it. I’d google and search for it :) The guide gives you cooking times, fill levels, and even some conversions between high and low temperature cooking time.
Remember that when you are cooking meat, it’s important to be sure that the internal temperature reaches a safe level. Use the recipes as a resource but always check your meat temperatures before eating.
Keep Track of What Works
One of the easiest ways to learn how to convert Instant Pot Recipes to Crockpot cooking is through trial and error. Keep track of what works and what does not. You can make adjustments and before long you’ll be a pro at converting recipes!
Add Liquid When Necessary
When cooking with a pressure cooker there is very little moisture lost, which is why you add only a cup of liquid (give or take depending on size) for each recipe in the Instant Pot. This means that there doesn’t need to be a lot of liquid to begin with. Cooking in the Crockpot is very different because it’s not a sealed environment and the cooking process takes a lot longer.
Make sure you add enough liquid–especially when cooking things like pasta, rice, and meat. This will help avoid dried out or undercooked meals. Also make sure you’re not adding too much liquid, so your meal doesn’t turn out too watery.