The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)


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The Ultimate Guide To The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method, otherwise known as PIP Instant Pot Cooking.

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)
The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method

When you hear the term Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method for the first time, you’re probably wondering what on earth I am talking about!

That’s because I was clueless when I first heard of the Instant Pot Pot in Pot Cooking Method too.

I was already doing Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking, but I didn’t know it had a fancy name to it, it was just a way that I cooked in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

But every day I get asked by my readers what Pot In Pot Instant Pot Cooking Is, so I am here to day to explain Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking, so that you’re no longer confused.

What Is The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method?

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking means cooking food in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker inside of a container. The Instant Pot is called a pot and then you’re adding another pot, hence the name “Pot In Pot Cooking”. It is also known for short as PIP.

Even though you would think it just refers to a POT it can be any type of container that fits inside of the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

You might cook with:

And the Instant Pot PIP list goes on and on.

Quite often I don’t even think of it as pot in pot cooking and more as, lets get dinner cooked in the Instant Pot. It is simply put, a fancy name for simple Instant Pot recipes that use accessories.

How To Cook With The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method

The logistics behind Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Is Simple. So simple that you will remember this info in your head for next time you decide to try pot in pot cooking yourself.

  • Pour 250ml/1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot Inner Pot
  • Place your steamer shelf/trivet over the water section
  • Add your PIP container on top
  • Pressure cook

As long as you remember that you need a cup of water at the bottom to bring it to pressure, that the food container needs to be above the water and that it takes longer to cook, then those are the basics covered.

Why Cook With The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method?

I love Pot In Pot Cooking in the Instant Pot. There are so many times when I do pot in pot cooking and I probably cook more with pot in pot, than I do directly in the inner pot.

Freezer Meals – It is perfect for portioned freezer meals. You can add water to the bottom and place your favourite freezer meal on top of the steamer shelf. I often reheat pasta dishes this way and love it for an alternative to the microwave.

2 Become 1 – You can also add one meal to the bottom of your Instant Pot and then another up top. Perfect for if you want to cook meat and potatoes at the same time in the Instant Pot. Or my favourite 2 in 1 of Instant Pot Meatloaf & Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Under Pressure – The Instant Pot is a heavy bit of kit when it works under pressure. But some meals don’t want a lot of pressure and by protecting them from the inner pot, you can cook delicate meals in the Instant Pot.

Just You – If there is just you to feed, using the PIP method is perfect for meals for one or just a small portion of rice to go with your chicken dinner.

Quick Defrost – When I am cooking a dish with a sauce, the sauce will often be from the freezer. A quick use of Pot In Pot to defrost the sauce and I am all set.

Unique – There are a lot of recipes that we would say didn’t apply to the Instant Pot. Recipes that need moulds or specific accessories to make. Crème Brulee, poached eggs, egg bites and sponge pudding. These all suit pot in pot cooking.

Sauces – There are many sauces such as those with a lot of cream that are sensitive to the Instant Pot. These are perfect for a small pot in pot cooking device.

Why NOT Cook With The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method?

There are of course lots of positives to cooking with the Instant Pot pot in pot method, but what about the negatives?

Longer to cook – This must be the worst thing about pot in pot cooking. A frozen pasta dish in the bottom of the Instant Pot will take less than 10 minutes, yet pot in pot you will be lucky if you get it done in less than 40 minutes.

Less food – in a small pot in pot, you will be lucky if there is enough food in it to feed 2 people, so if you are a family like us, it is often not ideal.

Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method Recipes

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

There are so many recipes that you can cook, using the Instant Pot Pot In Pot method that its hard to know where to start.

I have outlined a selection of Pot In Pot Instant Pot Recipes to get you started:

Instant Pot Egg Bites – Using the pot in pot method the egg bite moulds are rested on the steamer shelf inside of the Instant Pot as you can see below:

Instant Pot Oatmeal – Using a glass pyrex dish is a fantastic way to make oatmeal and you can mix up your bowl of oatmeal ingredients the night before and then slot them in.

Instant Pot Taco Pie – You can also fill a cake pan with a pie of your choice, cover it with silver foil and cook it in the Instant Pot. Just think of all your favourite cakes, pies, frittatas, that you would love to cook in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Lasagne – Using the same method of Instant Pot PIP cooking as the Taco Pie, the same food blogger shows you how to use the sling method to get the food in and out of the Instant Pot as shown below:

Instant Pot Curry & Rice – I love this Dal Tadka recipe as it shows you how you can cook the curry below and then the rice on top.

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

Instant Pot Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes – Or see how this lady nails cooking both the Instant Pot Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes at the same time with this kitchen gadget.

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

RecipeThis.com Verdict

Pot In Pot Cooking in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is truly AMAZING. It opens up the possibilities of more and more things that you can cook in your Instant Pot. As they say the possibilities are endless. But in order to do quality pot in pot cooking you need the accessories to go with it!

Pot In Pot Instant Pot Accessories

The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

Here are the main accessories that I use in my Instant Pot when I do pot in pot Instant Pot cooking:

Instant Pot Steamer Basket – Perfect for steaming fish, meat, fruit and vegetables in the Instant Pot. It expands depending on how much food you need to steam.

Instant Pot Spring Form Pan – Famous for making cheesecakes in the Instant Pot and so easy to use. I also use them for lasagne and moussaka. Or use a bundt pan if you love bundt cakes.

Silicone Egg Bite Moulds – If you want to make egg bites in your Instant Pot then this is the product you need.

Silicone Egg Poachers – These are perfect if you want to cook poached eggs in the Instant Pot.

Steamed Pudding Bowl – I use these cute pudding bowls whenever I want to make a steamed pudding for dessert.

Ramekins Set – If you want to make small desserts, crème brulee or just little frittatas then a set of ramekin dishes are essential.

Instant Pot Stackables – You can get this amazing pack of 2 stackable inserts for the Instant Pot, then cook a different thing in each of them. Imagine doing meat in one and potatoes in the second one. Or you could meal prep 2 different Instant Pot Freezer Meals at once.

Instant Pot Stackable Bowls – Cover a layer with silver foil and an extra steamer shelf and load them on top of each other. Or if just cooking one item, then just put one bowl in. Also, a good option for delicate desserts.

Extra Steaming Shelf – Perfect for slotting in between two bowls so that you can cook multiple items at once.

Glass Bottom Containers – I recommend this bundle for getting you started with cooking meals in the Instant Pot. It is also perfect for cooking our Instant Pot Freezer Meals.

Ceramic Soup Mugs – Perfect for quick soups in the Instant Pot for lunch or for making a cute little frittata in a mug.

Silver Foil Containers – If you want a cheap as chips way to use the pot in pot method of cooking in the Instant Pot, then nothing is cheaper than silver foil containers. We use these cute round ones the most for leftover sauces and soups.  

All In One Instant Pot Accessories – In this super pack you can have an amazing bundle of different things for your Instant Pot, including a lot of the different items that have outlined above.

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The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)
The Instant Pot Pot In Pot Cooking Method (PIP)

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