My New Favorite Sous Chef: the Instapot!

One item being raved about this past holiday season has made its way to my kitchen. I’m excited to tell you about the Instapot! What’s mainly advertised as a pressure cooker, is really a jack-of-all-trades.

What Can the Instapot Pot Do?

  • pressure cook
  • slow cook
  • cook rice/porridge
  • make yogurt
  • make cake
  • cook hard-boiled eggs
  • sauté/sear
  • steam (veggies and more)
  • warm meals
  • sterilize utensils

How Long Does the Instapot Take to Cook Meat?

The Instapot is a great tool for quick, after-work meals. Not only can you throw frozen meat into it, but the meat cooks tender, juicy, and quickly. Here are the average cook times for popular meat options.

  • Beef: 20 to 75 minutes.
  • Chicken: 8 to 25 minutes.
  • Pork: 20 to 60 minutes.
  • Turkey: 15 to 30 minutes.

Nancy’s First Instapot Recipes

Of all the features offered with the Instapot, my personal favorite is the pressure cooker. Meals that could take up to 12 hours, like chicken bone broth, will only take two with the Instapot. I’ve experimented with some new recipes and they came out terrific. Join me in trying these new Instapot recipes: Pork Chops with Port Wine Glazed Cherries & Risotto and Tender-Tasty Beef Brisket.

Pork Chops with Port Wine Glazed Cherries & Risotto

This is a simple yet flavorful and tender pork dish. The risotto was made with a cast iron pan, but it is feasible to cook in the Instapot. Estimate 25 minutes for cook time.


  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tsp. chopped shallots
  • 1 ½ cup pitted cherries
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cherry juice



  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Sauté pork in the Instapot.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of EVOO on both sides of the pork.
  4. Add in 2 teaspoons of chopped shallots and sauté with pork.
  5. Remove pork from Instapot and deglaze the pot with port wine and balsamic vinegar.
  6. Add 1 ½ cups of pitted cherries and cook until soft.
  7. Add 2 ounces of unsweetened cherry juice.
  8. Cook for 25 minutes and let the pressure release naturally.

Tender-Tasty Beef Brisket

First, cover the brisket in a seasoning blend (Chuck’s Pork and Beef Seasoning is a  recipe that I like to use). Once the brisket is covered in rub, you can leave it covered in the fridge overnight.

Chuck’s Pork and Beef Seasoning

¼ cup of each of the following:

  • black pepper
  • white Pepper
  • granulated garlic
  • granulated onion
  • smoked paprika
  • chili powder
  • ancho chili powder
  • salt
  • lastly, 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper


Brisket Sauce (make in bowl)

  • ½ cup of water
  • 4 tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbs. Liquid Smoke


  1. Slice 2 cups of onions and add them to the Instapot.
  2. Place beef on top of onions, and pour the Brisket Sauce over the beef.
  3. Cook for 75 minutes, let the pressure release naturally.
  4. Once the beef is cooked, remove the beef and mix everything in the pot together—here’s your sauce.
  5. Add 1 tbs. of mustard and a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.

If you’d like to try some other recipes of mine, check out our last blog article Spice Up Your Kitchen in 2018!–there are some great Mediterranean flavors to try!