Pressure Cooker Lingo. Say What?

Congratulations on having bought a new pressure cooker, Instant Pot, Multi-cooker, or perhaps the Ninja Foodi. It may be a bit scary initially, but getting familiar with it and the associated terminology, the pressure cooker lingo, helps and encourages its use.

Also at the closing of this post, you will find our must-have essential accessories to get you started. A small investment will ensure all recipes will be fail-proof. Not to mention you can use these accessories in standard oven use as well.

You Should Read the Booklet

Be sure to read the booklet that comes along with the cooker. Though there are some specific instructions for using an electric cooker, the following directions remain unchanged. Please note the below graphic may not be specific to your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Most models have only varied slightly though. Also, keep in mind ANY pressure cooker recipe out there, will remain pretty much the same. A pressure cooker is a pressure cooker, it’s only in the name difference, aside from a few extra bells and whistles some models have.

Helpful Accessories

Speaking of bells and whistles, you may want to invest in a few tried and true accessories for your pressure cooker. I will leave that detailed information at the end. Don’t get too excited, too fast. I want you to learn a few basics first. ENJOY, relax and you got this!

Pressure Cooker Basic Lingo

Lock the Lid in Place

It may sound simple, but surprisingly many users simply put in the food, turn the heat on and just leave the lid on the top, without realizing that the lid has not been locked. Check the instructions provided in the manual for proper locking. Also, always be sure your pot has enough liquid (typically 1 cup) in order for it to come to pressure. This is a must!

Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot / Multi-cooker Lingo You Must Know

Before you get started this is a pretty generic guide overall, yet still very helpful to a newbie. I had no clue what some of the abbreviations meant. I thought I would put together a quick little guide to help us along the way. It’s pretty basic, but helpful no doubt. Especially if some are new to the pressure cooker world. If you are part of a few Facebook groups with all the “experts” out there sharing their amazing recipes. You will notice these terms time and time again. Here is a pressure cooker basic lingo guide:)

Pressure Cooker Terms:

IP – Instant Pot
HP – High-Pressure
LP – Low-Pressure 
QR – Quick Release – This means you are releasing the pressure by turning the pressure valve to the open position immediately after food is finished cooking. There will be hot steam coming out of the top, so make sure your hand isn’t covering the opening… and that you don’t scare yourself! I’ve jumped☺ But did not burn myself. Thankfully.
NPR – Natural Pressure Release – This allows the pressure to come down on its own without releasing the valve and takes a little bit of time. It will also vary based on if you have a 6 quart or 8-quart pressure cooker.
PIP – Pot in Pot – This means using another container inside of your Instant Pot. Since the Instant Pot does not get as hot during pressure cooking (up to 248F) as ovens while baking, you can use any oven-proof container such as glass, stainless steel, or silicone cups. Instant Pot new user guide with helpful tips, tricks and terminology

So now that you know the terms when we see them we can say…ahhh. I get it. Now get started today!

More Guides and Items to Help

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  • Need recipes you can make using a 3 cup flower bundt pan >>> 3 cup bundt pan HERE
  • And Here are some recipes you can make using an egg bite mold >>>egg bite molds HERE


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