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Get Started with your Instant Pot Duo

Always use the lid that is provided with your Instant Pot. When the lid is closed, the sealing ring creates an airtight seal between the lid and the inner pot.
The Steam Release Handle controls the steam, either venting it from the top of the steam release handle, or sealing it inside the Instant Pot. After pressure cooking, steam needs to be released from the cooker. To do this, turn the Steam Release Handle to ‘Venting’ position.

Wash the Inner Cooking Pot with hot water and soap, dry thoroughly. Wipe the heating element inside the cooker base and the inside of the Duo Lid to remove any stray packaging particles. 

The condensation collector sits at the back of the cooker base and accumulates overflow moisture. It should be installed before cooking, then emptied and rinsed out after each use. ​

  1. To remove, pull the condensation collector away from the cooker base; do not pull down. ​
  2. To install, align the grooves on the condensation collector with the tabs on the back of the cooker base and slide the condensation collector into place.
Before using your new Duo for the first time, you must perform a pressure-cooking test run to ensure everything is working correctly. ​
  1. Place the inner pot in the Cooker base and fill the inner pot with 750 mL of water. ​
  2. Plug in the power lead and switch on. ​
  3. Close and Lock the lid.​
  4. Turn the steam release handle to the Sealing position.
  5. Select Pressure Cook. ​
  6. Use the – / + buttons to adjust the cooking time to 5 minutes. NOTE: The multi-cooker beeps after 10 seconds and the display shows On. ​
  7. Press Keep Warm to turn the automatic Keep Warm setting off. Move the steam release handle to the Venting position.
  8. When the Smart Programme is complete, the display shows End. Wait for the float valve to drop, then open and remove the lid. (Fig 3)​
  9. The inner pot will be hot. Using proper hand protection, remove it from the multi-cooker base and discard the water. Now you’re ready to cook a meal in your Duo!
Watch the video to learn how to make yogurt in your Instant Pot, or follow our How to guide on the blog.

Your Duo is equipped with smart programs for even easier cooking, suited to the food you are cooking. Each program is preset to the optimal cooking time and pressure levels for best results.

Soup/Broth    ●    Meat/Stew   ●    Bean/Chilli   ●    Poultry   ●    Rice   ●    Multigrain   ●    Porridge   ●    Steam
Delay Start can be set from between 10 minutes (00:10) and 24 hours (24:00) (Not available with the Sauté or Yogurt Smart Programmes)
When cooking is complete, the display shows End if Keep Warm is turned off. If not, the timer begins counting from 00:00 up to 10 hours (10:00).
Watch the video to learn how to make yogurt in your Instant Pot, or follow our How to guide on the blog.

Your Duo is equipped with smart programs for even easier cooking, suited to the food you are cooking. Each program is preset to the optimal cooking time and pressure levels for best results.

Delay Start can be set from between 10 minutes (00:10) and 24 hours (24:00) (Not available with the Sauté or Yogurt Smart Programmes)
When cooking is complete, the display shows End if Keep Warm is turned off. If not, the timer begins counting from 00:00 up to 10 hours (10:00).

Try these simple, base recipes to get you starting cooking with your Instant Pot Duo.

Download our cooking timetable.

Join the Instant Pot UK Facebook Community to access our growing collection downloadable Recipe eBooks.

Available in the guides section.  

Clean your Instant Pot Duo after each use. Always unplug the unit and let all parts cool to room temperature before cleaning. Before use or storing, make sure all surfaces are dry.

  • All parts of your Duo aside from the multi cooker base and power lead are dishwasher safe. 
  • For the steam rack and lid and lid parts, place on the top rack of the dishwasher only.
  • Remove all parts of the lid before cleaning.
  • If Multicooker base and power cord need cleaning, WIPE ONLY with a barley damp cloth.
  • Note: Check the condensation collector after each use and empty and clean it as needed. Do not allow food or moisture to sit in the condensation collector, as harmful bacteria may result.
  • Note: Some discolouration may occur after machine washing, but this will not affect the multicooker’s safety or performance.

Try these simple, base recipes to get you starting cooking with your Instant Pot Duo.

Download our cooking timetable.

Join the Instant Pot UK Facebook Community to access our growing collection downloadable Recipe eBooks.

Available in the guides section.  

Clean your Instant Pot Duo after each use. Always unplug the unit and let all parts cool to room temperature before cleaning. Before use or storing, make sure all surfaces are dry.

  • All parts of your Duo aside from the multi cooker base and power lead are dishwasher safe. 
  • For the steam rack and lid and lid parts, place on the top rack of the dishwasher only.
  • Remove all parts of the lid before cleaning.
  • If Multicooker base and power cord need cleaning, WIPE ONLY with a barley damp cloth.
  • Note: Check the condensation collector after each use and empty and clean it as needed. Do not allow food or moisture to sit in the condensation collector, as harmful bacteria may result.
  • Note: Some discolouration may occur after machine washing, but this will not affect the multicooker’s safety or performance.