Pot-In-Pot Cooking


When using the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) cooking method
your food is placed into a separate container before
you place it into the stainless steel inner pot.


-ALWAYS put the inner pot in the Instant Pot.
-ALWAYS add water to the inner pot.
-Place trivet into inner pot.
-Set the container with your food on trivet.
-Seal pot & cook.


There are several reasons for using the PIP method:
-Thick sauces tend to scorch on the bottom of the pot.
-If you don’t want your food watered down or cooked in liquid.
-To keep foods separated when cooking more than one item.
-Convenience / Easy Clean Up
-Personal preference

Some of the foods you can use the PIP method for are:
cheesecake, cake, pudding, custard, breads, quiche,
poached eggs, meatloaf, lasagna, casseroles, leftovers.

You can use any container that is “oven safe”.
Oven Safe materials you can use in the Instant Pot include:
stainless steel, aluminum, pyrex, corningware, silicone bakeware.
Some materials conduct heat better than others so you may need
to adjust your cooking time depending on the container you use.

You also want to make sure that your container fits inside the inner pot/liner.
You need to allow room for steam to rise around the container(which doesn’t
require much space), but you’ll also need to allow room for whatever you’ll be using to remove your container from the pot as it is going to be HOT.
Items you can use to remove hot containers include:
Foil Slings, Silicone Bands, Tongs, Jar Lifters, Silicone Gloves & Hotpads.

Visit these pages for more info & helpful photos:

VIDEO: Pot in Pot Cooking by Urvashi Pitre

Collection of PIP Photos

How to Make a Foil Sling

How to Get a Pan Out of a Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Accessories

Instant Pot Recipes & Info

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5 thoughts on “Pot-In-Pot Cooking

  1. I cook all my rice and oatmeal using the pot-in-pot method (I’m a bachelor). My biggest problem was not to burn myself removing the inner-inner pot. I have bought two Billy-pots that fit perfectly in the Instant Pot and they have handles. I got them both on Amazon and they are:
    Olicamp Stainless Steel Kettle (1-Quart)
    Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
    Return eligible through Jan 31, 2017
    Condition: New
    Buy it Again

    Open Country 2 Quart Non-Stick Covered Kettle
    Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
    Return eligible through Jan 31, 2017

    After cooking I eat my oatmeal straight out of the 1 quart and my rice stays in the 2 qt. and then into the fridge.

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    1. Sherry, I’m not sure I understand your question.
      Are you talking about the non-stick ceramic liner for the IP?
      Or about a non-stick pot that you want to put your food in for PIP cooking?
      Whenever you cook in the IP you use the IP inner pot/liner…either the stainless steel one or the ceramic one.
      Then for PIP your food is placed in another oven-safe pan or bowl & placed inside the IP liner.
      I hope that answered your question!


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