Wondering how to adjust your Instant Pot recipes for high altitude? This printable conversion chart will help you adjust your recipes so that all your Instant Pot Recipe turn out perfectly!
Cooking at High Altitude
If you live 3,000 feet above sea level, most recipes will need to be adjusted to account for the altitude change.
At higher elevations, the air pressure is lower which causes several things to occur.
Effects of High Altitude
- The boiling point of water is lowered, meaning foods will be cooking at a lower temperature, which increases the cooking time. The higher the elevation the lower the boiling point becomes, increasing the cook time for every thousand feet rise above sea level.
- Liquids evaporate faster, so amounts of flour and liquids may need to be changed in recipes.
- Gases expand more rapidly, so rise time on baked goods may need to be decreased, as well as leavening agents.
Using the Instant Pot at High Altitude
When using the Instant Pot at higher altitudes, you do not need to worry about accounting for liquid evaporating as the pressure cooker seals in all the moisture. However, you do need to account for the lower boiling point.
The formula for success when using your electric pressure cooker is to increase pressurized cook time by 5% for every 1000 feet above 2000 feet elevation.
Print this chart to help you convert your favorite recipes.
- If making Instant Pot Yogurt, you do not need to make adjustments to the recipe.
- If you are sauteing or thickening a recipe AFTER pressure cook time has elapsed, like in Instant Pot Beef Stew, be sure to watch the liquid level carefully, you may need to add in ¼ to ½ cup more liquid, as it will take longer for your recipe to thicken at higher altitude.
- For more tips on cooking and baking at High Altitude, check out these great tips from Betty Crocker.