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Instant Pot Lentils

Instant Pot lentils are so easy to make, perfectly tender, and ideal for meal prep. Prepare a big batch of lentils to use in multiple dishes like salads, stews, curries and more. You can pressure cook green lentils, brown lentils, red lentils and puy lentils with this simple method.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Time to Pressure5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown lentils, green lentils, instant pot, pressure cooker, vegan
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Tonje



  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • seasoning


  • Add the ingredients to your Instant Pot.
  • Seal the lid, and select the PRESSURE COOK or MANUAL setting. Set the timer to 4 minutes for red lentils, 8-15 minutes for green lentils, or 8-15 minutes for brown lentils. Select the shortest time for firm lentils, or the longest time for mushy lentils.
  • After the lentils are cooked, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, before you carefully turn the valve to perform a quick release according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Leave the lentils to cool down, and use them in any dish or recipe that you like.



  • Store in a refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 5mg