How To Preheat Instant Pot Air Fryer

How To Preheat Instant Pot Air Fryer Without Damage

We got instant pot in our mist, we’re going to learn how to preheat instant pot air fryer. It going to be full of theory so get ready to read. Let’s get into it.

What Is An Instant Pot?

Instant Pot’s popularity has grown so rapidly that some people are now referring to it as the generic term for pressure cookers regardless of brand.

This multicooker is known as the Instant Pot. Its functions include steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, and warming pot all in one.

Instant Pot is the correct name, not Instapot. So, be mindful of that in the future.

The company started by only making one product: the Instant Pot multicooker, but has since expanded into producing a variety of kitchen appliances such as toaster ovens, blenders, and air fryers.

The pressure cook feature is the most commonly used of all the functions of the Instant Pot multicooker. In contrast to the method of traditional cooking on a stovetop, pressure cooking will cook your food in a fraction of the time.

With the Duo Crisp model of the Instant Pot, you can use the appliance for air frying because of the additional lid.

What Is An Air Fryer?

Air fryers don’t fry, even though they are called air fryers. It does the opposite. Little or no oil is needed to crisp food. Recent years have seen the popularity of air fryers soar.

Philips introduced the air fryer in 2010 under the trademark “AirFryer,” which was one word. As a result, the term “air fryer” has become a generic term used for a class of appliances.

When and how does one use an air fryer? Similar to a convection oven, the air fryer uses a powerful fan to blow hot air all around the food. Food heats up and cooks very fast due to the enclosed space and concentrated heat.

Air frying has the following advantages:

  • Oil is only needed in very small quantities
  • Crispy food
  • You can cook food quickly
  • Your air fryer exterior surface doesn’t get hot

How To Utilize The Instant Pot Air Fryer Lid

It used to be a problem for people with Instant Pots to get their foods crispy or browned. That’s all over!

With the introduction of its new air fryer lid, Instant Pot has joined the party and made a real game-changer. With the Instant Pot’s air fryer lid, you can now crisp up foods as they are being pressure-cooked.

The lid of the air fryer can be used just like a traditional air fryer, without having to pressure-cook the food.

In the mesh basket place, the food in it then inserts the mesh basket into the inner pot. Food is cooked and crisped by blowing superheated air into the air fryer lid. Cooking fresh or frozen food is possible.

It is also possible to broil food directly in the inner pot with the air fryer lid. This means there is no need for a basket, like broiling in an oven. Later, I will discuss that.

What Is The Best Way To Preheat My Air Fryer?

Before you can start using it, you need to plug it in and turn it on. When your basket is not closed and clicked in, likely, you will not be able to take action.

The on button can be one of two options. An easy tell is a button that says ON. The second option is a circle with a line between the circles. Depending on the instant pot model that you’re using, your on button can be anything. Also, the button can be located at different places, so it is essential to read your owner’s manual.

It would be a good idea to turn it on before setting the temperature of the food. We have created a cook times sheet for air fryers that you can use as a guide. For example, you might be preparing frozen chicken tenders in your air fryer.

When using frozen chicken tenders, you would need to heat them at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. However, it must be preheated for 5 minutes at that temperature first! Once your air fryer is done preheating, you can begin cooking.

Is It Necessary To Preheat An Air Fryer?

Take a moment to consider this. You preheat your oven every time you bake your favorite muffins, right? It’s the same here. Would you be able to bake something if it started completely cold? I don’t think so.

How To Preheat Instant Pot Air Fryer: Recipe Section

Here is a recipe that you can try for yourself.

Cauliflower Soup

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serves: 6


  • Vegetable broth – 3 cups
  • Celery stalk – 1, chopped
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Cheddar cheese – 1 1/2 cups, shredded
  • Sour cream – 1/2 cup
  • Medium cauliflower head – 1, cut into florets
  • Garlic – 1 tsp., minced
  • Onion – 1, chopped
  • Pepper & salt, to taste

For Croutons:

  • Salt, to taste
  • Olive oil –2 tbsps.
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cornbread cubes – 1 1/2 cups


  1. Set the instant pot to sauté mode after adding oil. Add salt, pepper, onion, celery, and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Then, add cauliflower and broth. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes on high after sealing the pot with the pressure-cooking lid.
  3. By using the quick release, you can release pressure rapidly. Take the lid off. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese and sour cream and stir well. Use a blender to puree the soup.

For Croutons:

  1. Toss the remaining ingredients with the bread cubes in a bowl. In the instant pot, arrange the multi-level air fryer basket with cornbread cubes on top.
  2. The air fryer lid should be placed over the pot to seal it. Put the baking mode on and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Midway through, stir well.
  3. Place the rest of the croutons and cheese on top of the soup.

Nutritional Facts

Per Serving: Calories 330, Carbs 9g, Fat 24g, Protein 19g


I hope your head is not hurting you after reading that. My head was hurting me to write that so I hope you had fun. And a recipe what added so that it can help you to understand the instant pot.  Well, that’s it for me, see you at the next one!


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