I have seen many questions on how to cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot, if it is safe, and how much more time you need. Below, I have answered all your questions for you.
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Is it Safe to Cook Frozen Meat in the Instant Pot?
There really is no long answer to this question. The short answer to this question is YES! As long as you cook your meat for the right amount of time, your meat will come out done, safe and ready to eat.
Because the pot cannot come to pressure until everything in the pot is at boiling temperature, it will take a little longer to cook frozen meat. Therefore, it will need to be cooked for 50% to 100% longer than it would from frozen before it is safe to eat.
The Best Frozen Meat to Cook in Your Instant Pot
When it comes to cooking frozen meat in your Instant Pot, it is best to do so with smaller cuts of meat. Meat such as beef chunks, chicken breasts, chicken wings, and ground beef can all be cooked easily from frozen. Here are the best cuts of meat to cook from frozen in your Instant Pot:
- Chicken pieces or chicken breasts
- Frozen ground beef
- Meatballs that are Frozen
- Frozen Salmon
It is not advised to cook meats such as beef roast from frozen in your Instant Pot. This is because it takes double the time to cook and pot roast already takes quite a while in the Instant Pot.
How to Cook Frozen Meat in the Instant Pot
If you are like most of us, we just want a quick Instant Pot cheat sheet that gives us the times we need to cook our meat. Below, I have given you just that for how to cook frozen meat in the Instant Pot.
Keep in mind, the time to come to pressure as well as the time you cook will differ from fresh meat!
Frozen Ground Beef
Place your frozen ground beef on top of the trivet. Add 1 cup of water to the bottom of the inner pot. Cook your ground beef on manual (pressure cook) for 25-minutes. Natural release 5-10 minutes.
Frozen Chicken Breasts
Place your frozen chicken breasts in the inner pot. Add 1 cup of water or broth. Cook on manual (pressure cook) for 15-minutes. Natural release 5-10 minutes.
Frozen Chicken Wings
Put your chicken wings on the trivet. Add one cup of water or broth. Cook at manual (pressure cook) for 15-minutes. If you want to crisp them up, season and place in your broiler.
Frozen Pork Chops
Put your pork chops in the inner pot. Add 1 cup of water or broth. Cook your frozen pork chops on manual (pressure cook) for 15-minutes. Season them and sear them in a pan if you like.
Pull those frozen salmon fillets out of the freezer. Place them on the trivet. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the inner pot. Set your manual (pressure cook) setting to low pressure for 1 to 3 minutes. Crisp on the stove-top.
It is not advisable to try and cook frozen beef roast or larger cuts of meat from frozen. However, if you do, you will need to double your regular time.
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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and has also taught cooking skills to adults. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!