Instant Pot Lentils – such a humble little powerhouse of an ingredient. Lentils are cheap, loaded with fiber and protein, and oh so versatile. This basic pressure cooker lentil recipe is going to be a new favorite, I promise you!
I'm pretty sure I was in my 30s before I ever tried lentils. Is that weird?
I eat beans of all kinds, but for some reason lentils just seemed weird/creepy/gross . . . I sound like I'm five.
Then the Instant Pot entered my life and suddenly lentils became this amazing staple of an ingredient and I'm so excited to finally introduce you to my basic Pressure Cooker Lentil recipe!
This recipe is full flavor, ca-ray-zee easy, and just so very satisfying.
So if you've been on the fence about lentils as well, now is your time to break free from any negative opinions you have about them and embrace this mini powerhouse as you should!
WHY YOU WILL LOVE INSTANT POT LENTILS
- Sorry to keep saying it, but LENTILS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOU! They are a great source of protein, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, and more!
- Versatile – throw them in salads, soups, quesadillas, wraps, nachos, and anything else you would put regular beans in.
- A big bite of lentils is just the funnest thing ever to eat. So soft, flavorful, and . . . I don't even know how to explain it, just FUN TO EAT!
- Cheap and cheerful – tons of nutrition, teeny tiny price tag.
HOW TO MAKE LENTILS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER
- Add all the ingredients to the pot
- Pressure cook for 15 minutes
- Stir. That's it, you're done!
SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR DETAILED COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST LENTILS
- Cook them in broth, not water. This will infuse the lentils with lots of flavor.
- Spices! You can definitely cook them in just broth and have super versatile lentils to mix into whatever you like, but I like to pump up the flavor with a little bit of this and that from the spice cabinet.
- Let the pressure release naturally. If you're in a hurry, you can release the pressure after it sits for 10 minutes, but that extra sit time allows them to really soften and soak up all the broth.
- Use brown lentils, not red. Red lentils are smaller and will turn to mush in this recipe. Save red lentils for recipes like this Lemony Lentil Soup. They make it so rich and creamy.
- Lentils freeze great. Make a big batch so they are ready at any moment from the freezer.
HOW TO STORE, REHEAT, AND FREEZE LENTILS
- Store: Cooled lentils can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Reheat: Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.
- Freeze: Scoop lentils into a freezer safe ziploc and freeze flat for quick thawing.
What do you think? Are you going to try your first batch of lentils? Have you been eating and enjoying lentils for years and have some amazing tips and tricks for me? I'd love to hear it!
I will most definitely have more lentil recipes coming soon! In the meantime, grab a bag of lentils and get this recipe ready and waiting in your refrigerator.
MORE INSTANT POT LENTIL RECIPES
- Instant Pot Lentil Breakfast Taquitos
- Instant Pot Lemony Red Lentil Soup
- Instant Pot Spinach Dal with Rice
- Instant Pot Turkey Lentil Taco Filling
TOOLS/INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE INSTANT POT LENTILSPrint
Instant Pot Lentils
Soft, tender, flavorful lentils, made so easy in the Instant Pot!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Side
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup brown lentils
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Add all of the ingredients to the pressure cooker pot; stir.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, use a natural release – can quick release pressure after 10 minutes if in a hurry.
- Stir, taste, and add extra salt if desired. I usually add another ¼ – ½ teaspoon of kosher salt depending on how I’m using them.
- Use brown lentils for this recipe. Red lentils require a much shorter cook time.
- Cooked lentils freeze great. Place in a freezer safe bag, press flat, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Keywords: Instant Pot Lentils, Lentils, Healthy Lentil recipe