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Instant Pot Lentils (How To Cook)

These Instant Pot Lentils are healthy and ready in 10 minutes! Learn how to cook pressure cooker green lentils with this easy recipe.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: lentils instant pot, pressure cooker lentils, how to cook lentils in Instant Pot,
Servings: 2
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Christine Rooney


  • Instant Pot



  • Peel the skins from 2 cloves of garlic (the garlic cloves can be left whole).
  • Plug in the Instant Pot and set it to the ‘Saute’ setting. Add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Once the oil is heated add the garlic cloves and saute for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • Add the rinsed lentils and saute with the garlic for another minute, stirring often.
  • Place the cover on the Instant Pot and make sure it is locked and that the valve is in the sealed position. Press the ‘Off/Cancel’ button and then hit the ‘Manual’ button and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to pressurize, cook for 10 minutes, and then allow it to natural pressure release for 2 minutes. Flip the vent after 2 minutes and to release the extra steam.
    * If you like lentils with a little more 'bite' flip the vent immediately after the 10 minutes of cooking time is up and skip the 2 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Discard the garlic cloves and serve immediately. The cooked lentils may be added to salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, wraps, cooked soups or stews, healthy casseroles, eggs, cooked chicken or meat of choice, or served alongside rice or roasted vegetables.


A Note About Gluten: Lentils are naturally a gluten-free food but they are often manufactured in a facility that processes wheat. Be sure to check the label on the package of lentils you purchase for allergen information to make sure the lentils are truly free of gluten.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 28g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 7mg