The Instant Pot For Beginners Video – Hard Boiled Eggs

A comprehensive video for Instant Pot newbies, how it works, how to use it, what functions are useful.

I also show you how to make hard boiled eggs.

Since I got my Instant Pot 2 years ago, I’ve shared tips and recipes quite often here on my website and also on my Instagram, where I show a lot of behind the scenes and casual life videos. One of the most highly requested videos was to share a basic introduction to the Instant Pot for newbies.

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If you are the owner of the Instant Pot but haven’t become proficient in it yet, or maybe are intimidated by it and haven’t even taken it out of the box, this video is for you. I share how I use it, some basics about it to keep in mind, and demonstrate one of the easiest things to prepare in it – hard boiled eggs. One of the best things about making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is how easily the egg shells peel – it’s really awesome.

If you have any questions about the Instant Pot, leave them in the comments and I will try to answer them if I can.
If you have any Instant Pot recipe requests, let me know as well and I will try to share some with you in the future.

Not only am I sharing this video with you today, but I am doing an Instant Pot giveaway, for a 6 quart Instant Pot, just because I want to share this incredible appliance with you and express in a very small way how much I appreciate my loyal readers.

All you have to do is follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below and I will choose a random winner in one week, January 24, 2019.

The Giveaway:

  • The giveaway will be open from January 17, 2019 – January 23, 2019, at midnight, Eastern time zone. The contest is open to US residents only.
  • To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties.  If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.
  • There will be ONE winner selected at random via Rafflecopter. The winner has 48 hours to reply to me with their full name & mailing addresses or I will pick someone else. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission in order to participate.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Recipes Mentioned in the Video:

Why The Instant Pot is One of My Favorite Appliances and How I Use It – Many Basic Recipes and Tips

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Ricotta/Farmer’s Cheese

Instant Pot Pulled Pork 

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video.
However, there are affiliate links in this post. This simply means sometimes I recommend a product or service and if you choose to purchase that product or service from my recommendation, I will get a small referral commission. Of course, this is at no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support. Thank you!


  • Natalie

    Hi Olga! Thank you for the giveaway. The first thing that I’d like to make with the Instant Pot is Dulce de Leche. It seems like a huge time saver. I do not have one yet, but maybe I will soon 🙂

  • Tatiana Kostyuk

    Hi Olga! Thank you for sharing all your tips. I always enjoy your stories and videos. I’ve never tried an instant pot yet but I’ve been reeding lots of reviews about it lately. I think it’s time to have this appliance in my kitchen! I’d like to try making a farmers cheese in it, also excited about sautéed button, and of course would try to boil eggs!

  • Liliya

    I would love to win the instant pot! I would like to use instant pot for one-pot meals, for those busy nights of the week.

  • Kitti

    I use a small pressure cooker for lots of meal prep during the summer – would love to have an instant pot with larger capacity. Thanks for doing this generous give away!

  • Alina Olesh

    Have always wanted to try an instant pot for those easy one pot meals! So excited to try out some recipes ! Hope I win 😊

  • Ellie sayre

    I don’t have a instant pot, but I see so many amazing uses for it! I love all of your recipes too Olga, all so yummy and easy to follow! Thank you 🙂

  • Ruslana

    I’m getting married this May. I think having an Instant Pot will be perfect for those days when my husband and I will be both working and needing something quick!

  • Viktoriya

    I would love to win the instant pot. I would make one pot meals and soups. I also saw many more recipes that I would like to try making.

  • Katie Kiosak

    Super duper excited for this giveaway. I would love giving instant pit a try and look forward to trying rice and meat recipes. Also I heard salmon turns out amazing, also steamed beets.

  • Alla

    Would love to win one. I have been debating whether or not to get one, but seems to be a useful tool in the kitchen especially balancing work, school, kids, life! I hope to see more Instantpot recipes on your blog!

  • Lena

    I would love to make bone broth in the Instant pot. It would be so much faster to make in an instant pot. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Alena

    I made beef chuck pot roast recently with some red wine cooked for 60 mins in the pressure cook. It was amazingly tender and the gravy thickened up with cornstarch. Soo good now I can’t live without my instant pot.

  • Yelena

    I would love to win this Instant Pot. With six kids it’ll easily help me out with making dinners and other things. We love your recipes more than other food bloggers 💖

  • Lesya

    I would love to win this!!! I would make Beef Ragu and any meet recipes, or soups, seems so much quicker and with a toddler and a little one on the way I’d like to speed up my dinners at least a bit before husban gets home lol

  • Lily

    I’ve been debating about whether to get one or not… but if I win this one then this is fate for me to have it! I love your recipes!

  • Viktoriya

    That’s was a great video with tips, I really enjoyed learning from you and can’t wait to get one and use it 🙂

  • Allie

    I’ve got three little ones and cooking is definitely taking up a lot of precious time in our days. This would be an amazing tool to have.

  • Tanya

    Would love to try the instant pot to see if food can retain its textures and if I can make bone broth a lot more quickly 🙂

  • Alexandra

    Thanks to u I’m steaming veggies and eating eggs from this pot. I use it for 3 meals a day. I had no idea before…it sat in my closet for 2 years

  • Anastasia

    Would love a post on party/big crowd recipes that could be made in an instant pot when the stove is completely occupied by something else.

  • jessica

    I made mashed potatoes in my instant pot but for some reason it dint didn’t taste as good as it was cooked on the stove. Have you experienced something like that? Thanks

    • olgak7

      I don’t make mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot, Jessica.
      I don’t think the Instant Pot is perfect for everything, and I prefer mashed potatoes prepared on the stovetop. There are recipes better suited for cooking in a pressure cooker and others are best made with other methods.

  • Tanya Johnson

    I’ve been looking to get a instant pot, but been cautious. Thank you for posting the video! I enjoyed it ☺️ And the giveaway is amazing by the way lol.

  • Oksana solo

    I tried the instant pot in so many ways now.. made stuffed bell peppers, veggies (beets), eggs, steamed some food and made the barley soup and loved each recipe would love to win another one to gift it for my mom!

  • Zarina

    I would love to get an instantpot. With a busy life working full time mother of 4, and with so much activities after school a d work, I hope instant pot will save time on cooking

  • Yulia Nemchinov

    I would love to win instant pot ! To save time and cook nutritious food for my family !!! Thank you for your receipes ❤️

  • Yulia Nemchinov

    I would love to win Instant pot ,it will save me time and I can make nutritious meals for my family, thank you for your receipes ❤️

  • Irina

    I absolutely love my instapot! When we moved in, we didnt have a cooktop for a while and this was a life saver. I used it every day! (Its also kinda on its last breaths because of what I put it through 😂) Thank you so the video, its definelty informative for a someone who wants to get into using one 😊😊

  • Cindy

    I would love to win this! It seems like there are so many recipes using instapot! Would love to do lots of meat recipes for my family on busy weeknights.

  • Adiba

    I would love to win the instant pot. I saw every recipe that you made in instant pot, and want to try them. As a busy mom of three and one on the way more time saving will help a lot.

  • Katerina

    I’m been wanting to get one ! Would love to win ! I’d use it for those days when I’m too busy to be in the kitchen , and with 4 kids this would make meal time prep a bit easier!

  • Cristina Grumeza

    Would love to win a instant pot ! My mom bought an instant pot and I was instantly impressed how quick and delicious dinners are made in it !

  • Svetlana

    I have been debating on getting an instant pot and now would really like one! ! I would experiment with different types of meat 🙂

  • Yana

    I have been wanting to get one but didn’t know if it will just take up space in my pantry. I see it’s very useful though!

  • Lucy Blyshchik

    Thank you for such an informative video!! I’ve been wanting an instant pot for a while now and this video just made me want to get it even more, just for the eggs alone 😄

  • Olya L

    Thanks for the great tips, I loved your previous post about instant pot & have learned a lot from your post.
    My favorite to make is steel cut oats for breakfast & ribs/ beef dishes. They come out so tender & quick.

  • Alina

    Always wanted one! Saves a lot of time especially on some busy days. I can’t wait to try to cook various meals in it!

  • Sonya Allstun

    I have seen so many great uses for one of these on Pinterest. I want to try the Mac and cheese eat BBQ pulled pork and even see you can make New York style cheesecake

  • Yelena

    I was hesitant to get one and end up not using it, but with so many great time saving recipes I really want to get one now. Quick delicious recipes is what I’m all about 😉

  • Liza

    Would love to win this instant pot! It would help our family so much with our busy schedules! Thank you for this video, your tips and this give away!

  • Katie

    I’ve always wanted to try an instant pot, and always think it will definitely help in my daily routine. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and go for it!

  • Natalia Naranovich

    Never used an instant pot but would be excited to try just about everything !!! Especially since I have three kiddos, and from what I hear, cooks food really fast 👍🏻

  • Yuliya

    This is great!! I’ve been wanting one for a while as so many people have said how much they love theirs!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Vicky

    Thank you Olga for the giveaway! I would be awesome if I win. If I will win, I would try making some kind of meat in it. Like beef stew or ribs.

  • Lina

    I don’t have an instant pot yet but if I get one I would love to make yogurt, plov and so many other dishes that I’ve seen people make in it.

  • Lina

    I don’t have one yet but if I get one I would love to make yogurt, plov and many other dishes that I’ve seen other people make in it

  • Yuliya

    Thank you so much for posting this video!! I’ve been wanting to buy an instant pot for a while but was nervous because I didn’t know how to use it but note I think I will thanks to your useful video:)

  • Lina krasovskiy

    I love making chuck roasts in the instant pot!!! Having a second one would be so amazing! I would be able to make 2 things at once

  • Zhanna Heintz

    Thanks you for all these helpful tips! I don’t personally own one but would love one and borrow my moms pot as needed so this info was super helpful!

  • Maria T

    I always tell my husband about wanting one because it’s amazing to see how many recipes I could make without being worried that it will be burned lol, but sadly he thinks that it’s an extra for me. So I really hope to win it!

  • Tash

    Hey Olga,
    Thanks for sharing your tips.
    I was always curious, do you see a diff in dishes using the instant pot vs old-fashioned Dutch oven? I love how tender meat can be while it cooks slow via the old method. Do you lose anything using an instant pot?

    • olgak7

      The biggest difference is the amount of time that it takes to cook, Tash. It’s especially great for tough cuts of meat that takes a hour or two to become tender in the Dutch oven. In the Instant Pot, it will become tender in a fraction of that time.

  • Alyona D

    I already have a pressure cooker of a different brand, but since I never won in a giveaway yet, I just thought I’d give it another chance lol

  • Diana

    I would love to try out recipes that usually take a long time in the instant pot and see how fast they take in it. Especially if you forget to make something ahead of time

  • Alina

    I dont have an instapot yet but would love one! With a third kiddo on the way, it would make dinner time so much easier. Cant wait to try the 1 pot meals

  • Alina

    Hi Olya, dont have an instapot yet, but really look forward to getting one. With a third kiddo on the way it would make dinner time so much asier.


    Been wanting an instant pot for a while now. I’m a working mom, so I am always looking for delicious quick meals. Many recipes I would like to try, but at the top is braised chicken and potatoes. Love your recipes, Olga!

  • Lily

    I’m excited for the time and dishes that it will save me! As a busy student I’m always looking for new, tasty, quick, but healthy recipes!

  • Ana

    I’ve been seeing so many cool things you can do with an insta pot and am dying to try it. Buying it will have to wait… gotta save up for my wedding, winning the giveaway would be a perfect wedding present!! 😄 Love all your recipes Olga, your website is always my go to, especially for holiday cooking.

  • Jillian Too

    I’m excited to try the pressure cooker option. But first, I would probably start off making something really simple mashed potatoes. 🙂

  • Inna

    Nice post and giveaway. I don’t have instant pot but if I would I tried to make broth/kholodets or just delicious meals on busy days.

  • Marina

    Thank you so much Olga! Great post!
    May I add the suggestion? I would love to have all your Insta Pot recipes have a tag “ insta pot” so that tag would bring up all of the recipes that can be done in insta pot. It would be very useful for us! Thank you again for your hard work, love your blog and recipes!

    • olgak7

      Hi Marina. There is an “Instant Pot” tag and you can also type in “instant pot” in the search bar and you will get all the recipes, videos and blog posts I have.

  • Lily

    This is a great kitchen tool! Would love to try making different types of porridge, hoping to encourage healthy eating habits for my kids.

  • Yana L

    I would defiantly try making bbq pulled. Would love to see more recipes such as stew, soups. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win this instant pot.

  • Lana

    Thank you so much for this video! We got my mom one for Christmas and i am sending her this. I am excited to use it for soups!

  • Hanna Oliferchik

    My mom has the same one, and she loves it!! Would love to try making braised potatoes in it and other good food!

  • Mirzana

    Hi Olga! I’ve been following you for a year or so and I would love to win the instapot. We are a family of 6 so making meals quickly that are healthy and wholesome would be so helpful for me. Thank you so much!

  • Zebiniso Zakurlaeva

    Hi, love your websayt! I didn’t owe Instant Pot yet, would love to win one. I have lots of recipes I would love to try on Instant Pot. Thank you for organizing the give away.

  • Oksana

    I’ve been eyeing an Instant Pot for a while but haven’t jumped the gun! I would love to make meals simpler and easier with this awesome device!

  • Olga Kholostov

    I’ve never used an instant pot, but would love to try it. It seems like it would be especially great in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the whole house cooking.

  • Liliya Shumeiko

    I actually bought the instant pot because you talked about it earlier. And i LoVE it!!! I like cooking broccoli in it and serve it with cheese’n My kids just love it. And its healthy too.

  • Abby

    You definitely make awesome use of the instant pot and have made me really want one too! First thing I will be making when I get one is some yogurt and ricotta cheese!

  • Satenik

    Hello Olga! I would love your giveaway! If I do win I am excited to try the ricotta/farmers cheese and other recipes of course. By the way I love your honesty and being real on your Instagram stories, very encouraging! May the Lord Jesus continue to bless you and your family 💜

  • Nelli krishchuk

    I’m super excited about this giveaway, I have been wanting to purchase this item for a while. If I win , I will love to try out all of your recipes for it!

  • Oksana

    I have seen so many people using this and I still don’t own one🙈I would love to win and try it out! The recipes look amazing

  • Olesya

    Hi Olga! Thank you for such an awesome opportunity! I love your awesome recipes and instagram stories. I never owned or used an insta pot, but I think it would make life easier with a full time job and family. ☺️

  • Marina

    Hi Olga! Thanks for the video on Instant Pot for beginners. What a great giveaway! I have purchased a small pressure cooker over a year ago that has no extra options for cooking. I’ve used mine once and was terrified about releasing pressure at the end. After watching your video and seeing so many different recipes in instant pot, I’m ready to give it another try.

  • Natalie S

    I keep going back and forth on whether or not to get one! It seems like a pretty great kitchen appliance. I’d love to try making ham and pea soup in there.

  • Irina

    Me and my husband love your recipes and have been wanting to buy a pressure cooker! I hope to win so we can try more of your recipes!

  • Alejandra Hernández

    Olga, your videos are a true blessing. As a mom of four, my day is extremely hectic. I have pretty much gotten all my ideas from you for this past holiday season. So delicious. So good. Happy family. We are Latino so Mexican gets old after a few weeks, that’s why I love your recipes. Follow you on Facebook and Instagram. Praying for favor with this instapot. Thanks for being a blessing!

  • Evelina

    I don’t have one of my own, but my mother does and it’s absolutely amazing what it does! Thanks so much for the tips. I’ve been planning on purchasing one for myself.

  • Evelina

    I don’t have one of my own, but my mother does and it’s amazing what this thing can do! Thanks so much for the tips! I’ve been planning on purchasing one fo myself.

  • Yuliya

    I’ve been wanting to try out the instant pot ever since I started seeing it on your stories! It looks so easy to use. So many recipes use the the instant pot and I would love to experience it first hand!

  • Baneza

    Hi! I still don’t own an instant pot but would love to have one to try out the many recipes I’ve seen being made in it.

  • Ana

    I don’t have an instant pot, and I would like to have one. If I will not win this giveaway 🙂 then definitely will buy one. Thank you for recipes and tips how to use it. I make farmers cheese almost every week, so I am going to do it in instant pot. Thank you for your so useful blog. God bless you!

  • Mariya

    There is so many recipes I would definatly try starting from your website. Would be helpful becuase I cook almost every day . And I saw your post about wearing myself out. And honestly I have been. So now looking to adjust. I have made your chicken plov and I like to have that for next day reheat and add few pickled items to the side and easy dinner there no need to cook . Thanks for all your tips !!

  • LenaM

    I wanted to buy an insta pot for a long time but couldn’t find easy tasty recipes that my kids would enjoy, and… I was afraid it would explode😆 I will definitely give it a second thought after watching your video.

  • Janet Murry

    My grown kids keep telling me I need one of these – thanks for the explanation. Love following you and so good to see you looking so healthy!!

  • Irina Braila

    We were just cooking rice for sushi yesterday in an insta pot and weren’t. Sure if we should release the pressure or it would release on its own. This pot isn’t as simple as it looks definitely will have to rewatch video and research more things you can do with it. Very interested about doing beef.

  • Nataly

    What a nice giveaway!!!
    I would like to own one, looks like it’s very handy for busy families!!!
    Thanks for all the posts, they are very interesting and useful!!!

  • Marlene

    I would make Ham and Bean soup, Chicken and Dumplings, Pulled Pork, and Senegalese Chicken Stew just to begin with. I hope I win.

  • Nancy

    I want to try and cook pulled pork for some sliders. I have also always wanted to try beef short ribs so being able to have a pressure cooker would come in handy.

  • Anastacia

    Thanks for sharing the basics! I just bought myself an InstantPot for Christmas, and I’m excited to use it! Would love to see more recipes, especially Russian food/soup recipes (my husband wants me making more “Russian” food than any other type).

  • Sefie

    Hi olga is your instant pot American made? Or may be Made in china?
    What is the name of factory? And the pot mark or brand?

  • Sefie

    Thanks Olga for replying🙏😊and i must say i loved each of your recipes i made.
    your recipes are very correctly measured and precise, I love to learn more about Rusain food it looks Rusian food and culture is more similar to our food and cultur than western, s, thanks again

  • Jill Sidange

    Help! I bought an instapot in Feb 2019 and It does not have a button labeled manual. What is the best closest option to this on newer models?

  • Jill Sidange

    Help! I bought an instapot in Feb 2019 and It does not have a button labeled manual. What is the best closest option to this on newer models? I bought mine at meijer store in Michigan now I wish I’d bought the one on Amazon with the manual button.

    • olgak7

      Hi Jill,
      I’m not sure what kind of options are on the Instant Pot that you bought. It will probably have instructions for manual pressure in your manual.

  • Joe

    Are 6 quart instant pot does not have a manual button the delay start is there do we use the pressue button instead for hard boil eggs

    • olgak7

      Hi Joe. My Instant Pot is an older model, where, the “Manual” button means pressure cooking. On newer models, there is an actual “Pressure Cook” button. The default for both of those buttons is High Pressure

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