Instant Pot Cornbread—need to free up some oven space? Make cornbread in your electric pressure cooker. This recipe makes the same amount of cornbread as a 9 x 9 inch pan in the oven.
Related: SLOW COOKER cornbread recipe
Instant Pot Cornbread
I’ve been making an awesome cornbread recipe for a couple of years now. It’s really so good. I will never use another cornbread recipe again. Greg is completely addicted to it. I usually make it in the oven but today I wanted to see what would happen if I made it in the Instant Pot.
The batter fit perfectly in my 6 cup bundt cake pan*. This pan will fit in your 6 quart or 8 quart pot. Unfortunately you won’t be able to make this cornbread in your 3 quart pot.
I made the cornbread batter as I normally do. I sprayed my bundt cake pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray so that the cornbread would pop out easily. I love using my OXO sling* to lower pans into my Instant Pot. It is absolutely perfect for pot-in-pot cooking.
With all “baking” in the Instant Pot or slow cooker there is condensation that will drip on top of the bread. If you want to prevent this then you can loosely cover the top of the pan with foil.
However, even with the pan being covered with foil the bread will not turn out how it does in the oven. When baking in the oven a dry heat is used to bake the bread. However when using the Instant Pot your bread will essentially be steamed. Moist heat surrounds the pan and cooks the bread. This results in a different texture. More moist and more dense. Some people love this result and others do not care for it. My chocolate bundt cake is a good example of this. I’ve had so many comments saying, “I love it!” and so many comments saying, “what did I do wrong, it’s not light and fluffy?”
There was a different texture to this cornbread than the oven version. It was a little more spongy. It still tasted good and got eaten up but just a little different. I suggest eating this cornbread warm! It is the best with a little butter and honey.
Try these other Instant Pot recipes…
Instant Pot Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Instant Pot Garlic Butter Corn of the Cob
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Cornbread I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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Instant Pot Cornbread
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 9 servings 1x
Need to free up some oven space? Make cornbread in your electric pressure cooker. This recipe makes the same amount of cornbread as a 9 x 9 inch pan in the oven.
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture. Add oil, butter, eggs and milk into the well. Stir until just mixed.
- Spray a half size 6 cup bundt pan* with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Loosely cover the top of the pan with a dome of foil to prevent dripping on top of cornbread.
- Pour 1 ½ cups of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place the bundt pan on a trivet/sling* and lower it into the bottom of the Instant Pot. You may need to rearrange the foil a little to fit.
- Cover the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 25 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes and then move the valve to venting and remove the lid.
- Remove the pan out of the Instant Pot. Remove the foil. Place a plate on top of the pan. Then quickly invert the pan onto the top of the plate.
- Cut the cornbread and serve warm with butter and honey.
I adapted this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. If you’re interested in making this in the oven please visit her site.
- Category: Side
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: American
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Can i add some corn or green chilies to the batter?
Of course! That sounds so tasty!
This is so easy to make. I will make it again… and again… and again.
Keitha L Andrews says
Can I use a box mix such as Jiffy mix or Krusteaz?? Thanks. I use a lot of your recipes or my version of them.
Yes you totally can do that.
Instead of using the oil, i used applesauce to cut fat and cholesterol. Turned out really nice. Thanks for the recipe.
Glad you liked it Rachel!
Hi Karen, I just started a new journey of gluten free. How can I alter this to b gluten free? Also, I wish u would offer gluten free recipes or conversions to the ones u already have.
I am so sorry Dawn but I am super unfamiliar with gluten free baking and would not be able to give good advice. What I would do is find a gluten free cornbread recipe that you like and then make it according to directions here in this post. I would use the same cooking time. I would also make sure that the recipe you use is for an 8×8 pan instead of a 9×13 pan.
hi karen I made your instant pot cornbread I put it on 25 min and a 5-10min (nr) and when I got it out it was not done so what do I do and y did it not come out thanks
Did you use a bundt cake pan?
yes but the midle was not done do I need more time if so how much longer
That is so weird. What elevation are you at? I’m at 4000 feet and used 25 minute cooking time with the 10 minute NPR. I’d add 10 more minutes to your time and go from there.
I add 10 min and it work thank you it was good
Is this high pressure for the setting?
Katy L says
Is this a sweet cornbread? Does it even need the sugar? I prefer non-sweet.
Yes it’s definitely a sweet cornbread. You may want to try a different recipe if you prefer non-sweet.
Hi Karen ! Big fan here from Montreal !
Quick question, I do not have a Bundt pan for my instant pot but I do have a spring form pan to make cheesecake and can I use this to make the cornbread recipe in?
Yes you sure can try. I like the bundt cake pan because the air circulates through the middle of the pan too. You may need extra time for a springform pan.