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Monday, August 7, 2023

How to Cook a Meatloaf in Your Instant Pot...

You need to know right away, this is not a recipe for a meatloaf that you will cook in your Instant Pot. Rather this is a tutorial on cooking your favorite meatloaf in the Instant Pot. Come and take a look...

We are getting settled as fast as is possible with 100+ temperatures, along with discussing plans for the future and spending time with the grandson. Meatloaf is often a fall back dinner idea around here. For one thing, we like it and after that is makes great sandwiches. But it is perfect for making up a large meatloaf and putting half away for a future meal. If you missed it, I offered a little discussion about meatloaves and how to enjoy a second meal without much work at all!

The day that we had enough thawed ground beef to make a double meatloaf, it was about 105 degrees outside and no one wanted the oven on! About then I decided it was time to teach myself how to cook a meatloaf in the Instant Pot, and what I learned was that I love the texture and the moistness of a meatloaf cooked under pressure. 

I did noticed that most meatloaf recipes cook in 25 to 30 minutes, and for those times the measure of meat was one and a half pound  to two pounds of ground beef. We were using just over two and a half pounds of meat, and I ended up cooking the meatloaf for 35 minutes. These cooking times are helpful to avoid overcooking the meat, but also, you may have different meatloaf recipes calling for different amounts of ground beef. Plus there is a 10 minute (NPR) standing time before releasing the pressure and opening the lif.

I also noticed that many recipes cook potatoes in the pan at the time, and while this is convenient, I have found that potatoes cook much faster than meat. Our choice is to cook potatoes separately or have a different side dish, like this Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese or these Slow Cooker Roasted Potatoes. For this offered post, I am concentrating on the cooking of a meatloaf!

How to Cook a Meatloaf in Your Instant Pot!
by the seat of my pants, because there is a first time for everything!

Place the required amount of water needed for your Instant Pot and a rack into the cooking vessel. 

Lay down a sheet of parchment paper, turning in the sides to make it fit the pan. The parchment will allow the excess grease to drain away as the meatloaf cooks. 

By all means make up your favorite meatloaf recipe. For cooking review the suggested cooking times from the second paragraph above. But should you wish to try something new, we love this easy and delicious Melt in Your Mouth Meatloaf!

When all the ingredients are mixed together, shape the mixture into a ball, then drop onto the parchment. Pat gently to get a flat bottom. 

If desired, drizzle a bit of your favorite BBQ sauce or catsup over the meatloaf, before securing the lid and beginning to cook. 

Cook the meatloaf for the time suggested above, and let stand 10 minutes before releasing pressure and opening the lid. Let cook slightly, then slice and serve. 

Because we had made such a large meatloaf, we did put half into the freezer for another dinner, and yes, we will sauté the slices in butter for another delicious dinner with family.



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  1. My husband loves meatloaf, Melynda, so I need to give this a try! I've had an Instapot for a while but there is so much more I can learn about using it!

    1. Donna, this may be my new favorite way to cook meatloaf, it turned out great! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  2. Thank you for sharing your links with us at #273 SSPS Linky. I will have to ask my daughter to make this as I do not have an IP

  3. Melynda,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! Looks delicious!!

  4. I love meatloaf - especially the sandwiches the next day! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - Hope your week is going fabulous!

  5. Awesome tutorial, thank you! I wouldn't have thought about cooking a meat loaf in an instapot! Thank you for visiting Tell It To Me Tuesday!

  6. What a smart idea. I do not have an instapot! But I do have a small pressure cooker. Might work.

    Have a great week!


    1. A stove top should work also, maybe a difference in cooking time, but they function the same.


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