Sous Vide Cooking: How To Set the Instant Pot Ultra’s Custom Temperature Control

I bought the Instant Pot Ultra to use both as a second Instant Pot but, more importantly, so I could cook sous vide. The Ultra has a custom temperature control in the Ultra cooking mode that allows you to set the temperature you want (good to within plus or minus 5 degrees).

Unfortunately, it’s not intuitively obvious how to set it. Since I figured there are other folks out there who are probably scratching their heads like I was over this, I made a quick little “how-to” video. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Sous Vide Cooking: How To Set the Instant Pot Ultra’s Custom Temperature Control

  • February 27, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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    do you sous vide in the Ultra with lid on or off?

    Thanks for other tips!

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    • February 27, 2018 at 10:52 PM
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      Len – Either is fine, although I typically do it “lid off.” 😎

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  • December 7, 2018 at 1:15 AM
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    Just got my Ultra last Sunday. Left a comment at your longer page on sous vide cooking. I get much lower temps measured with a Thermapen thermometer than the temp selected on the display if I leave the lid off. With the lid on, the temp is coming out close to what I input on the display. The unit sometimes starts “cooking” at a much lower temperature and then after perhaps 10-15 minutes it is approaching or even exceeding the inputted temperature. Does your Ultra work like this? I find that I don’t have to close the lid, but just put it on at an offset so it set flat and doesn’t start beeping and complaining about the lid not being set correctly. I noticed, by the way, that the review of the new Instant Pot Max at CNET mentions that the sous vide temperatures are much below what is entered:

    https://www.cnet.com/reviews/instant-pot-max-review/

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    • January 21, 2019 at 10:04 PM
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      I just tried this for the first time and followed the video’s directions to set up my Pot. After about 15 minutes it beeped and started counting the cooking time. I put my steak in and as I was sealing the bag, noticed that the water didn’t seem hot. Used my Thermapen to check and it was just barely 100°! I took the steak out, reset the whole thing to make sure I had done it correctly (I had), and restarted it. After a few minutes it beeped again and started cooking. Water was not hot. I did not put the steak in but just left it “cooking“ covered with a silicone cover. Checked the temperature periodically. It got to about 129 after one hour. Then it shut off thinking it was done cooking. Something really wrong here…

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      • January 22, 2019 at 12:37 AM
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        That’s rather odd! But as I think I’ve mentioned before, I always use hot water from the tap (which is typically close to 120F) so the IP doesn’t have to heat it up much. But that’s a huge variation, and it’s a good thing you checked. While I haven’t had any deviations like that with mine, it’s clear that the IP (at least the Ultra – I haven’t seen anything on how well the Max does with sous vide) isn’t nearly as good as a sous vide circulator.

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