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cooked green lentils in bowl with spoon

Instant Pot Brown Lentils

This recipe for Instant Pot Brown Lentils is so easy and versatile. Lentils are full of nutrition and a great source of plant-based protein. Use them in soups or salads, or make them into gluten-free lentil burgers.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 1 cup brown or green lentils, rinsed well and drained
  • 1 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place the rinsed lentils and water in the base of a 6-quart pressure cooker. Add the salt and pepper.
  2. Lock on the lid and set the time to 10 minutes at high pressure.
  3. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick-release to release any remaining pressure. 
  4. Serve the lentils hot or at room temperature.


  1. Store your cooked lentils in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze cooked lentils in a tightly-sealed container for up to 2 months. 
  2. You can feel free to add salt or other seasonings into the pot before you cook your lentils. It’s common to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 of ground black pepper. It just depends on how you are going to use the cooked lentils.
  3. Cooked lentils can also be made into a complete meal by adding cooked rice or cooked quinoa, plus a simple vinaigrette dressing. See my Copycat Costco Quinoa Salad for an actual recipe.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: pressure cooker lentils, how to cook lentils, brown lentils