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Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 14 mins
Servings 12 servings

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This Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake is the creamiest, most luscious cheesecake you’ll make in your pressure cooker! It is foolproof and pairs perfectly with all toppings!

instant pot cheesecake on white cake plain with no toppings

This recipe was first posted on Spend with Pennies.

It is time, folks.

Time to set aside our obsession with this Instant Pot Pot Roast and move on to cheesecake.

This right here is our next Instant Pot obsession, and I don’t think anyone is mad about it.

Why we love this Instant Pot Cheesecake:

How do I even answer that? There is just so much to love.

I’ll admit, even though cheesecake is my truest dessert love (when I first got my Instant Pot I wasn’t one of the ones rushing to make a cheesecake.

I was happy whipping up this Best Vanilla Cheesecake recipe (the one I adapted for this Instant Pot cheesecake recipe!), or this Easy Cheesecake recipe when I was short on time or motivation.

I’ve always thought of the pressure cooker like a slow cooker, just really fast, so I started with large cuts of meats, soups and stews and didn’t venture much into desserts.

Now I wish I’d started sooner!

instant pot cheesecake on white cake plate with whipped cream strawberries and blueberries

I know now that the Instant Pot is one of the best tools for cooking a “baked” cheesecake, because of the moist environment.

Rather than fiddling with water baths in the oven, we can just rest our cheesecake pan on the trivet of our Instant Pot and let the steam work its magic.

What we get? A smooth, incredibly creamy cheesecake that is nearly foolproof, and cooks in about a quarter of the time!

instant pot cheesecake slice on white plate with fork on the side

How to make Instant Pot Cheesecake:

  1. Bake the crust: I prefer to bake my crust because it really helps the crust to firm up and stay crispy. You can skip this step if you must, but just know that your crust will be softer.
  2. Room temperature ingredients: this is crucial with all cheesecake recipes, because cold cream cheese does not beat into a smooth batter.
  3. Don’t overmix: When we overmix, we add too much air to the batter, and air bubbles in cheesecake — especially under pressure! — can do funny things while cooking.
  4. Get a new sealing ring: you can easily find cheap replacement rings for your Instant Pot online, and it’s worth it if you intend to cook sweet and savory dishes. The silicone rings hold on to smells, so if you want a pressure cooker cheesecake with no hint of pot roast, please use a fresh sealing ring.
uncooked instant pot cheesecake in pressure cooker with tin foil sling under pan

What kind of pan do I need to make cheesecake in the Instant Pot?

This cheesecake recipe is designed for a 7″ pan. A 7″ pan fits perfectly in my 6 quart Instant Pot, but you will have a little extra room if you are using an 8 quart.

I use a Fat Daddio’s 7″ push pan as opposed to a springform pan, but either will work.

I like the push pan for the Instant Pot because you don’t have the clasp on the side taking up valuable space!

Make this cheesecake your own:

While the Instant Pot isn’t the safest place to experiment with recipes, there are a few easy ways you can mix things up once you have perfect the basic, vanilla cheesecake.

  • Experiment with the flavor of cookies you use in the crust: swap the graham crackers for chocolate baking crumbs or another hard cookie on the grocery store shelf.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder to the filling with the sugar — keep in mind that cocoa often adds bitterness, so don’t add too much.
  • Stir in crushed Oreo cookies, or another crumbled cookie.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of lemon or lime zest to the filling with the sugar for a citrusy twist.
  • Stir in a spoonful of strawberry Jello powder or pureed freeze fried strawberries for a strawberry twist.
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Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake

5 from 4 votes
This Easy Instant Pot Cheesecake is the creamiest, most luscious cheesecake you'll make in your pressure cooker! It is foolproof and pairs perfectly with all toppings!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 44 mins
Natural Pressure Release 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 14 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 338cal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 500 grams full fat cream cheese (room temperature) 2 packages or 16oz
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup full fat sour cream or Greek yogurt plain (room temperature)
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together graham crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom and about 1″ up the sides of a 7″ springform pan or push pan.
  • Bake crust for 10 minutes, or until firm. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, scraping down the sides once.
  • Add sugar and beat on low speed until smooth — using low speed helps to prevent adding unnecessary air bubbles to the batter.
  • Add sour cream and beat on low speed just until smooth.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared crust. Tap pan gently on the counter to bring air bubbles to the top, then pop with a fork or knife.
  • Tear off a long piece of foil and fold it lengthwise to create a long narrow sling.
  • Pour the water into the Instant Pot (I use a 6 quart – use 1.5 cups for 8 quart), then place the trivet inside. Place the sling on top of the trivet, bending it to lay flat on the bottom and stick up the sides, as shown in the photo above.
  • Place pan on top of the sling, and fold the ends of the sling over top the pan so you can put the lid on.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 32 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to build pressure and begin counting down.
  • When the cook time is over, turn the Instant Pot off and allow the pressure to release naturally before opening the valve and removing the lid — this should take about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the Instant Pot using the sling. Set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature before refrigerating for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Slice and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 338cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 857IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords instant pot cheesecake, pressure cooker cheesecake

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  1. Jen says

    This looks so creamy and perfect! My oldest loves cheesecake but I’ve never tried my hand at making one because it always looks like so much work. This recipe definitely seems like I might be able to pull it off. Going to make it this weekend. Thanks!

  2. Betsy says

    It is truly unbelievable all the amazing things a person can make in their Instant Pot! This cheesecake is so incredibly delicious and creamy! I could eat this for every meal… 😀

  3. Chris says

    so you have to refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight after letting cool to room temperature after baking? sonnot something you can eat the same day you make it? how is this better then normal cheesecake recipes? sounds more like a gimmick then really a good recipe. or someone getting paid from instant pot for gimmicky recipes. not sure I want to try this over a normal cheesecake recipe.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      So I’m not sure why you are here then? Feel free to just leave if you are not interested, no need to leave your negativity around here. I’ve listed the reasons we prefer it over baked cheesecake. I am not paid for gimmicky Instant Pot recipes. Have you made ANY cheesecake before? All have to be cooled to room temperature and then chilled overnight. Please don’t make this recipe, you probably won’t like it.

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