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Black Lentils Instant Pot

Cooking black lentils in the instant pot is a game changer! It is so easy and you can meal prep a big batch for the week. The best part is that it is quick and mostly hands-off.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Legume
Keyword: instant pot, Lentils, meal prep
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 170kcal


  • 1 Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup dried black lentils
  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Add all ingredients to the instant pot.
  • Set the instant pot to high pressure for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • When the instant pot is done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • After the pressure has released for 10 minutes you can release the remaining pressure manually.


You can shorten or lengthen the cook time depending on your taste. 


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 147mg | Fiber: 9g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.5mg