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black tea made in the pressure cooker

Instant Pot Iced Tea

This Instant Pot Iced Tea recipe is a quick & easy way to make deliciously refreshing iced tea using your pressure cooker. This summer staple is so simple.
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Keyword drinks, iced tea, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 12


  • 8 tea bags black tea - regular sized
  • 20 ounces water
  • pinch baking soda optional
  • granulated sugar optional - Stevia, agave, maple syrup, honey, or any other sweetener to taste


  • Carefully remove the strings from the tea bags, making sure to not accidentally pull them open. I usually just snip the string close to the base with scissors.
  • Add the water, tea bags & baking soda to the pot. Stir and then close the lid.
  • Set the valve to sealing and then set the pressure cooker on manual for 5 minutes.
  • Allow for a natural pressure release for 15 minutes before moving the valve to vent any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully remove the lid and remove the tea bags using a slotted spoon or strainer.
  • Add your sweetener if desired while the tea is hot. But sure to stir well to dissolve.
  • Place the pot in the refrigerator on top of some hot pads and allow it to chill for several hours.
  • Once chilled, serve over ice.


If you'd like to add any desired fruit to the tea, do so when adding all of the ingredients to the pot before cooking. Strain out the cooked fruit when removing the tea bags.
This recipe was made with a 6-quart Instant Pot. Always adhere to the max fill line on your cooker and adjust the recipe accordingly. 
**Live at High Altitude - Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes, and pressure cooking requires water to boil in order to work, some foods may need a little more cooking time. When pressure cooking at high altitudes you want to make sure to add 5 percent to your cook time for every 1,000 feet above 2,000 feet elevation. For example, when we lived at 4,000+ feet I would add 10 percent to my cook time. For a recipe that called for 20-minutes of cooking time, I would then cook for 22 minutes. When pressure cooking, 1-2 minutes can make all the difference in a recipe, unlike when cooking by traditional methods.