Instant Pot Creme Brulee

A simple classic dessert that is quick to prepare in the Instant Pot.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
3 6-ounce ramekins


  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 2 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 3 teaspoons white sugar, or more to taste


  1. Place a trivet in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot); add 1 cup water.

  2. Heat heavy cream in the microwave until very hot, but not boiling, about 45 seconds.

  3. Whisk egg yolks, 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the warm cream and whisk quickly. Slowly add in the remaining cream, stirring well. Pour the mixture into three 6-ounce ramekins.

  4. Cover ramekins with foil and place on the trivet, stacking if necessary. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 8 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Check custard; it should jiggle around the edges but not be liquid; it will set up more as it cools. Let cool to room temperature, 15 to 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

  6. Top each custard with 1 teaspoon sugar. Heat sugar with a kitchen torch until caramelized, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately.


Instead of vanilla extract, you can scrape the seeds from 1/4 vanilla bean.

If you don't have a kitchen torch, you can place each ramekin under the oven broiler for a few minutes until the sugar is browned.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
32g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 74mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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