Instant Pot Bahn Flan (Vietnamese Flan)

The Instant Pot creates a wonderfully soft and tender flan that is creamier than a regular custard flan. You'll recognize the French influence in this Vietnamese version of the "creme caramel," and will also taste the Vietnamese take on the dessert as it's steamed in the Instant Pot. The delicate texture and vanilla flavor make the dish entirely delicious!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs


  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 ⅔ cups white sugar, divided

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Warm milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 2/3 cup sugar and stir to dissolve, about 3 minutes. Make sure milk does not boil; turn off heat if necessary.

  2. Whisk eggs and egg yolk by hand; do not overmix. Pour slowly into the warm milk-sugar mixture and stir continuously over low heat for 1 1/2 minutes.

  3. Strain through a tightly woven mesh strainer into a bowl to remove any solids that may have formed. Add vanilla extract to the bowl; mix until well combined. Set aside.

  4. Pour 1 cup sugar into a wide skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until sugar has evenly melted and turned a golden caramel color, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a pressure cooker-safe cake pan, coating the bottom with liquid sugar. Pour in custard. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. Place a trivet in the bottom of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and add 1 cup water. Place the cake pan onto the trivet and close and lock the lid. Seal the valve and select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 9 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  6. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, for 10 minutes, then turn the valve to Venting to release remaining pressure. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove the trivet and pan.

  7. Allow to cool for 1 hour, then chill for at least 3 to 4 hours, or overnight. Slide knife carefully around the edges and hold the bottom securely as you invert onto a large serving dish; the caramel should drip over the flan and onto the plate.

Cook's Note:

You can also make 3 individual flans in ramekins. Set cook time to 6 minutes if using ramekins.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

628 Calories
11g Fat
120g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 628
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 329mg 110%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 120g 43%
Total Sugars 119g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 234mg 18%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 344mg 7%

* 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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