If you want to save space in your kitchen for appliances that can do multiple things, then you might want to check out this Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer.
You get the speed of the pressure cooker with all of the features of the Instant Pot Duo and the ability to air fry with the new lid for crispy, low fat choices.
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Instant Pot Duo Crisp UK Review
If you’ve been thinking about buying an Instant Pot and you’re tempted by the Duo Crisp then let me show you what it can do. Check out these features :
Features of the Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer
- You get the best of both worlds with this Instant Pot, a pressure cooker and air fryer perfect for families with an 8L capacity.
- 11 one-touch cooking programs built in. Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Sous Vide, Saute, Steamer, Warmer, Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Broil and Dehydrate.
- CREATE TENDER JUICY MEALS AND ACHIEVE A CRISP GOLDEN FINISH – With this unique one of a kind technology you have the ability to ensures a perfect crunch to your food! Make tasty, healthy meals more quickly than if you use your traditional oven recipes. That is the beauty of using a pressure cooker and air fryer in one appliance.
- ACCESSORIES MAKE YOUR COOKING EVEN EASIER : Multi-level air fryer basket with dehydrating and broiling tray. This has been designed specifically for optimal results, and you also get interchangeable lids that have protective pads for storage!
- WHATS IN THE BOX: Pressure Cooker Lid, Inner Pot, Steam Rack with Handles, Air Fryer Basket, Dehydrating Tray and Protective Pad Storage Lid, UK and EU power cables.
The Pressure Cooker Bit
Let’s start with the pressure cooker part of this Instant Pot. Or to be more accurate, all of the functions you have using the pressure cooking lid.
There are 2 main parts to the control panel, a row of buttons for cooking with the pressure cooking lid and a row of buttons for using the air fryer lid.
The style of this control panel is similar to the older instant pot models but they have taken off most of the presets and just left the main functions on the front. I like this as it’s simpler to follow and to be honest, most people only use a couple of the old buttons or use the manual control.
There is a small led screen which shows you the times and settings you’ve chosen and it also shows the countdown as it’s cooking. This is a little smaller that all of the other Instant Pot control panels, it looks like they’ve squished it to fit everything in. The characters are blue on a black background, so very easy to read.
The pressure cooker option still offers hi and lo cooking (I’ve never actually used the lo myself) and to select it you just press the pressure cooker button once for hi and press it again if you want the lo option. It’s the same for all of the function buttons that have hi/lo options.
You can manually set the time you want with the buttons on the right hand side of the display, then press start for it to start cooking. There’s a list of foods and times included with your Instant Pot.
Make sure you have the lid securely on and the pressure valve set to “sealing” which is for pressure cooking. Once it has reached the pressure required it will begin to count down the time it has to cook.
You’ll be surprised at how quiet it is too, no scary hissing whenever you walk past.
Once the cycle is complete it will automatically go to the warming function unless you have deselected it. This will also allow it to naturally de-pressurise although you can do that quickly by pressing the button next to the valve to vent it.
To use the Steam function you would select the steam button, place your food inside with water in the bottom of the pot. Secure the lid and set the valve to “venting”. You don’t want to pressure cook and this will allow some of the steam to escape.
Slow cooking is the same, choose hi or lo for the temperature you need, similar to the choices on a standard slow cooker. After placing the food into the pot, set the time and move the valve to “venting”. With the valve set in this way you can open the lid at any time to check and stir your food.
If you want to pre-fry any of your ingredients first you can use the Saute function button, add a little oil to the pot and seal your meat or veg as required. This is also great to use if you want to add thickener to your gravy with a stew after pressure cooking or just to re-heat something. It will run for up to 30 minutes.
For the sous vide option it’s very easy to use. You will need to fill your pot with warm water and make sure you have enough water in your pot to be able to submerge your food, so fill it about 2/3 full (Using warm water makes it a bit quicker to come to your selected temperature).
Set the temperature you need and press and the time you want to cook your food, place on the lid then press start, set the valve to venting. Once the temperature is reached it will start to count down. You can now remove the lid and place your food into the pot to cook for the time set. Easy!
There are safety measures built in to electric pressure cookers and this one is no different. It has the steam release button now that keeps your hand away from the hot steam. It can detect if the lid is on correctly and if it is the right lid for the cooking you require, so you can’t pressure cook with the air fryer lid on and vice versa.
If you’re pot has no liquid in the bottom it will give an alert and more importantly if you try and start it without the inner pot being placed inside it will flash and beep at you. This is definitely not recommended.
You can’t open the lid until the pressure is fully released and there are temperature regulators and pressure controls, keeping everything within safe parameters. If anything happens outside those parameters it will turn off the heat.
The option to air fry with the new lid is a game changer in what you can make with your Instant Pot.
To use it you need to remove the standard lid and then you can insert the frying basket (inside the inner pot) to place your food inside. There is also a stainless steel tray that fits into the basket about halfway up which can lift your food closer to the heat if required.
Spray your food with some oil and put on the air fryer lid. Select the air fryer option on the control panel, choose your temperature and time, then press start.
The highest temperature is 400F, but you can lower that as needed. You can remove the lid at any time during the cooking process to check the progress.
Don’t forget that the lid will be very hot on the inside, so this is where you use the cooling pad that’s included to sit your lid on and to protect the worktop.
This is perfect for cooking your wings or fries but you can also use it to brown anything that you’ve made in the pressure cooker, like a chicken. You can cook a chicken quickly in the pressure cooker but it looks a bit pale and uninteresting. Switch the lid to the air fryer after pressure cooking and you’ll be able to brown the skin and make it look much more appetising.
You also have the option to roast, bake, broil and dehydrate with the buttons situated on the air fryer line. The process is exactly the same, they are just preset temperatures which you can alter to suit, except for the broil which is locked on 400F and only allows you to adjust the time.
Your new Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer comes with the pressure cook lid and also the air fryer lid. You have the cooling pad for the air fryer lid which you can use to rest the hot lid on while checking your food and when the lid is cool you can turn over the pad and lock it in place inside the air fryer lid to protect the element while in storage.
It also comes with a steam rack, the air fryer basket and its removable base, the dehydrator tray, a manual for the pressure cooker and the air fryer and a cooking time table sheet to give you cooking times for the most popular foods. Get more information from books and videos with Instant Pot Duo recipes.
Pros & Cons
|11 Built-in programs||It’s a large size for the worktop|
|8L Family Sized Pot||No recipes included|
|Cooking Time Sheet||Air Fryer Lid is heavy|
|Button Steam Valve Release||Quite pricey|
|Easy to use control panel|
This Instant Pot Duo Crisp Air Fryer is a great option for a multi cooker that you will use every day. It’s not the cheapest item that you will buy for your kitchen but it may turn out to be the best value in terms of what it can do.
There are other pressure cooker air fryers available, like the Ninja Foodie but this one is cheaper and it doesn’t have the air fryer lid attached to the main unit which makes it a bit easier to use.
If you’re looking to upgrade your pressure cooker, love multi-use gadgets and you have the space for it, this would be worth buying in my opinion.