Basic Millet Prepared in an Instant Pot® – – Instantly Delicious

Basic Millet in an Instant Pot® pressure cooker -

I first learned about millet from my friend Kim Lutz of Welcoming Kitchen. She was writing her fifth cookbook, Ancient Grains, and she needed recipe testers. I was lucky enough to be able to help her out. Her recipes are delicious, healthy, vegan, and many are gluten-free. Kim has a ton of great information about it and other ancient grains in her cookbook, which I use frequently.

I have had the  bag of millet from recipe testing over two years a year ago sitting in my freezer and honestly, I had forgotten all about it. I had planned on making a rice pilaf today, but I was all out of white rice.  I went looking through what I had and found the forgotten bag of millet.  I am so glad I did! Millet cooks up fluffy like quinoa, couscous, or rice, and it is naturally gluten-free. It also keeps really well in the freezer, if you happen to forget about it.  If you can get your hands on millet, you should definitely try it. I also suggest that you get your hands on Kim’s book, because it is amazing.
Today I am sharing just a recipe for basic millet.  You can serve it as the base of a salad or stir fry.  You can add it to soups or stews, or even treat it like you would cream of wheat or oatmeal and serve as a healthy hot cereal.  I have another tasty recipe in the works, which I will share soon. The best ratio for millet in the Instant Pot® is 1:2. Millet is toothsome when finished, so expect it to have a little chew. It freezes well, so if you don’t have a way to use it today, you can freeze it for later.
Basic Millet
Serves 8


1 cup millet
2 cups water


1. Combine water and millet in theInstant Pot®. Lock lid making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Set to manual high-pressure for 9 minutes.  When finished do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure. Once the lid is unlocked, fluff with a fork before serving.




Margaret Harris
9/9/2017 03:20:02 pm

What is the ratio of water to millet if millet is presoaked?


2/13/2018 07:37:25 pm

Just seeing this comment, Margaret. I do not have enough experience with soaking grains to answer this question. Good luck.


Joelle Permutt
3/1/2019 07:02:23 pm

I do actually soak my millet. I find that it softens it.

3/1/2018 08:37:51 pm

You don’t pre soak millet. Like rice, millet doesn’t absorb water. You have to cook it.


Maaike Staal
11/10/2019 02:59:33 pm

Soaking millet is because of the “fytinezuur” which is in all grains and nuts. You break this acid down by pre-soaking which makes them better digestible. It’s not perse or necisarilly meant to soften them.

Also rice can be soaked to make it better digestible; I am actually intollerant to this acid and find I can handle all grains and nuts a lot better when pre-soaked.

5/19/2019 11:25:57 am



2/13/2018 09:15:44 am

You say the best ratio is 1:1.5 but the ratio you use in the recipe is 1:2. Why is that?


2/13/2018 07:36:38 pm

Sorry, there was a typo. 1:2.


3/1/2018 09:28:56 pm

Thank you for this info. It seems to work well. I used to eat a lot of millet. I’ve only had an IP for about 8 months.


3/2/2018 12:44:13 pm

Thanks for your comment. Millet is a nice alternative to quinoa or rice.


3/9/2018 07:31:29 pm

Blah, totally overcooked, mushy and stuck together. No stars.


5/12/2018 12:28:56 pm

Cooked great, sweetened with eyrithritol and a touch of ghee…. Excellent. 5 Stars. This is great guidance. Don’t listen to the negative Nellies…They whine.


5/14/2018 09:33:54 pm

Thanks, Alfred. 😉


7/30/2018 06:57:37 am

I have a question regarding the cooking time.
It says 9 minutes on High pressure for 1 cup millet.

If I am cooking says 2 cup millet, do I still need 9 minutes of cooking time or shall I double it to 18 minutes.


8/18/2018 08:59:04 am

Same cooking time


9/5/2018 10:00:54 pm

Followed the recipe. The millet to water ratio is off. Turned out too mushy for my taste. Would decrease to 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup millet next time.


Lori Robertson
1/8/2019 09:48:45 am

Perfect! We loved it!


3/31/2019 08:36:11 pm

Perfect ratio! Thanks so much my first attempt came out too dry before I found this recipe. Kids and hubby loved it. Sprinkled some tomatoes, carrots, and ground flaxseed on top with coconut aminos. Highly recommend!


5/28/2019 11:09:29 pm

I used 2 cups millet to 3 cups water, 10 min in Instant Pot , natural release..turned out fine.


Anna Bronfeld
10/29/2019 10:53:17 pm

I use two cups of water and two cups of milk to one cup of millet. First, cover millet with water and boil until the water is almost gone. Then, add milk and cook on a lower setting until milk is absorbed. You may use a bit of salt and/or sugar to taste. After it’s cooked, add butter or ghee. And you get a tasty, healthy, soft porridge.


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