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How to Brew Iced Tea in Your Instant Pot

glass of iced tea

A batch of Instant Pot iced tea made in your instant pot or pressure cooker is a summertime game changer! Here’s how to brew iced tea that is smooth and strong, perfect for brewing up a pot and sippin’!

Just when you think your Instant Pot or pressure cooker can’t be any more awesome, Iced Tea enters the arena.

I don’t know what magic occurs inside this pot of tea when it’s brewing away. Are there iced tea fairies infusing fairy?

Is there a chill guy making everything taste smooth and oh so drinkable?

Either way, let’s make a batch of tea and get drinking!

How to Make Instant Pot Iced Tea

This recipe can’t be any easier. Here’s what you do….

First, fill your Instant Pot with ten cups of water. See that measurement tool inside the pot? Just set the whole pot in your sink and fill ‘er up!

Put the vessel into your Instant Pot.

Next, add eight regular sized tea bags to the party. I remove the paper and the little tiny staple thingy.

tea bags in instant pot

Put the lid on and set the pressure cooker or instant pot to four minutes.

Now, because we have a big old pot of water, it’s gonna take a few minutes (like maybe 15) to come to pressure.

Then, the four minute countdown starts.

But don’t get too excited quite yet.

We want the instant pot iced tea to do a natural pressure release (NPR) which just means it’s gonna hang out and chill while the pressure comes down.

THIS PART IS IMPORTANT. <—— See what I did there with the caps to make you stop and read???

You don’t want to let steam out of the pot. This is going to make your tea bitter, and then you’ll start thinking you need to add baking soda and all that crazy stuff.

But really, all you need is tea and water. The way nature intended.

My instant pot took almost thirty minutes to NPR. The best things in life are worth waiting for….

Then, let it cool, put into an iced tea pitcher and refrigerate!

outside photo of lemon, glass and pitcher of iced tea made in the instant pot

Can I make a smaller batch of iced tea?

Yes, you sure can make a smaller batch of iced tea. Just half the recipe and use the same timing instructions.

Can I re-use the tea bags for another batch?

Again, my answer is YES! Just add another few (like 2-3) brand new tea bags into the batch to keep the flavor profile going strong, just like we like it.

glass of instant pot iced tea

Can I use the Instant Pot method for Sweetened Iced Tea?

Yes, you can add sweetener when the tea is still hot by adding your sweetener or choice or some simple syrup (sugar and water combined, boiled and made into a syrup.)

Whatever you do, don’t wait until the tea is cold to add sweetener, or it will just roll around in the bottom of your glass and no one has time for that.

Tea variations for Instant Pot Iced Tea

Play around with this method of instant pot iced tea. You could make Chai Iced Tea, or add berry or hibiscus tea….The options and possibilities are limitless.

Recommendations your Instant Pot

You don’t have to go wild with Instant Pot accessories, but I do recommend having multiple seals for your Instant Pot. One for savory, one for sweets and one for random recipes like iced tea. You can see all my Instant Pot accessory recommendations here.

I’d love to see what you create! Stop back in and leave a comment to tell me what you made with this easy recipe!

Other recipes to make in your Instant Pot:

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glass of iced tea

Instant Pot Iced Tea

It's easy to brew iced tea in your Instant Pot! Here's how.
5 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot iced tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 2kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 regular sized tea bags

Instructions

  • Fill your Instant Pot with ten cups of water. See that measurement tool inside the pot? Just set the whole pot in your sink and fill ‘er up!
  • Put the vessel into your Instant Pot.
  • Add eight regular sized tea bags to the party. I remove the paper and the little tiny staple thingy.
  • Put the lid on and set the pressure cooker or instant pot to four minutes.
  • Now, because we have a big old pot of water, it’s gonna take a few minutes (like maybe 15) to come to pressure.
  • The countdown will start and it will cook four minutes
  • Let it sit for about 30 minutes to naturally pressure release (NPR). The pressure pin will drop once it’s done depressurizing.
  • Then, let it cool, put into a pitcher and refrigerate!

Notes

Can I make a smaller batch of iced tea?
Yes, you sure can make a smaller batch of Instant Pot Iced Tea. Just half the recipe and use the same timing instructions.
Can I re-use the tea bags for another batch?
Again, my answer is YES! Just add another few (like 2-3) brand new tea bags into the batch to keep the flavor profile going strong, just like we like it.
Can I use this method for Sweetened Iced Tea?
Yes, you can add sweetener when the tea is still hot by adding your sweetener or choice or some simple syrup (sugar and water combined, boiled and made into a syrup.)

Nutrition

Calories: 2kcal
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest
    May 29, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    5 stars
    This is the first time I learn that one can make tea in instant pot! With hot summer days upon us, this sounds like a good time to give this recipe a try. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    May 29, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    5 stars
    Instant pot iced tea? This sounds so good and didn’t even think we could make drinks from an instant pot but it makes complete sense. I can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    May 29, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    5 stars
    What a great idea for the Instant Pot! I can’t wait to make this; I love cool and refreshing tea in the summer!

  • Reply
    Chichi
    May 29, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    Wow. Never made iced tea this way. Nice idea. Thank you.

  • Reply
    May
    May 29, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    5 stars
    This is so clever! I’ve never thought about using my instant pot to make tea.

  • Reply
    Ric
    June 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Use the string to tie the tea bags together. This makes it easier to pull them out.

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