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Instant Pot Cheesecake

Smooth, creamy and delicious Instant Pot Cheesecake that comes out perfect every time. Make sure to check out our step by step photos and tips above!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 755kcal

Ingredients

CRUST:

  • ½ cup almonds finely chopped
  • 9 whole graham crackers finely crushed
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

CHEESECAKE:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest

TOPPING:

  • 1 pint strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Limoncello optional
  • ½ cup sour cream optional
  • Lemon zest optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together almonds, crushed graham crackers, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt.
  • Line the bottom of a 7 to 8” springform pan with a disk of parchment paper. Firmly press crust mixture into bottom of pan using a measuring cup.
  • Bake crust until set and slightly browned, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  • In another medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at medium speed just until combined. (do not overbeat). Stir in vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  • Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of crust, smoothing top. Tap cheesecake pan on counter several times to remove any air bubbles.
  • Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot; place trivet in Instant Pot. Place springform pan inside Instant Pot.
  • Place top on Instant Pot; twist to seal and lock. Turn Steam Release Valve to “sealing.” Set Instant Pot to cook at High Pressure for 26 minutes.
  • After cooking is complete, let pressure release naturally (approximately 17 minutes). After that, manually release the pressure by turning the Steam Release Valve to “venting.”
  • Carefully open Instant Pot lid to avoid dripping condensation on top of cheesecake. Use trivet handles to remove cheesecake from Instant Pot. Let cool, then wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Thirty minutes before serving, stir together strawberries, sugar, and Limoncello, if using. Unwrap cheesecake. Remove from pan, and discard parchment paper.
  • Place cheesecake on a cake plate or pedestal. Top with sour cream. Serve with strawberries. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.

Notes

  • If you want to save time, you don’t have to bake the crust first. Just press it in, then add your cheesecake filling.
  • Don’t overbeat your cheesecake—it could cause it to fall during cooking. Use a hand mixer on medium speed, and stop beating as soon as the batter is smooth.
  • There will be water on top of the cheesecake after cooking. Don’t worry about it. Simply blot the cheesecake with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Alternatively, you can cover the springform pan with foil before you set it in the Instant Pot.
  • Don’t worry if your cheesecake is slightly cracked on the top after baking. It will settle as it cools, and the sour cream topping will hide any imperfections.
  • If you don’t want to use Limoncello (an Italian lemon-flavored liqueur), use two tablespoons lemon, orange, or lime juice.
  • If you’d like to try different boozy options, substitute the 2 tablespoons of Limoncello for Grand Marnier, champagne, a sweet rosé, or strawberry liqueur.

Nutrition

Calories: 755kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 1593IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg