The BEST Instant Pot Bone Broth

Instant Pot Bone Broth - This recipe is the BEST!

Instant Pot “Better Than Botox” Bone Broth is full of natural collagen! Make chicken, pork or beef stock using kitchen scraps and your electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Bone Broth - This recipe is the BEST! @platingsandpairings #instantpot #bonebroth #healthy

Instant Pot Bone Broth in a mason jar

I talked in this post about how you’ll almost always find a mysterious bag of bones in my freezer. There’s also probably some onion peels, carrot nubs, parsley ends and celery leaves in there – it’s my bag of bone broth making goodies. All that stuff that you’d typically throw away in the garbage is perfect for making bone broth, or stock as it’s otherwise known.

So, whenever I’m chopping up some veggies for dinner, I’ll pull out that ziploc freezer bag and just load those peels, ends and leaves in there. And, when I’m making something like this Easy Roasted Chicken or these Short Ribs, those bones will find their way in there too. When the bag is full, I just empty it into my Instant Pot, add a good glug of apple cider vinegar (it helps pull the nutrients out of the bones) and add water to 1-inch below the fill line. Then, I just set it to cook on high pressure for 120 minutes. Once the 2 hours is up, I let the pressure release naturally (it takes about 15 minutes) and voila! Strain the broth and discard the bones and veggies and you’re left with the most beautiful, golden broth!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Bone Broth

Typically, I’ll cook up a batch of Instant Pot bone broth once a week. It’s so much cheaper to make your own bone broth, rather than buying those cartons in the store – plus it tastes SO much better. So, good in fact that I normally just drink the bone broth, straight up, sipping it out of a coffee cup – especially needed in the Oregon wintertime when it rains for months on end! I also love to doctor it up with a bit of white miso paste and a squeeze of ginger from those little tubes that you find in the refrigerated sections at stores like Trader Joe’s. (You could also grate in some fresh ginger, but the tube is so much easier)

Cups of Instant Pot Bone Broth for drinking

What else can you do with your Instant Pot bone broth?

    1. Use it instead of water when you’re cooking rice or pasta – It adds flavor and nutrients.
    2. Cook your vegetables in it.
    3. Use it as a base for your favorite soup recipes.
    4. Add it to your mashed potatoes to keep them moist.

Bone broth has been touted as being “better than Botox” because it’s full of goodies like collagen and gelatin. They’ll help plump your skin, coat your digestive tract and cushion your joints. That’s why it’s highly desired for your Instant Pot bone broth to gel after it’s cooled. The way to be sure it gets that high concentration of collagen and gelatin is to be sure that your ratio of water to bones is just right, and to be sure that you’re using organic bones that have a good amount of collagen to them. Conventionally raised chickens don’t have as much collagen in their joints and bones as an organically raised chicken. Marrow rich beef on the other hand, will produce plenty of gelatinous goodness.

However, don’t worry if your bone broth doesn’t gel, it’s still got loads of minerals and nutrition in there. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Bone Broth - This recipe is the BEST!

The BEST Instant Pot Bone Broth

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 48 kcal
Author: Erin
Instant Pot Bone Broth is full of natural collagen. You could even say it's “Better Than Botox” for your skin! Make chicken, pork or beef stock using kitchen scraps and your electric pressure cooker.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds assorted organic meat bones
  • 2 carrots chopped medium
  • 2 celery stalks chopped medium
  • 1 onion halved, skin left on
  • 2 cloves garlic skin left on
  • Assortment of fresh herbs
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Generous pinch of whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 cups of water enough water to come to 1-inch below MAX fill line

Special Equipment: 6 quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker

Instructions

  1. Place the bones in the Instant Pot, filling it about half full with bones. Add in the vegetables, herbs, apple cider vinegar, peppercorns and salt.
  2. Fill the Instant Pot with water to 1-inch below the MAX fill line.
  3. Make sure your sealing ring is in place on the lid. Lock the lid onto the Instant Pot and set the steam release knob to the "sealing" position.
  4. Press the "manual" button and set your Instant Pot for high pressure for 120 minutes. (I find it easier to decrease the time because the timer resets at 120 after you decrease to zero.) It will take about 15-30 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  5. Once the two hours is up, allow the pressure to release naturally. It will take about 15-30 minutes, then the float valve will drop.
  6. Strain the broth through cheesecloth or a strainer and cool. A good broth will usually have a layer of fat on the top, and will gelatinize when thoroughly cool. Remove the fat with a spoon and discard.

Recipe Notes

Your Instant Pot bone broth will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to five days. For longer storage, I like to freeze 1-cup portions for easy use in recipes.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Instant Pot Bone Broth
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 413mg 17%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 69.1%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can make this bone broth in your slow cooker too!

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13 comments

  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    I also always have bags of veggie scraps and bags of random discarded bones from meals in my freezer. My kids like to joke that they are mom’s lab experiments 😉 Your bone broth looks great! I’ve made bone broth many times before but now am excited to make it in my IP. Love the “better than botox” line!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      So excited that you got an Instant Pot Marlynn! Can’t wait to see more of your recipes using it!

      Reply

  2. Melissa (Pen and Parent)

    I have not tried making bone broth, but it looks like a good recipe made easy by using an Instant Pot!

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    1. Erin

      The Instant Pot definitely makes bone broth easy (and so much quicker)!

      Reply

  3. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Your tip about the apple cider vinegar is such a good one! Also I haven’t used the tubes of ginger but I’m def looking for them next time I’m at TJ’s.

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    1. Erin

      Yes! The tubes of ginger are SO handy (and cheap too)!

      Reply

  4. Dianne

    Can I use bones from a whole cooked chicken?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Definitely! That’s what I usually make my bone broth with. Enjoy!

      Reply

  5. Melissa Manos

    ok. i NEED an Insta-pot, don’t I?!!! I see them everywhere and LOVE the idea of a quick and tasty meal. And I do use a ton of broth in my everyday cooking… OK! I’ll investigate… 😉

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    1. Erin

      I say go for it Melissa – I love my Instant Pot and use it WAY more than I thought I would! So much so, that I’m considering investing in a second one.

      Reply

  6. Hillary Harper

    First off, I HAVE to get an instant pot. I’ve been seeing so many good recipes using one lately! Secondly, you’ve inspired me to make my own bone broth this weekend! I didn’t realize how simple it was 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Hillary – Yes, it’s super simple to make broth at home! I almost never buy it at the store anymore. Enjoy!

      Reply

  7. Meg

    This is a good reminder to keep my root vegetable scraps (I don’t like to add bits or cruciferous veggies that I love eating) for use in making stock. I usually do it in my slow cooker but if I had an Instant Pot, I’d do it there. It’s such a versatile appliance! When I make stock I also add some vinegar to pull out the minerals – something I learned from my raw milk/Nourishing Traditions days.

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