Instant Pot Lentil Soup

These lentils are so easy to make with the Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker. They are warm, cozy, and pair really well with a size of brown rice or cauliflower rice. Cooked with healing spices turmeric, coriander, ginger, and cumin, this is a great recipe to have handy for weeknights.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (fresh or ground)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (or more to taste)


  1. Click the "Saute" button on the Instant Pot. Add avocado oil. After a minute, add the chopped onions. Stir the onions until they are well coated in the oil. Stir frequently for the next few minutes, until the onions start to become translucent.

  2. Mince the ginger, if using fresh, and add it to the Instant Pot. Add the ground cumin, ground turmeric, sea salt, and black pepper.  Toss the onions in the spices until they are well coated.

  3. Add the lentils, stir a few times, and pour in the water. Turn off the Instant Pot by pressing the "Off" button and place the lid and lock into place. You should hear a sound when it's locked into place. 

  4. Now, click on "Pressure Cooker" and set the time for 25 minutes. If you're not planning to eat for awhile, feel free to use the "Keep Warm" button to keep it warm. That's it! Note that it takes about 10-12 minutes for the pressure to build up before the 25 minutes will start, so plan accordingly.

  5. Once the timer is up, the Instant Pot will turn off on its own (unless you set it to "Keep Warm"). At this point, you can either rapid release pressure (be careful doing this and do not touch the lever directly) or let the pressure release on its own. I always let it release on its own unless I'm in a hurry. Either way, be really careful not to burn yourself and make sure you've read the instructions on how to perform this task before attempting to do this.

  6. Once the pressure is completely released, be sure to turn off the Instant Pot if it's on "Keep Warm" and open the Instant Pot and stir the lentils. Add the lemon juice and stir again. Adjust the salt and pepper, if needed. Add more lemon juice for more tanginess, if desired.

  7. The lentils are ready to be enjoyed, either alone or as a side. I love enjoying them with cauliflower rice or brown rice. Store the remaining lentils in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.