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This Instant Pot flan is so rich, creamy and silky smooth. Oh, and the caramel on top is absolutely heavenly. This is my family's traditional flan recipe converted to the Instant Pot which means it's quick and easy to make too.

If you haven’t tried flan, you are missing out! It’s a delicious caramel glazed custard-like dessert traditional in many Hispanic countries including my own, Honduras. It is usually baked in a water bath, but now you’ll be able to easily make it in the Instant Pot!

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Flan, It’s What’s for Dessert

I grew up on flan! In Honduras, it’s a very common dessert found in most restaurant menus. My mom used to make flan all the time, no special occasion needed! She would sometimes make it from scratch and she would sometimes buy the little, boxed packs, like pudding boxes that are easy to make.

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This Instant Pot dessert will blow your socks off! This Instant Pot flan is so creamy smooth. And the caramel on top of the flan is to die for. This Instant Pot flan is la creme de la creme of Instant Pot desserts. From Valerie @ One Happy Housewife - onehappyhousewife.com #easydessert #creamcheese #instantpotflan #flan #instantpotdessert #spanishflan #instantpot #recipe #easyrecipes #onehappyhousewife

My sister in law made all kinds of different flans, including the harder to make choco-flan which is a layered flan and chocolate cake dessert. For now, though, I will show you how to make a delicious Instant Pot Flan that I’ve been making in the oven for years. It’s not your regular jiggly flan, it’s a bit denser and creamier. It’s simply amazing!

Flan, Flan Everywhere

I can’t tell you how many times I had to make this flan in order to get the timing and ingredients just right for the Instant Pot! I had flan coming out of my ears! My neighbors were also recipients of plenty of flan during the trial and error period. They didn’t seem to mind!

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I tried all kinds of different pans and ramekins and finally found the perfect flan pan. I know most of you won’t have one but have no fear, you will be able to use any other pan that fits in your Instant Pot, and you will still get a delicious flan. I will say this, though, if you will be making flan often, I highly recommend you get one of these pans. I love mine!

Finally Perfect Instant Pot Flan

So after many tries, I finally achieved exactly what I wanted. This Instant Pot Flan is so easy to make and so crazy delicious, you will want to make it often!

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Just a few simple steps and you’ll be enjoying some amazing Instant Pot Flan ….. Here we go!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

This recipe doesn’t require much. These are the items I used to prep and make this recipe:

  • I used my blender to mix all the flan ingredients together. It’s a very simple and affordable blender that I’ve had for years and it’s still going strong.
  • I used both a small liquid measuring cup to measure the ingredients and a large liquid measuring cup to measure the water that goes into the Instant Pot.
  • The mini mitts are perfect for handling the flan pan when you take it out of the Instant Pot.
  • For slicing up some delicious servings of flan, I used my aqua knives. I love this set because they are so pretty, very high quality and affordable.
Appliances & Cookware

These are the items I used to cook this recipe:

  • For this recipe, I used this special flan pan. While it’s not necessary for making this flan, I highly recommend it because it does help make the task easier. Plus, at 7-inches wide, it fits perfectly in the Instant Pot.
  • I used my 8 quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
Serving Platters & Dishes

I served the flan on my set of aqua plates. Oh, how I love aqua!

Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories

Don’t forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. It’s a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with the Instant Pot.

Must-Have Instant Pot Cookbooks

I have also put together a list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.


Now it’s your turn to give this Instant Pot Flan recipe a try!

If you are an Instant Pot beginner, I have included a step-by-step below the recipe card – so make sure to check it out.

Making Instant Pot Flan

You are really not going to believe how easy this Instant Pot Flan is to make. Just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand and you’re good to go!

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Gather The Flan Ingredients

Flan is made from just a few simple ingredients: eggs, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and sugar for the caramel. That’s it!

See the recipe below for exact measurements.

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If you’d like to make two flans, this recipe doubles perfectly. In fact, the original recipe I make in the oven is a doubled recipe. I had to half the recipe for the Instant Pot since the pans that fit in it are smaller. So if you have a party and want to make two, just double the ingredients, and follow the rest of the recipe exactly. For the cooking portion, I would personally make them one at a time.

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The cream cheese in this flan is what makes it extra creamy and denser than a traditional flan.

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This pan below is the Flan pan I mentioned. It’s perfect for making flan and out of everything I tried it was the best performing one.

instant pot flan mold

Make The Caramel

This is probably the hardest part of making flan, making the caramel. I must admit, I leave this task to my hubby Ryan since I have burnt one too many caramels on the stove! It really isn’t hard, you just can’t be distracted and you have to focus on the caramel and the caramel ONLY. All you need is 1/2 cup of sugar. Pour the sugar into your pot on the stove and cook it on medium-high heat. Mix it continuously.

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You will see chunks of sugar start to form. Keep mixing until all the chunks have dissolved and the sugar looks like caramel as seen in the pictures below.

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Remove from the stove immediately so it doesn’t burn. Trust me, it happens quickly!

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Coat The Flan Pan With The Caramel

For this next step, please be very careful. The caramel is EXTREMELY HOT and can cause bad burns if it comes in contact with your skin, so don’t try to taste it by sticking your finger in it!

If you don’t believe me, ask Ryan!

Carefully pour the caramel into your flan pan.

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Swirl the caramel around the pan, allowing the caramel to cover the bottom as well as the sides of the pan. Keep swirling the pan around until the caramel no longer moves and there’s a thin layer of caramel on the bottom and sides.

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Set the pan aside and let the caramel cool.

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That was the hard part! From this point on, it’s a breeze.

Mix The Flan Ingredients In A Blender

All your ingredients will go in a blender, it couldn’t be easier than that! I usually put my ingredients into the blender in a certain order, but surely you can just throw them all in there and be OK. This is how I do it: Evaporated milk first.

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Cubed cream cheese next. I cube the cream cheese so it ensures everything mixes perfectly and there are no huge chunks of cream cheese left over.

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Next, I pour the sweetened condensed milk in. Since the recipe calls for half a can, I usually just estimate how much I pour in.

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Finally, I add the eggs.

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I blend everything on high speed until all the ingredients are mixed well.

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Pour The Flan Mixture Into The Flan Pan

Next, you pour the flan mixture into the caramel-coated pan. You may hear cracking from the caramel as you pour, that is OK.

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Cover The Flan Pan

My flan pan comes with a nifty cover. If you don’t have one, then cover your flan tightly with aluminum foil.

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The pan also has three latches to keep the lid tightly sealed.

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I can’t vouch for how long the latches will last since I’ve only had the pan for about a month. But they do look and feel sturdy. If they do break though, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to keep using the lid without them. Just a random thought.

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Place In The Instant Pot

Pour 3 cups of water in the Instant Pot and using your trivet carefully lower your flan into the pot.

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My new flan pan fits perfectly into my 8 qt. It’s a 7-inch pan.

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Place the lid on your pot and set it on sealing. Cook the flan on Manual high pressure for 14 minutes. (On some models the “Manual” button is labeled “Pressure Cook”) Once the flan is done cooking, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release, which means you do nothing until the pin drops.

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Place In The Refrigerator

After allowing for a full NPR and your pin has dropped, open your pot and carefully take the flan out. Allow it to cool on the counter for about 20 minutes before placing it in the refrigerator.

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This step is super important and cannot be skipped. As much as you want to eat the flan now, just don’t! Once the flan pan has finished cooling on the countertop, place it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or more. My absolute best result was when I made the flan at night and refrigerated it overnight.

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Time To Open The Pan

Finally, it’s time to enjoy your flan! Uncover it and run a knife around the edge of the pan to separate it.

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Time to flip it! Placing a plate on top, quickly but carefully turn the pan over to unmold your flan.

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Tada!!! Instant Pot Flan perfection!

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I try to scrape as much caramel as I can from the pan but you should know you will always have some hard caramel left in the pan.

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The easiest way to clean the pan is to simply leave it soaking in water for a few hours and the caramel will clean right off. Another good thing to keep in mind, is that the longer you leave the flan in the refrigerator, the more the caramel will liquefy and you’ll have less hard caramel left in the pan when unmolding.

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Smooth & Creamy Instant Pot Flan

This Instant Pot Flan is so smooth, creamy and delicious! In my opinion, it’s so much easier than making it in the oven.

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Cut & Serve

Make sure to use a good, sharp knife when cutting the flan, so your pieces come out smooth. Of course, this is if you’re serving it for guests. Or you can do like my kids and husband, and just stick a spoon right in and start eating it! Your choice!

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Look at that deliciously delightful slice of flan. Yum!

I always like to scoop out some extra caramel from the bottom and top my piece with it.

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Enjoy Your Instant Pot Flan

I hope you will enjoy this delicious Instant Pot Flan!

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Try it and let me know how much you love it in the comments below!!

Cuisine:
  • Honduran
Best Served As:
  • Dessert
Instant Pot Flan

A traditional flan made in the Instant Pot.

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This traditional flan recipe adapted for the Instant Pot is so rich, creamy and silky smooth and the caramel topping is absolutely heavenly.

Servings:8
Difficulty:Super easy
Cooking Method(s):
  • Instant Pot
Pressure Level:High
Program:Manual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Pressure Release
FULL NPR
Total Time
40 minutes
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Ingredients

 ½ can evaporated milk (6 fl. oz.)
 ½ can sweetened condensed milk (7 oz.)
 3 eggs
 ½ bar cream cheese (4 oz.)
 ½ cup granulated sugar
 3 cups water

Directions

Caramel
1

Heat the sugar in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir the sugar constantly. It will first start to clump and once it begins getting hot enough it will start to turn a golden brown and melt into a caramel. Continually stir until all the sugar has been liquefied and there are no more clumps left in the skillet. Do not leave the stove. Your caramel can go from perfect to burnt in the blink of an eye!

2

Once all the clumps are gone, immediately pour it into the flan pan. Leaving it on the stove any longer could cause the caramel to burn.

3

When pouring the caramel into the flan pan, make sure that it is spread evenly across the bottom of the entire pan.

4

Very carefully rotate the pan so that the caramel will also cover the sides of the pan as well. The caramel is extremely hot and can cause severe burns if you get it on yourself, so make sure to always handle it very carefully. Keep rotating the caramel until it cools and hardens to the point that it no longer moves around.

5

Set the pan aside and allow the caramel to cool.

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6

Add the evaporated milk, cream cheese (I cube the cream cheese), condensed milk and eggs to a blender. Blend on high speed until fully mixed.

7

Pour the flan mixture into the pan with the caramel coating.

8

Pour 3 cups of water into your Instant Pot. Use your trivet and set the covered flan pan in the Instant Pot. If you don't have a covered flan pan like I do, use foil to cover your flan.

9

Cook on Manual High Pressure for 14 minutes. (The Manual button is labeled Pressure Cook on some models) Once the flan is done cooking, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release.

10

Carefully remove the flan from your Instant Pot and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before unmolding. I know it's hard to wait, but please don't skip this step.

11

After the flan has been refrigerated for at least 3 hours (overnight is best), run a knife along the sides of the pan, separating the flan from the edges. Use a plate to flip the flan over and expose the beautiful caramel covered dessert.

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tool, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Notes

Some things you should know about this Instant Pot Flan recipe.

A longer cool time is better. It is perfectly normal for some of the caramel to remain stuck to the bottom of the flan pan. The longer the flan is left in the refrigerator, the less caramel will be left in the pan. To clean any remaining caramel, allow the pan to soak in water until the caramel has fully dissolved.

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Ingredients

 ½ can evaporated milk (6 fl. oz.)
 ½ can sweetened condensed milk (7 oz.)
 3 eggs
 ½ bar cream cheese (4 oz.)
 ½ cup granulated sugar
 3 cups water

Directions

Caramel
1

Heat the sugar in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir the sugar constantly. It will first start to clump and once it begins getting hot enough it will start to turn a golden brown and melt into a caramel. Continually stir until all the sugar has been liquefied and there are no more clumps left in the skillet. Do not leave the stove. Your caramel can go from perfect to burnt in the blink of an eye!

2

Once all the clumps are gone, immediately pour it into the flan pan. Leaving it on the stove any longer could cause the caramel to burn.

3

When pouring the caramel into the flan pan, make sure that it is spread evenly across the bottom of the entire pan.

4

Very carefully rotate the pan so that the caramel will also cover the sides of the pan as well. The caramel is extremely hot and can cause severe burns if you get it on yourself, so make sure to always handle it very carefully. Keep rotating the caramel until it cools and hardens to the point that it no longer moves around.

5

Set the pan aside and allow the caramel to cool.

Flan
6

Add the evaporated milk, cream cheese (I cube the cream cheese), condensed milk and eggs to a blender. Blend on high speed until fully mixed.

7

Pour the flan mixture into the pan with the caramel coating.

8

Pour 3 cups of water into your Instant Pot. Use your trivet and set the covered flan pan in the Instant Pot. If you don't have a covered flan pan like I do, use foil to cover your flan.

9

Cook on Manual High Pressure for 14 minutes. (The Manual button is labeled Pressure Cook on some models) Once the flan is done cooking, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release.

10

Carefully remove the flan from your Instant Pot and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before unmolding. I know it's hard to wait, but please don't skip this step.

11

After the flan has been refrigerated for at least 3 hours (overnight is best), run a knife along the sides of the pan, separating the flan from the edges. Use a plate to flip the flan over and expose the beautiful caramel covered dessert.

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