Instant Pot Flan

This Instant Pot flan is so creamy and silky smooth. And the caramel on top is absolutely heavenly. This is my family's treasured flan recipe converted to the Instant Pot which means it's both rich in flavor and super easy to make. This quintessential Latin American dessert is absolute perfection!

taking a slice of flan

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.

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. I also have an easy and delicious recipe for Instant Pot Chocoflan you can try!

a slice of flan

Another popular flan in Honduras is Flan de Coco (Coconut Flan). The flan infused with sweet coconut flavor is amazing. In this post, 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!

cream cheese leche flan

I tried all kinds of different pans and ramekins and finally found the perfect flan pan. If you don’t have one you will be able to use any other pan that fits in your Instant Pot, and you will still get a delicious flan. Do not, however, use a pan that is not sealed, like a springform or push pan. Caramel and flan will leak out during cooking. I will say this, though, if you will be making flan often, I highly recommend you get one of the flan 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!

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

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 or you can jump straight to the recipe card.

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How to Make Flan in the Instant Pot

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!

So, let’s get started making this wonderful Hispanic dessert.

Step 1: 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!

The cream cheese in this flan is the special ingredient that makes it extra creamy and much denser than a traditional flan. I would describe the texture of this flan as falling somewhere between that of a traditional flan and a cheesecake.

Doubling This Recipe

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 the pot 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 instead of cooking both in the pot at the same time.

See the recipe below for exact measurements.

Step 2: Gather the Essential Equipment

This recipe requires some specific equipment:

  • Instant Pot: We, of course, will need an Instant Pot. I use my 8-quart pot, but a 6-quart will work for this recipe also.
  • Trivet: To keep the flan pan off the bottom of the liner and sitting above the water, you’ll want to set it on a trivet.
  • Blender: The eggs, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream cheese will need to be thoroughly blended. Any blender should work for this, but I love my Ninja blender.
  • Non-Stick Fry Pan: When making the caramel, I use a non-stick frypan. I’ve tried other pans in the past, but a non-stick frypan makes it easier to transfer the hot caramel to the flan mold. Plus, clean up afterward is much easier as well. Now, I always use my 10-inch GreenPan when making the caramel.
  • Flan Pan: You can make flan in just about any pan in the Instant Pot as long as it fits in the pot and is covered tightly with foil. I have used bundt pans for making flans. The only exception would be a push pan. Definitely, do not use a push pan when making flan because the flan will leak out of the pan into the Instant Pot liner.
  • Flan Mold: Flan molds are specially made for making flan in the Instant Pot. The mold below is the flan mold that I mentioned previously. It’s perfect for making flan and among everything I’ve tried, it was the best performing mold. I particularly like the fact that it has latches that keep the lid tightly secured to the mold.

Step 3: Making 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.

Add the Sugar to the Pan

All you need is ½ cup of sugar. Pour the sugar into your pan on the stove and cook it on medium-high heat. You’ll want to mix it continuously while it is cooking.

The Sugar Will Begin to Clump and Then Dissolve

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

Once all the sugar has dissolved into a caramel, it will get darker and darker the longer you leave it on the burner – eventually burning. You don’t want to leave it on the heat long at this point because it will burn very quickly.

Remove the Caramel from the Heat

Once the caramel has turned a beautiful amber color, remove it from the stove immediately, so it doesn’t burn. Trust me, it happens quickly!

Step 4: 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.

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.

The pan will get very hot, so I usually use a kitchen towel or some oven mitts when doing this step.

Set the pan aside and let the caramel cool. That was the hard part! From this point on, it’s a breeze.

Step 5: Mix the Flan Ingredients in a Blender

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

Add the Evaporated Milk

I add the evaporated milk first.

Add the Cream Cheese

The cubed cream cheese is next. I cube the cream cheese, so it ensures everything mixes entirely and there are no huge chunks of cream cheese left over.

Add the Sweetened Condensed Milk

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.

Add the Eggs

Finally, I add the eggs.

Blend All the Ingredients

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

Step 6: Pour the Flan Mixture Into the Flan Pan

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

Step 7: 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. The pan also has three latches to keep the lid tightly sealed. 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.

I’ve had this flan pan for over a year and have made countless flans in it. I have had no issues with the latches whatsoever. They are sturdy and have held up well to all my flan-making.

Step 8: Place the Pan in the Instant Pot

First, pour the 3 cups of water in the Instant Pot and, using your trivet, carefully lower your flan into the pot. My new flan pan fits perfectly into my 8-quart pot. It’s a 7-inch pan.

Step 9: Close the Instant Pot and Set the Cook Time

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 has finished cooking, allow for a full Natural Pressure Release (NPR), which means you do nothing until the pin drops.

Step 10: Remove the Flan From the Instant Pot

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.

The flan pan will be very hot, so I usually set it on a kitchen towel or trivet to cool.

Step 11: Place in the Refrigerator

This step is super important and cannot be skipped. As much as you’ll 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.

Step 12: 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.

Step 13: Unmold the Flan

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

Tada!!! Instant Pot Flan perfection!

Don’t Waste Any Caramel

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.

Step 14: Cleaning the Mold

After scraping out as much caramel as possible, you will notice that there is still quite a lot of hard caramel stuck in the pan. This is normal.

The easiest way to clean the pan is to leave it soaking in water for a few hours. The hard caramel will dissolve and then wash 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.

Step 15: 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.

Step 16: 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!

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.

Time To Enjoy a Slice of Flan!

Enjoy this delicious Instant Pot Flan! It really is such a fantastic dessert that everyone will absolutely love. Why you try this wonderful Instant Pot recipe, please let me know how much you love it in the comments below!! I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

taking a slice of caramel custard flan
instant pot flan

Instant Pot Flan

A RICH AND CREAMY CUSTARD TOPPED WITH CARAMEL SAUCE

4.48 from 69 votes
Servings
8 slices
DifficultyEasy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
FULL NPR
31 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This traditional flan recipe adapted for the Instant Pot is so rich, creamy and silky smooth and the caramel topping is absolutely heavenly.
taking a slice of flan

Essential Equipment

  • instant pot
  • ninja professional blender

Ingredients

for the Flan

for the Caramel

for the Instant Pot

  • 3 cups water

Instructions

make the Caramel

  • Caramelize Sugar: 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!
  • Pour Caramel into Flan Mold: Once all the clumps are gone, immediately pour the caramel into the flan pan. Leaving it on the stove any longer could cause the caramel to burn. When pouring the caramel into the flan pan, make sure that it is spread evenly across the bottom of the entire pan.
  • Coat Flan Mold: 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.
  • Set Mold Aside: Set the flan pan aside and allow the caramel to cool.

prepare the Flan Mixture

  • Blend Ingredients: 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.
  • Add to Flan Pan: Pour the flan mixture into the flan pan, over the caramel coating. Place and fasten the cover over the flan pan. If you don't have a covered flan pan like I do, use foil to cover your flan.

set the Cooking Time

  • 14-Minute Cook Time: Pour 3 cups of water into your Instant Pot. Use your trivet and set the covered flan pan in the Instant Pot. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 14 minutes. (The Manual button is labeled Pressure Cook on some models).
  • Full NPR: Once the 14-minute cook time has completed, allow for a full NPR (Natural Pressure Release). After the NPR is finished and the pin has dropped, open the Instant Pot and carefully remove the flan pan. Set it on the counter to cool for 10 minutes before placing in the refrigerator. Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. I know it's hard to wait, but please don't skip this step. Letting the flan sit in the refrigerator overnight will give the best results.

Unmold and Serve

  • Unmold Flan: 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 of the pan. Use a plate to carefully flip the flan over and expose the beautiful caramel covered dessert.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 201mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Notes

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.

Common Questions & Answers

How long should I leave the flan in the refrigerator? At a minimum, you should leave the flan in the refrigerator for 3 hours. However, for the very best results, I recommend that you leave it in the refrigerator for 8 hours or more. If you can leave it over night, even better. The longer you leave the flan sitting in the refrigerator, the more the hard caramel topping will dissolve into liquid.

Can I double this recipe? Of course! This recipe doubles perfectly. However, you will need to split the flan mixture between two flan pans. You can even find stackable pans that will allow you to cook both flans at the same time.

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  1. Pepe Rencurrell

    5 stars
    I made the Cuban Flan with 5 eggs, 2 cans of condensed milk, 1 can of regular milk, 1 tbsp of Vanilla Extract. Then I followed your recipe. I put it in the Instant Pot for 14 minutes and then natural release for 25 minutes.
    When it was done, I took it out of the Instant Pot, put it on my counter for 10 minutes and then it went into my refrigerator for 6 hours. I took the Flan out of the Flanera into a big dish and Wala!! it was done. It came out super delicious!!! Thank you very much for how to do everything in the Instant Pot!! You’re wonderful!!

  2. Hi Valerie!!!
    Thank you for the information about how to make flan in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker… but with all due respect flan is originated from Spain not Latin America. It looks ok, but the real flan does not contain cream cheese.

    1. Hi! I did not say flan did not originate in Spain, or that it originated in Latin America, but flan has been made in Latin America for years as well. In Cuba, they make it with cheese, and that is probably where this variation came from. I am 45 years old and have been eating flan my whole life, so I think it’s fair to say this flan is definitely a Latin American/Hispanic food. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. My mom has used this recipe for as long as I can remember! To prevent measuring mistakes on my part, I just doubled it so I could use the full cans like I’m used to. I also added extra vanilla extract, since I love it so much. It all fit into the pan and I pressure cooked for 20 minutes instead of 14 with NPR. It was absolutely perfect and so much easier than the oven method! I will use the pressure cooker from now on. No more dangerous and tricky water baths! Thank you!

    1. Hi Lindsey! I was wondering if you used the same pan that Valerie shows here on the post. I would like to double it too because we’re greedy thank you.

  4. Gonna try this flan today. Will definitely show results. Unrelated question…where’d you get yr teal kitchen accessories? Just did a kitchen makeover and looking for some now. Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Joni! Hope the flan turned out great! I’ve gotten them in various places like Target, HomeGoods, and Amazon. I have an old post with a lot of the accessories. Some of the links may be broken since it hasn’t been updated, but you can get an idea of where to get what. Click here for post. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Paula! Theoretically, the time should be the same since each pan will cook for the same amount of time, but sometimes ‘theoretically’ isn’t 100% accurate! I have made two pans before and cooked them for the same amount of time, but with all the different pressure cookers out there, sometimes this will vary.

  5. Made but it was too sweet. I didn’t measure the sweetened condensed milk correctly. I tried to measure 7 fluid oz, but it is packed by weight.

  6. Can I double this recipe and bake it in the oven? If so, what temp and amount of time should I use?
    Thanks

    1. Hi John! I am currently working on making this an oven recipe so stay tuned. I don’t want to give you any wrong times for now. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Could I possibly use my springform Pan instead of a flan pan? What would be your suggestions/tips if I decide to go that route?

    1. Hi Em! No, you cannot use a springform or push pan for this recipe as the caramel will leak out during cooking. It has to be a completely sealed bottom pan. Thanks for stopping by!

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