My kitchen smells amazing right now! I’m cooking up Instant Pot Hot Sauce in my “Magic Pot!” It’s fast and so fun to make! You can control the ingredients, and it tastes great!
Instant Pot Hot Sauce
Paul and I did a mini “staycation” this week. We had projects around the house to do, and wanted to stay home for his time off. But it was not all work. Today we went to the Pike Place Market in Seattle! We get down there a couple times a year. Today I went with a purpose… Peppers! I knew I wanted to make a couple of batches of hot sauce to blog about, and the Market usually has great produce. Plus it’s fun to walk around and see everything.
I found some lovely Fresno chiles, which are perfect for a nice red hot sauce (You can use any type of hot chile pepper!). There are so many hot sauce varieties out there, and we have several flavors we have picked up over time. I really like making my own though. The Instant Pot Hot Sauce is really fast to make! For me, the best part is not having to stand over the stove stirring and breathing in those capsaicin fumes!
When I cook vegetables in my electric pressure cooker, depending on the type of veggie, I will only cook for 0 (yes, on the IP you can choose to cook for 0 minutes!) to 3 minutes, on the average. I like the 2 minute time for the chiles and carrots as that gets them very soft and releases all of the juices from them.
Though I would normally use 1 full pound of the hot chile peppers, I wanted to also make a batch of fermented hot sauce, and that left me with 12oz of each rather than a pound of each (I didn’t buy enough). So, this recipe is written for 12oz, but feel free to use a full pound. You will need an extra hot sauce bottle or two.
This Instant Pot Hot Sauce recipe is a little sweet, a touch smoky (I use alder smoked sea salt as a substitution for oak wood blocks), and HOT! I find myself reaching for it whenever I have eggs, tacos, refried beans, as it just goes with so many foods! Kicks them up a few notches!
These Hatch green chiles are a milder chile, and they make an awesome green, or verde hot sauce (They also make the BEST Black Bean Soup!!)
I like to make fermented hot sauce as well. I really like the flavor, and oak (like in wine making), gives the sauce a nice smoky taste. I have a batch in the pantry, fermenting away. This is a nice method to bring in more complex flavors. It just takes a lot longer. I will ferment it, then let it age for a year or more, and it will be ready for next Thanksgiving. Patience.
It’s really not that difficult to make Instant Pot Hot Sauce, and the results are delicious! It gets better within a couple of weeks, as aging helps develop the flavors. I keep it in the fridge for up to 3 months (maybe longer, but ours never lasts that long!).
When you make homemade hot sauce, you will want to take simple precautions so you don’t burn your eyes or inhale those strong capsaicin fumes (basically anything with strong fumes I let naturally release, such as vanilla, as it has alcohol in it). Gloves (I have some food service gloves), eye protection (I just wear my reading glasses!), natural release of the pressure, washing your knife handle (I made the mistake of not doing that once) and cutting board, etc. Please read the instructions in the recipe and heed my warning about safety! I hope I don’t make it sound scary, but if you have ever touched your eye after touching a hot pepper… Ouch!
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Instant Pot Hot Sauce is tasty and easy to make. A versatile recipe hat you can make your own!
- 3/4 - 1 lb Fresno Peppers, (or Cayenne, or other)
- 1/4 cup Carrot, shredded
- 6 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1 Roasted Red Pepper, chopped (I use the jarred ones)
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Sea Salt (or use regular or Kosher salt if that's all you have)
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 Chipotle Chiles in Adobo
- 12-16 oz Green Chiles (Hatch, Jalapeño, etc)
- 8 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped (roast it first for even more flavor!)
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 Tbsp Smoked Sea Salt, (or use regular or Kosher salt if that's all you have)
Cut the tops off of the peppers and discard. Chop the peppers in thirds. Add to the stainless steel inner liner of the Instant Pot.
Add in the remaining ingredients.
Close the lid of the pressure cooker and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Press Manual (or Pressure Cook function, High Pressure) and use the + or - button to select 2 minutes.
When cooking cycle ends, LET IT FULLY NATURALLY RELEASE PRESSURE. Do not do a Quick Release or manually release the pressure. You don't want to inhale those pepper fumes!
After all of the pressure is out of the pot, open the lid carefully, facing it away from your face. Don't breathe in the fumes!
Let the mixture cool, then transfer it to a blender and blend until smooth. You can use an immersion blender (though I find the regular blender makes it smoother). Be very careful, and wear gloves and eye protection.
Strain blended mixture through a strainer, and fill your hot sauce bottles! You could also leave unstrained and put in jars to enjoy a thicker hot sauce.
The hot sauce gets better as it ages a bit. It will keep in the fridge for several weeks or more!
Hot sauce is fun and easy to make, but please take some simple precautions: 1) Wear gloves (I use food service gloves) and eye protection (I wear my reading glasses) when handling and chopping the peppers. 2) Clean your knife handle and cutting board well after chopping. 3) Let the pressure cooker naturally release the pressure, don't do it manually as you don't want the fumes in the air that you might breathe. I learned that the hard way from cooking it on the stove top. 4) Open the lid facing away from your face and do not inhale the steam/fumes as it wafts out of the pot! That would not be good. --- Inspired by Cook's Science - Fresno Chile Carrot Hot Sauce
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Shout out to Hank Shaw (Hunter-Angler-Gardner-Cook), who breaks down a pretty decent fermented hot sauce recipe. Hank is my food idol! He reminds me of my Grandpa Banks, who was a hunter and fisherman, and though Grandpa wasn’t the best cook, he could drink a cup of HOT coffee straight off of the campfire! Hank, if you ever see this, I’m a fan!