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Slice of Pressure Cooker Dreamy Orange Cheesecake on a white plate with fork

Pressure Cooker Dreamy Orange Cheesecake

The taste of fresh orange in a creamy cheesecake. A chocolate crust is a combination of crisp and sweet and goes perfectly with the orange flavor! Cook this cheesecake in your electric pressure cooker!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot orange cheesecake recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 51 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 11 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 331 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


Chocolate Crust

  • 20 Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, filling scraped out
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 8oz Pkgs Cream Cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Eggs, room temp


Prepare the Pan

  1. Use a 7 or 8 inch cheesecake pan (I use a 7” push pan, but you can use a springform pan as well. Whatever will fit comfortably in your pressure cooker).
  2. Spray the pan with baking spray. If you have parchment paper, cut a piece to fit the bottom of your pan and spray that too.

Prepare the Pressure Cooker

  1. Put 1 1/2 cups of water in the inner liner of the pressure cooker.
  2. Put the trivet in the pot as well.

Prepare a Sling

  1. Usually made with aluminum foil, used to get the cheesecake in and out of the pot easily.
  2. Fold a 28” length of foil along the long end 3 times. You will end up with a sling that is 28” x 3”

Prepare the Crust

  1. Scrape the filling out of the cookies and place them in a food processor. Discard the filling.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp sugar.
  3. Pulse several times until the cookies turn into crumbs.
  4. Add the melted butter and pulse several times to combine and soften the crumbs. You may need to scrape the bowl of the food processor and pulse a few more times.
  5. Pour crust mixture into your prepared pan and use your fingers or the bottom of a small glass to press the mixture into place. Cover the entire bottom of the pan and come up the sides a little. You do not have to come all the way up the sides. You want the crust to be about 1/4” thick or so.
  6. Put the pan in the freezer to chill and firm up while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

Prepare the Cheesecake Filling

  1. Clean the crust residue out of the food processor.
  2. Add the cream cheese and sugar and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla, sour cream, and heavy cream.
  4. Pulse a several times until well combined.
  5. Add the eggs last. Pulse just until combined. If you whip the eggs too much the cheesecake will puff up and won’t have the right consistency.
  6. Take the crust from the freezer and pour the filling into the pan.
  7. Cover the pan with a paper towel, then with a piece of foil. Crimp the edges around the pan so it stays taut and secure.
  8. Lay the sling out and set the pan on it, centered. Gather up the two ends and very carefully lift the pan and set it in the pressure cooker, leaving the sling with it. Just fold over the two ends of the sling on top of the pan.

Cook the Cheesecake

  1. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and set the steam vent to the Sealing position.
  2. Press the Manual (or Pressure Cook) button and then the + or - button to choose 36 minutes.

  3. When cook cycle ends, let the cooker naturally release pressure for 15 minutes. Then manually release the remaining pressure.
  4. When the pin drops and it is safe to open the lid, do so carefully, facing away from you.
  5. Gather up the two ends of the sling and VERY carefully lift the cheesecake pan out of the cooker and onto a cooling rack.
  6. Leave covered for a 10 minutes, then carefully peel off the foil/paper towel.

  7. Test the doneness: The cheesecake should be a little jiggly when you shake the pan. It will firm up in the fridge. You don't want it really jiggly, and if it is, put the foil/paper towel back on and cook it for 5 more minutes, with a 10-15 minute Natural Release.

  8. Let cool for an hour, then put the pan in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours before serving. I prefer to make my cheesecake in the evening and let it cool overnight.


  1. Remove from pan and serve as is, or with whipped cream.