This Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth recipe is made from just two ingredients in the pressure cooker! This easy bone broth is paleo, whole30 & SO nutritious!
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This Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth is one of the easiest recipes you’ll make (and so darn cheap!)
The only thing you need to make bone broth are bones, and water. Which is why it *blows* my mind that people are paying $10 a bag for it at the store… It’s crazy.
If you’ve heard about bone broth, but don’t really even get what the hype is about it, let me explain
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is just a fancy name for chicken stock or broth.
Similar to what you probably grew up eating, bone broth is made from leftover bones from a meal, or bones that are bought specifically for broth.
The bones and vegetables cook low and slow, creating an extremely nutrient dense, delicious broth.
There are all kinds of benefits to drinking broth – and I actually wrote a whole post about it- Bone Broth Benefits.
Many people drink bone broth because it’s so nutrient packed. When the bones are cooked low and slow they release their naturally occurring collagen + gelatin which is thought to be great for your gut health, skin + nails!
What are the benefits of bone broth?
‘Gut’ health– Many people have chronic stomach pain, issues, or intolerances, coming from an unknown cause. Some holistic health coaches believe that these issues stem from small holes in the intestines called ‘leaky gut’. Bone broth is filled with gelatin and collagen, which many health coaches claim can help repair these holes, and alleviate stomach issues. (Source)
Fuller skin, lips, and healthier hair– When made with specific types of bones, broth can be loaded with collagen. Collagen allegedly helps to fill out the cells, and can give your skin a fuller, brighter appearance.
Amino Acids-Amino acids are great for helping recover from your workout, but they can also help in a number of other areas including digestion and organ function. Most bone broths have a high level of Glutamine, Arginine, Proline and Glycine.
Beyond all these benefits, bone broth is just delicious + adds so much flavor to pretty much anything.
Yes, bone broth certainly requires a little bit of time and patience to make, but it really requires no labor and is incredibly easy to do! If you have an instant pot I and leftover chicken (or chicken bones!) you’ll be good to go!
What kind of bones should you use for bone broth?
My favorite way to make bone broth is with leftover bones from a whole chicken. After I’ve cooked the chicken, everything goes in the instant pot and gets turned into broth!
However, you can use chicken, beef, turkey or pork bones. They can be raw, or cooked. If you *really* want to go all in.. chicken feet make some of the best bone broth.. but honestly I just cant stomach looking at them.. so a regular chicken carcass is fine for me!
You can roast the bones ahead of they are raw, but this is not necessary. I don’t find it worth the time (or dirtying another dish!)
Ingredients for instant pot bone broth:
All you need to make bone broth is bones + water.. seriously. That’s IT.
You can also add herbs, or veggies that you have to the mix. I like to throw in a few carrots, onion + rosemary for flavor – but you can make this with JUST bones and water.
There really is no ‘wrong’ way to do it – it’s totally up to you!
How to make instant pot bone broth:
Set to sealing, high pressure, 120 minutes. Allow the instant pot to naturally release the pressure.
Once pressure has released, strain the broth through a regular colander.
Step 5 shows the broth after it’s been strained once. You can stop here, but I prefer to strain it again. Using a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth, I will strain the broth again to remove any random fragments or pieces that may have escaped.
Step 6 shows the broth after it has been strained twice.
Here’s a close up so you can see *just* how it’s supposed to look!
Can you cook bone broth for too long?
Technically, yes. If you go past the 24 hour mark – your broth might wind up turning out bitter or getting a weird flavor. I normally cook my slow cooker bone broth for about 18-20 hours, and have never had an issue with it, but I wouldn’t cook it for any longer!
Can you reuse the bones in bone broth?
People say that you can reuse the bones for bone broth, but I’ve never had success with this. Typically after cooking once, the bones are nearly disintegrating.
Whenever I’ve reused them, the broth has not been as gelatinous or flavorful as the first time using them!
My bone broth didn’t gel?
It’s ok if your bone broth doesn’t gel, and rest assured it will be just as nutritious! Certain bones/cuts of meat can create a more jello-like consistency with the broth.
You could also have added a little bit too much water. Either way, don’t worry – and enjoy it!
Can you freeze bone broth?
You can freeze bone broth, and you probably will have to because this makes a lot! I freeze my bone broth in glass mason jars, but you can also buy silicone molds to freeze it in, or freeze it in ice cube trays.
To freeze in glass, fill the bottle leaving about 1-2 inches of room – do not fill to the top because the liquid will expand as it freezes. Put them in the fridge and allow them to completely cool.
Once they have been in the fridge for at least 5 hours and are cold, you can transfer to the freezer. I leave the lids off and allow the jars to freeze completely, then add the lids on. To defrost, I simply take out and put in the fridge the night before, or run under warm water.
I also like to freeze bone broth in ice cube trays. This is perfect for when you’re making a dish and only need a little bit, but don’t want to defrost a whole jar!
Can you make this bone broth in the slow cooker. ?
Ways to use Pressure Cooker Bone Broth
You can use bone broth in so many different ways. Here are some of my favorites:
- Chicken Soup
- Pour it in a mug and drink it up! It’s packed with protein + veggies and so cozy.
- Add to sauces or stir fry’s for flavor
- Use in place of water for cooking rice or grains
- Freeze it to have for a quick dinner or meal (or for when a cold comes on!)
We hope you love this as much as we do! We make this year round (basically anytime I cook a whole chicken!) and it’s a staple in our kitchen/freezer. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how easy + delicious it is!
Recipes that use this Easy Instant Pot Bone Broth
- Paleo Butternut Squash Soup
- Crockpot Chicken Quinoa Taco Soup
- Healthy Lemon Chicken Soup
- Whole30 Italian Wedding Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
Instant Pot Bone Broth
- 2 lbs bones The more bones the better! See above for best bones to use for broth.
- 6 quarts water (approximately) fill to 1 inch below the max fill line of your instant pot
- 1 cups celery stalks halved - optional
- 1 cups carrots halved - optional
- 1 cup onion quartered - optional
- Add all ingredients to your instant pot. (You can use any size instant pot!) Cover with filtered water. Set your instant pot to sealing, High Pressure for 120 minutes. It will take 30 minutes to come to pressure (noted under prep time)
- Allow the pressure to naturally release from the broth for 1 hour when it’s done cooking, then manually release the remaining pressure. You do not want to manually release the pressure any sooner as you will lose a lot of liquid
- Allow broth to cool slightly (about 30 minutes), and run through a strainer into a large pot or container. (This will just be easier to do if it is not scalding hot).
- Optional, but recommended: I often strain my bone broth through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to catch any miscellaneous small bones or fragments. At this step, the broth is ready to use, but I like to use up the veggies if you chose to add them in while cooking.
- Optional, but recommended: Carefully remove carrots, onions + celery from the strainer and place into blender. Puree in blender until smooth (You may need to add a little broth to the blender depending on its power)
- Stir veggie puree into strained broth and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Storage: Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days, or put in the freezer until ready to use!