How To Make Bone Broth In The Instant Pot

Not only does bone broth have great flavor, but it is also packed with nutrients. Store bought bone broth can get pricey, especially if you are on a tight budget. Let me walk you step by step on how you can easily make it at home in your instant pot(any model)!

To make bone broth you will need raw or already cooked bones. Any bones will do, but my favorite way is with a chicken carcass. I make roast chicken all the time and all I have to do is pick the meat off the bones and then begin making bone broth. Another way you could do it, is keeping a ziploc bag in your freezer and adding bones to it as you go through them. The process is the same no matter what kind of bones you have.

Throw the bones in your instant pot, along with any juices it released if you just cooked it(flavor!!!). Pour two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar all over the bones and let it sit for 20 minutes. You can let it sit a little longer, or not even at all. The job of the apple cider is to break down the bones a little more and allow them to release more nutrients into the broth. Even if you don’t have time for it to sit, add it anyways and proceed.

Pour water into the instant pot until the bone are just covered. You can also add odds and ends of vegetables to add more flavor. A lot of times if will go through my fridge and add any vegetables that are going bad.

Set your instant pot to pressure cook, or manual depending on the model of your instant pot, for two to six hours. Then quick release or natural release… it doesn’t really matter! Let it cool off and then strain it into a container. It is important to strain it because of small bones, so do not skip that step. You can use a strainer or metal colander. Refrigerate, freeze, or even can it! Enjoy in any recipe that calls for broth.

This is how mine looks once it is done! Yours may look different depending on the bones, herbs, vegetables you use.
This is how much bone broth I got from a large chicken carcass.

How To Make Bone Broth In The Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker


  • Bones
  • Water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. Pick any meat off the bones and save for eating. If you don’t want to eat the meat left on the bones, you can add them in, as well as any vegetables you have going bad that you don’t want to waste. Pour all the bones and any cooking juices from them into an instant pot. Evenly pour the apple cider vinegar all over the bones. Let it sit for up to 20 minutes.
  2. Pour water into the instant pot just until the bones are submerged completely. Close the lid and set to sealing, and select either pressure cook or manual (depending on your model of instant pot), for 2-6 hours. The longer you cook it, the more nutritious it becomes! Natural release or quick release, let it cool and strain it into containers. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze it. Use it in any recipe that calls for broth.

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