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Three jars of ham broth, with carrots, onions, and an Instant Pot in the background.

Instant Pot Ham Broth

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups ham broth 1x


Instant Pot Ham Broth. Have a few ham hocks? A leftover ham bone? Pressure cooker ham broth is a versatile building block for your recipes.


  • 2- to 3-pounds of smoked ham hocks, shanks, or necks, or 1 leftover ham bone with clinging meat
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and halved
  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed and broken in half
  • 1 celery rib, broken in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 8 cups of water (Or up to the max fill line in your cooker)


  1. Everything in the pot: Put the ham hocks, onions, carrot, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, and peppercorns in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, then pour in 8 cups of water. (The water should cover everything - you can add more if you need to, up to the max fill line of your cooker.)
  2. Pressure cook the broth for 60 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 60 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker (use Manual or Pressure Cook mode in an Instant Pot) or for 50 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. Let the pressure come down naturally – about 30 minutes. (It takes a long time for all that water to cool off.) If you’re in a hurry, let the pressure come down naturally for 20 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  3. Strain and save: Unlock the lid and open it away from you to avoid any hot steam. With a slotted spoon, scoop the ham hocks and vegetables out of the pot and discard; they gave their all to the broth. Strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate the broth for a couple of days, or portion into 2-cup containers and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Basics
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Ham Broth, Pressure Cooker Ham Broth