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Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake

A slice of lemon cheesecake with a lemon twist on top, on a yellow plate, with a lemon in a red bowl in the background
Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake

Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake. Sweet and tart, and easy when you use a pressure cooker.

Cheesecake is all about balancing contrasts. Sure, you can make a regular cake, all sugar and sweetness. I’d rather have cheesecake, its rich, sour cream cheese balancing the sweet. And, what if I include the acidity of lemon on top of that in my Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake?

What’s that? Lots of cheesecake recipes have lemon juice in them? I knew that. Why do you think I didn’t know that? I’m moving it from bit player to the starring role, with its tart citrus flavor as the key to this recipe.

I make all my cheesecakes in my Instant Pot. I’m not much of a baker, but pressure cooker cheesecakes are my standby, ready to go whenever I need to bring a dessert. The key to this recipe is a 7-inch springform pan, to put on the rack that came with your pressure cooker. (Or you can get this fantastic silicone baking sling from Oxo, designed for pressure cooker cheesecake. If you pressure cook as many cheesecakes as I do, spring for the sling. You won’t regret it.)

Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake

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A slice of lemon cheesecake with a lemon twist on top, on a yellow plate, with a lemon in a red bowl in the background

Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x


Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake. Sweet, tart, and sour, this pressure cooker cheesecake is a fantastic dessert to make in the Instant Pot (or any other pressure cooker).




  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • 1 pound regular cream cheese, softened (2 (8-ounce) packages)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon minced lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
  • 2 large eggs

Topping (optional)

  • Whipped topping
  • Curls of lemon zest (to garnish)


  1. Prepare the pan: Spray a 7-inch cheesecake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, then spread evenly across the bottom of the pan and pack down, pushing the crumbs up the sides a little.
  2. Make the cheesecake filling: Soften the cream cheese by leaving it out at room temperature for at least 1 hour. (Or soften the cream cheese in the microwave, 30 seconds to 1 minute). Beat the cream cheese in an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and beat on medium speed until the sugar is completely blended, about 3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the vanilla, sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest, and beat on low speed until completely blended, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer again and scrape down the sides. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each on low speed until just blended. (Don’t over-beat the eggs.) Pour the filling into the prepared cheesecake pan.
  3. Pressure cook the cheesecake for 20 minutes with a natural pressure release: Put the cooking rack in the pressure cooker pot, then pour in 2 cups of water. If your rack does not have handles, make an aluminum foil sling to lift the cheesecake: fold a 2-foot long piece of aluminum foil over a few times, until it is a long strip about 4 inches wide. Center the cheesecake pan on the sling and carefully lower it into the pot, setting it on the rack. Lock the lid on the cooker and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes in an electric PC or 16 minutes in a stovetop PC, then let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 more minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any pressure left in the pot after 20 minutes.)
  4. Cool the cheesecake, top with whipped topping, garnish, and serve: Lift the cheesecake out of the pressure cooker. Loosen the cheesecake by running a paring knife around the edge of the pan. Cool the pan at room temperature for an hour, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Top with whipped topping and twists of lemon peel as a garnish.


  • I don’t cover my cheesecake with foil while cooking. I used to, but I stopped when I realized how much it slows down cooking. (The center would never set.) I use a paper towel to dab at any water on top of the cheesecake after cooking.


  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake, Pressure Cooker Lemon Cheesecake

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Joni says

    Beautiful recipe!! For myself, I like the appearance of an oven baked cheesecake so when it’s done in the pressure cooker, I use the broil feature on my Instant pot. Delish!

  2. Lea says

    I have made many cheescakes in my life, but never tried to make one in my pressure cooker.
    I made this for my Mom’s birthday, because she loves lemon. I made a back up dessert in case this did not turn out so good. I followed all the instructions, except I added about 3 tbs more lemon juice. I must say, that this did not look very good when I took it out of the pressure cooker. It looked foamy and odd to me, I thought for sure it was going to be terrible. I made home made lemon curd and whipped cream for the top. It ended up being very tasty, I thought it might have a strange texture but it was very creamy. It was not the prettiest cheescake I have ever made, but tasted great and much less cooking time and I did not have to use my oven and heat up my house.

  3. Heather says

    I have made several of your recipes and they are now family favorites! Lemon is one of my absolute favorite flavors and this was packed with a punch! I did make a homemade lemon curd to go on top and it sent this cheesecake to heaven! Thanks for providing easy, delicious and family friendly recipes!

  4. Barbara says

    This is a most delish recipe! My family loves it!! The first time I made this I cooked it for 20 minutes per instructions but it was far too runny & never set in the fridge. I have found I need to cook it for 26 min with a 20 min NR.

    Just love this recipe!

  5. Cathy C says

    My first Instapot cheesecake, and this was amazing!! So fluffy and flavourful and easy to make.

  6. Debera Lepage says

    Have you ever done a sour cream topping? My mom’s recipe has that and we like it. Would I just add that after cooking in the IP and set the topping in the oven or the IP on bake?

  7. I couldn’t find a 7” pan in time but I found a 6” pan. Would this change the recipe dramatically or what can I do to adjust? Thank you.

  8. Alfred Gorlick says

    Mike: Does it matter if I use a baking non-stick spray (with flour)?

  9. Mr. Dad Cooks Dinner,

    I love this recipe and have made it three times now, including a pineapple variation. (Replace lemon juice with pineapple juice and zest with minced pineapple. Bring pineapple ingredients to a boil and cool before adding to the batter to break down the bromelain.) I plan to make more.

    But I’m just cooking for me and my partner and it’s a lot to eat by ourselves since we can’t currently entertain. I’m thinking about cutting the batter in half or two-thirds to make a shorter cake. Do you have any recommendations for the cooking time with this? Is there really a significant risk of overcooking it at all?

  10. MNslacker says

    Greetings, Mike! You are the best. Thanks for the superlative instant pot cheesecake recipe. I especially love how it’s barely sweet, which brings out the lemon flavor beautifully. Plus? Your directions are so straightforward. I’d rather not wade through a narrative and find directions along the way, if you know what I mean. My family thanks you for your efforts too!

  11. Pam says

    This is my first time with a cheese cake ever. It was so easy and had all the necessary items needed, thank goodness. It is in the pressure cooker now and I am praying it comes out as delicious as the batter tasted. Thank you.

  12. Tina Howard says

    Its in the refrigerator chilling. Its my first Instant Pot cheesecake and it looks great! Thank you!

  13. Arlene says

    My first cheesecake ever in the Instant Pot and I hit the jackpot! Came out perfectly. Thank you!

    • No, I don’t think so. I don’t have a 3 quart IP, but shrinking the size of the cheesecake pan and the amount of cheesecake will mess with the timings.

  14. Jenny says

    I have a 6 inch IP Multi-use/cake pan. I’m hoping this recipe will work using this pan!

    • Barbara says

      Jenny, if you haven’t already done so, I’ve used a non-stick springform without any problems, I still spray it with Crisco butter flavor spray though

  15. Susie says

    This came out amazing. I added an extra TBS of lemon juice and maybe some extra zest. I also subbed a natural non-caloric sweetener. My whipped topping was also lemon flavored. This was my first IP cheesecake, and we were all quite pleased!

  16. Maria says

    So bummed, as I was lifting my lemon cheesecake out with the Instant Pot lifter, the cheesecake tin fell into the water! So bummed! I tasted what was left in the pan and it was amazing! Will have to make another one and make a foil sling. No way I’m losing it next time!! 🙁

  17. Logan says

    Since you spray the springform pan with cooking spray, I’m assuming you don’t *also* need parchment paper, correct? Spray bottom *and* sides? Thanks!

  18. Nancy Connor says

    Hello–this is a great lemon cheesecake, perfect size…my question is this: when I remove the top from the Instant Pot, some water falls on cake, and I suspect that there is already water from just the baking process…I have been tipping the cheesecake pan and removed water with a spoon, and I’ve even taken a straw and suctioned some water out…your comments?
    Thank you,
    Louisville KY

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