Instant Pot Roasted Lentils

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups of crispy lentils 1x


Instant Pot Roasted Lentils. A quick and crunchy snack, cooked in the pressure cooker and then roasted in the oven.



  • 1½ cups (¾ pound) dried French green lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • zest from 1 lemon (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Lemon Dressing (optional)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Pressure Cook the lentils: Set the oven to 425°F to preheat. Put the sorted and rinsed lentils, 4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, and bay leaf in the pressure cooker pot. Lock the pressure cooker lid, and cook at high pressure for 3 minutes in an electric or stovetop pressure cooker, then quick release the pressure. ( Use Manual or Pressure Cook mode for an Instant Pot).
  2. Roast the lentils: Unlock the lid, discard the bay leaf, and drain the lentils. Spread the lentils out in a single layer on a 13×18-inch rimmed baking sheet. Pat the lentils dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the lentils with ½ teaspoon salt and the lemon zest. Slide the baking sheet into the oven and roast until the lentils are browned and crispy around the edges, about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve: Transfer the roasted lentils to a bowl, and serve as a snack or side dish. Or, mix them with the optional dressing: Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until combined, pour over the lentils, and toss to coat.


  • French green lentils are also known as lentils du Puy. They are a Protected Designation of Origin food in Europe, and must come from Le Puy, France.


  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instan Pot Roasted French Lentils, Pressure Cooker Roasted French Lentils