How to Make the BEST Creamy Lentils in the Instant Pot

Creamy Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lentils

These creamy (but dairy-free) lentils are bursting with Italian flavors!

  • Author: Happy Healthy Mama
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 1 1/2 cup brown or green lentils
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (lite or regular both work)
  • 1/41/2 cup water*
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Dump all of the ingredients in the pressure cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  3. Do a quick release of the steam.
  4. Stir and serve. Enjoy!


*Since many people have commented that 1/4 cup water leaves them with scorched lentils, I’ve edited the ingredients. I still have not had a problem with 1/4 of a cup of water and when I try it with more water, my husband thinks the lentils are too mushy. But with so many reviewers saying that they like it with more water, I’ve included a range in the ingredients. Please comment with what works for you.