Giant, Japanese-style rice cooker pancakes made in the instant pot instead. This enormous pancake is big enough to feed several people. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and the instant pot does the rest of the work.
If you recall, I shared a recipe for giant rice cooker pancakes last year. It’s a favorite in our house and so for Easter brunch, I decided to make it again, but to try them in an instant pot instead.
Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any answers on the internet for how to make a rice cooker pancake in an instant pot. So I ended up going through quite a few trials.
By the end, I had half a dozen of these epic-sized pancakes in my house.
I ran out of milk. Twice.
I went through an entire bottle of syrup. Yikes.
But these came out so delicious! And they are so easy. You barely need to do any work and the instant pot does the rest. You just put in the batter and forget about it until the timer goes off.
For those who have not tried a rice cooker pancake, it’s not quite the same as classic American pancakes. In addition to being very thick and fluffy, they are also a little chewier and sweeter. And they have a crispy top. But they do taste like pancakes.
The only thing about this method for making these giant pancakes is that it isn’t faster. It’s about the same cooking time as the rice cooker. I did try to cook them on high pressure, but each time the batter at the bottom of the pot (which actually becomes the top when it’s finished) would overcook before the rest of the cake was done. So I found that low pressure yields the best result.
However, I actually prefer this to cooking it in a rice cooker because when I made mine in my rice cooker, it would switch from cook to warm function and I did have to watch over it more carefully. With the instant pot, I can set it on manual and then just let it be. And if you don’t have an instant pot you can always make it in a rice cooker with this recipe.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until completely blended. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until only very small lumps remain in the batter.
Thoroughly grease the interior of your instant pot with cooking oil spray (I used a canola oil spray). Pour in batter.
Seal lid with vent closed and program instant pot to manual mode. Set pressure to low pressure. Then set to cook for about 45 minutes. 45 minutes will produce a crispy brown top. If you want something a little less crispy, you may want to try a few less minutes. (Update: Some people have reported an issue with their Instant Pot giving an overheating error. It appears to be happening with certain models of the Instant Pot such as the 6-in-1 bluetooth version. If this happens, you can also try to set it to rice mode instead of manual, low pressure, 45 minutes, which seems to solve the issue.)
Check on the cake when the Instant Pot indicates it's done cooking. Your instant pot should not have sealed because of the low pressure and lack of liquid. The cake will look quite pale when finished because this is the bottom of your cake. When you touch the cake, it should bounce back with no uncooked batter remaining on it and the cake should be pulling away from the sides. If you cake is not quite done, let it continue to cook on low pressure for a few more minutes.
Use a spatula to further loosen cake from the sides of the pan. Sometimes the cake gets a little bit stuck to the bottom, so you just need to carefully peel it away with your spatula. Very carefully, pop the cake out upside down so that the bottom is now the top. The top of the cake should be a golden brown and crispy.