Instant Pot Iced Tea

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Make a big batch of this refreshing instant pot iced tea to have on hand all week. With just a few simple ingredients you can use your instant pot to make a delicious iced tea that will last for weeks!

The instant pot really is an awesome appliance, isn’t it? We have made so many things over the years, including instant pot salsa chicken tacos, instant pot banana bread, instant pot yogurt, instant pot oreo cheesecake, and instant pot peach jam.

Serving tray with pitcher of iced tea, 3 glasses filled with iced tea, a stack of colorful straws and yellow and white striped towel.
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❤️Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love a refreshing glass of iced tea in the afternoon and this recipe for instant pot iced tea makes it easy always to have it on hand.

Okay, maybe iced tea isn’t everyone’s favorite beverage (there is a hilarious video floating around about making wine in your instant pot), but it is really very nice to have a readily accessible glass of iced tea on a hot day.

There are a few recipes floating around the internet for instant pot iced tea. My version is relatively sweet and uses iced tea bags. I also include notes on how what to do if you don’t have large iced tea bags on hand and tips on how to sweeten your tea.

For more tea recipes, try our recipes for peach iced tea and nectarine sun tea.


  • Iced tea bags: This recipe uses a larger tea bag, specifically made for iced tea. However, regular black tea bags can be used. Just double the amount used.
  • Granulated sugar: The sugar is added in after the tea cooks and is still hot. Alternatively, you could make a simple syrup to mix into your tea. See our note below on sugar substitutes.

Scroll to the bottom for the complete list of ingredient measurements and printable recipe card.

📖 Ingredient Swaps

Sugar Substitutes: You can substitute the sugar for something like Splenda or another artificial sweetener. Keep in mind that the sweetness level of these products varies, so you should taste as you go.

Pitcher of iced tea and glass of iced tea set in front of instant pot electric pressure cooker on a wood surface.

🔪Step-by-Step Instructions

Making iced tea in the instant pot is so easy and fast.

Step 1. Fill your instant pot with water and tea bags.

Step 2. Close the lid, set the pressure release valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

Step 3. Allow the pressure to release naturally. This may take up to 30 minutes.

Step 4. Open the lid and remove the tea bags. While the tea is hot, slowly mix in the sugar, tasting as you go.

Step 5. Once the tea is sweetened to your liking, transfer the tea to a pitcher and refrigerate until cool. Serve over ice and enjoy!

👩🏻‍🍳Expert Cooking Tips

Iced tea should be made stronger than regular tea. The idea behind making it extra strong is it will inevitably be watered down by the ice cubes added when serving.

To ensure your tea is strong enough, don’t skip the natural pressure release step. This means you do not move the pressure release valve on the instant pot right away to release the steam. Instead, let the pot sit for a while (up to 30 minutes) until the pressure releases naturally.

💭Recipe FAQs

How long will the iced tea stay fresh?

My iced tea stayed fresh in my refrigerator for 3 weeks.

Can I use regular tea bags in this recipe?

Yes, you can use regular tea bags. Just double up the amount of tea bags you use. There are many flavored teas out there that would probably work well in this recipe. I would love to hear about what you end up using. Please leave a comment below if you use a different flavor that works for you!

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Instant Pot Iced Tea

Aileen Clark
Make a big batch of this refreshing instant pot iced tea to have on hand all week. With just a few simple ingredients you can use your instant pot to make a delicious iced tea that will last for weeks!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 48 kcal


  • 4 liters water
  • 4 bags black tea iced tea size
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  • Fill the inner bowl of your instant pot to the 4L line. 
  • Add the tea bags.
  • Close lid and set to sealing.
  • Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. 
  • Allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Mix in sugar until dissolved. Taste test and add more sugar, if desired. 
  • Transfer to large mason jars or another storage container. Refrigerate. 
  • Serve over ice. 


8 regular-sized black tea bags may be substituted for the 4 large iced tea-sized bags. 
Sugar substitutes may be used in place of granulated sugar. Add small amounts at a time and taste test after each addition. Mix in the sugar or sugar substitute while the tea is still hot so it completely dissolves. 


Serving: 1.5cupCalories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 12gFat: 0.04gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 0.3mgSugar: 12gCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.01mg
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