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Pressure-Cooker Caramel Flan


Flan is a popular creamy custard dessert in Spain and all over Latin America, and there are many versions of it. This caramel version is great when you want something sweet but not too heavy! Pressure-Cooker Caramel Flan is made easily and quickly in your pressure-cooker for a very hands-off and simple cooking method.

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  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 whole eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sugar


Servings 6
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 25mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Mix the milk and vanilla extract.

Using a fork or a whisk, mix 4 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk with the sugar. Pour the milk and vanilla, milk into the egg mixture. Whisk well, and the mixture will be very watery. Set aside.

In your widest saute pan (I use a saucier pan), add the sugar and turn the flame to high and wait. Do not stir--at most, pick up the pan and swish it around to make sure the sugar is evenly melted in the caramel.

As soon as almost all of the sugar has turned to caramel turn off the heat.

Carefully pour the caramel into the ring form pan, or into individual ramekins.

Fill the caramelized containers, by pouring or using a soup ladle, leaving 1/2-inch space from the top. Cover the forms tightly with aluminum foil.

Prepare the pressure cooker by adding one cup of water into the pot.

If using a ring mold, cover it with foil and carefully lower it. My trivet has handles, so this makes it much easier. otherwise, make a foil sling.

Place the pressure-cooker lid on and lock it in place. Set the pressure to high and for 10 minutes.

If using ramekins, cover each one with foil and place on a trivet. Carefully lower into the pressure cooker. Lock the lid on, and set for 6 minutes on high.

Once the pressure cooker beeps, allow a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.

If you need to cook a second batch of ramekins, be sure to add more water.

Allow the flan/creme caramel to cool for one hour. I cover them with plastic, place them on a small baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Place each ramekin or the ring mold in a baking dish of very warm water. Allow to sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Use a paring knife to around the rim of each dish. Place a dish on top, and flip over.



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