Instant Pot Blackberry Cobbler

The Instant Pot can do so many unexpected things. Not surprisingly, it makes fruit compotes and jams super easy to prepare, so I wondered if it could make a great cobbler as well. Turns out Instant Pot Blackberry Cobbler was a huge hit!

Really a cross between a cobbler and a crumble, this tasty, easy recipe uses only five ingredients but results in a luscious, juicy blackberry filling with a delicious crust thanks to a quick broil at the end. You’ll never want to stop eating this delicious, easy dessert!

The secret is the pot-in-pot method that allows you to make denser, richer foods in the Instant Pot by using a separate oven-proof container suspended over water. We do a lot of our pot-in-pot cooking with this simple 1.5 quart CorningWare casserole dish. It’s dishwasher safe and fits perfectly.

Next time you want an easy dessert, this should be your go-to recipe. There’s no need to heat up your kitchen, no need for a lot of pots and pans to clean. Just 5 simple ingredients and you are on your way to blackberry cobbler heaven!

This tasty, easy recipe uses only five ingredients.


  • 12 oz fresh blackberries, patted dry
  • 7 oz yellow cake mix (about half the package)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup water


  1. Coat the inside of a 1.5 qt casserole (these fit perfectly: with non-stick spray. Place blackberries in the dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, butter, lemon zest, and nutmeg. Use a pastry knife to cut the butter into the other ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumb mixture over the blackberries in an even layer. Cover the dish loosely with foil – do not seal.
  4. Pour one cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert the steam rack. Carefully lower the baking dish on to the steam rack.
  5. Secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  6. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  8. Carefully remove the dish and set it under the broiler, uncovered, until golden, 3-5 minutes.
  9. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.