Have you added an instant pot to your kitchen appliance collection yet? We did and it has completely changed how we cook in the kitchen on a weekly basis. We were able to get rid of or donate 5 of our old kitchen appliances that the instant pot made obsolete.
In addition, it has freed up not only space but time as well — there are foods that we can now cook in under half the time of the “old methods,” making this the PERFECT appliance for any busy home! I honestly think some days if we didn’t have some in pot recipes to turn to we’d be stuck eating cereal for dinner!
Seriously, no more worrying if I have time to prep a crock pot meal before work, I can now grab an amazing instant pot recipe and get dinner together in usually around half an hour or so, even if I do zero prep until the minute I walk in the door after work!
What Is An Instant Pot?
If you don’t know what an instant pot is it’s a fairly new kitchen appliance that is 7 tools in one. You can use an instant pot for all of the following functions: pressure cooker, rice cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, yogurt maker, steamer, and warming pot.
We were skeptical about getting an instant pot, at first. New appliances always seem to pop up claiming to replace half your kitchen. After listening to our family members rave and reading through some of the 26,000 positive Amazon reviews, we made the jump.
But once we realized how easy it was to just use ONE item for so many different recipes, well let’s just say that we were totally sold. When you can cook breakfast, make easy and delicious dinners for your family, or even make mouth-watering desserts all with just this one dish? Well, that’s just taking the cooking game to a whole new level!
It’s honestly been life changing, we highly recommend you look into getting your own to help simplify your life. The best place to purchase your own instant pot is right on Amazon.
What Can I Use An Instant Pot For?
The more appropriate question might be “what can I not use an instant pot for?”
Since this one appliance replaces so many others, there really isn’t a recipe or an ingredient that you can’t get cooked just right using an instant pot!
But don’t let the term “cooking” limit you. If you can think of other situations where its functions might apply, then feel free to use it! One example that immediately comes to mind is home canning in mason jars.
Another way to get creative is to *gasp* get yourself two instant pots.
Why? Because then you can be making two identical pots of the exact same meal, and one can be for dinner tonight plus some leftovers, and the other can be for making batch meal prepping that much more convenient!
(If you don’t know how to meal prep, read this!)
Can I Make Easy Instant Pot Meals Healthy?
While yes, you do commonly find many easy instant pot recipes full of rich sauces and lot of calories, it’s totally possible to find and make recipes that are either lighter fare in general, or are modified to save your waist from expanding!
The other great thing about cooking with an instant pot is that, unlike some other cooking methods, the pressure cooking aspect does a great job of NOT stripping vegetables of their flavor and nutrients. The only thing worse than trying to get kids to eat their veggies is trying to get kids to eat veggies that either taste like nothing or taste gross from overcooking!
Use your instant pot on the weekend to whip up a bunch of healthy, flavorful veggies to use in lunches all week long to make packing your kids a healthy lunch that much easier!
Can I Make Instant Pot Meals When I’m Not Home?
The answer to this one is both yes and no. But lucky for you, the “no” answer won’t be a problem in most cases!
If you’re only going to use the instant pot to make a quick batch of plain white rice, for example, you’ll have that made in about 20 minutes or less (depending on amount), so while you could turn it on and walk out the door, it’ll be sitting all day long, ready to go and waiting for you.
I wouldn’t want to eat it after it sat for nearly 8 hours. But since it’s so quick to cook up that batch of rice, you don’t even need to worry about the fact that you’ll have to wait to cook it until you get home! Even the
If you’re going to use it for a crock pot recipe, on the other hand, then yes, you 100% can leave it cooking while you’re gone at work exactly the same as if you were using a traditional slow cooker. Just make sure you have an instant pot slow cooker lid on hand for those recipes!
After using the instant pot for a while now, we put together a list of some of our favorite easy instant pot recipes. As always these recipes are easy to follow and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!
Instant Pot Recipes – Beef
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich
Found on Slow Cooker Gourmet
Nothing like a good french dip sandwich for lunch or dinner. With the instant pot, the meat will almost fall apart on its own without your help. Perfect recipe to try the slow cooker function on your instant pot. #SetItAndForgetIt
Family Beef Stew Instant Pot Recipe
Found on Number 2 Pencil
One of my all-time favorite meals, especially in the cold winters in upstate NY. We shop at Aldi’s and they sell a beef stew kit for around $7. We simply throw everything into our instant pot and let the magic happen. 30 mins. later we have a hot & hardy dinner ready on the table.
(You can find even more amazing soup recipes here!)
Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli
Found on I Save A2Z
I think anyone who follows us knows by now that we love beef & broccoli – we seriously almost can’t get enough of that meal! But sometimes finding a new way to make it is worth it, like this recipe! When it comes to (under) 5 ingredient instant pot meals, this one always wins in our book!
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Found on Clarks Condensed
A good beef stroganoff recipe that you can use as one of your healthy instant pot dump recipes is always worth a printed copy for your cookbook! This is a meal that’s affordable, (mostly) healthy, full of flavor, and never goes out of style!
Easy Instant Pot Chili
Found on The Salty Marshmallow
Chili is one of those foods that can fit in just about anywhere — a cold winter’s night, a tailgate party, or even a dish to pass at a family gathering!
Instant Pot Lasagna
Found on Amy + Jacky Pressure Cook Recipes
The recipe only calls for “meat sauce,” but by making this with ground beef in the sauce you’ll have a satisfying dish too popular to leave any leftovers!
Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Found on I Wash You Dry
A 3-part meal, made in one pot but not in casserole form? Sign me up!
Meatloaf and potatoes is such a classic, filling, and affordable meal, but the effort it takes sometimes makes it hard to fit in on a weeknight. By maximizing the use of your instant pot by stacking foil packs is genius!
Instant Pot Pot Roast
Found on One Pot Recipes
Pot roast is one of those recipes that really does need the slow cooking time, so getting the same great flavor in just an hour in your instant pot is an amazing time saver! You could get this recipe prepped the night before (or in the morning before work), and just drop the insert into the instant pot when you get home for dinner in no time!
Instant Pot Recipes – Chicken & Turkey
Kung Pao Chicken Instant Pot Recipe
Found on Life Made Sweeter
Life Made Sweeter never disappoints on food recipes. This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is colorful and flavorful as ever. This is one of those perfect meal prepping recipes that you can have leftovers throughout the week with.
Succulent Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken
Found on Cooking with Curls
Ever walk into your supermarket and smell the fresh rotisserie chicken at the check out lines? It’s a healthy and delicious meal you work into a ton of different recipes. The best part is you can start cooking it right at home in your instant pot in under 40 mins!
Crispy Chicken Carnitas
Found on Little Spice Jar
Tacos are a regular in our house, literally every Tuesday. It’s nice to change things up every once and in a while and try a new recipe. We found these crispy chicken carnitas to be absolutely divine. Totally adding this to our regular monthly meals.
Instant Pot Cashew Chicken
Found on Eating Instantly
For healthy fast instant pot recipes, this one is pretty high. It’s full of flavor, protein, and veggies, and it’s super easy to make! Nuts are a great source of protein and a great way to add some new flavors into your week!
Instant Pot Crack Chicken
Found on Mom’s Cravings
Make it for sandwiches (per the recipe) or just make it to eat straight or with noodles. But whatever you do, make it soon — it’s delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Marsala
Found on Mommy’s Home Cooking
Move over, Olive Garden! If there was ever a recipe that made it 100% worth it to buy yourself an instant pot, it would be this one. Replace the taste of restaurant perfection, every night, but without the huge cost!
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Found on Passion for Savings
It’s a little bit Taco Tuesday, a little bit healthy, and a whole lot of delicious! This just proves that when it comes to taco instant pot recipes, ground beef doesn’t always have to be your star player!
Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken
Found on Rasa Malaysia
In just about the same time as it takes to order Chinese takeout, you can make it at home! When you have healthy, fast instant pot recipes like this one, it just doesn’t make sense to waste your money on takeout anymore!
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Found on Savory Tooth
Ah, chicken wings. Can’t live without them, but we COULD totally live without the crazy cost of ordering them from a pizza place. Finally, an affordable solution! Imagine the cost savings for having homemade chicken wings at your next tailgate party, instead of ordering them!
Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Found on The Typical Mom
Here’s a fun twist on a classic recipe, that’s both an instant pot dump recipe and a sure-to-be-a-big-hit recipe!
Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken & Rice
Found on The Recipe Rebel
Everyone loves making Asian recipes, but the time it takes to make it in a traditional wok can sometimes be prohibitive. By tossing this together and making it in an instant pot, you’ll be enjoying it in no time!
Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls
Found on Together As Family
Whether you’re making this for dinner tonight or for scrumptious lunches for the week, this is the kind of recipe you’ll keep making over and over, both for how easy and for how fast it is!
Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan
Found on Cooking With Karli
I love chicken parm, but I hate how long it takes to make it! To be able to make it in the instant pot in about half an hour is such a dream!
Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Found on Kristine’s Kitchen
Chicken thighs are a great, affordable cut to use for family dinners, to try to stretch your dollars! With a simple recipe like this as your go-to, you can mix and match with just about any side dish for an easy, complete, and healthy dinner in minutes!
Instant Pot Chicken Lo Mein
Found on Eating Instantly
Lo mein is one of those meals that’s bordering on comfort food for many people! Lucky for us, it’s easier to make than ever in this easy instant pot recipe!
Instant Pot Recipes – Pork
Easy Instant Pot Ribs
Found on Foodie And Wine
Most often, pork ribs are a little cheaper so that’s why we put this recipe here, despite the recipe indicating you can use either pork ribs or beef.
I love that this recipe gives us a way to bring some summer to our winters, by letting us enjoy some good BBQ flavor without having to try to grill in the snow!
Instant Pot Buttery Ranch Pork Chops
Found on Eating On A Dime
This is a delicious twist on what could be a standard, plain Jane pork chop recipe! Try mixing this into your weekly meal plan for a nice change!
Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin With Honey Garlic Sauce
Found on Kristine’s Kitchen
Pork tenderloin is a great cut of meat if you have the time to cook it, so the option of making a great meal in the instant pot with this cut is amazing!
Instant Pot Hawaiian Pork
Found on The Typical Mom
Here’s a fun, summery twist on a pulled pork recipe! Why wait for warmer weather or a special occasion, just put this recipe at the top of your list and enjoy!
Instant Pot Recipes – Sausage & Meatballs
Instant Pot Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs
Found on Mommy’s Home Cooking
Another perfect instant pot recipe to bring to any party as an appetizer. These meatballs are absolutely incredible! We also make meatball subs from time to time and this recipe is perfect. The cook time on these healthy meatballs is around 10 mins. in the instant pot. #TimeSaver
Buffalo Chicken Meatball Instant Pot Recipe
Found on What Great Grandma Ate
Another incredible meatball recipe that can be done quickly right in your instant pot. Unlike the sweet teriyaki meatballs above this recipe from What Great Grandma Ate is all about spicing it up. If your family likes things a little spicier this is a great recipe to try.
Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Tortellini
Found on Meatloaf and Melodrama
I love that this recipe is simple enough for an everyday dinner, but just “fancy” enough by using tortellini to feel like its worthy of a special occasion.
Instant Pot Jambalaya
Found on Tastes Better From Scratch
You could definitely opt to replace the sausage with shrimp for a slightly more “exotic” or “fancy” twist on this recipe!
Instant Pot Pizza Meatballs
Found on Life She Has
Serve these over spaghetti noodles for a dinner no one can say no to, or serve them alone with toothpicks for a 5-star appetizer!
Instant Pot Recipes – Side Dishes & Soups
Easy Instant Pot Mac & Cheese
Found on Center Cut Cook
You can never go wrong with Mac & Cheese for dinner. Not the healthiest option, but sure to please your entire family. It’s always a great side dish to have with any tailgating or cookout party.
Perfect Instant Pot Rice For Any Meal
Found on This Old Gal
One of the staples in our family is rice. We have rice a few times a week, whether it is with chicken, chili, or just a side we enjoy having perfectly cooked rice with our meals. This instant pot recipe makes rice easier than ever to make.
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
Found on Together As Family
A fun, flavorful twist on the classic (and sometimes boring) plain white rice. Try adding this as a side to pair with the chicken carnitas higher on this list for a tasty dinner!
Instant Pot Panera Cheddar Broccoli Soup (Copycat)
Found on Savory Experiments
What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to customize it to your liking! Add some chicken and noodles to make it a little more hearty, add bacon and potatoes to combine soup flavors, or tweak it to be more like a cheddar/cream sauce for a totally unique dish of your own making!
Instant Pot Baked Ziti
Found on My Wife Can Cook
Baked ziti in less than 10 minutes? Oh my goodness, yes please! Add in some browned ground meat to this recipe to make it an entire meal, or leave it as-is for a delicious side dish.
Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup
Found on Living Locurto
No one likes slaving over a stove for hours to make a delicious soup, but with your instant pot, you don’t have to! This one is a wintertime favorite around here!
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana (Copycat)
Found on Margin Making Mom
Here’s another one of those recipes that you NEED to add to your collection, first to save money on takeout and second because it’s just plain delicious!
Instant Pot Veggie Soup
Found on Eating On A Dime
This is one of the best instant pot recipes for eating healthy, fast. It’s packed full of great nutrition and it’s ready in about 20 minutes! That’s a serious mom win!
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Found on Mom 4 Real
Most everyone knows that it usually takes a good hour to make some solid, tasty baked potatoes. How does 20-30 minutes sound?!
Instant Pot Glazed Carrots
Found on Deliciously Sprinkled
What use would your instant pot be if you couldn’t make a (mostly) healthy side dish to go with your amazing dinners?
Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
Found on Rebooted Mom
Who doesn’t love some fresh, perfectly-cooked sweet corn? With this easy instant pot recipe, you’ll be enjoying this sweet treat in no time!
Instant Pot Spinach Dip
Found on Living Locurto
Here’s another recipe that’s perfect for both parties and a midnight snack. Just make sure you’re not out of chips for dipping before you make it!
Instant Pot Recipes – Breakfasts
Cheesy Breakfast Bake
Found on Kitschen Cat
We cannot be the only family that is obsessed with breakfast? We regularly have breakfast for dinner at least once a week, it is so cheap! With only 5 ingredients this instant pot egg bake is perfect for dinner on the go during the busy week.
Instant Pot French Toast
Found on Princess Pinky Girl
Finally, a way to have delicious french toast without the whole standing over a stove forever thing! This recipe calls for cinnamon bread, to make it even more amazing!
Instant Pot Deviled Eggs
Found on Recipes Simple
This recipe is in the breakfast section because we all know where deviled eggs start – as hard-boiled eggs! This recipe pulls double duty as both a great recipe for serving up a party appetizer or for simply making some quick hard-boiled eggs for a healthy instant pot breakfast!
Instant Pot Recipes – Desserts
Instant Pot Angel Food Cake
Found on Foodie and Wine
You’ve spent all this time working on all these delicious dinner recipes, isn’t it time to relax? Whether for a birthday cake or just because, it cooks in just about 10 minutes so you’ve got no excuses to not have a homemade birthday cake for your next party!
Instant Pot Brownies
Found on The Foodie Eats
Scratch brownies are ALWAYS tastier than homemade. If you don’t believe me, it’s because you’ve never tried this before!
Instant Pot Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Found on Cookies and Cups
Cheesecake is one of those recipes that either scares people or they’re pros at it. I’m not sure which one I am, but with a recipe in my pocket like this I might just become a pro! Yum!
Bonus: Instant Pot Cheat Sheet
Found on BuzzFeed
We absolutely LOVE our instant pot and how much time it saves us throughout the week. This is one kitchen appliance that is absolutely worth its weight in gold.
Time is SO valuable in life why not save time and money using a more efficient kitchen appliance? If you do not have an instant pot yet you should go learn more and decide for yourself.
Hope you guys enjoyed our favorite instant pot recipes round up. Now it’s time to go try these recipes yourself. Your family is going to think you are a super chef with your new recipes!
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