7 Instant Pot Recipes Perfect for Family Dinners

This kitchen gadget is making weeknight dinner a breeze.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

The Instant Pot might be the most talked-about appliance since the slow-cooker. It’s a best-selling kitchen item on Amazon.com and the Facebook community surrounding the beloved gadget is more than one million members strong. Safe to say, the Instant Pot is here to stay. If you’re still trying to figure out how to use this tool beyond hard-boiled eggs and yogurt, look no further. The chefs in the Food Network Kitchen developed family-friendly recipes you’ll want to add to your list of Instant Pot staples. Give one a try tonight.

There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese, but the cooking process can take upwards of an hour depending on the style you’re looking for. This Instant Pot version is perfectly creamy and done in just 30 minutes.

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

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RYAN DAUSCH

You can make this complete meal in an Instant Pot all thanks to a handy-dandy steaming rack. You’ll place the salmon on the rack over the potatoes and let them steam to perfection before smashing the potatoes with some garlic to get a main protein and side on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Weeknight Cooking Light!

Weeknight Cooking Light!

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RYAN DAUSCH

You could slave over the stove making split pea soup for a couple of hours, or you can use your Instant Pot to serve a bowl of steamy, creamy soup in 40 minutes. The most time-consuming part of this recipe is sautéing veggies before setting the pot to pressure cook for 15 minutes.

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

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RYAN DAUSCH

While your chicken pressure cooks, you can make a simple Hawaiian-flavored slaw to top the sandwiches. When all the meal parts are ready, let your family build their own island-inspired eats.

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot

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RYAN DAUSCH

Beef stew doesn’t have to be reserved for a low-and-slow cooking method. The Instant Pot brings everything together for a stew-meets-chili dish in just over an hour. Plus, while it’s cooking for 30 minutes, you’ll have plenty of time to prepare the perfect toppings.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

Anything your slow-cooker can do, the Instant Pot can probably do faster. Take barbecue pulled pork: Unlike your slow-cooker, this meat can be done in two hours start to finish, meaning you don’t need to leave any appliance plugged in all day.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Heather Ramsdell

This traditional Filipino chicken dish can take almost an hour to cook on the stovetop. In the Instant Pot, the cooking time is reduced to just 30 minutes. The chicken will be just as tender and perfectly saucy.

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