Instant Pot Dinners You Can Make on Even the Busiest School Nights

Get dinner on the table in 40 minutes (or less).

Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Chili

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

It's easy to love multipurpose kitchen gadgets. (If it can make a daily task simpler, it's a must!) So it's really no surprise that the Instant Pot — the all-in-one slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in — has taken the culinary world by storm.

But if you're part of the Instant Pot community you also know that not all Instant Pot recipes are, well, instant. Some require a bit of extra prep work; others cook for an hour or more. Now, it's definitely worth saving those recipes. (Weekends and not-hectic weeknights do exist!) But they're just not what you need when you're trying to fit it all in.

These five recipes, though? They definitely are.

Instant Pot Chili (pictured above)

This chili features a depth of flavor you will crave, thanks to a touch of instant coffee. (Unsweetened cocoa powder works too!) Even better, you can sit down to a "tastes like it was simmering all afternoon" dinner in only 40 minutes.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

It's no secret creamy mac and cheese is a kid favorite. But let's be honest: Grown-ups love it too! Please the whole family with this super easy recipe and have only one pot to clean afterward. That's a win-win.

Weeknight Cooking_ Instant Pot



This dish is literally layered with flavor: Put the potatoes in the bottom of the Instant Pot, then place the steam rack over the potatoes and add the salmon. Once the salmon is cooked through, remove it from the steamer, continue to cook the potatoes till they're soft and sizzling, then add the nutritious greens. You'll have an insanely delicious meal in just 30 minutes.

Juicy chicken thighs, fluffy rice and marinated cucumbers in just 40 minutes is great, but add unsweetened coconut milk to the mix and you get a super creamy sauce that elevates the entire meal.

If you think risotto is only for weekends, think again. Your Instant Pot does all the work — and you can take all the credit for this restaurant-worthy dinner that's ready in only 40 minutes.

We Also Recommend

Next Up

Instant Pot Recipes That'll Help You Survive the Holidays

Because you cannot survive on cookies alone.

Effortless Dinners That Make Weeknights a Breeze

No time to cook? Don't want to clean up? We got you.

Soups and Stews Quick Enough for Weeknights

We've got a week's worth of warm and comforting recipes for you to choose from — and they all come together in under a half-hour.

How a Therapist Handles Weeknight Dinners

13 tips for reducing evening mealtime stress.

7 Instant Pot Recipes Perfect for Family Dinners

This kitchen gadget is making weeknight dinner a breeze.

All the Ingredient Substitutions You Need to Make Michael Symon's Daily Dinners

Cook along with him on the Food Network Kitchen Facebook page! His flexible recipes mean you probably already have all the ingredients you need.

4 Mexican-Inspired Dinners You Can Make From Just One Bag of Groceries

Get creative with a store-bought salad kit, tortillas and all your favorite taco fixings.

7 Habits to Help You Make Dinner Without Planning At All, According to a Recipe Developer

The art of improvisation in the kitchen can absolutely be learned if you reframe how you look at your pantry. Plus, three recipes for go-with-anything sauces that turn any ingredients into a meal.