3 Things You Need to Make in Your Instant Pot First

Instant Pot newbie? Here are the recipes you should make now.

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December 30, 2019

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With the bustle of the holidays finally behind us, now's the time to break in your brand-new kitchen gadgets. If you're one of the many fans who received an Instant Pot this year, get ready to have your world forever changed. Ask any Food Network editor how they feel about the Instant Pot and you'll hear about how they originally met the multicooker with skepticism only to find that pressure cooking everything from pulled pork to hard-boiled eggs has significantly improved their lives. Just about all of us have bought an Instant Pot for a loved one at this point.

Though we're converts now, it took some trial-and-error to get here and we've learned some things along the way — including what Instant Pot recipes to start with. Before cooking anything (and we do mean anything), you'll want to do a water test with your Instant Pot. You'll take all the accessories out of the inner pot, pour in 3 cups of water and pressure cook for five minutes. This will familiarize yourself with the pot's interface and help you feel more comfortable with the pressure cooking process, including natural and quick release.

Once you've completed the test and read at least some of the user manual, you're ready to get cooking. Here are three recipes to start your Instant Pot journey off on the right foot.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

Pressure cooking large cuts of meat in the Instant Pot is one of the best uses for the machine. Pulled pork is a classic recipe that's commonly done in the slow-cooker, and it's made even better in the Instant Pot. This recipe will get you comfortable using the saute function, as well as the pressure-cook function and is almost impossible to mess up. Just trust the process.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

If you're looking for foolproof creamy mac and cheese, this is it. With just five ingredients, we have a feeling this will forever change your mac-and-cheese method. We love making creamy pasta in the Instant Pot because it creates a super starchy water for perfect sauce consistency.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.

Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs.

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Matt Armendariz

Members of the Instant Pot Community love to make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot — and our fans do too. Our test kitchen chefs say this is one of the easiest methods for batch-cooking eggs. Once you've mastered this technique, we recommend testing out an Instant Pot Egg Loaf for other projects.

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