Must-Try Instant Pot Recipes

So you've decided to give the Instant Pot a try. Here are some mouthwatering recipes that were made for the trendy, all-in-one appliance.

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March 06, 2017
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Recipes for Your All-in-One Tool

By now you've probably heard the buzz about the Instant Pot®, the slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in all wrapped into one compact appliance. It's one thing to go out and purchase the new tool of the moment, but it's another to put it to good use. If you decide to jump on the bandwagon, here are a few easy, comforting meals to set you down the right path.

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Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Traditional, slow-cooked pulled pork can take up to 8 hours to cook, but when you use the saute setting, you'll be able to produce this juicy, fork-tender batch in just under two hours.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

This macaroni for this creamy, kid-friendly dish cooks up in just four minutes when using the pressure-cook setting. And after it's been gobbled up, you'll only have one pot to clean!

Get the Recipe: 5-Ingredient Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Carnitas

The great thing about these one-pot carnitas is that you don't have to wait all day for the perfect taco.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Carnitas

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

This simplified version of a traditional Filipino comfort food was meant for your Instant Pot®. The pressure cook setting prepares it in no time and best of all, there's only one pot to clean up.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Didn't know your Instant Pot® could handle a whole chicken? Well, it can! And you'll have soul-soothing bowls of chicken noodle soup in only 45 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Traditionally, this dish takes hours to cook in the oven. Our Instant Pot® version is ready in a fraction of the time and is made entirely in the pot – hello, easy clean-up! The chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender and the tomato sauce has the perfect smoky kick, thanks to the bacon

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Chicken Posole

Thanks to your Instant Pot, the slow-cooked flavors of this Mexican soup are fully developed in just two hours.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Posole

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

This dish is beloved for a reason — it's warm, comforting and flavorful. And since there's no need to marinate the chicken first, it's perfect for a last-minute dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

These super creamy mashed potatoes could not be any easier — no dicing or draining required. This is a great make-ahead recipe at any time of the year, but it's especially fitting around the holidays.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This isn't your Grandma's beef stew: The Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one) makes this hearty dish a weeknight possibility.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Korean-Style Short Ribs

No need to fire up the grill for this sticky, meaty dish. With the Instant Pot®, finger-licking short ribs are ready in no time. If you miss that charred flavor, a quick trip under the broiler will satisfy.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Korean Style Short Ribs

Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken

Looking for a meal to warm you up from the inside out? With spices like cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and coriander, this family-friendly chicken dish will certainly do the trick.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Comforting chicken and dumplings come together at lightning speed thanks to the Instant Pot®, in this perfect addition to your weeknight dinner arsenal.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Instant Pot Sunday Sauce

Your Sundays are now free! No more standing over the stove babysitting Sunday supper. This sauce is fully loaded with pork, beef, sausage and meatballs, and is sure to become a family tradition that won't leave you short on time to relax and enjoy Sunday Funday.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Sunday Sauce

Instant Pot Tex-Mex Beef Stew

This 5-star stew gets its Tex-Mex flair from chili powder, cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. And don't leave out the cinnamon — it adds warm notes you never even knew your beef stew needed.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Tex-Mex Beef Stew

Instant Pot Pot Roast

Searing and pressure cooking your pot roast in a versatile Instant Pot® helps you get that fall-apart-tender meat quicker than you would with a traditional recipe.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pot Roast

Instant Pot Hawaiian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

For a taste of the tropics, serve pulled chicken sandwiches with a hint of pineapple, and top them off with a cool and crunchy slaw that packs a flavor surprise: coconut!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Hawaiian Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Instant Pot Keto Mediterranean Chicken

This keto-friendly chicken is bursting with Mediterranean flavors, marrying heart-healthy olive oil, briny olives, and rich and creamy Greek yogurt.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Keto Mediterranean Chicken

Instant Pot Whole30 Chicken Tikka Masala

You can have a flavorful and tender Chicken Masala in 10 minutes in your Instant Pot® while sticking to your Whole30 diet plan.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Whole30 Chicken Tikka Masala

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheddar

This hearty and wholesome weeknight dinner will please both kids and grown-ups, and it's made entirely in the Instant Pot®.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheddar

Instant Pot Steamed Rice

Take the guesswork out of rice and use your Instant Pot® to make it foolproof.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Steamed Rice

Instant Pot Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and Greens

You'll feel like a chef when you serve this salmon dinner, complete with garlicky smashed potatoes and warm greens. A little lemon zest and paprika go a long way in flavoring this quick and easy meal.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Salmon with Garlic Potatoes and Greens

Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls

The flavors of the Mediterranean are cooked up in 30 minutes in an Instant Pot® for a quick and filling, souvlaki-inspired weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls

Instant Pot Taco Night

Everyone's favorite night of the week just got easier. The Instant Pot® is the perfect tool for when you've forgotten to defrost your ground beef ahead of time.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Tacos

Instant Pot Lemon Frozen Chicken with Orzo

Once you unlock the secret of cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot, the possibilities for variations become endless.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Lemon Frozen Chicken with Orzo

Instant Pot Polenta

No more being chained to the stove, stirring incessantly, on polenta night. Now you can combine it all, and it's done in no time.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Polenta

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Just heat the broth and vegetables in the pot, then secure the lid and set to pressure according to the manufacturer's instructions. In 15 minutes, you'll have four comforting servings. Ladle them out for dinner or stick them in the fridge for easy lunches.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Thanks to your new appliance, the beans for this creamy soup don't need to be soaked overnight. And they cook, under pressure, for just 1 hour. If you don't have an immersion blender, you can puree the beans in batches in a regular blender (but take care, they will be hot).

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

Even if you didn't take anything out for dinner tonight, you can still serve up this saucy pulled chicken in under an hour. Frozen chicken breasts cook quickly and easily in an Instant Pot®.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pulled Chicken

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This one-pot meal is an easy twist on the hearty classic. Filled with sauteed onions and mushrooms, garlic, diced tomatoes, and chicken, it's as good for the family as it is for company.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Instant Pot Caribbean Chicken and Rice

Jerk seasoning flavors the rice and sauteed peppers as well as the chicken in this recipe. Serve with lime wedges for an extra kick.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Caribbean Chicken and Rice

Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

Want a foolproof way to make perfect hard-boiled eggs? Try your Instant Pot®! Quick, perfectly set, creamy yolks every time, without any hassle.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Yogurt

All you need is two simple ingredients to make creamy, delicious yogurt in your Instant Pot®. For extra flavor, add mix-ins of your choice – the options are endless!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Mini Frittatas

Make a quick and delicious brunch appetizer or snack with your Instant Pot®.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mini Frittatas

Instant Pot Chicken Panzanella

The rich flavors of the cooking liquid are soaked into toasted bread cubes, which get tossed with winter's best greens for a quick weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Winter Chicken Panzanella Salad

Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Love a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner – but don't love how long it takes to make one? Here is the perfect solution: An easy express route to feasting that uses your pressure cooker.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Instant Pot Keto Chili

Now you can have a meaty and well-rounded chili with a slow-simmer taste cooked in less than half the time in your Instant Pot®.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Keto Chili

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Get the flavor of a slow simmered squash soup in half the time using an Instant Pot® multi-cooker.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

No stovetop needed for this comfort food classic. Thanks to the Instant Pot®, this dish keeps the soul of Southern cooking with just a fraction of the work it would normally take.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

Shortcut Instant Pot Lasagna

A classic lasagna cooked in just 25 minutes is the perfect weeknight dinner.

Get the Recipe: Shortcut Instant Pot Lasagna

Instant Pot Beef Pho

Beef pho is one of the most beloved dishes in Vietnam but its famous spice-laced stock can take up to 12 hours to make. By using a multicooker, we cut the time down to just over 3 hours (and much of that time is hands-off) without sacrificing any flavor. Don't be nervous about serving the pho with raw sirloin — the hot, steamy stock cooks the beef just enough so that it is meltingly tender.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Beef Pho

Instant Pot Shrimp Risotto

Achieve the taste of slow-cooked risotto that taste like you've been attending to for half an hour, without ever stirring. Your Instant Pot does all the hard work and you can take the credit for a restaurant-worthy meal that takes almost no effort.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Shrimp Risotto

Instant Pot Chili

A touch of coffee adds depth to this simple but nuanced under-an-hour chili.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chili

Instant Pot Bacony Refried Beans

Refried beans without the frying makes this the perfect side dish for any fiesta. With your Instant Pot®, you can start from dried beans but skip the soaking step and skip the hours of cooking but still get velvety, bacony beans.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Bacony Refried Beans

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken

Spice up your weeknight dinner game with boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked with soy sauce and vinegar in the Instant Pot; a little bit of unsweetened coconut milk added in at the end makes for a super creamy sauce that you'll want all over a side of jasmine rice.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Chicken

Instant Pot Whiskey and Honey Glazed Ham

Never serve dry ham again! Your Instant Pot® will infuse your ham with honey, Dijon and whiskey in literally minutes.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Whiskey and Honey Glazed Ham

Instant Pot Mulled Wine

The Instant Pot® makes quick work of infusing holiday spices into your wine. Set to keep warm and serve this festive beverage straight from the pot at your next party!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mulled Wine

Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots

This is going to be your new go-to healthy weeknight dinner. Full of protein and fiber, this dish is light, yet satisfying. The heat of the chile and ginger balance out the sweetness of the apricot, and the pistachios provide a pleasant crunch.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken with Quinoa, Pistachios and Apricots

Instant Pot Chicken Marbella

This classic dinner party dish is made from start to finish in the multi-cooker. Briny capers and olives marry with dried apricots and a touch of brown sugar for the perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Marbella

Instant Pot Indian Shrimp Biriyani

The multi-cooker makes this dish an easy clean-up — the shrimp and spices are first sauteed in the pot, then the rice is cooked using the pressure-cook function. The result is a super-quick, flavor-packed dinner that's perfect for a weeknight.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Indian Shrimp Biriyani

Instant Pot Brunswick Stew

This traditional Southern stew is the perfect combination of delicious tomato broth, hearty vegetables and rich luscious meat. While it's not as thick as many stews, it's one recipe that's sure to fill even the hungriest bellies.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Brunswick Stew

Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

In Mexican pozolerias you're given the choice of 8 to 12 different toppings and every person can customize their bowls. Put out a selection of garnishes and let your guests do the same.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

Instant Pot Saag Paneer

Using fresh baby spinach — cooked quickly in a pressure cooker — instead of frozen elevates this creamy and spicy Indian comfort food.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Saag Paneer

Instant Pot Fall-off-the-Bone Chicken

Now you can have a whole chicken on your table — tender enough to fall of the bone and ready to serve — in under an hour. If you want extra roasted flavor, try browning the chicken breast and back first on the high saute setting until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Fall-off-the-Bone Chicken

Instant Pot Indian Spicy Eggplant

Inspired by the flavorful eggplant dish bhartha, this easy version skips the lengthy roasting and peeling steps and instead uses an instant pot to pre-cook the eggplant in 20 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Indian Spicy Eggplant

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

This might be the easiest way to cook spaghetti squash — pierce a whole squash all over with a fork, then cook it in a pressure cooker until perfectly tender. It cooks in a fraction of the time it would take in the oven, and there's no need to struggle with cutting the sturdy squash beforehand.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Marinara

Instant Pot Indian Dal

This vibrantly spiced red lentil stew comes together quickly and easily.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Indian Dal

Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

This creamy risotto gets its rich flavor from leeks, wild mushrooms and white wine. Best of all, you can add the broth all at once — no standing at the stove and stirring throughout!

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto