Instant Pot Recipe Roundup

Master your handy multi-use, multi-programmable appliance with these easy Instant Pot recipes. In each dish, you’ll learn how to use the various functions like saute and pressure cooking to create mouth-watering soups, stews, side dishes and dinners all in one vessel.

Compilation photo showing 12 Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot has taken over our kitchens, showing impressive abilities to provide an all-in-one cooking experience. The most exciting function is the ability for home cooks to effortlessly use electric pressure cooking. However, the numerous amount of buttons and settings can be confusing. Where do you begin? I’m here to help!

I’m sharing 12 easy Instant Pot recipes, so you can put that shiny countertop appliance to good use. It’s a great tool that quickly cooks even the toughest cuts of meat and transforms them into delicious tender pieces. I’m in awe that I can brown, simmer, slow cook, pressurize, and steam all in one place. I love that I can cut down on unnecessary pots and pans, and dirty dish pile-ups. You’ll have a blast trying out these tasty recipes while building your confidence on using this appliance.

#1) Potato Leek Soup

This classic soup is made with wholesome ingredients for a smooth and creamy appetizer. Russet potatoes and savory leeks cook under pressure for a quick meal.

Potato Leek Soup

#2) Red Lentil Soup

Transform dried red lentils into tender legumes in just minutes! This soup is pureed to give a super smooth consistency and its good for you at the same time.

Red Lentil Soup

#3) Turkey Chili

A big bowl of hearty chili is a satisfying meal on its own. Turkey is browned first to create layers of flavor then the vegetables are cooked under pressure, and the beans are simmered at the end to create just the right texture.

Turkey Chili

#4) Swedish Meatballs

Tender beef and pork meatballs braised in a creamy gravy are a real crowd-pleaser. A perfect appetizer or entree for parties, or serve for dinner with egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Swedish Meatballs

#5) Mashed Potatoes

Make this dinnertime staple in the Instant Pot! I use russet potatoes to create a creamy and fluffy side dish. Give it a try for your next potluck or holiday, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make.

Mashed Potatoes

#6) Thai Chicken Curry

Tender pieces of chicken thighs simmer in an exotic red curry sauce. A quick 30-minute meal that infuses bold Thai flavors into each bite.

Thai Chicken Curry

#7) Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken yields tender pieces of chicken breast, packed with authentic Indian spices. The creamy tomato-based sauce makes for an addicting meal.

Butter Chicken

#8) Balsamic Chicken

Tender pieces of bone-in chicken thighs simmered in a balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce. The braising liquid is further reduced in the Instant Pot for a delicious savory, sweet and tangy topping.

Balsamic Chicken

#9) Teriyaki Chicken

Whole pieces of juicy chicken breast simmer in a sweet and savory sauce. A popular Japanese dish made under pressure with very little effort. Serve with colorful vegetables and steamed rice for a complete meal.

Teriyaki Chicken

#10) Beef Stew

Tough cuts of beef are magically transformed into super tender pieces of meat, using pressure and elevated temperatures in the Instant Pot. The steak, potatoes, and carrots cook together for the ultimate comfort food.

Beef Stew

#11) Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patricks Day dinner made all in one pot! The corned beef, cabbage, and other hearty vegetables get layered and cooked together for a delicious and effortless feast.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

12) Soft and Hard Boiled Eggs

This will be your new favorite method for cooking eggs to perfection. Runny golden centers or firm yolks can all be made in minutes in the pressure cooker.

Soft and Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot recipes are one of the most efficient and dynamic ways to prepare meals in a relatively short amount of time. If you’re interested to learn more about this multi-use appliance, or just getting started, this Instant Pot guide is a great reference. Don’t own an IP? No problem, I have a bunch of delicious Slow Cooker recipes you can try.

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    • Kathleen says

      Well, yes and no. The instant pot can be used as a slow cooker but a slow cooker can not be used as an instant pot. The difference is in the settings on the Instant pot.

  1. Maureen Bond says

    Hi Jessica, my question is
    ‘Would these recipes work in a Crockpot?’ I have a stove top pressure cooker but I don’t think that would work

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Maureen- It really depends on the recipe. If it calls for browning the meat or vegetables I would recommend doing that on the stovetop and then proceeding with using the slow cooker. Let me know if there is a specific recipe you are looking at modifying.

  2. Dave says

    I use mine primarily for large roasts and whole chickens. Having both a six and an eight quart, allows me to handle larger cuts of meat. The eight quart can easily cook 7 pounds of chicken pieces from frozen.

    I poo-pooed it for years until I got the six then I purchased the eight from a great sale.

    Anyway a very useful appliance.

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