The 25 Absolute Best Recipes To Try In An Instant Pot

Do you know what FOMO is? Fear of missing out. I’ve been experiencing it ever since everyone under the sun got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and I did not. Anyone know where Santa’s complaints department can be reached? Because, seriously. However, my sister got one…and boy were my eyes opened to how glorious these machines really are. Whenever you’re looking to sacrifice money and cabinet space to a new appliance, you want to know that it’s going to be worth it! So, without further adieu…lets get inspired by the best recipes to make in an instant pot. By the end of it, if you’re anything like me, it’ll be in added to your online shopping cart by the end of this list.

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1. Perfectly Cooked Rice

Perfectly cooked rice, in 10 minutes? Woah. WHAT?! If you’re someone who seeks to meal plan on a Sunday for a week’s worth of healthy lunches, often quinoa and rices are the base to those – so why not make it easy on yourself with an instant pot method in record time?

2. 5 Minute Spinach Dip

Hot and ready when you need to whip up a quick appetizer, and fast! This recipe is simple and uses ingredients that you most likely already have on hand! Life made easy, right here.

3. Crispy Carnitas

Pork carnitas probably most favored to be served up as tacos. Because well, tacos are life. I’ve made them quite often before in a crock pot…aka a slow cooker. So making them in a “fast” cooker like the Instant Pot, makes for a late in the day planned dinner still a success that evening. Crock pots take planning…and well…we aren’t all cut out for that (don’t judge me!). Simply cook the meat in your Instant Pot, and transfer to a baking sheet if you desire that crisp up, and voila!

4. Mac & Cheese

Don’t you dare pull out that boxed variety! You can make a homemade version of this comfort food in an Instant Pot with the same amount of time as the boxes. Actually, maybe even less. Try, 5 minutes! But in 5 minutes it gives you all the gourmet feel of a home cooked dinner.

5. Kung Pao Chicken

Almost all slow cooker recipes can be converted to an Instant Pot one. So, as helpful as this list is to generate some ideas for you using your new kitchen gadget, you also don’t have to toss all your beloved crock pot recipes, either. This recipe gives you directions for BOTH methods. It just takes a significantly lesser amount of time with the Instant Pot!

6. Popcorn

My kids are going through this phase of homemade popcorn. No, not the microwave kind. The oil on the stovetop kind. It takes much…babysitting. Not to complain, but this way of making popcorn is much much better.

7. 6-Inch New York Style Cheesecake

Bet you didn’t expect to see THIS on the list. But yes, yes indeed… you can make a tall, beautiful New York style cheesecake in an Instant Pot! It’s completed in just under an hour, mostly hands-free. Let the pot do it’s thang…

8. Herb Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes in only 15 minutes? That’s unheard of! This recipe takes baby potatoes and transforms them into fluffy yet crisp flavorful bites of potato that will side pretty much anything you feel like making tonight.

9. Crustless Veggie Quiche

Brunch time in no time! This amazing breakfast recipe (or dinner, depending on the vibe of your day) is crust free, and cooked in only 30 minutes in the Instant Pot that can serve 6-8 people!

10. Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

Saute and cook your ingredients right in the Instant Pot for a recipe that has minimal prep and only 25 mintues of cook time to make a tender beef stroganoff.

11. Chicken Breasts

This is a tried and true recipe from the creator, promising a healthy meal option made in an Instant Pot that provides chicken breasts fully cooked, tender, juicy and flavorful! They’re sauteed, cooked, and rested all in less than 20 minutes.

12. Corn On The Cob

There’s a few ways to make corn on the cob. Boil, grill, microwave, and now… Instant Pot! Total time? 3 minutes.

13. Ramen Soup

A complex soup like this, made in an Instant Pot takes it from complicates and labor intensive to a 5 minute prep time, and total time of 45 minutes. This needs to happen (she says…still with that Instant Pot in her cart).

14. Taco Meat

Tacos are awesome, because all you really need to do is prep the meat, and chop some veggies for toppings. Not much cooking required. So, when the cooking you DO need to do is simplified? Well, that’s just special.

15. Foolproof Chicken Wings

Making a dozen wings at home just got a whole lot easier. Only 3 ingredients you can have this meal ready to go in under 30 minutes. They’re simple, quick, flavorful. Everything you need on a busy night. Or when the wing cravings strike, and strike hard.

16. Chili

Again, if it can be done in a slow cooker, it can probably be done in a lightning fast cooker! It’s a chili you can create and cook in only 45 minutes. No longer are you getting up early to prep this dinner. Complete this hearty meal on a weeknight, even! Whodathunkit?

17. Apple Crisp

A warm apple crisp dessert in only 15 minutes! Perfect when you *ahem* forgot to plan a dessert and well, guests are already here! Don’t waste any time with this recipe that pulls from the cupboard all ingredients you likely have on hand.

18. Cabbage Rolls

This was a childhood favorite for me. My mother work work hard to make these from scratch and we would wait as the aroma filled the house, waiting for them to be finished. That wait time gets real short, real fast with this Instant Pot recipe for them.

19. “Faux-tisserie” Chicken

It’s a “faux-tisserie” because there’s no rotisserie involved here…but you’re not going to sacrifice on taste! Only 25 minutes of cooking time, you have plenty of time to whip up some sides to go along with this succulent and tasty chicken recipe.

20. Butter Chicken

I’ve been going through what I call a “curry phase”. It’s been about 3 years now, with no signs of relenting. It’s just so dang good, I could eat curry dishes every night. I battle between buying store bought jars and making my own sauces. Sometimes the amount of time and effort a homemade meal takes is just too much. So a recipe that takes the time piece out of the equation, makes this a very very doable thing for a curry-loving-yet-busy Mama.

21. Thai Red Curry With Chicken

I mean, while we are on the topic of curry, why not try a Thai version? Made with chicken, peppers, carrots, bamboo, onion, coconut milk, and of course – curry paste, this entire recipe is prepped in the Instant Pot with step-by-step instructions for the newbie to the gadget. Takes all the guesswork out!

22. Banana French Toast

Looking for an easy, sweet, breakfast recipe the whole family will love? This recipe will surprise you with how easy and delicious it is. Topped with maple syrup and pecans, it’s cooked in only 25 minutes for an unforgettable take on french toast.

23. Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are lovely, aren’t they? What’s not lovely in a starchy boiling water going all over your stove top because you got distracted and let it boil over, again. Not that it’s ever happened to me… Regardless, this recipe keeps things under 30 minutes from pot to table, and no boiling required on your part! huzzah!

24. Applesauce

Yes, applesauce at home! Something I’ve attempted once, and then never tried again. This recipe takes a bit of prep (peeling apples, basically is it) and then it’s cooked for only 5 minutes in the Instant Pot.

25. Jambalaya

One of my all-time favorite dishes, because it truly is an all in one. Hearty, spicy and filling. This recipe takes only minutes for each step, with less than 30 minutes total for a 6 serving dinner!

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