25 BEST Instant Pot Recipes

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We’ve pulled together our best Instant Pot recipes featuring beef, pork, chicken, side dish, and dessert recipes for this special recipe collection for the Instant Pot. As a bonus, we’ve included our Instant Pot recipe for Apricot Chicken at the end the post.

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Instant Pot Recipes

Pressure cooking in the Instant Pot is all the rage right now, and for good reason! You can cook up just about anything in a fraction of the time you can cook something on the stove or in the oven. If you are new to Instant Pot cooking there is a little bit of a learning curve, but not to worry, all of these recipes are tried-and-true reader favorites. We walk you through each recipe so you will have success right off the bat. For all of these recipes I used a 6 Qt 7-in-1 Instant Pot but you can use any 6 or 8 Quart Instant Pot or Pressure cooker. The times and pressure will remain the same.

Instant Pot Accessories

Before we get started, for some of these recipes you may need a trivet. Most Instant Pots have one included but if for some reason you don’t have one, it may be a good idea to grab one. If you intend to use your Instant Pot as a slow cooker, may we suggest getting a slow cooker lid as well. It makes slow cooking in the Instant Pot a breeze! We love cooking with our Instant Pots. The more you use your Instant Pot, the more you are going to love it. Try some of these fun accessories to get even more creative with your Instant Pot cooking! Now, let’s get cookin’!

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This collection of tasty and hearty beef recipes can be made made in the fraction of the time in the Instant Pot. Our easy Instant Pot Sunday Pot Roast has been a huge hit with our readers. We have over 250 comments on just this one recipe alone! Who knew Sunday dinner could be so easy? Our most popular Instant Pot Recipe is our Instant Pot Meatballs recipe. You will be surprised how delicious they are and how well they stay together. You will get perfect meatballs EVERY TIME. They are well-deserving of the 5-star average review on Google!

  • Sunday Pot Roast – This pot roast with potatoes and carrots is the perfect Sunday dinner. Use your favorite cut of roast, and add your favorite vegetables.
  • Beef Pot Pie – Tender chunks of beef and crisp vegetables cook up quickly in a rich beef sauce. Top with a flaky puff pastry, and dinner is on the table.
  • Beef Goulash – The beef in this goulash tastes like it has simmered all day, but it really cooks in less than an hour.
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage – This dish is always a favorite for St. Patrick’s Day, but you will love this simple and speedy recipe anytime of year.
  • Meatballs – Meatballs in the Instant Pot are the easiest way to make meatballs EVER. No browning or sautéing. Just throw them in the sauce uncooked and let the Instant Pot do the rest!
  • Instant Pot Beef Stew – This stew is loaded with melt-in-your-mouth beef, hearty vegetables, and a rich broth. You won’t believe how quickly and easily it comes together. 


Whether you are a beginner or a savvy Instant Pot user, you will love these easy-to-follow, one-pot meals with chicken. You can create spectacular dishes with chicken in minutes. These chicken recipes are perfect for busy families who still want to sit down and enjoy a hot meal at the end of the day. Try our Gumbo or Chicken Enchilada Soup with a salad for a quick and easy meal. Do you need a quick cooked chicken breast to slice onto a salad or for a recipe? See our easy step by step instructions for Easy Instant Pot Chicken Breasts.

  • Chicken Alfredo – This pasta recipe is a low-maintenance, weeknight dinner that tastes incredible! You just throw everything in the pot, including the noodles.
  • Chicken Enchilada Soup – Fill the Instant Pot with chicken, beans, corn, chilies, and a few more ingredients for this soup recipe. Then, top it with cheese and a dollop of sour cream to serve.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu – This dish can be made in just a few short minutes. The chicken comes out perfectly tender and juicy every time. A family favorite!
  • Chicken Tikka Masala – This recipe makes our favorite Indian comfort food so simple it can be made any night of the week. The sweet and savory spices creates the perfect comfort dish. 
  • Gumbo – This one pot meal with chicken, sausage, and shrimp, this gumbo is bursting with Creole flavors.


Not only is the Instant Pot a great tool for main dishes, it can be used to cook up side dishes as well. It frees up space in the oven or on the stovetop, and gets a quick side together in no time at all. Instant Pot rice is always a great go-to, but have you tried potatoes in the Instant Pot? You can have perfectly baked potatoes in under 40 minutes and fluffy mashed potatoes in about 20 minutes (that includes potato peeling time!). You will also love these healthy instant pot recipes for homemade applesauce, artichokes and spaghetti squash.

  • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes – These baked potatoes turn out perfectly fluffy with no aluminum foil.
  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – The quickest, easiest way to make mashed potatoes. Top with you favorite fresh herbs.
  • Spaghetti Squash – The Instant Pot is our favorite way of cooking spaghetti squash. It is fairly quick and you can season it to get some added flavor while it is still cooking.
  • Instant Pot Mac and Cheese – This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is so quick and easy to make – plus it tastes amazing!
  • Artichokes – It is so easy to cook artichokes in the Instant Pot! Season with some lemon and add water. That’s it.
  • Applesauce – Homemade applesauce doesn’t have to take all day in the kitchen. Try our Instant Pot method for almost instant results.


The Instant Pot is also a magical tool for a quick breakfast. Gone are the days of wondering if your hard-boiled eggs didn’t get cooked through, or if a green ring will be around the yolk. The Instant Pot cooks the eggs perfectly every time. It is also perfect for oatmeal. You can add in fruit, cinnamon, and sugar before or after cooking.

  • Oatmeal – Forget the microwave packets, Instant Pot Oatmeal makes it easy to feed the whole family a cozy, nutritious breakfast even faster. It is made with old fashioned oats, milk, and water, and only cooks for 3 minutes! 
  • Hard Boiled Eggs – Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are perfectly cooked, easy to peel, with no grey or greenish coloring. Ever! Seriously, you won’t believe how easy it is to peel these eggs.
  • Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole – An adaption of the oven baked breakfast casserole by A Mindful Mom made easy for the Instant Pot.
  • Instant Pot French Toast – Even French toast can be made in a pressure cooker! Check out this recipe from Devour Dinner.


We admittedly haven’t explored too much in the dessert realm for Instant Pot recipes. However, these two desserts are beyond fabulous. If you have an Instant Pot dessert recipe you love, please share it with us in the comments. We would love to give it a try.

  • Chocolate Lava Cake – A rich, gooey cake that is done in less than 30 minutes! This is the best dessert to whip up when it’s late, you’re wandering around the house craving something sweet and a handful of chocolate chips from the pantry just isn’t going to cut it.
  • Lemon Custard Cups – This tangy, light and refreshing treat is perfect for spring and summer. So easy to make in the Instant Pot. Top it with whipped cream, graham crackers, fresh fruit or meringue.
  • Peach Dump Cake – Only 4 ingredients and 30 minutes are needed to make this Instant Pot dessert from Meatloaf and Melodrama.
  • New York Style Cheesecake – With your own springform pan and a steamer rack, you can make this incredible cheesecake from Little Spice Jar in your Instant Pot.

BONUS RECIPE: Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

We hope you’ve enjoyed perusing these recipes for the Instant Pot and hope you have been inspired with ideas for using this amazing kitchen appliance in your every day cooking. This is not a sponsored post, we just love our Instant Pots and wanted to share our favorite ways of using them.

As a bonus, we are adding an easy and delicious Instant Pot dinner idea. It is a variation of our Easy Apricot Chicken and you are going to love it!

Saucy cooked chicken on a plate

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken

5 from 6 votes
This Instant Pot Apricot Chicken is an easy dinner idea for any day of the week! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
slow release time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker



  • Combine apricot preserves, Catalina dressing, dijon mustard, and dry onion soup mix in a small mixing bowl. 
  • Put ⅓ cup water in the Instant Pot. Place chicken in the water and pour apricot mixture over the top of the chicken.
  • Place lid (make sure release tab is set to “sealing”) and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to natural release for additional 5 minutes. 
  • Quick release and remove chicken. Spoon excess sauce from the Instant Pot over the chicken before serving. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 50gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2308mgPotassium: 954mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1.2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I don’t think I could life without my Instant Pot! The apricot chicken was so easy and loaded with flavor. My family has already requested we make it again!

    1. I have had an IP pot for about six months, have made mostly soup in it but after finding these recipes I’ll be trying many of them! You won’t be sorry if you buy one. Even if I only made homemade soup in it , it is work it!

  2. 5 stars
    Everything looks so delicious and comforting! I love using instant pot – such a great way to enjoy a warm, hearty meal ♥

  3. 5 stars
    A great recipe that the entire family enjoyed—including my “other” half who has just been so picky and hard to cook for. He stopped smoking and I guess some things he loved he now hates. Thanks for the awesome instructions too.

  4. 5 stars
    So many great recipes for my Instant Pot! These all look so good, I don’t know which one to start with first!

  5. I love that you use catalina dressing, it’s the only dressing my mother will use on salad so I will have to make her this! I also am still working on perfecting my instant pot meals and this looks simple to try.