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Our best Instant Pot recipes featuring beef, pork, chicken, side dish, and dessert recipes. For this special recipe collection for the Instant Pot, we’ve included our Instant Pot recipe for Apricot Chicken at the end the post.
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The Best Instant Pot to Use
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 quart 7-in-1 Instant Pot but you can use any 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot pressure cookers. 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. We love cooking with our Instant Pots. The more you use your Instant Pot, the more you are going to love it.
Beef Instant Pot Recipes
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
Pot Roast has always been a favorite Sunday dinner in our family. Sometimes we make it with mashed potatoes, sometimes with ingredients like carrots and potatoes cooked with the roast. Either way, it is always delicious. For this recipe we use a boneless chuck roast but there are several different cuts of meat you can use.
Instant Pot Chili
Chili in the Instant Pot has the taste of chili that has been simmering all day, yet takes less than an hour. It really couldn’t be easier! You can do it all in one pot which means less cleanup too. The better question may be “Why NOT make chili on an Instant Pot?”
Instant Pot Beef Pot Pie
Making pot pies with a puff pastry crust is a game changer. That right there makes it 20 times easier. Then making the filling in the Instant Pot adds an entirely new level of simplicity. You can do it all in one pot in less than an hour!
Instant Pot Beef Goulash
The chunks of beef are so tender and flavorful in this beef goulash, everyone will think it has been stewing all day. The gravy is nice and thick, just how gravy should be. The veggies are tender, but not TOO tender. I know that in some Instant Pot recipes the vegetables can get too mushy. That is not the case with this recipe!
Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage can be made in the fraction of the time it usually would take to make a good, tender corned beef. Cooking corned beef in a roasting pan or slow cooker can take up to eight hours to get the same results. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can make corned beef dinner in mere minutes.
Instant Pot Meatballs
Meatballs in the Instant Pot are THE way to go when it comes to meatballs. They really couldn’t be easier! When cooking meatballs in a pan they can crumble and fall apart. Baking them can dry them out. Cooking them in the Instant Pot is easier AND tastes better. By cooking them in the sauce with the tomatoes, the meaty flavor infuses the sauce and makes it so much more flavorful.
Instant Pot Beef Stew
This Instant Pot Beef Stew is the a cozy meal for a chilly day. It is warm and full of comforting textures and flavors. Cooking it in the Instant Pot is a game changer. I love it because you get the flavor and tenderness of simmering the stew on the stove for hours, but you only have to cook it for 35 minutes!
Chicken Instant Pot Recipes
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.
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorite meals and it has become even better now that I can make it so quickly and easily. I love being able to throw everything in the pot, walk away, and then come back to a delicious meal. I like to serve this pasta with steamed veggies or with a Caesar salad.
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe comes from our Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce recipe. This is a much simpler version with the help of the Instant Pot. It can be ready to eat in about 20 minutes. Rice, chicken, sauce all in a tasty one-pot meal. If you haven’t tried many instant pot recipes, start here. It’s so easy, saves gobs of time and your family will devour it. One of our most popular instant pot chicken recipes for sure!
Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Sauce
For this soup recipe, I literally dumped everything – the chicken, beans, corn, and seasonings- into the Instant Pot, set the timer, and let the machine do its thing. I topped it with some fresh herbs, and it turned out perfectly! This enchilada soup is creamy, cheesy, a little spicy, and absolutely scrumptious. This is a gluten-free soup!
Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
The herbs and spices of Indian cuisine have this sweet and savory blend that is just so comforting to me. Some people crave sweets, but I crave this chicken tikka masala recipe ALL THE TIME. I love making it in the Instant Pot. I only have one pot to clean up at the end of dinner, but it tastes like I was in the kitchen making a big mess all day.
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
This Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup is a great weeknight dinner, especially in the fall and winter. It is hearty, savory, and delicious. You won’t be searching for bits of noodle or shreds of chicken in this soup. Each spoonful has tender chicken, savory veggies, flavorful broth, and slurp-able noodles.
Instant Pot Gumbo
Instant Pot Gumbo is the perfect meal for a cold day. Thick and hearty with a kick of Creole spice that warms your insides. Most gumbo dishes start with a basic roux, peppers, onions, and celery. You can add a protein such as sausage, pork, chicken, or shrimp as well. I’ve tried several different varieties of gumbo over the years, but my favorite includes chicken, sausage, and shrimp.
Pork Instant Pot Recipes
When you are short on time, the Instant Pot cooks up a pork roast or pork chops so much faster than other methods. Try our Instant Pot Pulled Pork for sliders or sandwiches, or our Instant Pot Pork Chops for a fast, delicious dinner.
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
I love pulled pork, but I don’t always think ahead enough to leave it in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours. Is it possible to get the same tenderness and flavor without cooking it all day? YES. This is where the Instant Pot comes in! After cooking for ONE hour you’ve got melt in your mouth, flavor packed pork. This is why I am obsessed with my Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Pork Chops
Pork Chops and Gravy are a comfort food classic around my house. The warm, enticing smell always whets our appetites and we look forward to gathering around the table, dishing up good food and (usually) delightful conversation. I love to make our easy Crock Pot Pork Chops but on extremely hectic days, it’s so nice to just throw ingredients into my Instant Pot and have a beautiful supper ready in a fraction of the time.
Instant Pot Side Dishes
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
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes come together so fast, and you don’t have to heat up your house with the oven. The potatoes come out so fluffy every time when using an Instant Pot. Plus, since you don’t wrap them in tin foil, the skins stay pretty crispy. Sometimes if we are wanting really crispy potato skins, we will broil the baked potatoes for a few minutes with some butter, salt, and pepper rubbed on the outside.
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
I love finding new things to cook in my Instant Pot, and these mashed potatoes are no exception. It is such an easy recipe. You can seriously drop the potatoes and water in the pot and forget about it until the timer goes off. I especially like this method because it frees up your stovetop for other things. On big holidays like Thanksgiving I need all the stovetop space I can get.
Rice in the Instant Pot
The cooking time of rice in the Instant Pot purely depends on what variety of rice you are cooking. White rice only needs a few short minutes. This includes long grain white rice, Jasmine, and Basmati. Short grain white rice such as sushi rice only needs slightly more time. There is a big jump from white rice to brown rice, wild rice, red rice, and black rice. These need a lot more time or they will be crunchy. Cooking times for these types or rice varieties can vary between 23-30 minutes. See the recipe below for a cheat sheet.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
This Instant Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is the quickest, easiest dinner that your whole family will love. It tastes a THOUSAND times better than boxed mac and cheese because it is made with real food (I don’t even want to know what that powdered “cheese” is made out of). This homemade mac and cheese only takes five ingredients to make and you probably already have them all on hand.
Instant Pot Applesauce
Making applesauce (especially in the Instant Pot) is a breeze. Just a few easy steps and you can be enjoying fresh applesauce in a matter of minutes.
An Instant Breakfast
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.
Instant Pot Oatmeal
To be honest, I’m not a huge oatmeal fan. Well, I wasn’t a huge oatmeal fan UNTIL I tried this Oatmeal in the Instant Pot. It has the perfect, creamy texture and I can make it any flavor I want. I could not believe how easy it was to put together. I threw all the ingredients in the pot and it cooked while I did my makeup.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot takes all the guess work out of getting smooth, fully cooked, perfectly white and golden eggs every time. No more guessing how long to let the eggs boil, or worrying about a grey ring around the hardened yolk. Using the Instant Pot saves time, and the eggs are done to perfection.
Instant Pot Desserts
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.
Instant Pot Lava Cake
Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake comes together in just a few minutes, and made with simple ingredients. 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. It just as easily can be a centerpiece dessert after a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Super versatile, gooey, and full of chocolate flavor, this is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes!
Instant Pot Lemon Custard Cups
There’s nothing like topping off a delicious family dinner with a luscious dessert. This lemon custard is such a refreshing way to end a meal. It’s light and fragrant oh so divine! I love to bring a tray of these adorable custard cups outside while my family relaxes on the back patio after dinner.
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!
Instant Pot Apricot Chicken
- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- 4 small chicken breasts
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- 1 cup Catalina salad dressing (or Russian dressing)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 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.
- 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.
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We tried the apricot chicken and it was delicious! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.
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!
OMG all of these look so good. I think I need to go get an Instant Pot immediately. I am yet to get one!
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!
Everything looks so delicious and comforting! I love using instant pot – such a great way to enjoy a warm, hearty meal ♥
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.
So many great recipes for my Instant Pot! These all look so good, I don’t know which one to start with first!
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.