48 Best Instant Pot Recipes to Try Now

Essential Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Instant Pot Chicken Bruschetta

The Cookie Rookie

The Instant Pot is the new must-have kitchen appliance that can make your life a whole lot easier in the kitchen, especially as a time-saving device on busy days. An Instant Pot is an intelligent multi-cooker, that's essentially an electric pressure cooker. When you don't have time for traditional or slow cooking, the Instant Pot is a fantastic solution. Meals will be cooked a lot faster, using less energy.

Want to get started with the Instant Pot, or add to your growing repertoire of Instant Pot recipes (and cookbooks)? We've collected our favorite Instant Pot recipes here (from both our site and beyond) for appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and even beverages, to inspire you in the kitchen. From chicken noodle soup and chicken bruschetta to macaroni and cheese, pork tacos, scalloped potatoes, and cheesecakes, you'll want to make this your go-to guide for inspiring Instant Pot recipe ideas.

Want to learn more about Instant Pots, slow cookers, and pressure cookers? Find out what the difference is between these convenient kitchen appliances, and how to use them safely, and which one is right for you in our essential kitchen gadget guide here.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

    Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot makes this wonderful, homey chicken pot pie recipe so simple to prepare. The easy pastry is a snap to prepare with a food processor, and it can be made—along with the chicken filling—up to a day in advance. If you prefer to skip the baking altogether, the filling recipe included here can also be served with easy, fluffy dumplings.

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    Instant Pot Chili

    Instant Pot Chil

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Here's an awesome, hearty, Instant Pot chili recipe that's ready to eat in under an hour from start to finish, but tastes like it simmered on the stovetop for hours. Delicious, belly-warming, ground beef chili is packed with nutritious and colorful vegetables.

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    Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

    Instant pot mashed potatoes (pressure cooker mashed potatoes)

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Creamy, perfect mashed potatoes are quick and easy to make, with this excellent Instant Pot mashed potato recipe. Using an Instant Pot cuts the time in half, so you can get this yummy side dish onto the table quicker. 

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    Instant Pot Refried Beans

    Instant Pot Refried Beans

    The Spruce

    Want a great recipe that you can use in burritos, enchiladas, or as a side dish to Mexican meals? These tasty Instant Pot refried beans are a snap to prepare, and are ready in just over an hour. That's a fraction of the time they would take on the stovetop.

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    Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

    Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Scalloped potatoes always look beautiful on a buffet or dinner table, and the Instant Pot makes it so easy and quick to make this popular, cheesy, and indulgent potato side dish, in just over half an hour.

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    Instant Pot Beef Stew

    Instant Pot Beef Stew

    Katie Workman / themom100.com

    When it's cold outside, a warming bowl of a hearty beef stew really hits the spot. Make this beef stew recipe in fall and winter, when you want a filling and flavorful meal to serve family and friends.

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    Instant Pot Spaghetti Dinner

    Instant Pot Spaghetti Dinner

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This easy, complete homemade spaghetti dinner recipe is nothing short of amazing. Ready to serve in less than 30 minutes, this is a great family dinner idea for busy weeknights, when you're rushing to get a satisfying meal on the table.

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    Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

    Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Spaghetti squash is super easy and quick to cook in the Instant Pot. You can cook the squash in about 10 minutes, then separate it into spaghetti-like strands, for topping with spaghetti sauce or tossing with butter and seasonings. This recipe includes more tips for serving ideas.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Number-2-pencil.com

    Rich and flavorful chicken noodle soup from scratch in about an hour has never been so easy. This Instant Pot recipe creates an incredibly delicious broth, with big hearty vegetables and tender cooked noodles.

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    Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

    Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

    Livinglocurto.com

    You won’t believe how quickly you can make this favorite comfort food recipe using the Instant Pot. This recipe is gluten-free and makes an easy lunchtime soup or light dinner that the whole family will love.

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    Instant Pot Meatballs Appetizer

    Instant Pot Meatballs Appetizer

    Frugalgirls.com

    Delight guests when you serve up this yummy meatballs appetizer that's so easy to make in the Instant Pot. Whether you serve these Instant Pot meatballs as sliders or with toothpicks, they are the ultimate party appetizer or family snack.

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    Instant Pot Pizza Dip

    Instant Pot Pizza Dip

    Foodnservice.com

     

    Instant Pot pizza dip is a fabulous recipe to use for game day parties and buffets. With only four ingredients, this super easy, cheesy, pizza-inspired dip is a breeze to make in the Instant Pot.

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    Instant Pot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

    Instant Pot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

    Adventuresofanurse.com

     

    Inspired by a popular restaurant chain appetizer, this creamy artichoke and spinach dip recipes makes a fabulous party appetizer idea. Whip it up in less than 5 minutes using an Instant Pot, grab some chips, crackers, or baguette slices, and start snacking!

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    Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

    instant pot boiled eggs on a board

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot helps make hard boiled eggs perfect every time. You can fit up to a dozen eggs in the pot and they're done in about 15 minutes, including the time needed to build and release pressure. The eggs come out smooth, so they look great as deviled eggs and on salads.

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    Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

    Instant Pot thai chicken curry (red curry) with rice.
    Diana Rattray

    Cooking Thai food may seem intimidating, but not when it's prepared in the Instant Pot. Flavorful ingredients such as coconut milk, fish sauce, ginger, and red curry paste are cooked along with the chicken first, and then the vegetables are added to create a tasty and colorful Thai dish.

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    Instant Pot Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings

    Parmesan garlic chicken wings with dip.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    For a twist on the average wing recipe, try these Parmesan garlic chicken wings. The unflavored wings are first cooked in the Instant Pot. They're then tossed with garlic butter and finished in the broiler. Toss them with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, and you have an appetizer everyone will enjoy.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Bruschetta

    Instant Pot Chicken Bruschetta

    Thecookierookie.com

     

    Instant Pot chicken bruschetta is an easy Instant Pot chicken appetizer recipe. Bruschetta chicken with tomatoes, basil, balsamic, and parmesan cheese is delicious as an appetizer, or a casual weeknight dinner.

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    Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

    Instant Pot barbecue chicken with rice and peas and barbecue sauce.
    Diana Rattray

    An ideal recipe for a busy weeknight, this Instant Pot bbq chicken is quick to prepare and will please the whole family. It begins with a flavorful rub including smoked paprika, chili powder, and brown sugar; store-bought barbecue sauce is then brushed on before pressure cooking. The chicken is placed under the broiler to achieve a nice crispy skin.

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    Instant Pot Korean Beef

    instant pot korean beef in a serving dish with rice
    Diana Rattray

    When in the mood for spicy Asian food, this is the recipe to choose. Gochujang chili paste gives the dish an authentic Korean taste, along with soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar, and garlic. Simply place all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot, set to pressure cook for 25 minutes, thicken with a cornstarch slurry, and enjoy with rice.

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    Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon

    instant pot beef bourguignon in a serving dish with french bread
    Diana Rattray

    One of France's most famous dishes, beef bourguignon becomes simple and quick when made in the Instant Pot. Bacon, onion, and beef are browned on the saute setting, and then the rest of the ingredients are added and pressure cooked until thick. Red wine, beef stock, and fresh herbs create a rich sauce, wonderful served over noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice.

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    Instant Pot Orange Chicken

    Instant Pot orange chicken with sesame seeds.
    Diana Rattray

    Chinese orange chicken is a popular take-out menu item, but it is also easy to make at home—especially with the Instant Pot. Orange juice and zest, garlic, soy sauce, sugars, ginger, and chili paste make for a sweet and tangy glaze with a hint of spice. This dish is not only delicious but also a bit healthier than take-out since the chicken isn't deep-fried.

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    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    A favorite family meal and potluck dish, your Instant Pot makes sloppy joes easier than they've ever been. All you have to do is brown the beef, then toss the ingredients in the pot. In about 45 minutes, it's ready for sandwiches.

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    Instant Pot Pork Chops

    Instant Pot pork chops on a mound of mashed potatoes.
    Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot makes preparing these pork chops with cream sauce a cinch. The chops along with onions and mushrooms are browned on the saute setting; stock and herbs are added and once the dish is pressure-cooked, a flavorful simmered cream sauce is spooned over the pork and vegetables.

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    Instant Pot Jambalaya

    instant pot jambalaya in a serving dish
    Diana Rattray

    The addition of tomatoes makes this jambalaya Creole-style. Chock-full of andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp, this Louisiana stew is filling and delicious. The meat and vegetables are sauteed, and then the seasonings, stock, canned tomatoes, and rice are added and pressure cooked. The dish is finished off with the shrimp and some green onions.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

    Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Pulled chicken tacos are made quick and easy in the electric pressure cooker. After cooking the chicken with garlic, onion, chipotle peppers, and spices, the meat is shredded with two forks and ready to enjoy. Top with avocado, salsa, or cheese.

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    Instant Pot Cocktail Wiener Recipe

    Instant Pot Cocktail Wiener Recipe

    The Typical Mom

     

    You'll love this recipe for yummy, juicy little cocktail weiners that are the perfect snack during football games, or just when you're having people over. Super kid friendly, this popular appetizer recipe takes just one minute to cook. Serve with toothpicks.

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    Instant Pot Bone Broth

    bowl of bone broth

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Shrink a couple of days of cook time down to a few hours in the Instant Pot. Bone broth can be enjoyed as is or used for simple soups and is rich in nutrients. It's a delicious sip during cold weather.

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    Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers Pasta

    Instant Pot Sausage and Peppers Pasta

    Urbanblisslife.com

     

    Serve up a tasty and satisfying family pasta dinner, with this delicious Instant Pot sausage and peppers pasta recipe that is easy to make in just 30 minutes. The homemade, rich tomato sauce is enhanced by fresh bell peppers, which taste fabulous with hearty sausages.

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    Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili

    Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili

    Healthygirlskitchen.com

     

    This healthy vegetarian chili recipe is packed with essential vitamins and the goodness of quinoa. It's all so easy to put together, and is ready for dinner in just 30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Makes a great brown bag thermos lunch for the office, or sending to school with kids.

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    Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

    Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

    Pinchofyum.com

     

    Macaroni and cheese is an American comfort food classic that is a family favorite for dinner. When made in the Instant Pot, this recipe creates an unbelievably creamy, cheesy sauce that is out of this world!

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    Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

    Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

    Iwashyoudry.com

     

    So creamy and infused with garlic, these Instant Pot scalloped potatoes make an irresistible side dish for your holiday dinner, or weeknight dinner any day of the week.

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    Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

    Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

    Allshecooks.com

     

    Here's a winning Instant Pot recipe for pork carnitas that is just perfect for making authentic pork tacos from scratch. This easy to follow recipe is ready in less than an hour, and makes a great, healthy, easy weeknight dinner, with corn or flour tortillas, that kids will go crazy over.

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    Instant Pot Smothered Burritos

    Instant Pot Smothered Burritos

    Orwhateveryoudo.com

     

    Smothered shredded beef burritos are sure to become a go-to meal in your household, once you try this easy Instant Pot Mexican recipe. These smothered beef burritos are covered in a flavorful, beefy sauce, and ooey, gooey melted cheese, for a super-filling dinner that everyone in the family can get on board with. Makes a great potluck dish, too.

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    Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

    Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

    Paintthekitchenred.com

     

    Instant Pot shrimp and grits is a delightful one-pot meal. Tender shrimp and crisp bacon in a spicy tomato-based sauce combine with creamy grits to create a delicious fusion of Southern flavors.

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    Instant Pot Whole "Rotisserie" Chicken

    Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie Chicken

    Apinchofhealthy.com

     

    All you need are a few easy ingredients, an Instant Pot, and about 45 minutes to have this amazing, perfectly tender and juicy Instant Pot whole rotisserie chicken. Your family will love it, and it makes a fabulous dinner party entree, too.

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    Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

    Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

    Cookiesandcups.com

     

    This Instant Pot salsa verde chicken recipe is packed with flavor, super easy to prepare, and makes a wonderful taco filling, or the base for a yummy chicken casserole. Or you can just make some rice, top it with the chicken, a little cheese, and your favorite herbs, and have an easy weeknight meal.

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    Instant Pot Meatloaf

    Instant Pot meatloaf in serving dish sliced.
    Diana Rattray

    This Instant Pot meatloaf is full of flavor and will be ready in less time than the traditional baked version. Ground beef is mixed along with onion, celery, and carrot, and seasoned with ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. A rich glaze including Dijon mustard and brown sugar is spooned over top before serving.

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    Instant Pot Cauliflower with Indian Spices (Gobi Masala)

    Instant Pot Cauliflower with Indian Spices

    Easycookingwithmolly.com

     

    You'll love knowing how to make this flavorful, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, healthy cauliflower recipe that’s infused with Indian spices and extremely easy to make. The simple flavors make this Instant Pot vegetable recipe absolutely delicious and a great choice for a vegetarian main dish.

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    Instant Pot Apple Cider

    Instant Pot Apple Cider

    Lifemadesweeter.com

     

    Apple cider is a favorite drink during the fall and holiday months. Making your own homemade apple cider from scratch couldn’t be easier when you use an Instant Pot.

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    Instant Pot Limoncello

    Instant Pot Limoncello

    Prairiecalifornian.com

     

    Using Meyer lemons, as directed in this creative recipe, makes this Instant Pot cocktail recipe so sweet and delicious, and turns it a gorgeous shade of deep yellow that looks just like the real thing.

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    Instant Pot Peppermint Vanilla Latte

    Instant Pot Peppermint Vanilla Latte

    Makethebestofeverything.com

    Create a wonderfully warming, minty, creamy hot beverage that's perfect for enjoying during the winter holidays, using an Instant Pot. This peppermint vanilla latte is like Christmas in a cup, and only uses five easy ingredients.

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    Instant Pot Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream

    Instant Pot Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream

    Paige and Scott

     

    Here's a wonderful homemade hot chocolate recipe that's mixed first, and then warmed in the Instant Pot. Topped with whipped cream, it's an indulgent, comforting winter beverage that you're sure to make again and again.

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    New York Style Instant Pot Cheesecake

    New York Style Instant Pot Cheesecake

    Littlespicejar.com

     

    Learn how to make New York style cheesecake in the Instant Pot with this easy recipe. It's so much simpler than the traditional method for cheesecake and delivers a velvety smooth cream cheese cake that you will be proud to serve. This recipe is great for holiday dessert tables.

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    Instant Pot Banana Bread

    Instant Pot Banana Bread

    Simplyhappyfoodie.com

     

    Banana bread is a comforting snack food that makes a great after school treat. Or top warm slices with vanilla icing, to make it into dessert! This Instant Pot banana bread recipe makes a moist, dense bread you will love.

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    Instant Pot Sticky Toffee Pudding

    Sticky Toffee Pudding in the Instant Pot

    Suziethefoodie.com

     

    Sticky toffee pudding is a classic British dessert. This recipe gives you instructions for making an amazingly delicious version at home in your Instant Pot. Serve this moist, warm treat as a special dessert at holiday dinners.

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    Instant Pot Brownies

    Instant Pot brownies sliced on a plate.
    Diana Rattray

    Brownies are always a crowd-pleaser, no matter what the occasion. Making these rich, gooey, nut-studded brownies in the Instant Pot frees up the oven for other dishes, or means you don't have to turn the oven on at all--perfect in the summertime. The brownies are finished off with a shiny ganache and a sprinkle of chopped pecans.

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    Instant Pot Vegan Chocolate Cake

    Vegan Chocolate Cake in Instant Pot

    Carveyourcraving.com

     

     

    This easy vegan chocolate cake made in an Instant Pot is so versatile, and utterly decadent. It's so divinely moist, fluffy, and soft, no will believe it's egg-free and dairy-free. Makes a great birthday cake, or an indulgent dessert for family weekend dinners.

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    Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake

    Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake

    Mybakingaddiction.com

     

    Instant Pot Oreo cheesecake is an incredibly easy dessert to make. It's the perfect size for your family celebrations, too. With Oreo cookies in the crust, and in the cheesecake filling, this is a decadent dessert your family will love.