13 Time-Saving Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

Instant Pot turkey breast plated

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Give yourself the gift of time this Thanksgiving by using the Instant Pot. These recipes will help save you from a stressful day of cooking and make sure you have plenty of memorable family-filled moments. From classic Turkey Day dishes like green bean casserole and cranberry sauce to some new and exciting originals and alternatives, these recipes will help this year's Thanksgiving dinner come together in a—well—instant!

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    Insant Pot Green Bean Casserole

    Instant Pot Green Bean Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This green bean casserole with two different kinds of cheese is ready in under an hour. The easy step-by-step recipe takes you through the entire cooking process, ensuring that there's really nothing to it to create this longtime Thanksgiving classic.

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    Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

    Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    None of that canned cranberry sauce nonsense here! With this recipe, it's easier than ever to create classic and authentic sweet and tangy sauce just like grandma used to. 

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    Instant Pot Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes

    Instant Pot Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    There's no greater comfort food than scalloped cheesy potatoes. As a side dish, it truly has everything—a warm, gooey texture and flavor-packed spuds. With an Instant Pot, it's even easier to whip up a batch of these in absolutely no time at all.

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    Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

    Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole

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    While marshmallows can be tasty, this recipe takes a different route with an equally irresistible topping using pecans, a delicious and nutritious autumn nut. The flavors of sweet potato and pecan simply cannot be beaten, especially when you pop the dish under the broiler to get it nice and crunchy.

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    Instant Pot Turkey Breast

    Instant Pot Turkey Breast

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    Make Thanksgiving prep far easier this year by skipping a big roasted turkey. Whether you're hosting an intimate celebration or just don't have space for a full bird, this Instant Pot turkey breast will help save time, energy, and a whole lot of stress, while still giving your guests the same familiar and delicious flavors.

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    Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

    Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    Believe it or not, making spaghetti squash in an Instant Pot is even faster than the microwave method. Add some Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and basil for extra flavor, or even top with your favorite meat sauce. Though it differs from the usual squash selection at Thanksgiving, spaghetti squash is a versatile and healthy alternative that may become a new favorite.

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    Instant Pot Spaghetti Dinner

    Instant pot spaghetti dinner recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    If there will be kids at the dinner table, it's never a bad idea to make a big batch of noodles. Between picky eaters and dietary restrictions, Thanksgiving food is sometimes hard to sell. Make this crowd-pleasing spaghetti dinner with the Instant Pot to keep on hand in case of emergency.

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    Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

    Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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    What's Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? For a dish that can sometimes be arduous to make, the Instant Pot makes all the difference. Enjoy mashed potatoes however your family likes them this year without losing out on time gathered around the table—or the big football game.

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  • 09 of 13

    Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

    Instant pot chicken pot pie recipe

    The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic 

    Here's a dish that the Instant Pot was made for: chicken pot pie. It's beyond easy and achieves delicious results. This may not be the pie you typically associate with Thanksgiving, but it's sure to become an instant classic the first time you serve it. Or save the recipe for the next day and substitute leftover turkey in place of the chicken!

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    Instant Pot Chili

    Instant Pot Chili

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    Chili may not feel like Thanksgiving food but think about it again. Just as the weather is getting cold in November, nothing sounds better than a warm, spicy, and filling stew. Serve it as an appetizer, side dish, or maybe a snack when the family is watching football.

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    Instant Pot Brisket

    Instant Pot Brisket

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    As delicious as brisket is, sometimes it's just too time-consuming. But with an Instant Pot, you can make this incredible dish in just an hour. Maybe it's not such a traditional Thanksgiving food, but who could say no to juicy, tender beef? Let some other meaty mains shine this November.

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    Instant Pot Cheesecake With Pecan Pie Topping

    Instant Pot Cheesecake With Pecan Pie Topping

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    Thought that cheesecake couldn't work with Thanksgiving dinner? With a pecan topping, this Instant Pot dessert is easily adapted for the holiday season and may even outshine a pie. Make sure to prepare this dish at least four hours in advance before the big meal on Thanksgiving day for the best results as it needs time to chill.

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    Farro Risotto

    Farro Risotto

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Here's a fancier—and healthier—Thanksgiving alternative: farro risotto. You won't believe how simple it is to prepare and your guests will never guess there was no arm-tiring stirring involved. Be sure to buy the semi-pearled variety of farro, which makes for easier cooking as it has some of the bran removed. Add whatever vegetables you like and you've got a fantastic side dish.