Whether you’re the proud new owner of an Instant Pot, have been debating purchasing one, or are a seasoned veteran of the super-speedy pressure cooker, these recipes are sure to spice up your weeknight dinner routine (and breakfast! and lunch!), and put your dusty ol’ slow cooker to shame.

The big bowl-o-fun was my favorite purchase of 2018, and is still going strong as the leading contender for 2019. Why do I love my Instant Pot so much? Well, let me tell you – it’s a combination of an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and yogurt maker all in one.

It is so versatile, and is by no means a one-trick pony — you can also sear and sauté just about anything; turning average stove-top dishes into one-pot masterpieces.

Here’s 15 of our favorite Instant Pot recipes to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner– ’cause who doesn’t love having a delicious meal on the table in 30 minutes or less?

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Steel Cut Oats, Green Healthy Cooking

This delicious and fail-proof steel cut oats recipe gives you 4 ways to top your oats, which can make for a fun breakfast bar for kids or when you’re having friends over for brunch. You can also get creative by adding different milks to make it high fat, low fat, vegan, vegetarian — whichever way you like.

Eggs En Cocotte, Brit + Co.

Your favorite veg, eggs, and cream go into individual ramekins, get pressure-cooked, and come out ever-so slightly soft so you can spread the whole thing over toast.

Tip: The most important thing to remember is the pressure cooker will set those egg yolks fast. So, if you love a runny yolk, start with setting it on a low pressure cook for one minute. Medium eggs will take two minutes.

Banana Bread, Simply Happy Foodie

My favorite banana bread is always moist, dense, and packed with flavor — and making it in the Instant Pot guarantees perfection every time.

Tip: Start with fully ripe bananas. If your bananas are not ripe, there’s a hack for that!


Chicken Burrito Bowls, Damn Delicious

These chicken burrito bowls come together in less than 20 minutes. The chicken comes out perfectly tender, but the rice soaked with all the burrito bowl flavors is the true hero here. Serve with fresh cilantro leaves, a lime wedge, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. After this, you’ll never want to make burrito bowls without your Instant Pot.

Flank Steak Taco Salads, The Defined Dish

This shredded beef can be used in any way your heart desires. I served mine up taco salad style, but the possibilities are endless: try it in lettuce cup tacos, in mini bell pepper nachos, stuffed in bell peppers for dinner, in enchiladas, the list goes on and on!

Thai Lemongrass Chicken, Half Baked Harvest

There are certain foods that I find the instant pot cooks better than others, and if you ask me, the instant pot cooks chicken perfect every single time. And that’s where this Thai chicken comes into play.

It would be delicious packed into a wrap or maybe even served in a salad, but I personally like to serve my chicken up over a bed of steamed rice and top it simply with carrots and greens.


Chicken & Rice Soup, The Defined Dish

With flu season in full swing, nourishing soups are the perfect dinner to make yourself or a loved one when their feeling icky. Now, considering one hates to cook while ill, this one you can just pop into your Instant Pot and it will do all the work for you, giving you yummy, tender chicken in no time. I just ladle the hot broth right over some prepared riced cauliflower, and it’s ready to go. A fun take on Chicken and Rice soup, with a Whole30, grain-free twist.

Potato Soup, Delish

This soup is what an Instant Pot was made for. No need to boil potatoes for a long time or stand over a stove –throwing everything in the Instant Pot will give you a delicious soup in about 40 minutes flat. This potato soup is a delicious way to warm up this winter.

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe, The Seasoned Mom

Chicken tortilla soup is the perfect comfort food meal for a rainy day. I love making this on Sunday to pack for work lunches, as it’s hearty yet light, and won’t make me need a nap after eating a big bowl. Top with some crushed tortilla tips, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.


Spicy Honey Sesame Chicken, Julie Harrington

Takeout may seem like the better dinner choice when you’re short on time, but cooking at home can be much faster. With your Instant Pot, you can have sweet and spicy honey sesame chicken on the table with the press of a button.

Spinach and Mushroom Risotto, Damn Delicious

Now, you can make better-than-restaurant-quality risotto right in your Instant Pot. And believe me when I say that this is unbelievably easy. The risotto comes out perfectly too – rich and creamy, loaded with mushrooms, spinach, peas and freshly grated Parmesan. There’s no stirring, no babysitting, or fuss.

Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala, Savory Tooth

Chicken tikka masala is one of my favorite dishes of all time — It’s just one of those dishes that ticks off all of the boxes for me: (1) warm and comforting, (2) thick and saucy, (3) tons of spices and flavor, and (4) tender bites of chicken. This spicy chicken tikka masala is perfect for a weeknight at-home date night. Serve with plenty of naan and basmati rice for scooping up that addicting sauce.

Tip: For a low carb and keto friendly version, simply make the recipe as follows and substitute basmati rice with riced cauliflower and low carb naan.

Texas-Style Brisket Tacos, The Defined Dish

A one pot twist on a Texas classic. These tacos are amazing — a must-have addition to Tuesday taco night! Tip: f you are using grain-free tortillas (I always use my favorite Siete Foods Cassava Tortillas) this meal is 100% paleo approved. Or, if you are doing a Whole30, opt for lettuce cups to keep this dish compliant! It’s clean and absolutely delicious!

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash, Half Baked Harvest

You guys all know I love spaghetti squash, but what I don’t love about spaghetti squash? The insanely long cook time. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe out forever now and I am so happy to report that it turned out better than I could have imagined.

Homemade, flavorful turkey meatballs, in a delicious red sauce, over top spaghetti squash. All cooked together in the Instant Pot. Promise, it’s not too good to be true.

Thai Spicy Green Curry, Paint the Kitchen Red

This spicy curry will rival your favorite restaurant green curry, but is so quick and easy that it can be ready in less than 30 minutes, and is guaranteed to be a lot healthier than your takeout version.  Serve it with jasmine Rice, crushed peanuts, cilantro, and a lime wedge –you’re going to want to lick your bowl. 

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    Whereismap.net February 21, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Woow. It look very nice. Thanks